A SWARM of asteroids is currently soaring past Earth with more than a dozen expected to make close passes by the end of the week. An unprecedented eight space rocks will have careened past Earth by Tuesday evening alone – and Nasa has admitted it nearly missed one of them.
Mission control might never have witnessed Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon if it weren’t for the vision of men like Eugene Shoemaker. Geologists Ivo Luccitta and Jerry Schaber say Shoemaker, who was their boss and a top gun at the U.S. Geological Survey, made a lot
Astronomers tend to be patient people. When it comes to stars, much of what they examine happened millions of years ago, and when it comes to space probes, even pre-launch prep can take a decade or more. But they are getting impatient about launching an infrared space telescope called NEOCam.
The new system onboard the International Space Station will help scientists gauge how much carbon is stored in forests. NASA scientists will use lasers from space to help measure the amount of carbon stored in forests. There are a couple of ways to study forests. Scientists can work on the
Scientists warned Sunday that a massive iceberg will soon calve — or break off — from Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf and they’re increasingly concerned about the “uncertain future” it creates for future research opportunities there. The iceberg is expected to be about twice the size of New York City, according to NASA
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to explore farther worlds than ever before when it flies past 2014 MU69 in the early hours of New Year’s Day. The spacecraft has gradually made its approach over the last two weeks as NASA scientists performed a series of checks and trajectory corrections
One of the first men to orbit the Moon has told BBC Radio 5 Live that it’s “stupid” to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, lunar module pilot of Apollo 8, the first human spaceflight to leave Earth’s orbit, said sending crews to Mars was “almost ridiculous”. Nasa is
NASA engineers have figured out how to bring the ailing Hubble Space Telescope back online after troubleshooting an instrument that wasn’t working properly. The observatory, currently in orbit around Earth, has been in safe mode since October 5th when a crucial piece of steering hardware — needed to point the telescope —
If NASA truly wants to get serious in the search for life off of Earth, scientists argue that the space agency should launch a new, large telescope into space — one capable of directly capturing the images of planets outside our Solar System. Such technology doesn’t fully exist at the
NASA’s new leader is gung-ho on privatizing spaceflight, and that could lead to some new approaches to branding… like it or not. Administrator Jim Bridenstine has unveiled a NASA Advisory Council committee that will explore the feasibility of commercializing the agency’s operations in low Earth orbit to lower its costs while its eyes
This maybe sound obvious, but you can’t charge your spacecraft with an extra long power cord — which is why batteries are clutch for space, powering everything from electric tools and spacesuits to satellites and planetary rovers. But sending a battery into the cosmos means more than just loading it
While NASA’s rovers have looked for signs of life outside of our world, they haven’t searched for life directly. But Melissa Floyd, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is working on a device that might change that. She wants to build an instrument that could look through soil and rock samples for
Two of the three closest stars outside our solar system are reportedly emitting comparable amounts of X-ray energy as the sun. That tolerable level of radiation gives alien life a “fighting chance” to survive on any planets that might be lurking around one of those stars, an article in Space.com stated. These stars
Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA? The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just make sure you’ve got $2,500 and a bit of engineering know-how. This
As we all know, SpaceX boss Elon Musk has always been enthusiastic about colonizing the Red Planet Mars despite all odds about its hostile atmosphere to make life just possible. But, Musk had a solution that he revealed in “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he hopes to nuke
As expected, the first major test flights for Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft have been delayed again, following an engine test mishap that occurred over a month ago. The crew capsule, known as the CST-100 Starliner, was scheduled to perform two major test flights to the International Space Station this year. But