Solar Orbiter swings by the sun to unravel its mysteries

1648291519 Solar Orbiter swings by the sun to unravel its mysteries

The spacecraft will come within 31 million miles (50 million kilometers) of the sun, less than one-third the distance between the star and Earth. This will take Solar Orbiter inside the orbit of Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The European Space Agency, which jointly manages the mission with NASA, will share the first … Read more

Chinese Mars orbiter spies Zhurong, Perseverance rovers (photos, video)

Chinese Mars orbiter spies Zhurong Perseverance rovers photos video

China’s first Mars orbiter is keeping tabs on multiple robots on the Red Planet’s surface. The Tianwen 1 orbiter recently captured photos of the Zhurong rover, its partner on the Tianwen 1 Mars mission, and NASA’s Perseverance rover as the two wheeled robots explored their surroundings.  Tianwen 1 imaged Perseverance on March 7, when the … Read more

SpaceX’s private Ax-1 astronaut flight cleared for launch pending NASA Artemis 1 moon rocket test

SpaceXs private Ax 1 astronaut flight cleared for launch pending NASA

The commercial spaceflight company Axiom Space  is cleared to launch the world’s first all-private mission to the International Space Station in April, but only after a critical test of NASA’s new Artemis 1 moon rocket. The Ax-1 mission to the International Space Station passed its flight readiness review Friday (March 25), allowing the launch to … Read more

Got it! Gaia Observatory Snaps Photo of James Webb Space Telescope at L2

1648278088 Got it Gaia Observatory Snaps Photo of James Webb Space

Gaia’s sky mapper image showing the James Webb Space Telescope. The reddish color is artificial, chosen just for illustrative reasons. The frame shows a few relatively bright stars, several faint stars, a few disturbances – and a spacecraft. It is marked by the green arrow. Credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC; CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO On February 18, 2022, … Read more

Bizarre space circle captured in unprecedented detail

Bizarre space circle captured in unprecedented detail

Astronomers have captured a close-up image of a rare and mysterious space object, prompting a renewed push to discover its origin. Odd radio circles (ORCs) are gigantic rings of radio waves. Only five have ever been sighted, and never in such spectacular detail. The image of ORC J2103-6200, also called ORC1, was captured by the … Read more

Trilobite Fossils Suggest Cannibalism Is More Ancient Than Once Thought

Trilobite Fossils Suggest Cannibalism Is More Ancient Than Once Thought

Cannibalism is common among the millions of modern arthropod species. A praying mantis consumes her mate after copulation, termites suck blood out of wounded peers, and mosquitoes snack on larvae. But how far back does this gruesome mode of dining go in the history of life feeding on life? Previous studies place the earliest cannibalism … Read more

“Chaos Terrains” Could Be Shuttling Oxygen to Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

1648264656 Chaos Terrains Could Be Shuttling Oxygen to Ocean on Jupiters

An artist’s interpretation of liquid water on the surface of the Europa pooling beneath chaos terrain. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Salt water within the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa could be transporting oxygen into an ice-covered ocean of liquid water where it could potentially help sustain alien life, according to a team of researchers led by … Read more

For Artemis moon missions, science will reign supreme

For Artemis moon missions science will reign supreme

On April 15, planetary scientist and NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins will launch to the International Space Station and, as such, will likely be in space when the agency’s Artemis 1 mission launches to the moon. The scheduling, which will be Watkins’ first spaceflight and will make her the first Black woman to fly an extended … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope’s 1st science targets remain super secret as observatory settles in

James Webb Space Telescopes 1st science targets remain super secret

In the first year of its scientific operations, the James Webb Space Telescope will study small galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, look for the oldest stars in the universe or peer inside mysterious remnants of an exploded star.  Its very first science targets, however, remain top secret.  The mighty James Webb Space Telescope recently aligned … Read more

NASA emails reveal internal discussions over calls to rename James Webb Space Telescope: report

NASA emails reveal internal discussions over calls to rename James

New documents suggest that NASA officials dismissed concerns raised by the LGBTQ community over the name of its newest observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA was aware that discrimination against LGBTQ people took place in the agency under the leadership of 1960s administrator James Webb when it refused to remove the man’s name from … Read more