Space news stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Two separate space missions will help to determine the composition the asteroids and test technology for retrieving their potential riches.
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.
A view looking north to south of Egypt’s famous Giza Pyramid Complex, as seen by ESA’s Proba-1 minisatellite.
The out-of-control spaceship will re-enter the atmosphere sometime between Saturday night and Sunday evening UK time.
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.
Many asteroids are rich in minerals, metals and water, making them potential life support systems for humans venturing deep into the solar system.
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’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.
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.