An ice shelf in Antarctica is about to give birth to a baby. This baby is a giant, spawned by growing cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf. It’s not clear what this’ll mean to the scientific infrastructure in the area, and to the human presence, which were both established in the 1950s
Japan’s Hayabusa2 is About to Shoot Up the Surface of Ryugu with Tiny Impactors so they can Collect a Sample
Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission is about to get down to business.
Strictly speaking, there aren’t strict boundaries between Earth and space. Our atmosphere doesn’t just end at a certain altitude; it peters out gradually
The Gateway Foundation is looking to build a rotating space station in orbit. And thanks to Elon Musk and his plans for the BFR, it might just be affordable! The post Gateway Foundation Shows off Their Plans for an Enormous Rotating Space Station appeared first on Universe Today .
We live in a time when our spacecraft orbiting Mars at an altitude of about 300 km. can snap photos of a dust devil and transmit them back to us so we can share them on the internet
Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr.
A nova star is like a vampire that siphons gas from its binary partner. As it does so, the gas is compressed and heated, and eventually it explodes. The remnant gas shell from that explosion expands outward and is lit up by the stars at the center of it all.
Located in the Orion Constellation, roughly 13,500 light years from Earth, is the bright reflection nebula known as Messier 78. The post Messier 78 – the NGC 2068 Reflection Nebula appeared first on Universe Today .
We always say the Universe is trying to kill us. But there was this one time, when the Universe used our own fear of nuclear attack against us, nearly setting off a global nuclear war. Nice try Universe, we’re on to you now.
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #599.
The RemoveDebris spacecraft recently tested out its harpoon, one of the tools it will use to remove space debris from Earth’s orbit. The post British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon appeared first on Universe Today .
A team of researchers has devised a new strategy for landing heavier craft on Mars, which could allow for crewed missions to the Red Planet. The post Land Heavier Payloads on Mars
NASA’s Opportunity rover has reached the end of its life. Initially designed to last 90 days, and to travel only 1000 meters (1100 yards), the rover spent almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars
According to multiple sources, Mars One – the organization intent on crowdsourcing the colonization of Mars – is apparently bankrupt. The post Mars One, the Plan to Make a Reality Show on Mars, is Bankrupt appeared first on Universe Today .
InSight has Placed its Heat Probe on the Martian Surface. The Next Step is to Jackhammer Down 5 Meters and Hope it Doesn’t Encounter a Large Rock
NASA’s InSight lander has finally placed its heat probe on the surface of Mars. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) was deployed on February 12th, about one meter away from SEIS, the landers seismometer. Soon it’ll start hammering its way into the Martian soil
A glaciologist has discovered another enormous impact crater under more than a mile of ice in Greenland. This is on the heels of the November 2019 discovery of an impact crater in the same area under the Hiawatha Glacier
New images from Hubble have shown some interesting seasonal developments on Neptune and Uranus The post Hubble Shows off the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune appeared first on Universe Today .
A new study shows that Mars may very well be volcanically active. Nobody’s seen direct evidence of volcanism; no eruptions or magma or anything like that. Rather, the proof is in the water
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Elon Musk just suggested that the price for a trip to Mars and back could be as low as $100,000. He added the qualifier that the price depends on volume.