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Two possible landing sites for ExoMars mission

The ExoMars mobile rover, tasked with recovering evidence of life on the Red Planet, will touch down in 2021 at one of two sites, scientists announced Wednesday.

NASA laser communications to provide Orion faster connections

NASA is working to forever change the way astronauts communicate to and from space using an advanced laser communications system called LEMNOS, which will enable exponentially faster connections than ever before.

Jupiter's Gravity Prevented Impact With a Captive Asteroid For the Past One-Million Years

For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the "wrong" way around the sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and with about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space, says a report...        

Seeing the whole galaxy with a 'second eye on the sky'

Earlier this month, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) reached an important milestone by opening its "second eye on the sky" – a new instrument called the "APOGEE South spectrograph."

Satellite galaxies at edge of Milky Way coexist with dark matter

Research conducted by scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology rules out a challenge to the accepted standard model of the universe and theory of how galaxies form by shedding new light on a problematic structure.

Next stop: A trip inside the Sun's atmosphere

Every so often the sun emits an explosive burst of charged particles that makes its way to Earth and often wreaks havoc on power grids, aircraft and satellite systems. When clouds of high-speed charged particles come racing off the sun, they can bathe spacecraft, astronauts and planetary surfaces in damaging radiation. Show More Summary

Wrong-way asteroid plays 'chicken' with Jupiter

For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the "wrong" way around the sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and with about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space, says a report published in the latest issue of Nature.

How plants are grown beyond Earth?

Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever before.

"We Need to Go Beyond the Standard Model of Physics" --Peter Higgs, Discoverer of the Higgs Boson

"There are plenty of indications of the need to go beyond the standard model, but not necessarily through the sort of thing they do at CERN" Peter Higgs told New Scientist. "The discoveries in neutrino physics about neutrino oscillations don’t...        

The Chicxulub "Dinosaur-Killer" Asteroid Impact --"Life Rebounded Quickly Creating New Niches" (VIDEO)

“Life returned to the crater very quickly,” Christopher Lowery, a researcher at the University of Texas-Austin, said during a news conference at the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference (LPSC) here in Houston on Tuesday, March 21. Microfossils found in the...        

NASA sees ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie over Queensland

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie after it made landfall in eastern Queensland and weakened.

Image: Norwegian fjords captured by Proba-V

Snow-dusted Norwegian fjords imaged by ESA's Earth-observing Proba-V minisatellite.

Reading between the lines of highly turbulent plasmas

(Springer) Plasma, the ionised state of matter found in stars, is still not fully understood. Astrophysicists have long-since sought to develop models that can account for the turbulent motions inside plasma. Turbulences are typically detected through observation of broadened lines due to the Doppler Effect. Show More Summary

Imperial instrument ready to study the sun

Imperial's contribution to the Solar Orbiter mission, which will go closer to the sun than anything so far, is ready to fly after extensive testing.

Minisat's snowy north

Technology image of the week: snow-dusted Norwegian fjords imaged by ESA’s Earth-observing Proba-V minisatellite

The first woman in space: 'People shouldn’t waste money on wars'

In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space. On her 80th birthday, she looks back at a lifetime of immense political change Parachuting was her first love. The moment she could, Valentina Tereshkova joined the...Show More Summary

Subaru telescope detects shadow of gas cloud in ancient proto-supercluster

A team led by researchers from Osaka Sangyo University, with members from Tohoku University, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and others, has used the Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope to create the most-extensive map of neutral hydrogen gas in the early universe. Show More Summary

NASA spacecraft investigate clues in radiation belts

High above Earth, two giant rings of energetic particles trapped by the planet's magnetic field create a dynamic and harsh environment that holds many mysteries—and can affect spacecraft traveling around Earth. NASA's Van Allen Probes...Show More Summary

Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen

Two ancient sites on Mars that hosted an abundance of water in the planet’s early history have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover and surface science platform: Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis.

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