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Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus | Reuters
Submitted 120 day(s) ago by system

Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth's inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth.

U.S. prosecutors probe ex-NASA official, Boeing over space contract: sources - Reuters
Submitted 154 day(s) ago by system

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether NASA's former head of human spaceflight gave Boeing Co improper guidance during a lucrative lunar-lander contract competition, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Dwarf planet Ceres is 'ocean world' with salty water deep underground - Reuters
Submitted 158 day(s) ago by system

Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an "ocean world" with a big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface, scientists said in findings that raise interest in this dwarf planet as a possible outpost for life.

SpaceX Completes Test Flight of Starship Mars Rocket Prototype | Technology News
Submitted 163 day(s) ago by system

SpaceX on Tuesday successfully completed a flight of less than a minute of the largest prototype ever tested of the future rocket Starship, which the company hopes to use one day to colonise Mars.

Virgin Galactic Offers a Peek at Passenger Rocket SpaceShipTwo’s Cabin | Technology News
Submitted 168 day(s) ago by system

Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin of its commercial spaceliner, SpaceShipTwo, in an online event. Featuring a dozen windows for viewing, the spacecraft also features mood lighting and G force-adjusting seats.

School Girls in India Discover Earth-Bound Asteroid | Technology News
Submitted 171 day(s) ago by system

Two 14-year-old girls from India have discovered an Earth-bound asteroid by poring through images from a University of Hawaii telescope. They have been receiving training at the SPACE India private institute.

37 Recently Active Volcanic Structures Identified on Venus | Technology News
Submitted 175 day(s) ago by system

Scientists have identified 37 volcanic structures on Venus that appear to be recently active - and probably still are today - painting the picture of a geologically dynamic planet and not a dormant world as long thought.

NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Scour Mars for Signs of Life | Technology News
Submitted 184 day(s) ago by system

NASA's most advanced Mars rover, Perseverance, launches from Earth on July 30, on a mission to seek out signs of ancient microbial life on what was once a river delta three-and-a-half billion years ago.

UAE Mars Probe Launch Delayed Further Over Bad Weather at Japan Launch Site | Technology News
Submitted 184 day(s) ago by system

UAE had to delay the launch of its Mars probe, again due to bad weather at the Japan launch site. The original launch was planned for Wednesday, but was delayed until Friday. Now, UAE delayed the launch further due to continuing bad weather. A new date will be announced soon.

Five Things to Know About UAE’s First Mission to Mars
Submitted 185 day(s) ago by system

The Emirates Hope Mission, scheduled to launch this Friday, is the first Arab attempt to reach the Red Planet. Here’s how the UAE will endeavor to make history.

NASA chief says Russia ties 'solid' as Moscow's space chief rejects U.S.-led moon program - Reuters
Submitted 185 day(s) ago by system

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday he still expected support from Russia's space corporation in its Artemis moon program despite Moscow's space chief slamming the U.S.-led lunar effort.

NASA Adds More Safety Fixes for Boeing's Starliner Crew Capsule | Technology News
Submitted 191 day(s) ago by system

NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing’s space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year’s test flight.

EU to Speed Up Space Ambitions, Commissioner Breton Says | Technology News
Submitted 199 day(s) ago by system

The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday.

Pluto May Have Started Out Its Life as a Hothead | Technology News
Submitted 205 day(s) ago by system

Pluto, a frigid little world inhabiting the solar system's outer reaches, may have been born as a warmer place sheltering a subsurface ocean that still exists today, researchers said on Monday.

Kathy Lueders now has the job of making NASA's 2024 moon landing happen | TheHill
Submitted 208 day(s) ago by system

NASA just appointed a new head of the human spaceflight program, whose main mission will be to land the first woman on the moon.

Quantum 'Fifth State of Matter' Observed in Space for First Time | Technology News
Submitted 218 day(s) ago by system

Scientists have observed the fifth state of matter in space for the first time, offering unprecedented insight that could help solve some of the quantum universe's most intractable conundrums, research showed Thursday.

First Arab Mission to Mars Designed to Inspire Youth | Technology News
Submitted 220 day(s) ago by system

The first Arab space mission to Mars, armed with probes to study the Red Planet's atmosphere, is designed to inspire the region's youth and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs, officials said Tuesday.

Kathy Sullivan, U.S. Spacewalk Pioneer, Reaches Challenger Deep, Lowest Known Point on the Planet
Submitted 220 day(s) ago by system

Former NOAA chief and space walker dove 6.8 miles in the Mariana Trench and celebrated by calling the International Space Station on her return.

Elon Musk’s path to space exploration - YouTube
Submitted 233 day(s) ago by system

A look at how Elon Musk was able to make his “dream come true” by founding SpaceX. #ABCNews #ElonMusk #SpaceX #NASA #Launch #ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2: First Commercial Space Taxi a Pit Stop on Musk's Mars Quest | Technology News
Submitted 235 day(s) ago by system

But it all comes back to Musk’s dream. Former NASA chief O’Keefe says Musk has his eccentricities, huge doses of self-confidence and persistence, and that last part is key: “You have the capacity to get through a setback and look ... toward where you’re trying to go.”

Could a Space Congestion Charge Clear Up Junk-Ridden Skies? | Technology News
Submitted 235 day(s) ago by system

The best way to deal with the problem of space debris would be to charge satellite operators an annual orbital-use fee for every satellite launched, according to an economics analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Exclusive: Trump administration drafting 'Artemis Accords' pact for moon mining - sources - Reuters
Submitted 255 day(s) ago by system

The Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, people familiar with the proposed pact told Reuters.

Musk's SpaceX, Bezos' Blue Origin Land Contracts to Build NASA's Astronaut Moon Lander | Technology News
Submitted 260 day(s) ago by system

NASA on Thursday selected space firms SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics to build lunar landing systems that can carry astronauts to the moon by 2024, the White House's accelerated deadline under the space agency's moon-to-Mars campaign.

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Q&A with Project Manager MiMi Aung - YouTube
Submitted 261 day(s) ago by system

Project Manager Mimi Aung answers #AskNASA questions about NASA's newly named Mars helicopter -- Ingenuity. Ingenuity will be the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet. The helicopter is traveling to Mars attached to the belly of NASA's Perseverance rover in the summer of 2020. It will land on the Red Planet February 18, 2021. For more information about Ingenuity, visit Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Interstellar Gatecrasher 2I/Borisov Is No Ordinary Comet | Technology News
Submitted 265 day(s) ago by system

"This shows that 2I/Borisov is not a completely alien object, and confirms some similarity with our 'normal' comets, so the processes that shaped it are comparable to the way our own comets formed," said Martin Cordiner, an astrobiologist working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Mystery of Missing Exoplanet May Be Solved
Submitted 269 day(s) ago by system

Anyone seen Fomalhaut b? In 2008 we learned the exoplanet had been spotted in groundbreaking fashion by the Hubble Telescope, but nobody's caught a glimpse of it for quite a while. Now astronomers... Science News Summaries. | Newser

Future Astronauts Could Use Their Own Urine to Build Bases on Moon’s Surface: Study | Technology News
Submitted 287 day(s) ago by system

Scientists have discovered that the urea present in the human urine could one day be used as a building material to make structures on the Moon.

New Research Claims Our Understanding of Universe Could Be Wrong | Technology News
Submitted 313 day(s) ago by system

A recent study has found out that our fundamental measurement of the whole universe could have been wrong all this while. It says that whatever we knew about the chemical measurement of stars could be wrong.

NASA's Latest Mars Rover Has a Name (recap video) - YouTube
Submitted 316 day(s) ago by system

NASA has chosen a name for its next Mars rover: Perseverance. The name was announced March 5, 2020, by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington during a celebration at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. Zurbuchen was on hand at the school to congratulate Alexander Mather, who submitted the winning entry to the agency’s "Name the Rover" essay contest, which received 28,000 entrants from K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory. Perseverance is the latest in a long line of Red Planet rovers to be named by school-aged children, from Sojourner in 1997 to Spirit and Opportunity rovers, which landed on Mars in 2004, to Curiosity, which has been exploring Mars since 2012. In each case, the name was selected after a nationwide contest. The launch period for Perseverance opens on July 17, 2020. The rover will land at Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. For more information on the Mars 2020 mission, go to: For more about the “Name the Rover” contest, visit Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps 1.8 Billion-Pixel Panorama (narrated video) - YouTube
Submitted 318 day(s) ago by noklpopl

NASA Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada guides this tour of the rover's view of the Martian surface. This panorama showcases "Glen Torridon," a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. The panorama was taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019, when the Curiosity team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the rover would be sitting still with few other tasks to do while it waited for the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings several days in a row without moving. Composed of more than 1,000 images and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the larger version of this composite contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape. Explore more in this 360 video: For more about the mission, visit Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA Spots Biggest Explosion Seen in the Universe, Caused by Supermassive Black Hole. Pune Telescope Helped | Technology News
Submitted 319 day(s) ago by noklpopl

The discovery was made by NASA scientists using X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton, coupled with radio data sourced from Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in Australia and India's Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT).

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