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Astronomy Apr 06, 2020

Sulfur 'spices' alien atmospheres

They say variety is the spice of life, and now new discoveries from Johns Hopkins researchers suggest that a certain elemental 'variety'—sulfur—is indeed a 'spice' that can perhaps point to signs of life.

Space Exploration Apr 02, 2020

The man who wanted to fly on Mars: The story of Mars Helicopter's chief engineer

The Mars Helicopter is riding to the Red Planet this summer with NASA's Perseverance rover. The helicopter's chief engineer, Bob Balaram, shares the saga of how it came into being.

Space Exploration Mar 17, 2020

Waves in thin air with broad effects

Mars has a very thin atmosphere, with nearly one hundredth the density of ours on Earth, and gravity pulls with little more than one third of the strength we feel on our planet. As a result, dust storms can go global. For ...

Space Exploration Mar 26, 2020

Revisiting decades-old Voyager 2 data, scientists find one more secret about Uranus

Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was Jan. 24, 1986, and soon it would meet the mysterious seventh planet, icy-cold Uranus.

Space Exploration Mar 31, 2020

ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis

Controllers at ESA's mission control center are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The maneuver, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's ...

Earth Sciences Mar 05, 2020

What other planets can teach us about Earth

Sometimes, you need to leave home to understand it. For Stanford planetary geologist Mathieu Lapôtre, "home" encompasses the entire Earth.

Space Exploration Jan 13, 2020

Virtual Telescope Project confirms 2020 AV2— the first asteroid found to move entirely inside the orbit of Venus

Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist working on the Virtual Telescope Project,which he founded, has announced the confirmation of 2020 AV2—the first asteroid orbiting entirely within the orbit of Venus. Masi describes on the ...

Space Exploration Feb 07, 2020

Five things we're going to learn from Europe's Solar Orbiter mission

At 23.03 (local time) on Sunday 9 February, Europe's newest mission to study the sun is set to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US. Called Solar Orbiter, this European Space Agency (ESA) mission will travel to within ...

Space Exploration Jan 29, 2020

Image: Cosmic caller goes out with a bang

On 21 January, a foreign body crashed to Earth causing a cascade of bright light to trail through the sky.

Space Exploration Feb 14, 2020

NASA selects four possible missions to study the secrets of the solar system

NASA has selected four Discovery Program investigations to develop concept studies for new missions. Although they're not official missions yet and some ultimately may not be chosen to move forward, the selections focus on ...

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