Seth Shostak, Senior astronomer, Institute fellow, SETI Institute Published 12:54 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 FILE-- This image provided by NASA Tuesday Feb. 2, 2010 shows a mystery object that was discovered on Jan. 6, 2010, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) sky survey. A new paper by a trio of Harvard University researchers argues that we all might be immigrants from deep space, brought to Earth via a mechanism called panspermia. less FILE-- This image provided by NASA Tuesday Feb. 2, 2010 shows a mystery object that was discovered on Jan. 6, 2010, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) sky survey. A new paper by a trio of ... more Photo: AP FILE-- A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Inspiration Point early on August 12, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. A new paper by a trio of Harvard University researchers argues that we all might be immigrants … [Read more...] about Comets and Asteroids Bearing Life?
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Probe wakes up 6 billion kilometres from Earth after 165-day sleep. On course for 2019 New Year’s Day rendezvous with peanut-shaped Ultima Thule. Moving at more than 1 million kilometres a day. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft just woke up, 6.1 billion kilometres away from home. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland were reportedly “jubilant” to recieve the radio transmission confirming that New Horizons had successfully made it through a 165-day hibernation period. Their jubilation is justified. The $US700 million probe travels 1.1 million kilometres a day and has been clipping along without missing a beat since 2006. Even after 12 years of travelling at that speed, the wake-up call took just 5 hours and 40 minutes to reach the Earth, which means all is very well with New Horizons as it keeps on breaking records. On New Year’s Day, all the signs poiint to it becoming the probe that makes the most distant planetary … [Read more...] about The New Horizons spacecraft has woken up 6 billion kilometres from Earth and is closing in on Ultima Thule
Richard Branson says he's months away from becoming an astronaut, and "neck and neck" with Jeff Bezos in the race to begin space tourism.Both Branson and Bezos' respective companies, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, have completed successful test flights in recent weeks.But Branson has broken several promises before about the imminent prospect of space travel, so maybe his latest claim is a bit of billionaire bravado.British entrepreneur told the BBC this week, raising hopes that space tourism will become a reality very soon.In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Branson said of Bezos: "I think we're both neck and neck as to who will put people into space first. We're talking about months away, not years away — so it's close."Branson added that he hopes to become an astronaut within 12 months with Virgin Galactic, and he is already preparing for his experience, including gruelling centrifuge training.Bezos, meanwhile, hopes his company Blue Origin can start offering suborbital space … [Read more...] about Richard Branson says he’s months away from sending people to space
Dave Mosher, provided by Published 11:43 am, Monday, May 14, 2018 NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute Scientists looked at 20-year-old data from NASA's Galileo probe, which reached Jupiter in the 1990s. The researchers discovered that the robot had flown through water spraying out of Europa, an icy moon with a giant hidden ocean. New spacecraft could "sniff and taste" the water spraying from Europa and analyze it for signs of habitability — and alien life. NASA is planning a $2 billion Europa Clipper spacecraft to revisit the moon and study its water plumes. Business Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Facebook Wants Its Own Cryptocurrency Wibbitz Study: Entrepreneurship Makes Women Better Mothers Buzz 60 These Companies are Blockchain Superstars Fortune Cockatiels Won't Let Owner Use Laptop Jukin Media SpaceX Upgraded Rocket Soars For Bangladesh Associated Press Footage Shows Spectacular Eruption of Reunion Island's Piton de la Fournaise Storyful … [Read more...] about Scientists just discovered NASA accidentally flew through a blast of alien ocean water in 1997 — and a $2 billion mission may soon ‘taste’ it for signs of life
NASA's telescopes and spacecraft have captured images from our own solar system to the far reaches of the universe. From the Hubble Space Telescope to the Voyager and New Horizons probes, here are some of the best. The Hubble was launched into space on April 24, 1990. Check out some of the images the telescope has taken over the past 28 years. Three are at top. Search "Hubble" for more below. A young star blasting hurricane-like stellar winds This February 2018 image made available by NASA on April 19 shows the Lagoon Nebula, a "vast stellar nursery" about 4,000 light years away from Earth, the agency says. The young star Herschel 36 is at center. The star, 200,000 times brighter and 32 times more massive than our sun, is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out structures in the surrounding gas and dust. The photo was released to celebrate Hubble's 28th anniversary in space, which followed on April 24. A ghostly, fuzzy-looking galaxy … [Read more...] about Stunning images from space