Astronomy & Space - Space Exploration news

SMILE space mission passes first hurdle

A space mission called SMILE (Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) which is jointly led by UCL and the Chinese National Space Science Center has received the go-ahead for an initial study phase ...

dateJun 04, 2015 in Space Exploration
shares24 comments 0

Sun unleashes mid-level flare

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 2:23 EDT on June 22, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Space Exploration
shares34 comments 2

Mastering magnetic reconnection

On March 12, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists launched four observational satellites into space, officially beginning the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission. The diminutive ...

dateJun 17, 2015 in Space Exploration
shares44 comments 2

New launch date set for Sentinel-2A

The second satellite in Europe's Copernicus programme is set for launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 23 June at 01:52 GMT (03:52 CEST 23 June; 22:52 local time 22 June).

dateJun 04, 2015 in Space Exploration
shares25 comments 0

What is Halley's Comet?

Halley's Comet, also known as 1P/Halley, is the most well known comet in the Solar System. As a periodic (or short-term comet) it has orbital period that is less than 200 years, and has therefore been observed ...

dateJun 15, 2015 in Space Exploration
shares41 comments 3