Science

InSight showed itself in a new selfie on Mars

Visible in the selfie are the lander's solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments. "Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat", Bruc...


InSight rover spied on Mars by MRO spacecraft’s HiRISE camera

Among other findings related to the craft's arrival on the planet, the images reveal InSight, which is approximately six metres wide when its solar arrays are f...


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx signs on the water, nearby asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been in orbit around the near-Earth asteroid Bennu for about a week now, and it's not wasting any time. Although not quite ...


Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles

The Geminid meteor shower gets its name from its proximity to the constellation Gemini's namesake stars, Castor and Pollux the Gemini twins. In just 3 hours, ...


Cosmonauts on Spacewalk Cut Into Soyuz Spacecraft to Inspect Patched Hole

The module, built by Russian company Energia, arrived at the International Space Station in June and has been the subject of a galactic detective mystery ev...


Nasa detects new signs glaciers in East Antarctica are melting

The mammoth Totten Glacier has previously drawn attention from scientists because it contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by some 11 feet. Catherine...


Subsurface dark community hundreds of times more than humans

Deep microbes are often very different from their surface cousins, with life cycles on near-geologic timescales, dining in some cases on nothing more than en...


Great Barrier Reef Coral Is Becoming More Resilient

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is proving more resilient than thought to sudden spikes in sea temperatures, a study published today shows, offering a glimmer ...


Bringing a knife to a spacewalk: Cosmonauts inspect Soyuz leak fix

Investigators quickly dismissed theories of meteorite impacts, as the hole seemed to come from inside the capsule, said Dmitry Rogozin , the head of Russia's...


Pioneering mission to far side of moon launched

China launched a ground-breaking mission early Saturday aiming to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its gr...


Geminids meteor shower: an astrophysicist on what to look out for

As they have done in the past, Astronomy Ireland are urging members of the public to count how many meteors they can see in the sky every 15 minutes (if possi...


A 'Christmas Comet' will pass over Ireland this month

Have you ever seen a comet before? Some have theorised that said star could have, in fact, been a comet. We don't yet know whether it's going to be bright e...


REx Mission Discovers Water in Clay Deposits on Asteroid

As well, NASA says that observations made by OSIRIS-REx have confirmed that a 2013 model of the asteroid "closely predicted" its actual shape, rotation rate, ...


Voyager 2 becomes second human-made object in interstellar space

The space probe crossed the outer edge of the heliosphere, which is the bubble caused by solar wind and encompasses space "far past the orbit of the planets", o...


NASA's InSight lander 'hears' Martian wind

One has been included specifically to record the sound of a Martian landing for the first time. "Naturally, that includes motion caused by sound waves". "We ...


China prepares mission to land spacecraft on moon’s far side

Chang'e 4 is meant to land in the 186-kilometer-wide Von Kármán Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the moon; the latter feature is the moon's largest-...


Quebec slams door on New Brunswick's pipeline dream at premiers' meeting

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk in Saskatoon . In a similar vein, Biggs said he wants to talk about reviving the defu...


Trump administration rolls back coal rules

The previous standard set a limit for new plants of no more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour (MWh). "This administration cares about acti...


SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the space station as part of what's known as the Commercial Crew program with NASA, but the timeline for t...


China's rover blasts off to make history on moon's 'dark side'

The Chang'e-4 lunar probe was launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre, and is expected to reach its destination sometime ...


Numbers for the BC government's climate change plan

Some of this can be accomplished by increasing the amount of renewable fuel that is blended with liquid fuels. The government says new buildings will be 80 pe...


The third time SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket

And Friday also see, United Launch Alliance's powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket launch from California Vandenberg Air Force Base - a classified spy satellite for t...


NASA's Insight lander records wind heard on Mars

NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars 10 days ago, and has already sent its first pictures. The craft's air pressure sensor recorded the winds as well...


Melting of Greenland's ice is 'off the charts,' study shows

According to Trusel, the current thought in the scientific community is that there is a temperature threshold that could trigger a point of no return for the ev...


Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists

Researchers have managed to successfully remove all of the protruding eels, all from juvenile seals, but are still trying to ascertain why this is happening. On...


Draper Tapped For NASA's 'Space Race' To Go Back To The Moon

The first such flight could come as early as next year. NASA plans to create a sustainable moon mission that will lead to a human mission to Mars, and the...


NASA Scientist Says Alien Lifeforms May Have Already Visited Earth

According to a NASA scientist, intelligent alien life may have visited earth and human beings missed it. In a new paper, Colombano explains that "the i...


3 astronauts dock safely at International Space Station

The launch of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft carrying Saint-Jacques, Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, appeared ...


NASA spacecraft is poised for long-anticipated rendezvous with asteroid

OSIRIS-REx will cautiously approach its target before slipping into orbit for more than two years of scientific observations. Once a site is selected, the space...


Christmas Dinner Rocketed To International Space Station

It should reach the space station at the weekend. Musk also indicated that ships were en route to retrieve the booster. Unfortunately the first-stage booster, t...


David Attenborough: 'The collapse of our civilizations is on the horizon'

If the world is to truly prevent climate change-and the extreme weather disasters and rising seas that accompanies it-the attendees of the United Nations cli...


World Bank doubles climate investment to $200bn

The World Bank's announcement came just before the opening of a United Nations (UN) climate conference in Katowice in Poland. In a statement , the World Bank...


From Baikonur started the spaceship "Soyuz" with the ISS

The crewmembers of the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft that docked to the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday evening has entered the station after ...


Astronauts blast-off to ISS in first launch since Russian rocket failure

The International Space Station ( ISS ) crew member David Saint-Jacques of Canada gestures shortly before their launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan ...


Biggest ever black hole collision is detected by scientists

In this coalescence, which happened roughly 5 billion years ago, an equivalent energy of nearly five solar masses was converted into gravitational radiation, re...