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LightSail 2 updates: Prox-1 mission changes, new launch date

LightSail 2 and Prox-1 are expected to launch board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy no earlier than April 30, 2018.

New ways developed to see the formation of stars in the Milky Way

A research team led by Adler Planetarium astronomer Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase has discovered new evidence of stars forming in our Milky Way Galaxy. By using a telescope equipped to detect infrared light invisible to our eyes, this exciting new science is revealing how stars, including our very own sun, grow up within clusters and groups. Show More Summary

From Mars rover—panorama above 'Perseverance Valley'

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim.

Northeastern Europe

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-3 image over the Baltic Sea and surrounding countries, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system

It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 3, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels...Show More Summary

Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York

A bag Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon—which was once nearly thrown out with the trash—sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million, Sotheby's said.

NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Now in 2017, inspired by the event in Boulder, NASA scientists will explore the moon's eclipse of the sun to learn more about Earth's energy system.

Hubble sees martian moon orbiting the Red Planet

The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures.

NASA's Hubble sees martian moon orbiting the Red Planet

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hubble captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars: so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures.

Nasa needs you: space agency to crowdsource origami designs for shield

In the search for ways to efficiently pack a radiation shield to protect manned spacecraft on deep space missions, Nasa is looking to the public for help If you know your crane from your bishop’s mitre, Nasa needs you. The space agency...Show More Summary

Are Tardigrades Really That Tough?

Astrophysical events may have a hard time sterilizing Earth-analog worlds, based on the example of water bears. But is it this simple? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

The Sentinel-5P spacecraft is designed to monitor the pollution that causes a reported tens of thousands of deaths every year in the UK Last year, the European Space Agency launched the Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars. It is designed to look for methane – a key tracer of life – to determine if Martian microbes are present on the red planet. Show More Summary

Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes

(Royal Astronomical Society) Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely look at a spiral galaxy and estimate the mass of its hidden, central black hole. Show More Summary

Fernanda weakens to Tropical Storm

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) As of 5 a.m. July 20 (0900 UTC), Fernanda had weakened to tropical storm status. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Cucumbers in space provide insights on root growth

(Wiley) Scientists have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots -- by growing cucumbers during spaceflight.

Ground-based images of planets obtained by Pic-Net Pro-Am team

The first observing run of a collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers to monitor our planetary neighbours has resulted in some of the best planetary images ever taken from the ground.

The Cosmos is One Big Particle Accelerator --"Paves the Way For a New Physics" (Center for Astrophysics)

Physicists are capitalizing on a direct connection between the largest cosmic structures and the smallest known objects to use the universe as a "cosmological collider" and investigate new physics. The cosmos' tiniest particles and the distribution of matter across the...        

Simplifying complexity

The flight dynamics experts working on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission meet regularly to assess progress of the spacecraft's almost-year-long aerobraking manoeuvres at Mars.

A mission without borders

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) Originally designed to address the growing 21st-century concern regarding pediatric obesity, the program has evolved into a platform of international communication that has grown past merely health and fitness. This year alone, 38 countries have united under the Mission X banner.

New research opens the way to understand life on Mars through meteorites

Research led by Monash University Earth scientists has added a new dimension to understanding life on Mars with the discovery that meteorites may be able to 'trap' evidence of Martian life.

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