Tag: space

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University Students are Aiding NASA’s ISS and Mars Endeavors

NASA's missions involve years of research, testing, and experimentation. Now, three universities are aiding the agency in its goals of space exploration.  Australian universities Curtin University and RMIT both work to improve aspects of NASA's...
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New Discovery Furthers Proof of Possible Life on Mars

Exposed to hostile conditions similar to those in outer space, bacteria have proven their resilience and raise hopes of finding microbial life in other worlds in the solar system. There are different “listening” programs, like...

WASP-127b: The Strangest Exoplanet Ever Found

Astronomers have detected evidence of large quantities of multiple metals, and possibly even water, in a gaseous giant exoplanet. Discovered in 2016, WASP-127b is one of the most unique worlds ever found among the thousands...

China’s Space Station More International Than Soon-to-be Defunded ISS

This article details news of NASA’s new budget, the fate of the International Space Station, and China’s solution to funding space exploration. After April’s confirmation of Jim Bridenstine as the newest NASA Administrator, NASA announced...
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U.S. Plans to Transition Air Force to Space Force

Donald Trump has called for the creation of a “space force” to work alongside other branches within the U.S. Armed Forces. The President’s idea, which is not new, isn’t without its proponents and opponents. For...
the far side of the moon

Dutch NCLE Radio Antenna Joins Chinese Mission to Far Side of the Moon

China just successfully launched a communication relay satellite to the moon ahead of its lunar lander-rover mission to the far side of the moon. The mission also includes the Dutch NCLE radio antenna in...
ultramassive black hole

Fast-Growing Ultramassive Black Hole Eats Whole Stars in 48 Hours

Scientists discovered an ancient, ultramassive black hole that is brighter than an entire galaxy. To sustain its fast-growing size, this black hole feeds on a Sun-sized star every two days. In the 1970s, astronomers discovered the...
The Milky Way

The ESA’s Gaia Mission is Revolutionizing Astronomy

ESA’s Gaia satellite has cataloged about 1.7 billion stars in the Milky Way. This is the largest stellar map ever, and it provides astronomers with unprecedented amounts of data. Throughout history, scientists, philosophers, artists, and...
hydrus 1 rests between the two magellanic clouds

New Dwarf Galaxy, Hydrus 1, Discovered Housing Carbon-rich Star

Astronomers detected evidence of the existence of another dwarf galaxy in the Milky Way’s neighborhood. Named Hydrus 1, the newly-found galaxy lies between the two Magellanic Clouds. Our galaxy is a monster of sorts. Its...
sagittarius a* on x-ray

Our Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole has a few Hidden Friends

Astrophysicists set out to study supermassive black holes, the close relatives of Sagittarius A*, meandering throughout our galaxy. The mysterious galactic objects known as black holes help astrophysicists test the equations of general relativity...