The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture.
Launched on January 31st, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP's unmatched data capabilities are enabled in part by the largest spinning mesh reflector ever deployed in space, designed and built by Astro Aero...
The Canadian Department of National Defence is upgrading its Lockheed CP-140 Aurora aircraft with advanced airborne satellite communication systems from ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) in cooperation with L-3 Electronic System Services (ESS), a division of L-3 Aviation Products. The collaboration on this Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program between the three parties, as well as Canadian aircraft integrator IMP Aerospace, delivered the first system from project start to first flight in less than 90...
The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties of far more galaxies than ever before in this tiny piece of the sky. They also go beyond Hubble and reveal previously invisible objects.
By taking very long exposure pictures of regions of the sky, astronomers have created ...
A newly discovered cosmic object may help provide answers to some long-standing questions about how black holes evolve and influence their surroundings, according to a new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
“In paleontology, the discovery of certain fossils can help scientists fill in the evolutionary gaps between different dinosaurs,” said Mar Mezcua of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the study. “We do the same thing in astronom...
Think of it as the ultimate hitchhiking opportunity: ESA is offering CubeSats a ride to a pair of asteroids in deep space.
CubeSats are among the smallest types of satellites: formed in standard cubic units of 10 cm per side, they provide affordable access to space for small companies, research institutes and universities. One-, two- or three-unit CubeSats are already being flown.
Teams of researchers and companies from any ESA Member State are free to compete. The selected CubeSats will b...
NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry "Butch" Wilmore will perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Sunday (March 1), and you can watch it live here starting at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT).
Curiosity drilled into a rock called Telegraph Peak on Tuesday (Feb. 24), collecting sample powder for analysis by its onboard instruments. The rover has now drilled into three different rocks at the base of the towering Mount Sharp.
Inside New Horizons is a small piece of SpaceShipOne, the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to reach space twice within a period of 14 days. The feat, which SpaceShipOne accomplished in 2004, won the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. NGC-2276-3c, which lies about 100 million light-years from Earth, appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole.
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite can measure global precipitation (rain and snow) every 30 minutes. The data has been transformed into high resolution imagery that tracks the movement of precipitation over the entire globe.
The Aragoscope would consist of an orbiting space telescope sitting behind an opaque disc up to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) wide. This disc would be made of a black plastic material, similar to a garbage bag.
An interview with Frank Drake, who conducted the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) experiment in 1960 and came up with a famous equation that estimates the possible number of alien civilizations.
Going to Mars without setting up a colony — round-trip manned missions, in other words — would not be enough for the U.S. to reclaim its leadership in space, nor would setting up human outposts on the moon, Aldrin said.
With an eye towards the future, NASA has marked the first 50 years of its two rocket-moving crawler-transporters by taking one of the newly-upgraded massive machines out for a test drive to the launch pad.
The European Very Large Telescope's MUSE instrument took a deeper dive into the famous Hubble Deep Field and discovered more galaxies than the Hubble Space Telescope. MUSE data also reveals elements of galactic motion.
Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, who trained to fly to the moon but instead led the first multi-national space station crew, died on Feb. 21. He was 83. Gubarev logged 37 days in orbit during the Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28 missions.