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ESA’s ExoMars mission set to land on Mars Wednesday

ESA’s ExoMars mission set to land on Mars Wednesday Wednesday is a big day for the European Space Agency (ESA).There was a brief scare early today as the lander was deployed, but the ESA says all systems are go.

Deep-dwelling bacteria could rewrite our understanding of where alien life could take hold

Deep-dwelling bacteria could rewrite our understanding of where alien life could take hold Finding bacteria in extreme environments, like at thermal ocean vents or in the sulfur pools at Yellowstone, isn’t all that novel.In 1991, remote-control robots brought out samples of pitch-black fungi that had been growing inside the ruins of the Chernobyl reactor.

Mission control has lost contact with the ESA’s ExoMars lander

Mission control has lost contact with the ESA’s ExoMars lander As it would seem, the Great Galactic Ghoul is still hungry, and the ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli lander might have been its next meal.Just moments before the lander was to touchdown on Martian soil, mission control lost contact with it, and it isn’t looking good for the surface mission.

Planet nine might be pulling our solar system out of alignment

Planet nine might be pulling our solar system out of alignment Their observations indicate that planet nine could be causing a “wobble” in the solar system.While we can’t see planet nine, astronomers have detected a number of bizarre effects in the solar system that could be explained by the object.

Astronomers get a chance to watch a rare red nova in its opening strains

Astronomers get a chance to watch a rare red nova in its opening strains As you might suspect, a contact binary is an unstable state of affairs.When that finally happens, the cores of the two stars will merge and then explode as a luminous red nova.

Nearby exoplanet Proxima b could be a habitable ocean world

Nearby exoplanet Proxima b could be a habitable ocean world That’s not the case with Proxima b, a small exoplanet that orbits the nearest star to our own, Proxima Centauri.Scientists haven’t been able to spot Proxima b transiting its star yet, but a new study of the Proxima Centauri system shows how Proxima b could be a habitable ocean planet.

New images from NASA show the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander

New images from NASA show the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander Earlier this month, the European Space Agency lost contact with the lander stage of its ExoMars mission.The lander, Schiaparelli, separated from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, and began its descent on October 19.

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue It has been almost two months since a SpaceX rocket exploded during launch preparation, taking a Facebook internet satellite along with it.The company has been hard at work to track down the cause of the failure, and SpaceX now says the explosion was caused by a helium loading issue.

NASA cautiously re-approaches manned lunar exploration

NASA cautiously re-approaches manned lunar exploration The agency put out a Request For Information for a “Small Lunar Surface Payload” program, and the request acknowledges the ability of US commercial outfits to develop lunar probes or landers.” just yet, but this is clearly aimed in the direction of more manned lunar exploration.

NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) comes up a lot when we talk about the very boundaries of our understanding of the cosmos.For more than a quarter century, the Hubble Space Telescope has been our best window to the wider universe, but it can only do so much.

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact Technology gives us a shot at stopping the worst-case scenario, something that experts from NASA and FEMA recently got together to simulate.The exercise included representatives from NASA, FEMA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the US Air Force, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

The Air Force's X-37B space plane could become an astronaut ambulance

The Air Force's X-37B space plane could become an astronaut ambulance ” The best archetype for that design might be the mysterious Air Force X-37B space plane.They might be gentler, but the best way to transport an injured astronaut would be with a space plane.

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test The ESA and NASA are pushing for a 2020 mission to test technologies that could help us deflect an object before it smacks into Earth.The joint European-US Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) is still in the planning stages, but it could launch in 2020.

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has spent his life pondering big questions about the wider universe.In recent years, he’s turned his attention closer to home, talking about AI, climate change, alien invasion, and other threats to the future of humanity.

NASA and NOAA launch most advanced weather satellite ever

NASA and NOAA launch most advanced weather satellite ever A new weather satellite is on its way into space, but it’s unlike any of the weather satellites we have right now.The satellite is currently on its way to a geostationary orbit at 22,300 miles above the Earth.

NASA releases new image of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres

NASA releases new image of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres Depending on how you want to define a planet, Ceres could almost be a fit.Most recently, Dawn moved to an altitude of 960 miles (1480 kilometers), which is how the latest images of the bright spots were captured.

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space If anything, Millennium Tower appears to be sinking even faster.Some in San Francisco say you can see the minor tilt from a sufficient distance away, but that might be confirmation bias.

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander Official word has come from the ESA regarding the why and wherefore of Schiaparelli’s crash landing on the Martian surface.Mission scientists were able to recover data from the lander before its untimely demise, and that data has revealed much more about the sequence of events during Schiaparelli’s last moments.

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day British energy supplier Ovo Energy decided to pull together all the available data on the Death Star and estimate how much it would cost to power.To be accurate, this analysis is not estimating what it would cost the Galactic Empire of Star Wars to power the Death Star.

The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images

The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images The Hubble Space Telescope has been silently hovering above Earth for over 25 years, but it’s still returning spectacular images of the cosmos.Most of the famous Hubble images were taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).