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NASA’s Mars lander might have detected its first ‘marsquake’


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s InSight lander has picked up a gentle rumble at Mars, believed to be the first marsquake ever detected. InSight’s quake monitor recorded and measured the faint signal April 6 and scientists announced the finding Tuesday. While the rumble sounds like soft wind, scientists believe it came from within the red […]

China to explore asteroid, comet in ambitious new mission


Following the successful landing of its Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the Moon earlier this year, China is looking to expand its space program by exploring an asteroid and a comet within the next three years. According to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, China’s space program will look to explore the near-Earth […]

US astronaut to set women’s record for time spent in space


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months until February — approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly’s 340-day US record. “One month down. Ten to go,” she tweeted […]

NASA’s Cassini discovers deep lakes on one of Saturn’s moons


It’s been well over a year since NASA’s incredibly trusty Cassini probe performed its final act, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere where it was obliterated by the intense friction. It was a bittersweet day for the astronomy community, but the wealth of information Cassini gathered during its over 13 years orbiting Saturn is still yielding new […]

Nearby exoplanet may be able to support life despite radiation


Finding planets outside of our solar system is a challenge and determining the size, composition and surface conditions of such planets is more difficult still. Figuring out whether life could exist on an exoplanet, based on all the previous information? Well, that’s about as difficult a challenge as an astronomer can imagine, but researchers from […]

Scientists claim Mars meteorite shows ‘signs of life’


A meteorite from Mars has shown signs of life in fossilized bacteria, scientists have claimed. Experts using advanced imaging techniques say they found microfilaments created by fossilized Martian microbes on the meteorite, officially known at ALH-77005. The study, published in Open Astronomy, came from Dr. Ildiko Gyollai from the Hungarian Academy of Science (HAS) Research […]

Israeli nonprofit vows new moon mission after 1st crashes


JERUSALEM — The Israeli start-up behind last week’s failed lunar landing has vowed to create a second mission to steer a privately funded spacecraft onto the moon. Morris Kahn, Israeli billionaire and chairman of SpaceIL, the nonprofit that undertook the botched lunar mission, says he’s already formed a task force of engineers and donors that […]

Dazzling meteorite lights up the night sky


A meteorite crashed through Earth’s atmosphere off the coast of Brazil. The celestial sight, which likely burn up 22 miles over the Atlantic Ocean, was captured by the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network. Subscribe to our YouTube! Share this: Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email Copy

Israeli Beresheet spacecraft snaps picture moments before crashing into Moon


Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft snapped a stunning picture of the Moon moments before it crashed into the lunar surface Thursday. The spacecraft experienced an engine problem seconds before it was expected to reach the Moon. Beresheet was just a few hundred feet above the lunar surface when Mission Control in Yehud, Israel, lost contact with the […]

Israeli spacecraft fails to make successful moon landing


The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reached the moon on Thursday but its planned controlled or “soft,” landing failed, the support team said. The spacecraft had a number of technical problems during its final descent to the lunar surface, according to the team, which led to the apparent crash, though team members didn’t use that word. The […]

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