Two teams of researchers recently conducted two different studies using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, both of which identified water molecules on five planets beyond our solar system. While this is not the first time water is found on exoplanets, these are the first studies to compare water molecule ... [read more >>]
A recent investigation by scientists with the College of Charleston in South Carolina has revealed the largest known structure in the Universe. Though this is a significant finding by itself, the work also highlighted some discrepancies between theory and real life when it comes to describing the early stag... [read more >>]
Officials with the European Space Agency (ESA) announce that their most expensive spacecraft to date, the Gaia space observatory, has been completed and is ready for its launch date in December.
The spacecraft will be the first to conduct a three-dimensional study of the Milky Way, charting the posit... [read more >>]
The international collaboration of researchers managing the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in Antarctica, announces the discovery of 28 high-energy neutrinos produced by cosmic particle accelerators. This is the first time these particles are identified.
Accord... [read more >>]
The International Space Station (ISS) is 15 years old today, officials at the European Space Agency (ESA) announce. The orbital lab is the most expensive single object ever built on our plant, with an estimated cost of over $100 billion (73.9 billion euros).
The first module of the station was launched int... [read more >>]
The NASA Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft was launched successfully yesterday, November 18, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), in Florida. Take off occurred as planned, at 1:28 pm EST (1828 GMT).
The orbiter was delivered to low-Earth orbit by an Atlas V heavy-lift ... [read more >>]
Engineers at the Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration technologies Corporation (SpaceX) rejoiced recently, when the Dragon space capsule they are developing passed a critical safety review test. Safety specialists and engineers from both NASA and SpaceX conducted the assessment throughout October.&... [read more >>]
Officials at the American space agency announced recently that a new experiment meant to study fruit flies would fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in late 2014. The common fly, known as Drosophila melanogaster, is shaping up to be one of the most attractive non-human models for biologists. ... [read more >>]
NASA contractor Paragon Space Development Corporation has recently unveiled plans to start conducting suborbital spaceflights for paying passengers. As opposed to Virgin Galactic, which will use an aircraft combo to achieve this objective, Paragon will be using high-tech, high-altitude balloons. Sir Richar... [read more >>]
The NASA Kepler Space Telescope finally completed its primary mission, which was to provide an estimation of the number of potentially-habitable planets in our galaxy. Using data collected by this mission, astronomers determined that as much as 20 percent of stars in the Milky Way have Earth-sized exoplanet... [read more >>]