Latest science news in Astronomy & Space

Solar system may have had extra planet

7 years ago from UPI

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A computer simulation of our early solar systems suggests it once had an extra planet, a U.S. researcher says.

Shock and Skepticism Greet Faster-Than-Light Discovery

7 years ago from Live Science

A huge physics announcement today has stirred up the scientific community.

Aquarius yields NASA's first global map of ocean salinity

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA's new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries.

Exploring an asteroid with the Desert RATS

7 years ago from Physorg

Earlier this month, European scientists linked up with astronauts roaming over the surface of an asteroid. Desert RATS, NASA’s realistic simulation of a future mission, this year included a European...

An X1.4 Solar Flare and a CME

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- A large coronal mass ejection (CME) shot off the West (right) side of the sun at 6:24 PM ET on September 21, 2011. The CME is moving away...

NASA Human Spaceflight Future on Right Path?

7 years ago from

Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, Fmr. NASA admin. Michael Griffin and the GRAIL mission's Dr. Maria Zuber give their spirited opinions and the moonwalkers share their advice. Highlights...

Twin towers model challenges 9/11 conspiracies

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Many 9/11 conspiracy theories revolve around explosions that were seen and heard in the World Trade Center's twin towers prior to their collapse. Now a materials scientist has come up...

The Curious Case of Comet Elenin: A Skywatching Tale

7 years ago from

Comet Elenin moves into SOHO sun observatory's field of view this week. Or does it?

China spacecraft returns data

7 years ago from UPI

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The second of two Chinese moon orbiters has sent its first data back to Earth from 1 million miles away, Chinese space officials said.

Astrophysicist Unfolds Mysteries of First Galaxies

7 years ago from Live Science

Smadar Naoz studies the formation and properties of the first generations of galaxies and the different dynamical processes that take place in extrasolar systems and in our solar system.

Bring Back Shuttle! Says Last Man On Moon

7 years ago from

Captain Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, upset with the United States' current inability to ferry astronauts to Low Earth Orbit, wants the STS program to be reinstated until a...

Brain scans let computer reconstruct movie scenes

7 years ago from AP Science

NEW YORK (AP) -- It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer...

Scientists Studying Asteroid to Prep for Sample-Return Mission

7 years ago from Live Science

The observations should help astronomers plan out NASA's Osiris-Rex mission, which launches in 2016.

6 Biggest Spacecraft to Fall Uncontrolled From Space

7 years ago from

A rundown of some of the biggest spacecraft to smash into Earth beyond their operators' control.

SOFIA observatory on first overseas deployment

7 years ago from Physorg

On Sept. 16, at 10:10 a.m. local time, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, lifted off from its base at Palmdale, Calif., flying east en route to Cologne, Germany,...

Blast off for a tour of Nasa's jet propulsion laboratory

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

For an out-of-this-world day out, try a free guided tour of the space research lab, in California's San Gabriel valleyNasa's space shuttle has flown its last mission, but at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory...

Seven days: 16–22 September 2011

7 years ago from News @ Nature

Seven days: 16–22 September 2011Nature 477, 374 21092011 doi: 10.1038/477374aThe week in science: Hope for James Webb Space telescope; Israel joins CERN; and fraudulent physicist Jan-Hendrik Schön loses his PhD.

Could the Higgs boson explain the size of the universe?

7 years ago from Science Daily

The race to identify the Higgs boson is on at CERN. This Holy Grail of particle physics would help explain why the majority of elementary particles possess mass. The mysterious...

Arkansas' lost moon rock found in Clinton's gubernatorial files

7 years ago from Reuters:Science

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - For years, Arkansas historians have searched for a valuable lunar rock from the Apollo 17 mission, one of the moon rocks NASA presented to each...

NASA Satellite Falling Faster Due to Solar Activity

7 years ago from National Geographic

The six-ton UARS spacecraft is due to crash-land on Friday—sooner than anticipated, due to increased solar radiation, experts say.

In neck and neck competition, Team Voyager wins the Caltech space challenge

7 years ago from Physorg

Last week, two teams of students from around the world rose to the Caltech Space Challenge, delivering plans for deep-space missions that could carry humans to an asteroid and back....

Above the Aurora: An Amazing Space Fly-Over

7 years ago from

This glorious series of images was captured by the Space Station's Expedition 29 crew on September 17, 2011 while cruising over the Indian Ocean near Australia and south of Madagascar.

Grant Helps Researchers Develop Better Solar Cells for Spacecraft

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Researchers at the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University will share more than $1 million in grant funding, partly from NASA with matching funds from each institution to investigate...

Space Satellite Worries? It's More Dangerous for Space Vehicles than You

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Worried about being hit by NASA's UARS satellite? You probably shouldn't lose too much sleep about it, according to an Indiana University of Pennsylvania geoscientist. "Compared to the other perils...

The mission to find the missing lunar module

7 years ago from Physorg

Where is the Apollo 10 Lunar lander module? It’s somewhere out there — orbiting the Sun — and there’s a new initiative to try and find it!

Cave Training for Astronauts: How to Stay in Space

7 years ago from

A multi-space agency group of future ISS residents have set up shop for 5 days of mapping, photographing and geographical sampling. This will serve as an "analog" space mission -...

Babbage designs to be digitised

A project to construct one of the earliest computers, based on sketches by Charles Babbage, has received a major boost.

Watch live: Paolo Nespoli and Cady Coleman at ESA/ESRIN

7 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA's Paolo Nespoli and NASA's Cady Coleman are visiting ESA's Earth Observation Centre ESRIN in Frascati on 22 September, as part of the post-flight tour of the MagISStra mission. They...