(BBC) – Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.
Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even [...]
Seven men in the history of humanity stand apart from the rest of us. These are the Apollo command module pilots who spent time alone in orbit around the Moon, while their colleagues walked on the lunar surface. When they were on the far side of the Moon, these astronauts were completely out of contact, [...]
Voyager 1 has crossed over into a medium that is not the Solar System and not quite interstellar space, NASA announced yesterday.
Launched 35 years ago, Voyager 1 and her sister craft, Voyager 2 were intended as emissaries from earth to whatever civilization it encounters over the course of millions of years.
The most interesting [...]
BBC, By Rebecca Morelle, March 8
Stargazers could enjoy a rare spectacle as a bright comet swings into the Northern Hemisphere.
The icy mass, called C/2011 L4 Pan-Starrs, should be visible with binoculars or a telescope from 8 March.
But in the following days, it will become even brighter and could be seen with the [...]
BBC, By Jonathan Amos, February 19
Scientists say they may be able to determine the eventual fate of the cosmos as they probe the properties of the Higgs boson.
A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it.
Los Angeles Times, By Amina Khan, January 5
Los Angeles — Scientists have identified the first meteorite to originate from the surface of Mars, a 2.1-billion-year-old specimen that contains about 10 times more water than any other space rock from Mars.
Discovered in the Sahara Desert, the rock – called NWA 7034 – is unlike [...]
The new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope in Australia hopes to find over 700,000 new galaxies in the next year. Awesome. Nothing like a bit of news such as this to give you some perspective as you contemplate the coming year.
The Year In Review (stories you may have missed because you were out snorting blow and banging hookers) 1) Along with the alleged fiscal cliff comes a real financial cliff. The farm bill also expires at December 31, and failure to pass a new one will drive dairy prices into the stratosphere. Good government advocates [...]
Either North Korea successfully placed a “weather satellite” in pole-to-pole orbit around the earth or it’s spinning wildly out of control and could crash at any moment. We report, you duck and cover. This story is less important for the content — nearly every nation on the planet, including Russia but not China, have forcefully [...]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An internal report for the U.S. Congress has concluded that Iran probably is no longer on track, if it ever was, to having an ocean-crossing missile as soon as 2015.
Was always the case.
Assessments that Iran could build such a missile anytime soon were always heavily dependant on “sufficient foreign [...]
Data from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work.
CNET, by Eric Mack, November 21 It seems NASA and the Curiosity rover have found something exciting and nerd-tastic on Mars, but the space agency’s scientists are holding back for now, despite how painful [...]
Spiegel, By Olaf Stampf
Astronomers have long had a basic understanding of how stars are formed. But observing and proving the theory has proven elusive. Now, a German-American project, complete with an infrared telescope mounted on an old Pan Am 747, is providing new insights.
Stars are heavenly bodies that originated in darkness. All of [...]
AJE, October 16
An international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet whose skies are illuminated by four suns – the first known of its type.
The planet, located about 5,000 light years from Earth, has been dubbed PH1 in honor of Planet Hunters, a programme led by Yale University in the [...]
Felix Baumgartner, safely back on the ground.
BBC: Austrian Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,000ft (39km) above New Mexico.
New York Times, By Kenneth Chang, October 7
The first commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station lifted off on Sunday evening, inaugurating a new era for NASA in which private companies will take over the transportation of people and supplies to low-Earth orbit.
For this launch, only cargo is going; private transportation for [...]