A British-led consortium has announced an ambitious space mission named Lunar Mission One that plans to land a robotic probe in the southern polar region of the moon in about a decade. The project will be solely funded by money raised through donations from the public. In order to achieve this, the project is using the funding platform Kickstarter to finance the next phase of development.
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The good news: The spacecraft that landed on a comet has begun drilling beneath the surface to see what secrets the celestial body can reveal. The bad news: Scientists at the European Space Agency still don't know exactly where the lander is on the comet and are anxiously hoping its batteries hold out long enough for them to get the mining data and adjust the spacecraft's position.
The most accurate laboratory measurements yet made of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved. The measurements point to shock waves traveling through the cloud of dusty gas around the newborn Sun as a major factor in solar system formation.
The normally bland face of Uranus has become increasingly stormy, with enormous cloud systems so bright that, for the first time ever, amateur astronomers are able to see details in the planet's hazy blue-green atmosphere.
The largest sunspot seen in 24 years is rotating back to face the Earth, and it looks to have grown even bigger. Last month, the solar active region known as AR12192 entertained the world with the sunspot clearly visible to the naked eye as it produced a series of large flares. But, after spending some time over on the far side of the sun, it hasn’t finished impressing us yet.
A European spacecraft made history today by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet— an audacious cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the origin of the universe. However, two harpoons that were meant to anchor it to the comet appeared not to have fired.
The final countdown is approaching for one of the most audacious space adventures ever— the European Space Agency's attempt to land a robot on a comet. The maneuver marks the climax of the unmanned Rosetta space probe's decade-long journey to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash. Observations reveal, for the first time, the motion of gas as it is ripped out of the galaxy ESO 137-001 as it ploughs at high speed into a vast galaxy cluster. The results are the key to the solution of a long-standing mystery— why star formation switches off in galaxy clusters.
Astronauts are returning to Earth from the International Space Station today. It’s an unpleasant journey. The trip is like the world’s most extreme rollercoaster ride, and the astronauts already have a long day behind them when they land. On top of that, they will be feeling gravity for the first time in six months.
NASA is bringing the 3-D experience to your computer with a new playlist of 3-D videos on the agency's official YouTube channel, including one of astronauts growing a water bubble and placing a recording-GoPro camera inside. Videos posted to the account will give viewers a more realistic representation of living and working on the ISS and other fascinating images from the nation's space program.
The universe may be full of reclusive stars— not washed-up Hollywood stars, but the kind lurking deep in the cosmos. Scientists have reported that as many as half of all stars may lie outside galaxies.
NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents. Officials say everything looks good for the Dec. 4 launch of NASA's new Orion capsule.
The ISS was threatened by space debris but ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle saved the day by firing its thrusters to push the orbital outpost and its six occupants out of harm’s way. This is the first time the station’s international partners have avoided space debris with such urgency.
Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the ISS exploded moments after liftoff last week. The company says its investigation of the crash is continuing, but preliminary results point to a failure in one of its two main engines involved in the first stage of launch.
The physics community has spent three decades searching for and finding no evidence that dark matter is made of tiny exotic particles. Now, theoretical physicists suggest researchers consider looking for candidates more in the ordinary realm and more massive.
Using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer in near-infrared light, a team of astronomers observed 92 nearby stars to probe exozodiacal light from hot dust close to their habitable zones and combined the new data with earlier observations. Bright exozodiacal light, created by the glowing grains of hot exozodiacal dust, or the reflection of starlight off these grains, was observed around nine of the targeted stars.
National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said that, while no cause for Friday's crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has been determined, investigators found the "feathering" system— which rotates the tail to create drag— was activated before the craft reached the appropriate speed.
New research offers a novel insight into the nature of dark matter and dark energy and what the future of our Universe might be. Researchers have found hints that dark matter, the cosmic scaffolding on which our Universe is built, is being slowly erased, swallowed up by dark energy.
Water is essential for life on the planet, but the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when? While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings from a new study significantly move back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system.
GG Tau-A, a multiple-star system, contains a large outer disc encircling the entire system as well as an inner disc around the main central star. Now, a team discovered gas clumps in the region between the two discs. The new observations suggest that material is being transferred from the outer to the inner disc, creating a lifeline between the two.
The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff have promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials.
We may think of black holes as swallowing entire stars— or any other object that wanders too close to their immense gravity. But sometimes, a star that is almost captured by a black hole escapes with only a portion of its mass torn off. Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star— and the star lives to tell the tale.
China launched an experimental spacecraft today to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth.
Rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar and a hint of sweet ether. That heady bouquet, according to researchers, is the “perfume” of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky. A researcher says that, because of a highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths, which causes dangerous levels of hazardous radiation.
Life in the universe could be much older than previously thought, forming as early as 15 million years after the Big Bang, according to a provocative new idea proposed by an astrophysicist. In this scenario for the early universe, rocky planets born from the dregs of massive, primordial stars would have been warmed by the heat of a radiation that permeated all of space, which was much hotter back then than it is now.
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