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.
A student team associated with the ESA recently developed a concept for a Moon base that would rely on lunar regolith to provide protection.
Astronomers have known for some time that the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies will collide on some future date. The best guess for that rendezvous has been about 3.75 billion years from now. But now a new study based on Data Release 2 from the ESA’s Gaia mission is bringing some clarity to this … Continue reading “Thanks to Gaia, We Now Know Exactly When We’ll be Colliding with Andromeda” The post Thanks to Gaia, We Now Know Exactly When We’ll be Colliding with Andromeda appeared first on Universe Today
The latest images to come from the New Horizons mission show that Ultima Thule (the first KBO to be studied up close) has an unusual shape.
New SpaceX Raptor Engine Beats the Chamber Pressure of Russia’s RD-180 Engine, According to Elon Musk
Elon Musk posted the results of the Raptor engine’s recent test-firing, and claims it broke an almost 20-year old record! The post New SpaceX Raptor Engine Beats the Chamber Pressure of Russia’s RD-180 Engine, According to Elon Musk appeared first on Universe Today .
Even in retirement, the Kepler space telescope is still allowing for discoveries, which include it’s “last light” images and recordings. The post This is Kepler’s Final Image appeared first on Universe Today .
A new study by an international team of astronomers has discovered the presence of organic molecules in the disk of a young star. The post A Star’s Outburst is Releasing Organic Molecules Trapped in the ice Around it appeared first on Universe Today .
NASA’s InSight lander arrived on Mars on November 26th, 2018. Since then, it’s been busying itself studying its landing spot, and taking its time to carefully place its instruments. It spent several weeks testing the seismometer and adjusting it, and now it’s placed the domed, protective shield over the instrument.
Every year produces a handful of binocular comets, and the first one for 2019 is coming right up, with a fine apparition for Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto. The post Comet Y1 Iwamoto Tops Out in February appeared first on Universe Today .
A new study by a team of Chinese scientists has shown that the galaxy actually has a warped, S-shape to it. The post The Milky Way is Actually Warped appeared first on Universe Today .
For some small minority of humans, Death By Asteroid is a desirable fate. The idea probably satisfies their wonky Doomsday thinking. But for the rest of us, going out the same way the dinosaurs did would just be embarrassing
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How Big Would a Generation Ship Need to be to Keep a Crew of 500 Alive for the Journey to Another Star?
In their latest in a series of studies concerning generation ships, the team addresses how large the ship would need to be to sustain a multi-generational crew. The post How Big Would a Generation Ship Need to be to Keep a Crew of 500 Alive for the Journey to Another Star? appeared first on Universe Today .
How can two planets so similar in some respects have such different densities? According to a new study, a catastrophic collision may be to blame. In our Solar System, all the inner planets are small rocky worlds with similar densities, while the outer planets are gas giants with their own similar densities.
We’ve got a mystery on our hands.
With his latest update, Musk shared the first test-firing of the Raptor rocket, and indicated there would be some changes when it comes time to add them to the Starship. The post Elon Musk’s New Plan is to Get to the Moon as Fast as Possible appeared first on Universe Today .
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #597 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space.
A new study by an international team reveals that Eta Carinae will soon be so bright that we won’t be able to see its famous nebula anymore.
Since it was first detected hurling through our Solar System, the interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua has been a source of immense scientific interest. Aside from being extrasolar in origin, the fact that it has managed to defy classification time and again has led to some pretty interesting theories
Some very clever people have figured out how to use MSL Curiosity’s navigation sensors to measure the gravity of a Martian mountain.