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Arkyd space telescope demonstrator will launch as early as April 2014

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2013 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources will advance its mission to mine resource rich near Earth asteroids by launching the Arkyd spacecraft.

Planetary Resources explains how asteroid mining will open space for human colonization

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2013 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Orbit raises to Lunar landings are near infinitely more achievable when access is fueled by the resources present on asteroids.

NASA and Planetary Resources team up for asteroid detection

Posted in Business on 25th Nov, 2013 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
After an asteroid exploded above Russia, scientists have scrambled to put systems in place that could identify such objects in the future.

Second Planetary System Like Ours Discovered

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second planetary system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found.

Indian probe begins journey to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2013 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
India's mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is due to reach Mars on 24 September next year.

Astronomers discover first exomoon

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Now, scientists believe they have found the first exomoon about 1,800 light years away from Earth.

Astronomers Figured Out How to Weigh Entire Planets Using Starlight

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:27 AM
by AlexMuller
A method to weigh an exoplanet by measuring the starlight that shines through its atmosphere.

Life on other planets could be far more widespread

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth sized planets can support life at least ten times farther away from stars than previously thought, according to researchers

Rogue asteroids may be the norm

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The new asteroid map suggests that the early solar system may have undergone dramatic changes before the planets assumed their current alignment.

$600M planet hunting space telescope Kepler comes back online

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Space telescope Kepler is once again able to resume finding new planets outside our own solar system.

Kepler demonstrates that it can still detect planets

Posted in Hardware on 20th Feb, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Last year, it looked as though the Kepler space probe had nothing to look forward to but the scrap heap.

Europe's PLATO will hunt for habitable Earth-like planets

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Unlike Kepler, the European astronomers are looking for something very specific and more exciting: Earth-like rocky planets in their Sun-like stars’ habitable zones.

Scientists Detect Water On Exoplanet, Opening New Chapter In Search For Alien Life

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets, including many that are similar to our own.

Massive impact sent Martian meteorites to Earth

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
We've found over 100 meteorites here on Earth that originate from Mars. But how did they get here?

New Tool Could Help Spot Alien Life

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth’s atmosphere is heavy and keeps water from flying off into space. So astronomers looking for alien worlds that can harbor life have also been looking for heavy atmospheres.

Nasa seeks coders to hunt asteroids

Posted in Software on 12th Mar, 2014 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
US space agency Nasa is seeking coders who could help prevent a global catastrophe by identifying asteroids that may crash into Earth.

NASA’s new flower-shaped spaceship will take real photos of alien planets

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2014 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept for a new sunflower-shaped spaceship that will take actual photographs of planets outside our solar system.

This startup is test-driving buildings for a Martian colony in 2024

Posted in Hardware on 27th Mar, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon, we’ll be able to gauge what life might be like on Mars, despite never having landed a human being on the planet’s surface.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' spotted by Kepler

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2014 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.

$17.9-billion funding plan for NASA would boost planetary science

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Advocates of space exploration say the funding proposal is notable for a significant increase in support for planetary science.

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".

There should be at least two larger than Earth size planets beyond Pluto

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Two supersized planets could lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Students will send time capsule to Mars

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A group of students want to greet the first Mars human colonists with a time capsule by collecting photos, videos, audio clips, and messages to send to the planet by 2017.

Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant star that’s just far enough away to reasonably support life (aka the habitable zone).

Giant space telescope could detect hints ot life on exoplanets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jul, 2014 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The telescope would be capable of analyzing the light from planets the size of the Earth in orbit around other nearby stars.

Astronomy: Planets in chaos

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form.

Frozen World Opens up the Door for Earth-like Planets

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2014 09:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery is expected to help astronomers better understand how Earth-like, or even potentially habitable, planets can form and how to find them.

Earth-like planets Gliese 581 g and d likely don't exist, study says

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New method to account for star signals another blow to controversial planets.

The Earth's Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Our magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, especially over the Western Hemisphere.

Research shows oceans are vital for the possibility of alien life

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2014 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly increasing.

A new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence: targeting alien polluters

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds.

Mars Opportunity Rover sets off-world driving record

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has taken the record for the greatest distance traveled on another planetary body.

NASA will send a system to extract oxygen from the Mars Atmosphere in 2020

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA plans to make oxygen, a central ingredient of rocket fuel, on Mars early in the next decade.

Hints of elusive early stars found in our galaxy

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Methane and oxygen molecules together are a reliable sign of biological activity because methane doesn't last long in an atmosphere containing oxygen-bearing molecules.

Curiosity reaches Mount Sharp

Posted in Science on 13th Sep, 2014 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Mount Sharp will be the centerpiece of a new program of study to locate areas which could or once could have supported microbial life on Mars.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft prepares for orbital insertion

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Achieving a stable orbit around the Red Planet would be the culmination of a 10-month voyage, during which the robotic explorer traveled 442 million miles.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is buried just below the surface.

Elon Musk believes colonizing Mars will save humanity

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk says that he's fighting to colonize Mars because he feels he must do all he can to keep the flame of humanity alive.

How to Measure Distance in Space

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Looking up to the stars, it can sometimes feel like everything sits on a single, two-dimensional sheet held up above us. How do we know it doesn't?

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within shadowed craters on Mercury.

MAVEN spacecraft provides look at Martian upper atmosphere

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2014 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
MAVEN’s main mission is to study the effect of the Sun on the Martian atmosphere and has hit the ground running.

What does the next generation telescope need to detect life?

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost 2,000 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date. Yet, we still know little about these alien worlds, especially their atmospheres.

Test Version of Planetary Resources Space telescope Scheduled to Launch Today

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
More than 1,500 asteroids are as easy to reach as the Moon and are in similar orbits as Earth.

Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
This is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called “ice giant” planets, Uranus and Neptune.

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2014 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers have volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?

Gaia space observatory could discover 70,000 new Jupiters

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System.

Google's Planetary Ventures to lease former NASA airfield for space research

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's latest "moonshot" is an apt one; it is investing in a NASA-owned airfield to expand research into space exploration and robotics.

China plans Mars mission For 2020, a new space race could be heating up

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2014 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Most people assume that if and when humans do land on Mars, it will be with a NASA logo on their arm. You might want to think again.

Amazing short film imagines the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
4 minutes. Watch it fullscreen in HD. Trust me on this one guys!

Success with the ground-based detection of super-earth exoplanets

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a nearby star using a ground-based telescope for the first time.

Your Run-of-the-Mill Digital Camera Can Now Detect Alien Planets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Dec, 2014 08:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Modern tech, it would seem, is taking homebrew astronomy to new heights.

How did life become complex, and could it happen beyond Earth?

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
How did the chemistry evolve to get life to where we are today? What transitions took place?

Some exoplanets may get squished by gravity from stars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2014 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have caught glimpses of planets that may be less dense than Styrofoam, some with two suns, and others believed to be made of diamond.

Kepler proves it can still find planets

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries.

MAVEN uncovers secrets of Martian atmosphere loss

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars is regarded as the most Earth-like of the planets in the Solar System, but its atmosphere is only 0.6 percent as dense as Earth's and is constantly leaking into space.

We Found a New and Cheaper Way to Get to Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:31 AM
by AlexMuller
There are reasons why getting from Earth to Mars is hard, among them are 1) the massive amount of fuel needed and 2) a launch window that is limited to every 26 months.

NASA to hack the Mars rover Opportunity in order to fix 'amnesia' fault

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2015 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Opportunity, which has been exploring Mars for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems.

Growing greens on the Red Planet

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2015 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
When the first living visitor from Earth lands on Mars we might well expect it to be a man or a woman, but if students have their way, it could be one small step for a lettuce.

'Alien Earth' is among eight new far-off planets

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
One of eight new planets spied in distant solar systems has usurped the title of 'most Earth-like alien world', astronomers have said.

Sandstone structures on Mars look much like structures created by microbes on Earth

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The early history of Mars seems to have been very similar to that of Earth, especially with respect to the ancient hydrosphere.

Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000

Posted in Science on 11th Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Kepler space telescope's count of exoplanets has passed the magic 1,000 mark, including eight new "habitable" planets and 544 candidate planets.

Lost Beagle2 probe found 'intact' on Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact.

Billions of Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 02:05 AM
by PlanetTech
A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.

A twist on planetary origins

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2015 07:23 PM
by AlexMuller
'The early solar system was more violent than expected: You had these massive sprays of molten material getting ejected out from these really big impacts. It's an extreme process.'

Should we use helicopter drones to fly across Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2015 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept for an unmanned helicopter to fly through the skies of Mars.

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 01:34 AM
by AlexMuller
At 11.2 billion years old, it proves that such planets have formed throughout the history of the Universe.

Scientists predict Earth-like planets around most stars

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2015 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life.

New research hints at Earth's inner core having its own inner core

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
What the researchers found took them by surprise. The inner core is far more complex than previously thought, with the seismic wave data indicating two distinct parts.

Twinkle mission to take a closer look at exoplanet atmospheres

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The Twinkle satellite will look at the atmospheres of exoplanets to seek more definite signs of life.

A tour of places in our own solar system where we might find life

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Where to look for life in space.

Mysterious haze in Mars' atmosphere baffles scientists

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2015 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A mysterious haze high above Mars has left scientists scratching their heads.

An alien star system buzzed past the Sun 70,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have announced. No other star is known to have approached this close to us.

Mars Express images help decipher the geological history of the Red Planet

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has provided a fresh look at a region believed to be hiding large volumes of water ice just beneath the surface.

The first people on Mars could be in for a serious case of jet lag

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Sleep scientists now worry that our Earthly circadian rhythms could be one more major headache for the first humans on Mars.

Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that Mars was once hit by an asteroid so large that it melted nearly half of the planet’s surface.

Data can be analysed to determine the composition of clouds on exoplanets

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2015 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Data from Kepler space observatory can be used to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets.

NASA finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2015 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A huge primitive ocean once covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say.

Scientists fly kites on Earth to study Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A kite, equipped with off-the-shelf instruments such as a camera, a GPS, and orientation sensors, can scan the terrain from high above.

Best views yet of Mercury's ice-filled craters

Posted in Science on 18th Mar, 2015 04:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have obtained the most detailed views yet of ice deposits inside the permanently shadowed craters at Mercury's north pole.

'Northern lights' auroras observed on Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A NASA spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has detected a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Possible fatty acid detected on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A fatty acid might be among the molecules discovered on Mars by Curiosity. However, it's not possible yet to determine if the compound has a biological or non-biological origin.

It is probable that exoplanets are in the habitable zone around most stars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Billions of the stars in the Milky Way will have one to three planets in the habitable zone, where life could exist.

Aurora shift confirms Ganymede has an ocean

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2015 01:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Shifts in Ganymede’s version of the Northern Lights suggest that a saltwater ocean lurks beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s largest moon.

Martian Microbes Could Be Eating Carbon Monoxide From the Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2015 08:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Good news for the possibility of life on Mars.

Mars beckons for European satellite

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite Europe will be sending to Mars early next year is about to undergo its final test programme.

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Engine

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA announced it will partner with companies to create more advanced space technology, including a new engine that could get humans to Mars in less than 40 days.

Water: There's so much of it in our solar system and beyond, says NASA

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Hunting for habitable worlds would mean looking for where there is water. However, the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years."

Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon's origin

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2015 03:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The Moon may have been formed by a collision between Earth and an object that was strikingly similar in composition to our own planet.

150 billion cubic meters of water ice on Mars in glaciers covered by dust

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies have now calculated the size of the glaciers and thus the amount of water. It is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than one meter of ice.

Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Hints that prebiotic organic chemistry is universal.

Extra terrestrial life in our solar system?

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they may have at least microbial life.

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point, allowing brine to form.

Most powerful space telescope ever to launch in 2018

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:42 PM
by AlexMuller
As the Hubble Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA is building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before.

NASA assembles unprecedented scientific team to find out if we are all alone

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA wants to find life outside the solar system and are launching an interdisciplinary effort to search for extraterrestrial life.

The search for more Earth-like planets ramps up

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A new collaboration aims to bring separate telescopes together into a family, united by the single goal of seeking habitable worlds.

Hidden water below Antarctica provides hope for life on Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2015 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Antarctica is the Earth environment that most resembles Mars.

Here's How We'll Terraform Mars With Microbes

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Could our planet's toughest microbes change the face of Mars?

Asteroid-Mining Company to Deploy 1st Satellite This Summer

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources' Arkyd-3R probe currently sits aboard the International Space Station and is scheduled to be deployed sometime in July.

Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth.

NASA Putting Out a 'Journey To Mars Challenge' to the public

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2015 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has launched the 'Journey to Mars Challenge' asking the public for their ideas for maintaining a crew on Mars. Three winners will be awarded $5,000.

How Planet Hunters are Going to Find the Next Earth With Space Telescopes

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2015 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Twenty years ago, discovering another Earth sounded like a science fictional dream. But astronomers now believe we might do just that.

NASA's new CubeSat concept for planetary exploration beyond low Earth orbit

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2015 08:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would use less-expensive cubesats (tiny-satellites) to observe physical phenomena beyond low-Earth-orbit.

NASA Chief Wants to Cut Mars Travel Time in Half

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the expertise the US can muster, including advanced propulsion technologies such as solar electric engines and perhaps even nuclear rockets.

Earth Organisms Could Survive on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Mars is known for its hostile, low-pressure environment, but despite that fact a study shows that Earth organisms (Archaea) could indeed survive on the Red Planet.

First ever glass deposits found on the surface of Mars

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The glass was created when meteorites slammed into the Martian surface with enough force to melt some of the rocks, which then cooled, turning them into impact glass.

Chaotic orbital interactions keep flipping Pluto's moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Inhabitants of two of Pluto’s moons, Nix or Hydra, would not know when each day would begin and from which direction the Sun would rise.

NASA will launch two interplanetary cubesats in 2016

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space.They will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA believes that it's on the way to creating organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth.

Crater reveals Mars probably had water within last million years

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have long been searching for water on Mars, and now new research suggests that watery debris flowed in one of its craters as recently as a million years ago.

Earth's colossal crater count complete

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that all of the big impact craters on the planet's surface have been found, leaving none to be discovered.

Even 11+ Billion-Year-Old Stars Have Earth-Like Planets

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A clear indication that such planets have formed in the Milky Way long before the Earth.

A boomerang-like aircraft could be the first to fly on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
With its various rover missions, NASA has been actively exploring the surface of Mars, but now the space agency wants to investigate the Martian skies.

How We'll Live on Mars:

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
'What’s really important is to get people off this planet and become a spacefaring society.'

NASA Mars Trek Is the Google Earth of Mars

Posted in Software on 11th Jul, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has just released a new website that lets users explore Mars imagery in depth, similar to what you can do with Google Earth.

Pluto revealed at last

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The New Horizons probe has reached Pluto after a multi-billion-km flight across the Solar System lasting nine and a half years.

Curiosity finds continent-building rocks on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Early Mars may have been a bit more like early Earth.

Asteroid-mining milestone: Planetary Resources deploys first spacecraft into orbit

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jul, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources has deployed its first spacecraft test mission for several of the technologies required to hunt for asteroids.

Now that we have explored our solar system, what is the next frontier?

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past 50 years, American spacecraft have visited every major component of our solar system.

New Horizons spurs new calls to make Pluto a planet once again

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2015 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Pluto is not only a little larger than previously thought, but also home to some remarkable geological features. Many are saying it's time to restore Pluto to its previous station.

'Earth 2.0' found in NASAs latest Kepler telescope haul

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Kepler-452b orbits at a similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.

Alien Auroras Found, 1 Million Times Brighter Than Any On Earth

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Auroras, the displays of colors in the sky known on Earth as northern or southern lights, are also seen on all of the other planets with magnetic fields in the solar system.

Mars orbiter prepares for next year's InSight lander arrival

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
The InSight Mars lander mission may be more than a year away, but NASA is already moving its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to provide communications during the landing.

NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Planets like this, known as super-Earths, are ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.

NASA marks Curiosity's third anniversary with new interactive online tools

Posted in Software on 8th Aug, 2015 09:16 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has released two new tools designed to both educate the public and help scientists select future landing sites.

Scientists Find Evidence for Ancient Lake in Meridiani Planum on Mars

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of an ancient lake that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface water ever to exist on the Red Planet.

Comet impacts may have cooked up a 'soup of life'

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2015 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
New results show how collisions between comets and planets can make molecules that are the essential building blocks of life.

Planetoid a billion miles beyond Pluto selected as New Horizons' next destination

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2015 05:31 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has selected the next potential destination for the unmanned spacecraft, a planetoid called 2014 MU69.

There are probably 1 to 10 billion earthlike planets in the Milky Way

Posted in Science on 31st Aug, 2015 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers combine constraints on galaxy formation with planet formation models, yielding the Earth-like and giant planet formation histories of the Milky Way and the Universe.

A New study casts doubt on the Mars valley water formation theory

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2015 07:55 PM
by AlexMuller
During the period in which the distinctive valleys supposedly formed, the Martian atmosphere may have already been too depleted to maintain the free-running water.

Earth observations show how nitrogen may be detected on exoplanets, aiding search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring nitrogen in the atmosphere of an exoplanet can be crucial to determining if it might be habitable.

CubeSats to Mars and beyond

Posted in Hardware on 6th Sep, 2015 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
All the activity and interest in CubeSats has been primarily limited to spacecraft in Earth orbit. Now engineers are exploring what CubeSats could do beyond Earth orbit.

SpaceX Dragon capsule could bring back soil samples from Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 03:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Life on Mars, now or in the past, is still up for debate, and the best way to settle it is by getting samples into the hands of scientists.

NASA tests new wing shape for future Mars planes

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Sep, 2015 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The space agency has been considering a boomerang-like aircraft for future Mars exploration for quite some time.

NASA Is Sending Bacteria to the Edge of Space to See if They Can Hitchhike to Mars

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
To find out if life can hitchhike to Mars and survive on the planet’s surface, NASA is going to see how they do 120,000 feet up.

Liquid water flows on today’s Mars, NASA confirms

Posted in Science on 28th Sep, 2015 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars, NASA announced today.

Earth-like planets around small stars likely have protective magnetic fields, aiding chance for life

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth-like planets orbiting close to small stars probably have magnetic fields.

What liquid water on Mars could mean for the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
This result is a game-changer for four main reasons.

Who Will Become the First People on Mars?

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A rundown of the ongoing race to the Red Planet:

3D-printed ice shelter wins NASA's Mars habitat design competition

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
The contest sought concepts for how 3D printing might be used to create shelters on Mars. The winner, Ice House, would be built using Mars' predicted abundant water supply.

The water discovery ignites new debate on if there could be life on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
'I think it’s quite possible there are halophiles that could survive on Mars.'

Aliens or not, there's much to discover in the new Kepler data

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The internet has worked itself into a frenzy over the possibility that we’ve found an alien mega-structure.

Most Earth-like worlds have yet to be born, says new NASA study

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 08:42 PM
by AlexMuller
There should already be 1 billion Earth-sized worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. That estimate skyrockets when you include the other 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

Planetary Resources gets $12M in new backing for asteroid hunt

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources, company that aims to mine rare metals and scarce water on asteroids, has raised $12 million in new capital, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Mars atmosphere 'eroded by Sun activity'

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2015 01:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists think they are getting closer to explaining precisely how Mars lost much of its atmosphere.

'Most distant' Solar System object spied

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2015 07:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Observations with Japan's Subaru telescope reveal an object to be some 15.5 billion km from the Sun, about three times further away than even far-flung Pluto.

United States Senate votes to legalize space mining

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2015 04:40 PM
by AlexMuller
"Many years from now, we will view this pivotal moment in time as a major step toward humanity becoming a multi-planetary species," said Planetary Resources

A new study challenges assumptions about the origins of Earth's water

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2015 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
If the new hypothesis is correct, it could mean better prospects of finding other rock-and-ocean worlds throughout the galaxy.

What is interplanetary dust and can it spread the ingredients of life?

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA reported that a cloud of dust was surrounding Mars high above its atmosphere. They ruled out Mars itself and its moons Phobos and Deimos as the sources of the dust.

NASA's chemical 'laptop' would help find life on other planets

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's newly tested Chemical Laptop is the first device built to detect amino acids and fatty acids (the telltale signs of life as we know it) on other worlds.

Mars 2020 rover may have a little flying helper drone

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing a helicopter-like drone that could scope out the landscape ahead of the Mars 2020 rover.

Falling Phobos will eventually put a ring around Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Eventually, in 20 to 40 million years, the dust-coated pile of rubble could completely fall apart from all the stress.

Space telescopes launching in 2017 and 2018 will mean a lot more exoplanet discoveries

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 04:43 AM
by AlexMuller
New space telescopes will be put up over the next few years to search for more planets outside our solar system and analyze their atmospheres.

Europe's ExoMars missions are go; finally

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2015 02:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The initial venture will involve a satellite going to Mars to study the atmosphere. The orbiter will drop a probe on to the surface to test technologies needed to land a rover.

Bill Recognizing Asteroid Property Rights signed into Law

Posted in Business on 27th Nov, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
'A hundred years from now, humanity will look at this period in time as the point in which we were able to establish a permanent foothold in space' said Peter Diamandis.

MIT study says that there is little risk of Earth's goemagnetic field flipping soon

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2015 05:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Previous research had predicted an imminent flip that would leave life on Earth temporarily un-shielded from space radiation.

A drill to tunnel miles below the surface of Mars

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:07 PM
by AlexMuller
In the California desert, Honeybee robotics is testing a drill that could search for life on other worlds.

UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2015 12:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The ExoMars rover is due to launch for Mars in 2018, with arrival in 2019.

Faulty instrument delays Mars lander launch

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Insight lander will miss its scheduled launch window in March 2016 due to a continuing fault with one of its primary scientific instruments.

Comets, not asteroids, pose the real danger to Earth from space

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The threat comes in the form of giant comets known as centaurs, are up to 100 km large and more massive than all of the near-Earth asteroids discovered thus far combined.

Chasing comets, Pluto fly-by and Falcon landing: A year in space

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2015 09:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A look back at the space technology and exploration highlights of 2015.

Advance in astronomy 'can help find other worlds'

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
"Our technique can tell you how big and bright is the star, and if a planet around it is the right size and temperature to have water oceans, and maybe life"

Melting of ice lid caused release of CO2 at the end of the ice age

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
During the last ice age, it was thought that the deepest part of the ocean was made up of very salty, dense water, which was capable of trapping a lot of CO2.

Astronomers Want to Build A Forty Foot Space Telescope to Find the Next Earth

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jan, 2016 11:27 AM
by AlexMuller
To achieve this, we’ll need a spacecraft more advanced than anything humans have built, a telescope with 10x the seeing power of Hubble.

Case made for the existence of a 'ninth planet'

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 01:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The planet would have 10 times the mass of Earth. Astronomers have an idea where it ought to be in the sky, and we might expect a campaign to try to track it down.

Moon formed by a head-on collision between Earth and young planet

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed.

France and India To Jointly Explore Mars And Venus

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
France and India will put a lander on Mars in a bid to explore the planet, according to the chief of the French space agency.

Ancient Martian lakes may have harboured life, researchers say

Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep water basins formed on Mars more than three billion years ago may have once been habitable, according to new research.

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Will Launch Craft to Mars and Carry 13 CubeSats

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the enormous SLS, will carry 13 CubeSats and a spacecraft bound for the Red Planet.

Ordnance Survey creates map for Martian ramblers

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2016 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
OS says the map could prove helpful for future Mars mission planning as well as providing a compelling visual way of informing the public about them.

Mars Express provides a look at ancient Martian flooding

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2016 02:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Fracture-like features are thought to have been caused by the loss of underground ice, as well as the general evaporation of water, which was once highly abundant.

NASA has invited India to collaborate on its mission to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Feb, 2016 11:17 AM
by AlexMuller
ISRO has already proved that it has the ability to get to the Red Planetary efficiently; the space agency spent only US $74 million (less than the budget of the film Gravity).

Great tilt gave Mars a new face

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2016 02:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars hasn't always looked like it does today. Some 3 to 3.5 billion years ago, the planet underwent a huge tilt.

Astronomers identify trick to root out false-positives in the search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Scenarios in which the detection of oxygen in the atmosphere of exoplanets would not represent the presence of extraterrestrial life.

Why Europe's New Mission to Mars is Such a Big Deal

Posted in Science on 12th Mar, 2016 08:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Early next week, the ExoMars mission launches with the goal of discovering signs of life on the Red Planet.

European-Russian spacecraft heads out in search for life on Mars

Posted in Science on 14th Mar, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft on Monday in a joint mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars and bring humans closer to flying to the planet themselves.

New gravity map gives us our best view yet of the inside of Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.

2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year.

NASA is building a new exoplanet-hunting tool

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The $10 million instrument is expected to start looking for exoplanets in 2019.

The moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2016 08:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the sun.

We Finally Know What's Causing Enormous Mounds on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have puzzled over the miles-high mounds rising from of the centres of Martian craters.

Astronomers find planets stripped bare by their host stars' radiation

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2016 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of planets that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars.

Astronomers Found Evidence for Exoplanets 100 Years Ago But Didn’t Know It

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory’s collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star.

The first step toward alpha centauri: sailing to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 16th Apr, 2016 07:10 AM
by AlexMuller
These lasers sails could drive "space-chips" to Mars in roughly 30 minutes, researchers say.

Did the Sun Consume a Primordial Super-Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2016 07:56 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that at least one super-Earth; a planet that is larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune, could have formed close to the sun.

European scientists set eyes on ice moon Europa

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
European scientists are meeting to consider options for exploring Europa, a moon of Jupiter. They have ideas that could fit as add-ons to US missions that are to be launched in the 2020s.

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Formally announced in January, China's Mars voyage will attempt to recreate the success of the U.S. Viking 1 mission that landed a rover on the planet four decades ago.

There May Be a Giant Lake Lurking Beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Posted in Science on 23rd Apr, 2016 09:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are reporting evidence of an enormous, never-before-seen subglacial lake, buried beneath the East Antarctic ice sheet.

3 newly discovered exoplanets prime candidates in search for life elsewhere

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The worlds are potentially habitable given their sizes and temperatures, and may be the best candidates yet in the search for life.

Boiling water may be the cause of the Martian streaks, a study says

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The results of lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water, though in an otherworldly manner, scientists said.

Europe and Russia delay ExoMars rover project to 2020

Posted in Science on 4th May, 2016 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim of the mission is to land a rover on the Red Planet. Capable of drilling up to 2m below the surface, it would search for signs of past or present life.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by NASA May Have Found Evidence of Volcanic Eruptions

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the help of mineral-mapping, scientists found evidences that there were volcanic activities on Mars billions of years ago.

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2016 06:16 PM
by AlexMuller
"Atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere is notoriously difficult to measure"

Kepler telescope discovers 100 Earth-sized planets

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2016 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
It has also detected nine small planets within so-called habitable zones, where conditions are favourable for liquid water, and potentially life.

Shooting stars show Earth had oxygen eons before we thought

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2016 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The scorched remains of 60 micrometeorites have survived 2.7 billion years in Western Australia. They are the oldest space rocks ever discovered on Earth.

Space mission observes magnetic fields of Earth and sun

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2016 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
How magnetic reconnection takes place, a critical step in understanding space weather.

NASA's NIAC Program looks to fund futuristic space concepts

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber for shuttle astronauts, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest projects NASA is embarking on.

Evidence of ancient tsunamis on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Such events could only have occurred more than three billion years ago when the planet was wetter and warmer.

Red dwarf exoplanets not as habitable as once believed

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2016 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Computer models suggest that these planets are likely rendered uninhabitable by their super-dense atmospheres.

Mars Used To Look More White Than Red

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2016 02:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The first concrete evidence that Mars has just exited an extreme ice age, one so intense it would have put Earth's recent frosty foray to shame.

Aging Stars Can Make New Habitable Zones For Planets

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2016 01:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists searching for life in the universe now have a new target: the once-icy worlds orbiting red giants.

Mysterious Heavy Ion Beams Above Mars Explained

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's latest mission to Mars has uncovered the origins of fast-moving streams of particles high above the planet, flowing against the solar wind.

Planet 9 could have once been an exoplanet, stolen by our sun

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Astronomers often find exoplanets hundreds of light years away in other solar systems, but there is probably one hiding in our own backyard'

Space experts say sending humans to Mars worth the risk

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 04:54 PM
by AlexMuller
There's a long-standing joke that NASA is always 20 years from putting astronauts on Mars. A to-do list from 2015 looks remarkably similar to one compiled in 1990.

Bayer And Planetary Resources To Improve Agriculture With Space Data

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2016 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
'A powerful tool that can provide a new level of information on crops anywhere in the world'

Asteroids 'dumped water into the molten Moon'

Posted in Science on 1st Jun, 2016 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
How and when water got trapped in volcanic lunar rocks is a huge and open question for planetary scientists.

Elon Musk says early Mars missions will establish crucial cargo routes

Posted in Science on 11th Jun, 2016 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
"You can count on it. It’s going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station," said Musk.

First Mars crew be pioneers who build up Mars facilities for colonization

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2016 06:35 PM
by AlexMuller
"having an architecture that would enable the creation of a self-sustaining city on Mars with the objective of being a multiplanet species"

Martian dust storms could make life interesting for future astronauts

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2016 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
The electrostatic qualities of the storms could interfere with vital equipment, while the sheer density of the dust particles works to dramatically lower visibility.

Ice exoplanets and moons can have habital deep oceans

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2016 03:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Water-rich planets are obvious candidates for finding life and have attracted increasing attention in recent years.

There could be at least 2 more planets in our Solar System

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 03:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, that suggest that the hypothetical extra planet might not be alone.

NASA's Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, Discovers Unexpected Mineral on Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
A finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

What did Earth’s ancient magnetic field look like?

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
New work suggests Earth’s ancient magnetic field was significantly different than the present day field, originating from several poles rather than the familiar two.

MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice at Mercury's Poles

Posted in Science on 27th Jun, 2016 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
New observations provide compelling support for the hypothesis that Mercury harbors water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.

Ancient Mars Was Even More Earth-Like Than We Imagined

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings from NASA’s Curiosity Rover provide evidence that significant amounts of oxygen once permeated the atmosphere of ancient Mars.

Red Planet Impact: Huge Moons May Have Crashed Into Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, may be the only survivors of a giant impact that created many short-lived, but now-absent moons.

Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jul, 2016 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The Juno satellite, which left Earth five years ago, had to fire a rocket engine to slow its approach to the planet and get caught by its gravity.

NASA works to wake up Curiosity as mission gets two-year extension

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
On July 2, the nuclear-powered rover experienced some sort of a glitch and stopped most of its tasks as it went through a sequence to make sure it was still operating.

The Water on Mars May Not Be Drinkable

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2016 04:15 PM
by AlexMuller
If the water is coming from underground, it must be held in very deep aquifers, which would make the water far too salty to desalinate.

There's a New Dwarf Planet Far Beyond Pluto's Orbit

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2016 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
It takes 700 years to make a complete orbit, making it one of the most remote known objects in the entire solar system of significant size.

New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2016 09:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The new rover will have a mast conducting three types of spectroscopy on rocks and soil from a distance, to help try and spot signs of life.

Deep Trenches on Mars Aren't What We Thought They Were

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2016 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A long-standing theory suggesting that trenches were left long ago by flowing rivers was just debunked.

NASA releases cute Mars rover game to celebrate Curiosity anniversary

Posted in Games on 7th Aug, 2016 01:50 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’re excited about a new way for people to engage with Curiosity’s adventures on Mars and future exploration by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover'

Icy Dwarf Planet Ceres May Have a Warm Heart

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 01:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Shedding light on the structure of Ceres might, in turn, yield insight into how it and other asteroids and dwarf planets evolved over time.

Earth-like planets around proxima centauri discovered- could support life?

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2016 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
4000+ exoplanet candidates have been discovered by the Kepler mission. Proxima is the nearest star to the sun.

Proposed space telescope for quality viewing of earth sized exoplanets out to 45 light years

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2016 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The High Definition Space Telescope would be five times as big and 100 times as sensitive as Hubble.

Mars colony design finalists will be 3D-printed to scale & tested in Mojave

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2016 03:38 AM
by AlexMuller
With $30,000 from Kickstarter, Mars City Design is taking its first steps towards designing a settlement.

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2016 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Simply being in the habitable zone may not be sufficient to support life. A planet also must start with an internal temperature that is just right.

A Nearby Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
GJ 1132b, an extrasolar planet about 1.2 times the size and 1.6 times the mass of the Earth, intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year.

Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2016 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Having survived their year in isolation, the crew members said they were confident a mission to Mars could succeed.

NASA's New Lander Will Finally Go to Mars in 2018

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2016 04:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Insight was originally scheduled to launch this past March with the goal of collecting all kinds of data about what’s happening in Mars’s interior.

Planet smash-up 'brought carbon to Earth'

Posted in Science on 7th Sep, 2016 01:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Much of Earth's life-giving carbon could have been delivered in a planetary collision about 4.4 billion years ago, a theory suggests.

On Sept 27 Musk will give a live-streamed talk on how SpaceX plans to colonize Mars

Posted in Business on 21st Sep, 2016 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
'Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species'. The talk will be delivered at the International Astronautical Congress.

Liquid water in the rest of the solar system is about 50 times Earth's volume of water

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2016 04:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The locations of some subsurface oceans are on Europa, Enceladus, Ganymede, Titan, the asteroid Ceres, Callisto, Dione and Pluto.

Boeing CEO Vows to Beat SpaceX and Elon Musk to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 5th Oct, 2016 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
'I’m convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding a Boeing rocket,'

Most stars and planets are outside systems and galaxies

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2016 03:08 AM
by AlexMuller
As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies.

WFIRST space telescope will use Gravitational microlensing to survey exoplanets

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2016 03:22 AM
by AlexMuller
This will lead to a statistical census of exoplanets with masses greater than a tenth of the Earth's mass.

ESA gives Schiaparelli probe final commands ahead of Mars landing

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2016 12:11 PM
by AlexMuller
With arrival at Mars set for October 19, ESA mission control is busy making last minute adjustments for the Exomars 2016 mission.

US to work with private firms on Mars plan

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2016 07:25 AM
by AlexMuller
President Barack Obama says the US will work with private companies on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.

The Daring Plan to Find the Next Earth Within a Decade

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2016 12:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Project Blue, an ambitious effort to discover Earth-like worlds around Alpha Centauri A or B, by building a small, space-based telescope capable of photographing them.

European Schiaparelli probe on target for Mars landing

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
It is now on a direct path to intercept the top of the Red Planet's atmosphere on Wednesday.

Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early'

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2016 02:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) has not yet conceded that the lander crashed but the mood is not positive.

After rough descent, Europe's Mars lander is probably dead

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2016 03:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Mars orbiter however is a success.

Schiaparelli: Mars probe 'crash site identified'

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2016 04:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The parachute was jettisoned too early and its retrorockets, designed to slow the robot to a hover, fired only for a few seconds. They should have operated for half a minute.

Elon Musk says SpaceX could put 'miner/tunneling droids' on Mars

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2016 02:18 PM
by AlexMuller
'Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids.'

New Horizon Probe has finished transmitting pictures 15 months after the Pluto Flyby

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2016 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
There's a great deal of work ahead to understand the 400-plus scientific observations that have all been sent to Earth.

The crash that created our moon was crazier than we thought

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2016 01:18 PM
by AlexMuller
New research potentially rewrites our modern ideas on the moon's origins.

Key meeting to weigh Mars crash report

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2016 12:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Engineers are close to identifying the cause of the crash that destroyed the Schiaparelli lander on Mars last month.

Beagle 2 mission 'was so close to Mars success'

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2016 01:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Beagle 2, the failed British mission to Mars in 2003, came "excruciatingly close" to succeeding, a study shows.

The surface of Mars is much drier than expected

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2016 11:55 AM
by AlexMuller
As if we needed another reminder that Mars isn't friendly to life, researchers from Scotland's University of Stirling have revealed that the planet is more arid than Earth's driest deserts.

Planetary Resources And Luxembourg target 2020 asteroid mining mission

Posted in Hardware on 20th Nov, 2016 01:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Core hardware and software technologies developed at Planetary Resources were tested on orbit last year.

Newly spotted ice field buried on Mars could provide water to future colonists

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2016 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A significant finding because of its position on the planet and its location relatively near the surface.

Exoplanet space telescope will launch in December 2017

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2016 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a planned space telescope for NASA's Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method.

Europe presses ahead with Mars rover

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2016 04:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe will push ahead with its plan to put a UK-assembled robotic rover on the surface of Mars in 2021.

Scientists plan on contacting the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System

Posted in Science on 28th Dec, 2016 11:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are making preparations to send a transmission to Proxima b - the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System.

Mars in Three Days: Here's the Tech That Could Make It Happen

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2017 12:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The vast distances between us and other points of particular interest in space are vast, and the speed limitations of our technology are a significant barrier to exploration.

NASA has a test for life on other planets that is ten thousand times more sensitive

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2017 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.

UAE Mars mission on track for a 2020 launch

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2017 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Hope spacecraft to inspire Arab region to generate knowledge, mission specialist says.

What a Nuclear Explosion Can Tell Us About the Formation of the Moon

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2017 09:22 PM
by Alex Muller
There are so many conflicting studies about the Moon’s origins that at times, it feels impossible to keep up.

'Curiosity' exposes low CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2017 12:53 PM
by Alex Muller
The CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere 3.5 billion years ago was too low for sediments to be deposited.

SpaceX will delay their first unmanned Red Dragon Mars mission until 2020

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2017 05:47 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX will focus more heavily on their crew program and their Falcon Heavy program.

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2017 10:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.

NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2017 07:51 PM
by Alex Muller
NASA Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, says launching a magnetic shield could help warm Mars and possibly allow it to become habitable.

US Government Issues NASA Demand, 'Get Humans to Mars By 2033'

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
Both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017.

Warming Mars and thickening its atmosphere can be done in 10-100 years

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2017 07:00 PM
by Alex Muller
If all the solar incident on Mars were to be captured then Mars would warm to Earth-like temperatures in about 10 years.

Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2017 07:39 PM
by Alex Muller
Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars.

ExoMars: Mars Rover scientists to study Mawrth Vallis location option

Posted in Hardware on 29th Mar, 2017 09:24 AM
by Alex Muller
Europe is going to investigate a second site on Mars as a possible destination to send its 2021 rover.

We finally know what happened to (most of) Mars' missing atmosphere

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2017 08:01 AM
by Alex Muller
When Mars had an atmosphere four billion years ago, it probably looked a lot like Earth; warm, wet, and habitable.

Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2017 11:43 AM
by Alex Muller
Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time.

Saturn moon may be 'able to support life'

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2017 03:34 PM
by Alex Muller
Saturn's ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth.

Mars colony could 3D-print stuff from Red Planet dust

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2017 05:06 PM
by Alex Muller
A technique could allow the first humans on Mars to 3D print everything from tools to temporary housing out of a tough rubber-like material using only Martian dust.

Martian Soil Could Be Used to Build a Colony

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2017 06:56 PM
by Alex Muller
Engineers from the University of California in San Diego have created bricks composed of simulated Martian regolith (soil).

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2017 12:15 AM
by Alex Muller
A bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make it habitable for future generations of human colonists.

Moon as unprospected eighth continent that will produce trillionaires

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2017 10:04 PM
by Alex Muller
Moon Express is one of only two teams in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition with a verified launch contract for its 2017 lunar mission.

Humanity must populate a new planet within 100 years, warns Stephen Hawking

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2017 10:18 PM
by Alex Muller
He cites 'climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth' as reasons to leave.

By 2020 hundreds of earth sized exoplanets should be discovered and many will have basic atmosphere elements detected

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2017 03:47 PM
by Alex Muller
Currently there are 3486 confirmed exoplanets.

Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

Posted in Science on 24th May, 2017 03:04 PM
by Alex Muller
The interaction between radio transmissions and high-energy particles in space sometimes forms a shield around the planet, protecting it from dangerous cosmic phenomena.

Schiaparelli: Crashed lander was ill-prepared for Mars

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2017 02:50 PM
by Alex Muller
The crashed European spacecraft Schiaparelli was ill-prepared for its attempt at landing on the surface of Mars.

Mars was probably habitable for longer than we thought

Posted in Science on 2nd Jun, 2017 03:01 PM
by Alex Muller
It was warm and wet right around the time life got its start on Earth.

Civilization on Mars could take 100 years to establish, says Elon Musk

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2017 12:54 PM
by Alex Muller
The SpaceX leader publishes his plan to colonize Mars, outlining challenges for bringing lots of people to the red planet.

Likely Mars sized planet at two times the distance to Neptune

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2017 12:40 PM
by Alex Muller
An unknown, unseen 'planetary mass object' may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

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