Satellites and space missions

Isolated hills on Pluto floating in the sea of frozen nitrogen

NASA's New Horizons missions collected images and data indicating the isolated hills on Pluto may be fragments of water ice from the planet's surrounding uplands. The hills are thought to float in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move just like the icebergs in...

February 09, 2016

China publishes new high-quality images of the Moon's surface

The China National Space Administration has published hundreds of previously unseen high-quality images, videos and scientific data of the Moon. The information was gathered by the Chang'e-3 lunar rover and is now available to anyone who is interested in it. ...

February 05, 2016

Jason-3 mission launch replay - January 17, 2016

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to deliver the Jason-3 satellite to low-Earth orbit at 18:42 UTC on January 17, 2016. If all goes as planned, the Jason-3 satellite will be deployed approximately one hour after launch. This mission also marks an...

January 17, 2016

Cassini makes final close flyby images of Saturn's moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its 22nd and the final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on December 19, 2015 at 17:49 UTC and will now continue to observe the moon from a much greater distance. The spacecraft passed Enceladus at a distance of 4 999 km...

December 22, 2015

Blazar bonanza

A long time ago in a galaxy half the universe away, a flood of high-energy gamma rays began its journey to Earth. When they arrived in April, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope caught the outburst, which helped two ground-based gamma-ray observatories detect...

December 15, 2015

Fresh view of Earth - DSCOVR taking images of entire sunlit side of Earth every two hours

Less than a year after its launch on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, also known as EPIC, is taking images of the entire sunlit side of Earth every two hours. All images are in the public domain and can be...

December 14, 2015

Rosetta's OSIRIS launches website with most recent imagery of Comet 67P

Rosetta's OSIRIS camera team has launched new website designed to showcase its most recent images taken of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These images are in high-resolution, taken with narrow- or wide-angle camera, showing the comet at very small distances....

December 12, 2015

Two new studies offer new clues to Ceres' bright spots and origins

Two new studies reveal some of Ceres' well-kept secrets, including highly anticipated insights about mysterious bright features found all over the dwarf planet's surface. In one study, scientists identify this bright material as a kind of salt, while the...

December 09, 2015

New close-up pictures of Pluto - the best for decades to come

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto obtained during its July flyby. These close-up pictures of Pluto may be the best ones for decades to come. Each week New Horizons transmits data stored on its...

December 06, 2015

SOHO celebrates its 20th anniversary of gazing into the Sun

Today marks the 20th anniversary of NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Originally planned for two-year mission, the project has now almost gone strong for two full solar-cycles, making the project longest Sun watching satellite to this day. When...

December 02, 2015

FireSat - the ultimate orbital global wildfire coverage

The detection of wildfires is the first step in combating them, so it is crucial to people's lives and property to be able to respond to them as quickly as possible. For this reason, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California is putting a lot of effort...

November 28, 2015

STEREO-A solar observatory resumes normal operations

As of November 17, NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft (Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead), has once again resumed its science operations and began transmitting data at its full rate. For the previous year, STEREO-A was transmitting only a weak signal,...

November 19, 2015

New coronagraph design to be tested in an upcoming CubeSat mission

A team of scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center plan to send a ball sized spherical titanium occulter to study the Sun's corona. This mission is expected to help scientists understand Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) much more clearly. The spherical...

November 14, 2015

Galileo satellites to begin testing Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

An improper launch of ESA's Galileo 5 and 6 satellites on August 22, 2014 has given ESA's researchers an opportunity to test Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. In a year long experiment, researchers will make use of the atomic clock onboard the...

November 10, 2015

New Horizons recent Pluto flyby yields numerous exciting discoveries

NASA's New Horizons science team gathered on the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland, taking place from November 8 to 13, 2015, to discuss numerous exciting discoveries that...

November 09, 2015

MAVEN data reveals solar wind emptied Mars' atmosphere, left behind a dry planet

Data from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has allowed researchers to understand the drastic transformation in the Martian environment - from a wet, warm climate which may have supported life to the cold and dry planet that it has...

November 06, 2015

China to enter 'big league' with the launch of 4 research satellites

China will launch 4 scientific satellites which will engage in a series of experiments and research related to dark matter, quantum physics, microgravity, fluid physics and black holes among other fields. The satellites are being developed in a joint effort by...

November 06, 2015

15 years of continuous habitation aboard the ISS

Today, November 2, 2015 marks 15 years of continuous habitation aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 1, the first station crew, docked on November 2, 2000 after launching two days earlier inside the Russian Soyuz TM-31 rocket from the Baikonur...

November 02, 2015

Black hole experiences massive X-ray flare

Black holes have always been one of the most mysterious and awe inspiring objects in space. Astronomers have known for some time that black holes periodically emit very powerful flares into space. New observations from NASA's Explorer missions Swift and the...

November 01, 2015

First raw image from Enceladus' October 28 flyby now available

First image of Saturn's moon Enceladus has been received from the Cassini spacecraft, NASA reported on October 30, 2015. NASA's Cassini spacecraft was scheduled to perform its deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October...

October 31, 2015

ESA's JUICE set to explore Jupiter's mysterious moons

​Astronomers have always been fascinated by the gas giant Jupiter. A planet over 1000 times the size of Earth with 63 natural moons, 4 of whom are nearly as big as planets themselves, Jupiter and its moons are considered to be a mini solar system and are popularly...

October 27, 2015

Cassini to perform the deepest-ever dive through the plume of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is scheduled to perform the deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October 28, 2015. The scientists involved in the project are hoping this dive will provide new insights into the moon's ocean...

October 27, 2015

Kepler confirms white dwarfs feed off remnant planets or planet-like bodies

A group of scientists led by Andrew Vanderburg has used the repurposed Kepler space telescope to record evidence of a small planetoid being disintegrated bit by bit as it revolves around a dense white dwarf star. The discovery validates the popular theory that white...

October 27, 2015

14 new IBEX data based research papers on Solar System's boundary

Data obtained by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a mission providing the most definitive analyses, theories and results about local interstellar space to date, was presented in fourteen new research papers published on October 20, 2015, in a...

October 22, 2015

NASA ready to observe 2015/16 El Niño in unprecedented details

The periodical El Niño weather phenomena, known to affect the climate of our planet every few years, causing and enhancing extreme weather patterns, has already received a lot of attention this year, and will be better observed from space than any other El...

October 21, 2015

DSCOVR's EPIC website goes live: Daily views of our planet, 1.5 million km away

On October 19, 2015, NASA launched its new website with daily images of full sunlit side of the Earth taken by Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), positioned around 1.5 million km (~1 million miles) from our planet. DSCOVR was launched on February 11, 2015 and...

October 19, 2015

ISRO's first image taken by their newly launched Astrosat space observatory

On October 15, 2015, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) released the first images taken by Astrosat, its recently launched Multi-wavelength Space Observatory. Astrosat was launched into a 650 km (404 miles) orbit on September 28, 2015 by ISRO's Polar...

October 16, 2015

NASA offers Venture Class Launch Services contracts for CubeSat satellites

NASA has awarded three contracts amounting to $17.15 million USD for dedicated CubeSat (smallsat) launches as part of its Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) initiative on October 14, 2015. These initial CubeSat launches are expected to demonstrate the usability of...

October 15, 2015

New maps of Jupiter reveal the Great Red Spot continues to shrink

NASA's scientists have produced new maps of Jupiter from images collected by the Hubble Space Telescope. Newly composed maps are the first in a series of yearly images of the Solar System's outer planets, designed to keep track of how these giant worlds...

October 15, 2015

Blue hazes and small regions of water ice found on Pluto

The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, provided last week by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show the hazes scatter blue light, NASA announced on October 8, 2015. New Horizons has also detected small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto, using...

October 09, 2015

Rosetta gathers data from the south pole of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Several months after the arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) in August 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally managed to observe and characterize comet's southern polar regions. The only instrument that was able to study this dark region of...

October 02, 2015

New maps uncover amazing geological features on Ceres

A series of new images of Ceres have been provided by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, showing the geological features of the dwarf planet in amazing, unprecedented details. A new colored topographic map shows numerous recently approved names for various geological...

October 01, 2015

Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM): Deflecting asteroids to protect Earth

Our planet is constantly bombarded by small asteroids that try to penetrate its protective atmosphere. The vast majority don't get through, but larger asteroids could pose a threat. Understanding better the surface and internal structure of asteroids is crucial...

October 01, 2015

Amazing new collection of high-resolution Pluto images opens a new page in its future research

A new collection of high-resolution images of Pluto, collected by NASA's New Horizon, has revealed the minor planet's surface in amazing, previously unseen topographic and compositional details. The collected data has opened new horizons in the future research o

September 25, 2015

New research reveals a global ocean beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered a global ocean underneath the icy crust of Enceladus, the geologically active Saturn's moon. The discovery has been made by using data from NASA's Cassini mission, NASA announced on September 15, 2015.Researchers have come to this conc

September 17, 2015