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NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image

On the way to its final orbit around Earth, NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has sailed by the moon and snapped its first picture of space. We’ve said several times that TESS would be able to look at 200,000 stars in the 300 light-years around the Earth—but maybe this new shot will…

China's First Private Space Rocket Launch Ever Was This Week China's First Private Space Rocket Launch Ever Was This Week

OneSpace Technologies conducted the first private rocket launch in Chinese history this week, firing off the 30-foot (9 meter) OS-X from a platform in northwest China on Thursday, according to CNN.

China to Launch Mission to Moon's Far Side on Monday China to Launch Mission to Moon's Far Side on Monday

China’s mission to explore the Moon’s far side is set to launch in part on Monday (Sunday in the US). As the Guardian reports:

Space Rock Discovery Boosts Evidence for Planet Nine Space Rock Discovery Boosts Evidence for Planet Nine

I’m sorry, but Pluto sucks and I’m glad it’s not a planet anymore. It’s smaller than our Moon, and it’s about the same size as several other distant, rocky solar system objects. Have you ever seen the way it orbits alongside its partner, Charon? Classifying it as a planet in the first place was a mistake. Can we get a…

Famous Neutron Star Just Glitched in a Huge Way Famous Neutron Star Just Glitched in a Huge Way

On November 8, 2017, a spinning neutron star inside one of the most studied objects in the sky “glitched” more than it had ever glitched before.

Does Earth's Shifting Orbit Influence How Life Evolves? Does Earth's Shifting Orbit Influence How Life Evolves?

It’s nice to think we’re part of something bigger. And we are, really—in a cosmic, evolutionary sense.

Spacecraft May Have Flown Right Through a Plume of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa Spacecraft May Have Flown Right Through a Plume of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Sometimes, scientists have the answers all along—they just don’t think to ask the question. For example, it appears that in 1997, the Galileo orbiter flew through a jet of water shooting out from Jupiter’s moon Europa without even trying.

Saturn's Rings Look Razor-Thin in This Posthumous Cassini Release Saturn's Rings Look Razor-Thin in This Posthumous Cassini Release

It’s been more than six months since the Cassini probe plummeted to its demise, but scientists are still releasing incredible images from two-decade mission to Saturn.

Indian Police Say Conmen Used Fake Space Age Technology to Scam Investor Out of $200,000 Indian Police Say Conmen Used Fake Space Age Technology to Scam Investor Out of $200,000

A father-son duo in India were arrested after allegedly convincing a businessman to spend 14.3 million rupees (about $213,000) on their phony Space Age tech. Authorities say the pair was previously arrested for allegedly selling “naagmani,” a mystical medicine that comes from snakes—making them literal snake oil…

Congressman Divulges Unreleased Study to Win Support for Life-Hunting Mission to Jupiter's Moon Europa Congressman Divulges Unreleased Study to Win Support for Life-Hunting Mission to Jupiter's Moon Europa

A mission that would sample plumes of gas shooting off of Jovian moon Europa appears to remain on track for a 2022 launch, after a meeting of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee in which Republican Congressman John Culberson shared unreleased scientific results with his colleagues. The new paper…

Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight

This weekend I got to experience the dark skies over a nameless lake somewhere between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. It was my first time seeing the faint band of our own Milky Way. But we had our telescope pointed on something we could have seen just as easily from a Brooklyn stoop: Jupiter, the…

Infuriating Fog and Exhilarating Geophysics: Behind the Scenes of NASA's InSight Launch to Mars Infuriating Fog and Exhilarating Geophysics: Behind the Scenes of NASA's InSight Launch to Mars

On Saturday, for the first time, a rocket blasted off from the US West Coast to fling its payload on an interplanetary trajectory. Despite being at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars InSight’s historic launch atop an Atlas V rocket, I never saw the spacecraft before it tore free from Earth’s greedy grasp.

How Engineers Tested the Super-Sensitive Seismometer That Will Detect Quakes on Mars How Engineers Tested the Super-Sensitive Seismometer That Will Detect Quakes on Mars

If all goes according to plan, NASA’s Mars InSight mission will launch this weekend from California. Onboard the Atlas V-401 rocket is the InSight lander, a nearly 800-pound machine loaded up with cameras, a robotic arm, a heat probe, and a seismometer that, for the first time, will allow us to examine the inner…

NASA’s Mini Fission Reactor Could Help Humans Survive on Mars, and It Just Cleared Early Tests NASA’s Mini Fission Reactor Could Help Humans Survive on Mars, and It Just Cleared Early Tests

NASA announced today that it has completed tests of its Kilopower portable nuclear fission reactor, a device designed to one day power bases on Mars or the moon. The tests met or exceeded expectations on all metrics, which means the device can now go on to more serious flight testing.

The Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Not About to Flip, and Here’s Why The Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Not About to Flip, and Here’s Why

Despite recent panic surrounding the potential reversal of our planet’s magnetic poles, new evidence suggests it’s probably not the impending doom it sounds like.

Our Galaxy Was Walloped by a Neighbor in Its Not-So-Distant Past, New Analysis Suggests Our Galaxy Was Walloped by a Neighbor in Its Not-So-Distant Past, New Analysis Suggests

Space is a chaotic, ever-changing place. But that’s not limited to exploding stars and colliding black holes. Even our own Milky Way galaxy could have recently received a massive jolt from which it is still recovering.

What Shapes Are Things in Outer Space? What Shapes Are Things in Outer Space?

It’s an orgy of geometry, here on Earth. You got all kinds of shapes: Squares, trapezoids, even the occasional rhombus. Apples, desk-chairs, and dandelions—just an abundance of shape-having stuff. Outer space, in contrast, is minimally decorated: asteroids, stars, planets, galaxies. Big-picture stuff. We know the…

What's the Best Astronomical Object in Your Zodiac Sign? What's the Best Astronomical Object in Your Zodiac Sign?

It’s true that astrology is not science—there is no evidence to support that personal traits or mystical truths have anything to do with the Sun and the planets’ locations in the sky at the time you were born. But there is an intersection with astronomy, the real science behind the Sun, the stars, and what goes on in…

Gorgeous Photo of Martian Landscape Is Just the Beginning for ExoMars Mission Gorgeous Photo of Martian Landscape Is Just the Beginning for ExoMars Mission

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has released the first images from its new orbit, taken on April 15 from 400 kilometers above the Martian surface. Here’s the uncropped composite image:

Asteroids Really Could Have Brought Water to Earth, Experiment With Giant Rock Blaster Shows

You may have heard the theory that asteroids are responsible for Earth’s water. You may also have thought, hah, there’s no way that asteroids could have brought all that water to Earth. But fake asteroid impacts are now demonstrating that, yeah, maybe they did.

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