Stratolaunch recently conducted the first test flight of its air-carrier plane, the largest and heaviest aircraft in the world. The post The World’s Biggest Aircraft – the Rocket-Launching Stratolaunch – Completes its First Test Flight appeared first on Universe Today .
The Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons wrapped up in 2017, when the spacecraft was sent plunging into the gas giant to meet its end.
NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), just found its first Earth-sized world. Though the Earth-sized planet, and its hot sub-Neptune companion, were first observed by TESS in January 2019, it’s taken until now to confirm their status with ground-based follow-up observations. The discovery is published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters
The early days of the Solar System are hard to piece together from our vantage point, billions of years after it happened.
Up for a challenge? Some of the toughest targets for a backyard observer involve little or no equipment at all
SpaceX’s Starlink Constellation Construction Begins. 2,200 Satellites Will go up Over the Next 5 years
Musk recently announced that SpaceX will begin deploying the first batch of its internet satellites next year and continuing until 2024. The post SpaceX’s Starlink Constellation Construction Begins
Beresheet, the unlikely lander built with donations to a non-profit group, crashed into the Moon. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a historic accomplishment in its own way.
It’s hard to believe that MSL Curiosity has been on Mars for almost seven years. But it has, and during that time, the rover has explored Gale Crater and Mt. Sharp, the central peak inside the crater
A team of researchers from NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) recently proposed a low-cost mission to explore Neptune’s largest moon, Triton. The post NASA Wants to Send a Low-Cost Mission to Explore Neptune’s Moon Triton appeared first on Universe Today .
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This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #607
Engineers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are busy working with a replica InSight Lander to see if they can understand what’s blocking the lander’s mole. The mole is the short name for the lander’s Heat Probe, which is hammering its way into the Martian surface. The Heat Probe … Continue reading “Scientists are Trying to Figure Out Why InSight’s “Mole” Can’t Dig Any Deeper” The post Scientists are Trying to Figure Out Why InSight’s “Mole” Can’t Dig Any Deeper appeared first on Universe Today .
The Closest Star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri, has a Planet in the Habitable Zone. Life Could be There Right Now
A new study by a team from the Carl Sagan institutes shows how life could survive the harsh radiation on neighboring exoplanets like Proxima b.
This week, SpaceX conducted the first commercial launch of the Falcon Heavy (and second launch overall) and managed to bring all the boosters back, and even the payload fairings! The post SpaceX Does it Again with Second Retrieval of Falcon Heavy Rocket appeared first on Universe Today .
A new study takes a look at where the Voyager and Pioneer probes might one day venture to as they make their way through our galaxy The post Voyager and Pioneer’s Grand Tour of the Milky Way appeared first on Universe Today .
The Israeli Beresheet spacecraft has crashed into the Moon. The craft, whose name is Hebrew for “in the beginning” made its descent to the Moon but failed to stick its landing
Space Weather Forecasts can now give Satellites One Whole Day of Warning when a Killer Solar Storm is Inbound
Earth’s fleet of satellites is in a vulnerable position. When solar activity increases, high-energy particles are directed toward Earth.
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The Curiosity rover recently witnessed eclipses involving the moons of Phobos and Deimos from the Martian surface. The post Two Solar Eclipses Seen From the Surface of Mars by Curiosity appeared first on Universe Today .
“We have taken the first picture of a black hole.” EHT project director Sheperd S.