Category Archives: Space Exploration

The most mysterious star in the universe

Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, … Continue reading

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Jupiter: Into the Unknown

Secrets lie deep within Jupiter, shrouded in the solar system’s strongest magnetic field and most lethal radiation belts. On July 4, 2016, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will plunge into uncharted territory, entering orbit around the gas giant and passing closer than … Continue reading

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Highest Mountain in our Solar System

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SpaceX Successfully Lands Reusable Rocket at Sea

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Astrophysicists have predicted what Planet Nine would be made of

Back in January, ‘Pluto killing’ astronomer Mike Brown announced that he and his colleagues had found evidence that a massive, icy planet could be lurking on the edge of the Solar System, just past Neptune, about 149 billion km from … Continue reading

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This common bacterium grows 60% better in space than on Earth

It’s something that no one can explain right now, but scientists have found that of the 48 harmless bacteria strains they’ve been raising on the International Space Station, one has not just adapted to its new microgravity environment some 400 … Continue reading

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Hubble Team Breaks Cosmic Distance Record

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A Russian satellite could soon be the brightest ‘star’ in the night sky

Depending on where you are in the world and when, the brightest star in the night sky is likely to be the binary star Sirius, also known as Alpha Canis Majoris. But that could soon be about to change, if … Continue reading

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Tim Peake demonstrates gyro-stabilisation

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China has had a telescope on the moon for the past two years

Point a telescope at the moon, and you might just see one looking back. Chinese researchers have reported that their robotic telescope, the first of its kind, has been operating flawlessly ever since it landed on the moon in 2013. … Continue reading

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Your Brain on Mars

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NASA is now “pretty sure” those weird white patches on Ceres are salt

For months, NASA scientists (and the rest of us playing along at home) have been puzzling over a series of mysterious bright patches spotted in the middle of a huge crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. First seen by the … Continue reading

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Comet surface changes before Rosetta’s eyes

In the months leading to the perihelion of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta scientists have been witnessing dramatic and rapid surface changes on the Imhotep region, as reported in a paper to be published in Astronomy & Astrophysics Since arriving at Comet … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Alpha

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NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome

A group of six people bade the rest of the world farewell on Friday to begin their year-long stay in a cramped dome on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. The French astrobiologist, German physicist and American pilot, architect, doctor/journalist and soil … Continue reading

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Here’s How Ludicrously Fast A Space Probe Is

Your regular commercial airliner, like a Boeing 747 is fast. A super-spy jet like the SR-71 Blackbird is much faster than that, traveling at over three times the speed of sound. So how does a deep-space probe like New Horizons, … Continue reading

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‘Farewell’ pictures of Saturn moon Dione

The Cassini mission to Saturn has returned its final close-up images of the gas giant’s Dione moon. The probe passed within 500km of the pockmarked surface on Monday – its fifth such encounter in the spacecraft’s 11-year tour of the … Continue reading

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NASA tests its “Ferrari of rocket engines” in preparation for Mars voyage

With NASA’s trip to Mars getting ever closer, the space agency is completing tests of the rocket parts that will soon send astronauts further than humankind has ever travelled before. In preparation for the mission to the red planet, last … Continue reading

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Rosetta: Comet 67P makes closest approach to Sun

Comet 67P has passed the closest point to the Sun in its 6.5-year orbit, with the European spacecraft Rosetta still in orbit around it. This landmark, called “perihelion”, occurred at 03:03 BST on Thursday, when 67P was 186 million km … Continue reading

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Scientists to get ringside view as comet 67P reaches closest point to Sun

European scientists are preparing to celebrate an unusual midsummer festival – on a comet that is currently 165 million kilometres from Earth. The comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, is set to reach the closest point to the Sun in its 6.5-year orbit on … Continue reading

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