Space news stories

The Truth Behind This Amazing Video from the Surface of a Comet
25th April 2018 | livescience.com | Space

This snowy-looking scene wasn’t captured on Mount Everest, or in some canyon in Antarctica. It’s the view from a lander on the surface of a comet.

Gaia creates richest star map of our Galaxy—and beyond
25th April 2018 phys.org | Space, Tech

ESA’s Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars and revealing previously unseen details of our home Galaxy.

Meteorite’s diamonds tell of Earth’s baby sister, which died young
18th April 2018 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Space

They may be from a Mercury-sized body obliterated during Solar System formation.

Nasa to launch Tess on hunt for 20,000 new worlds
16th April 2018 | theguardian.com | Space, Tech

The most ambitious search for alien worlds around the brightest stars in the sky will begin on Monday with the launch of Nasa’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft.

A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted
16th April 2018 time.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers.

About 17,000 Big Near-Earth Asteroids Remain Undetected: How NASA Could Spot Them
12th April 2018 | space.com | Space, Tech

Humanity needs to step up its asteroid-hunting game.

THIS IS THE COOLEST! EVERYTHING THAT’S ORBITING THE EARTH RIGHT NOW
10th April 2018 | universetoday.com | Earth, Space

Okay, if you’ve got some spare time, check out this amazing website called Stuff in Space. It’s a simulation of every satellite (alive or dead), space station, and large piece of space junk orbiting the Earth right now.

Two asteroid missions will help shape the economy of the 21st century
8th April 2018 thehill.com | Humans, Space, Tech

Two separate space missions will help to determine the composition the asteroids and test technology for retrieving their potential riches.

Space Metal Has Captivated Humanity For Ages
5th April 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

The meteoric treasures number in the dozens, enough to indicate that the meteorite was more than a curiosity to the Hopewell — the wondrous metal was clearly meaningful.

Image: Proba-1 pyramid spotting
2nd April 2018 phys.org | Space

A view looking north to south of Egypt’s famous Giza Pyramid Complex, as seen by ESA’s Proba-1 minisatellite.

China’s Tiangong-1 space station will crash to Earth this weekend
31st March 2018 | theguardian.com | Earth, Space

The out-of-control spaceship will re-enter the atmosphere sometime between Saturday night and Sunday evening UK time.

Surprising meteorite discovery points to early solar system chaos
30th March 2018 | sciencemag.org | Space

Scientists have found a new window into the early dynamics of the solar system: a curious chemical divide in the dozens of species of meteorites.

Asteroids to serve as refuelling stations for space exploration
30th March 2018 | ft.com | Space

Many asteroids are rich in minerals, metals and water, making them potential life support systems for humans venturing deep into the solar system.

Asteroid-bound spacecraft finds signs of life—on Earth
27th March 2018 | sciencemag.org | Space, Tech

The goal of OSIRIS-REx is to return samples from Bennu. But during the Earth flyby—which brought it 22 times closer to our planet than the moon—scientists pointed its instruments toward home.

NASA Can Use Paint To Save Earth From Asteroid Impact
26th March 2018 | infosurhoy.com | Space, Tech

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Flight Dynamics System Manager said that painting the asteroid’s surface with a different color on one side can change the thermal property of the space rock and change its orbit.

A star disturbed the comets of the solar system in prehistory
20th March 2018 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

About 70,000 years ago, when the human species was already on Earth, a small reddish star approached our solar system and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids.

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