Work on the Mars 2020 Rover is heating up as the July/August 2020 launch date approaches.
A unique 3d printed telescope named the Analog Sky Drifter may spark a revolution in amateur telescope making.
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #622 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space
In a new study, a pair Harvard scientists calculated how often interstellar objects could collide with our Moon, and how we might study them to learn more of what lies beyond our Solar System. The post By Continuously Watching the Moon, we Could Detect Interstellar Meteorites appeared first on Universe Today .
Is there a more complicated and sophisticated technological engineering project than a spacecraft? Maybe a particle accelerator or a fusion power project. But other than those two, the answer is probably no.
One of the great accomplishments of the Apollo missions was to bring home hundreds of kilograms of lunar rock. Suddenly, geologists had a lifetime’s worth of lunar samples captured from several different spots across the Moon. These rocks and dust have been under continuous analysis since the Apollo 11 astronauts came home over 50 years … Continue reading “Bringing Mars To Earth
SpaceX just completed the second hop test of their Starship Hopper prototype, bringing the company one step closer to full-scale tests and commercial missions to the Moon and Mars! The post SpaceX Starship Hopper Prototype Makes its Highest Hop Test So Far! appeared first on Universe Today .
When Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, it carried four small rovers with it. Hayabusa 2 is primarily a sample-return mission, but JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) sent rovers along to explore the asteroid’s surface and learn as much as they could from their visit. There’s also no guarantee that … Continue reading “Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile”” The post Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile” appeared first on Universe Today .
According to a recent study presented at this year’s Goldschmidt Geochemistry Congress, there may be exoplanets out there that are more habitable than Earth The post There Could be Planets Out There Which are Even More Habitable than Earth appeared first on Universe Today .
Welcome back to our series on Colonizing the Solar System! Today, we take a look at that closest of celestial neighbors to Earth. That’s right, we’re taking a look at the Moon! Chances are, we’ve all heard about it more than once in our lifetimes and even have some thoughts of our own on the … Continue reading “How Do We Colonize the Moon?” The post How Do We Colonize the Moon? appeared first on Universe Today .
The commercial delivery company Astriobiotic will be working with the ULA to send payloads to the Moon for NASA beginning in 2021. The post Astrobotic is Going to Use a Vulcan Rocket For its Lunar Lander in 2021 appeared first on Universe Today .
Astronomers Image the Atmosphere of a Red Dwarf Planet for the First Time. Spoiler Alert, it’s a Terrible Place to Live
Using data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to study the surface of an exoplanet orbiting a nearby red dwarf star for the first time. The post Astronomers Image the Atmosphere of a Red Dwarf Planet for the First Time. Spoiler Alert, it’s a Terrible Place to Live appeared first on Universe Today .
As I’ve mentioned in several episodes now, humanity is in a bit of a transition period, a time when it makes sense to launch material up and out of Earth’s gravity well into orbit, and beyond. But it’s really expensive, costing up to $10,000 per pound you want in orbit, and 10 times if you … Continue reading “A Spacecraft Is Going To Assemble Its Own Solar Panels In Space: Archinaut One” The post A Spacecraft Is Going To Assemble Its Own Solar Panels In Space: Archinaut One appeared first on Universe Today .
A team of Caltech researchers developed a new method that shows what Earth would look like to extra-terrestrial observers, which could seriously aid in the hunt for habitable exoplanets.
A team of NASA scientists recently developed a series of machine learning algorithms that could help the Europa Clipper find life beyond Earth! The post AI Could Help the Europa Clipper Mission Make All Kinds of Discoveries! appeared first on Universe Today .
On August 19th, 2019, NASA announced that their Europa Clipper mission has been approved to move to the next phase of the mission, progressing to the final design stage. Mars is the place that most of our spacecraft, landers and rovers are studying, searching for any evidence that life ever existed somewhere else in the … Continue reading “Exploring The Icy Moons of Jupiter.
The ExoMars 2020 mission hit another snag recently when a high-altitude parachute test resulted in damage again to one of the mission’s parachute canopies. The post ExoMars Parachute Test Fails, for the Second Time appeared first on Universe Today .
The eerie, hellish glow coming from the Moon may seem unreal in this image, since it’s invisible to our eyes. But instruments that detect gamma rays tell us it’s real
On Tuesday, July 30th, NASA announced 19 different partnerships with 13 different companies to use their expertise to help them develop space technologies, from advanced communications systems to new methods of entry, descent and landing.
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission spent two years at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At the end of September 2016, its mission was ended when the spacecraft was sent on a collision course into the comet. During its time at comet 67P, it captured a vast amount of images