NASA has just deployed the first test of a long-in-the-works technology that will provide solar system-wide internet. The technology–called Delay/Disrupt Tolerant Networking (DTN)–behaves somewhat like a terrestrial wifi system, and will enable better data transmission between the ISS and ground stations on Earth, with robotic spacecraft in...
Astronomers have long known that organic molecules form in diffuse gas clouds floating between stars. It is thought that as the Solar System formed 4.6 billion years ago, some of these organic molecules were transported from interstellar space to the planet forming disk. Show More Summary
A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the "big four" dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system. The findings are detailed in the paper "Discovery...
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The spacecraft is to orbit the largest planet in the solar system, perhaps gaining insight into the origin of Earth.
Since launching in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has shed much light on our understanding of the universe, from guiding space probes through the outer reaches of our solar system to previewing how our sun will die. And it looks set...Show More Summary
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Scientists have discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the 'big four' dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system.
San Antonio -- June 27, 2016 -- A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the "big four" dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system. The findings are detailed in the paper "Discovery of a Makemakean Moon," published in the June 27 issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters. read more
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NASA is celebrating the first deployment of new technology at the International Space Station (ISS) that makes it much easier, faster, and more efficient to transmit data to Earth. Essentially, it’s the first step toward internet connectivity in space that is just as reliable as your home Wi-Fi signal. Show More Summary
Originally published on Planetsave. German off-grid solar provider Mobisol has now installed over 50,000 systems in East Africa. The company estimates a quarter of a million people now receive sustainable electricity from its solar solutions,...Show More Summary
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A California-based solar panel manufacturing company has announced the launch of a new panel that it claims will enable millions of commercial rooftop owners to go solar. Beamreach Solar recently announced the launch of the Sprint Lightweight PV panel that is designed specifically for installation on commercial rooftops. Show More Summary
New Horizons mission goes way beyond Pluto, and can continue to teach us more about the amazing outer reaches of our Solar System.
Shot by New Horizons on its way out of town. [NASA, via] This picture provides a vivid illustration that Jupiter's atmosphere has more color contrast than any other atmosphere in the solar system, including Earth's. Data obtained from these and other New Horizons images taken during the encounter will provide valuable insight into the processes occurring on this gas giant.
Ars provides a guide to the best spots for DIY off-world colonists.