Space

Will the International Space Station be decommissioned soon?

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and seen a strange, slowly moving light cross the horizon? Chances are it wasn’t an alien spacecraft, but instead, the International Space Station flying by. This extraordinary structure has been in orbit since 1998 and...

August 28, 2016

Annular Solar Eclipse of September 1, 2016

A large annular eclipse will cover 97% of the Sun on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The whole event will last from 06:13 - 12:00 UTC and will be visible across central Africa southwards to Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean. The partial eclipse will be visible...

August 27, 2016

Contact with STEREO-B solar observatory reestablished after 22 months

After 22 months of failed communication attempts, NASA's Deep Space Network has finally reestablished communication with STEREO-B solar observatory. The STEREO Missions Operations team plans further recovery processes to assess observatory health, re-establish...

August 23, 2016

OSIRIS-REx to launch toward Asteroid Bennu and come back with its sample in 2023

In September or early October 2016, NASA will launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth...

August 17, 2016

Mysterious lights streak across San Diego sky, California

Mysterious lights were seen streaking across the sky in San Diego, California on Monday night, August 15, 2016. The prime suspect, at this time, is man-made space debris. The lights were reported between 21:35 to 21:37 local time in the sky over the 3300 block of El...

August 17, 2016

World's first quantum communication satellite launched

China has successfully launched the world's first quantum communication satellite - Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert at 17:40 UTC on August 16, 2016 (01:40 local time on August 17)....

August 16, 2016

Space junk: Garbage circles above you

Did you get an accurate weather report today? Watch television? Use a GPS? If so, give credit where credit is due: thank a satellite. These orbiting objects actually do even more, too. A few of their other jobs include creating maps, taking photos, providing global...

August 10, 2016

A flotilla of CubeSats will be launched from the ISS to study Earth's thermosphere

A flotilla of 50 CubeSats, miniaturized satellites weighing an average of 2 kg (4.4 lb) each, will be launched from the ground and the International Space Station in the European-led QB50 mission to explore the little-understood region above Earth known as the...

August 10, 2016

Solar Probe Plus to fly into the Sun's upper atmosphere and touch the star

NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission has moved one step closer to its launch, scheduled for summer 2018, after passing a design review. After the successful review, the mission will transition to final assembly and implementation. It is the first mission into the...

August 09, 2016

Venus' early climate could have sustained life

New research, led by scientists from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, suggests Venus and Earth closely resembled each other during the early days of the Solar System, between one and two billion years ago. Venus, now the hottest planet in our Solar...

August 09, 2016

Perseids to peak in outburst mode on August 11 and 12, 2016

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific annual meteor showers and this year it is expected to peak in outburst mode on the night of August 11 and the morning of August 12 (UTC). This means the shower has a great potential to be spectacular, with up to...

August 07, 2016

Bright Kreutz sungrazer plunges into the Sun

A new Kreutz family sungrazing comet appeared in SOHO's LASCO C3 coronagraph imagery around 00:40 UTC on August 2, 2016. The comet made its closest approach to the Sun around 05:15 UTC on August 4, becoming one of SOHO's top 10 brightest sungrazers. Its...

August 04, 2016

Deep space radiation linked to higher cardiovascular mortality in astronauts

A recent research conducted by the scientists from the Florida State University (FSU) suggests a possible link between cardiovascular disease mortality and deep space radiation effects. The study is based on members of the Apollo space program who are experiencing...

August 03, 2016

Night sky guide for August 2016

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most prolific annual showers, will be in "outburst" mode on August 11 and 12, the first since 2009. This means that instead of the usual 80 Perseids per hour, the rate could top 150 or 200...

August 01, 2016

Venus weather patterns reveal planet's surface

New research, based on data from ESA's Venus Express satellite, for the first time reveals how the weather patterns on Venus are directly connected to the surface topography of the planet. Results suggest the Venus' thick cloud cover could offer further...

July 30, 2016

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere

Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. The work, led by Dr...

July 28, 2016

Fiery re-entry of Chinese space junk over Western US

A slow moving bright streak of light burst across the night sky over California, Utah and Nevada around 21:36 PTD on Wednesday, July 27 (04:36 UTC on July 28). Images and videos of the event immediately sent social media into a frenzy. The event, caused by space...

July 28, 2016