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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on precautionary standby status

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on Feb. 15 in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage.

Ten times the solar system reminded us sample collection is hard

Some of the biggest discoveries we make in planetary science rely on the seemingly simple act of picking up and analyzing pieces of other worlds. When things go awry, scientists and engineers can sometimes squeeze amazing science out of a tough situation.

Earth holds the key to detecting life beyond our solar system

New research in to how Earth's atmosphere evolved over time could hold the key to detecting life on exoplanets, according to scientists from the University of St Andrews and Cornell University.

Jupiter's swirling cloud formations

See swirling cloud formations in the northern area of Jupiter's north temperate belt in this new view taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.

Will the X3 ion thruster propel us to Mars?

X3 is a powerful ion thruster that could one day propel humans beyond Earth. The thruster was successfully tested few months ago, and could be selected by NASA as a crucial component of propulsion system for future Mars missions.

Charged oxygen in ionosphere may offer biomarker for exoplanets

On January 9, 1992, astronomers announced a momentous discovery: two planets orbiting a pulsar 2,300 light years from our sun. The two planets, later named Poltergeist and Draugr, were the first confirmed "exoplanets"—worlds outside our solar system, circling a distant star. Show More Summary

Satellite launch from California is delayed

A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed.

Croatia signs Cooperation Agreement

The Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities.

Off-piste

Space Science Image of the Week: These enticing peaks in the outer Solar System would challenge even skilled Olympic skiers

Life in the Cosmos --"In Its Advanced Forms May Be Incomprehensible to the Human Mind"

"If life really does form readily in Earth-like conditions, it should have started many times right here on Earth, so we should look for a 'shadow biosphere' of life, but not as we know it, under our very noses.'" Although...       ...

Today's Top Science Headline: "Hacking the Human Body" --What Winning the Biathlon Olympic Gold Means

"It’s like running up a flight of stairs as fast as you can and then trying to thread a needle.” Every second counts in biathlon. Or, as seen Sunday in Martin Fourcade’s.04-second victory for France over Norway’s Emil Hegle...      ...

"The Aliens Are Coming" --How Would the World React? (WATCH Video)

As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it? Will we feel threatened and react...        

Starwatch: a chance to bask in earthshine

A lunar phenomenon that is sometimes called the old moon in the new moon’s arms may be visible on Monday This evening’s crescent moon brings with it a good chance of seeing earthshine. This is the faint glow that appears on the unlit portion of the moon’s disc. Show More Summary

Light pollution threatens Chile's dark skies

It seems nothing can escape the inexorable spread of light pollution—not even the giant telescopes probing the heavens above northern Chile, a region whose pristine dark skies, long considered a paradise for astronomers, are under increasing threat.

Asteroid ‘time capsules’ may help explain how life started on Earth

In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs - and offer an extraterrestrial source for mineral mining. The post Asteroid ‘time capsules’ may help explain how life started on Earth appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.

Trump's moon shot might be steered by a woman, says Nasa chief

A third of America’s astronauts are women, says Dr Ellen Ochoa, a director at an agency that has come a long way on equality There is at least a one in three chance that the first human to set foot on the moon this century will be a woman, Dr Ellen Ochoa, the head of Nasa’s Johnson space center has said. Show More Summary

Opportunity is still going strong after 5,000 martian days

Opportunity, a robotic rover sent to Mars on a three-month mission, clocked up 5,000 martian days exploring the Red Planet today. Click the link Opportunity is still going strong after 5,000 martian days to read more. This post appeared first on Skymania News. Show More Summary

ESO astronomer selected for astronaut training program

(ESO) ESO astronomer Suzanna Randall is one step closer to her dream of becoming the first German woman to travel into space. She has been selected as a new trainee of the initiative Astronautin, which aims to train the first female German astronaut and send her on a research mission to the International Space Station. Show More Summary

Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life

(Arizona State University) Hollywood has it wrong. Humans would actually react positively to news of alien life -- intelligent or microbial.

ASU professor addresses why we have yet to find extraterrestrial life

Are we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. Yet to date we know of just one sample of life, that which exists here on Earth.

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