NASA keeps a close eye on the bacteria inhabiting the International Space Station with a program called the Microbial Observatory (M.O.) The ISS is home to a variety of microbes, some of which pose a threat to the health of astronauts. As part of their monitoring, the M.O. has discovered antibiotic resistant bacteria on the … Continue reading “Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria has been Found on the Space Station’s Toilet” The post Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria has been Found on the Space Station’s Toilet appeared first on Universe Today .
A relatively obscure meteor shower may put on a surprise performance in early December 2018. Chances are, you’ve never heard of the Andromedids, though it’s worth keeping an eye out for these swift-moving meteors over the next week. The post A 2018 Outburst From the December Andromedids
There Could be Hundreds of Interstellar Asteroids and Comets in the Solar System Right Now That we Could Study
According to a new study, there could be hundreds of identifiable objects in our Solar System like ‘Oumuamua, some of which we could study in just a few years! The post There Could be Hundreds of Interstellar Asteroids and Comets in the Solar System Right Now That we Could Study appeared first on Universe Today .
Now that TESS is Operational, Astronomers Estimate it’ll Find 14,000 Planets. 10 Could Be Earthlike Worlds in a Sunlike Star’s Habitable Zone
How many exoplanets are there? Not that long ago, we didn’t know if there were any. Then we detected a few around pulsars.
We need to talk about the dark ages. No, not those dark ages after the fall of the western Roman Empire. The cosmological dark ages
We Have the Technology. Airplanes Could Spray Particles into the Atmosphere to Battle Climate Change. But Should We?
If climate change models are correct, humanity is working itself—and dragging the rest of life on Earth with it—into a corner. Scientific pleas to control emissions and battle climate change are starting to have some effect, but not enough. So now we have some tough decisions looming
One of the Most Exciting Parts of InSight is Actually the Tiny Cubesats Tagging Along for the Ride and Their Role in the Mission
A very important, but perhaps overlooked, aspect of the InSight mission was the first-ever deployment of CubeSats (MarCO) to deep space. The post One of the Most Exciting Parts of InSight is Actually the Tiny Cubesats Tagging Along for the Ride and Their Role in the Mission appeared first on Universe Today
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Ion engines are a mainstay of science fiction, featured in both Star Trek and Wars. But this is a very real technology, successfully used on several missions out there in the Solar System right now.
Hubble’s First Picture After Returning to Service. The Telescope is Fully Operational Again with Three Working Gyros
The Hubble Space Telescope is a hero in the astronomy world. And when it suffered a malfunctioning gyro on October 5th, it took a heroic effort on the part of the Hubble team to get it working again.
The InSight Lander, which had touched down on the Martian surface just hours before, has deployed its solar cells and is ready to begin science operations! The post InSight Deploys its Solar Cells, Prepared for Surface Operations on Mars! appeared first on Universe Today .
Some of the Stars in this Cluster are Almost as Old as the Universe Itself While Others Formed in a Second Generation. It Looks Young and Old at the…
Star clusters are not rare.
Earlier today, after a seven month journey through space, NASA’s InSight Lander mission touched down on the Martian surface. The post InSight Lander Touches Down! Begins Mission to Unlock the Secrets of Mars appeared first on Universe Today .
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog.
Welcome back to Messier Monday! Today, we continue in our tribute to our dear friend, Tammy Plotner, by looking at the globular cluster known as Messier 72. During the 18th century, famed French astronomer Charles Messier noticed the presence of several “nebulous objects” while surveying the night sky.
A new study by a team of Rice University geophysicists indicates that the Earth’s wandering poles could have triggered the last ice age. The post The Earth’s Wandering Poles Could Have Caused the Ice Age appeared first on Universe Today .
In September of 2016, Musk treated the world to an early sneak-peak at his proposed super-heavy launch vehicle. Previously known as the Mars Colonial Transporter, the renamed Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) was the centerpiece to Musk’s long-term vision of conducting commercial trips to orbit, to the Moon, and even to Mars. Since that time, the … Continue reading “Name Change Alert! SpaceX’s BFR is Now Just Called “Starship”” The post Name Change Alert! SpaceX’s BFR is Now Just Called “Starship” appeared first on Universe Today .
We all know that the time is past due for a Moon base.
Massive Triple Star System Creates this Bizarre Swirling Pinwheel of Dust. And it Could be the Site of a Gamma Ray Burst
An international team of astronomers recently located a triple star system in our galaxy that will someday unleash a massive gamma-ray burst. The post Massive Triple Star System Creates this Bizarre Swirling Pinwheel of Dust. And it Could be the Site of a Gamma Ray Burst appeared first on Universe Today
Lakes on Mars Filled up so Quickly They Would Overflow Catastrophically Carving Canyons Within Weeks
According to a new study, ancient lakes on Mars filled up so quickly that they overflowed, carving canyons in the surface that are still visible today. The post Lakes on Mars Filled up so Quickly They Would Overflow Catastrophically Carving Canyons Within Weeks appeared first on Universe Today .