'Wake up' competition for Europe's sleepy comet-chaser
Citizens of Planet Earth are being invited to make a "video shout-out" to wake up a deep-space probe, Rosetta, that has been in hibernation since June 2011.
Ice loss from West Antarctica on the increase
The West Antarctic ice sheet appears to be shedding far more ice than a few years ago, according to climate research unveiled Wednesday.
Europe aims for first comet landing Nov. 11 (Update 2)
It's been likened to a parachutist trying to land on a mountaintop. Or a person attempting to leap from one speeding car to another.
Taking the pulse of a supermassive black hole
(Phys.org) —Rare heartbeat-like pulsations detected from a supermassive black hole may grant scientists better insight into these exotic objects, according to two University of Alabama astronomers who co-authored ...
Sending Australians into space
India's recent launch of a mission to Mars should cause us to contemplate Australia's potential role, or lack of one, in such ventures. ...
Chang'e lunar probe boasts innovative camera pointing system
Following the launch of Chang'e-3 lunar probe in Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, the Camera Pointing System jointly developed by researchers of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and China Academy ...
A new view of the energetic universe
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, sees the high-energy X-rays emitted by the densest, hottest regions of the universe. The brainchild of Fiona Harrison, Caltech's Benjamin M. Rosen Professor ...
Anticipation builds for China's first moon rover mission (Update)
China Sunday made final preparations to launch its first lunar rover mission, the latest step in an ambitious space programme seen as a symbol of its rising global stature.
Scientists find signs Comet ISON may have survived flyby of the sun
Has Comet ISON survived its suicidal flyby of the sun? Scientists expected the dirty snowball to break apart as it flew within 730,000 miles of the sun on Thanksgiving, but NASA reported Friday that its nucleus may have survived.
Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope (Update)
A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.
A self-healing satellite? Students seek your funds to launch prototype
Imagine if your spacecraft was punctured and it could do the repair itself, without the need of you going outside on a dangerous spacewalk. Well, a Canadian team has a prototype idea that could lead to self-healing ...
Look, but don't touch: US law and the protection of lunar heritage
With India and China planning lunar surface missions, privately-funded space entrepreneurs competing for the US$40 million Google Lunar X Prize and discussions around lunar mining intensifying, working out ...
Figures of eight and peanut shells: How stars move at the center of the galaxy
(Phys.org) —Two months ago astronomers created a new 3D map of stars at the center of our galaxy (the Milky Way), showing more clearly than ever the bulge at its core. Previous explanations suggested that ...
Another Mars mission... but what about the rest of the solar system?
Following India's maiden Mars probe launch earlier in the month, last week saw the successful launch of the Martian Atmospheres and Volatiles Evolution mission, or MAVEN for short. ...