Space

NASA Has Announced Two Missions to Venus by 2030 – Here’s Why Space Scientists...

This image is a composite of data from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech For decades, the exploration of our solar system left one of our neighboring planets, Venus, largely unexplored. Now,...

Dark Matter “Counterweight” Is Slowing the Spin of the Milky Way’s Galactic Bar

Artist’s conception of the Milky Way galaxy. Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi The spin of the Milky Way’s galactic bar, which is made up of billions of clustered stars, has slowed by about a quarter since...

NASA Astronaut Encounters Technical Glitches With Spacesuit During Spacewalk to Install First New Solar...

Spacewalkers Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet working at the Port-6 truss during EVA 74. Credit: NASA TV NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet concluded their spacewalk at 3:26 p.m....

NASA and Boeing Progress Continues Toward July Launch of Second Starliner Flight Test

Boeing Starliner. Credit: Boeing NASA and Boeing are continuing preparations ahead of Starliner’s second uncrewed flight to prove the system can safely carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Teams inside the Starliner production...

Young Chaotic Star System Reveals Secrets of Planet Formation

Using gas velocity data, scientists observing Elias 2-27 were able to directly measure the mass of the young star’s protoplanetary disk and also trace dynamical perturbations in the star system. Visible in this paneled...

Minotaur I Rocket Launches From NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

The Northrop Grumman Minotaur I rocket carrying three national security payloads for the NRO launched at 9:35 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA Wallops/Allison Stancil NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia supported the launch of a Minotaur...

Hubble Space Telescope’s Payload Computer Halts – NASA Operations Underway To Restore

The Hubble Space Telescope is deployed on April 25, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery. Avoiding distortions of the atmosphere, Hubble has an unobstructed view peering to planets, stars and galaxies, some more than...

Rare Insights Into How Violent Supernova Explosions Affect Nearby Stars

Artist’s impression of a supernova. Credit: James Josephides, Swinburne University of Technology What happens if a supernova explosion goes off right beside another star? The star swells up, which scientists predict as a frequent occurrence...

Newly Named Asteroids Honor Pioneering Astronauts Who Have Helped Expand Our Horizons Beyond Earth

In this image from 2003, retired astronaut Joan Higginbotham took a break from training for the STS-116 mission and is shown in front of a NASA T-38 trainer. Credit: NASA Twenty-seven asteroids have been named...

Astronomers Were Puzzled by “Great Dimming” of Betelgeuse – Now the Mystery Is Solved

These images, taken with the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, show the surface of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse during its unprecedented dimming, which happened in late 2019 and early 2020. The...