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NASA reestablishes communications with CAPSTONE after blackout

July 7, 2022 7:51:04 pm

NASA was briefly unable to communicate with its lunar spacecraft CAPSTONE and therefore had to delay a manoeuvering move.

Boeing’s Aurora to build Virgin Galactic spaceship carrier plane

July 7, 2022 7:51:53 pm

Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Science will build Virgin Galactic's new twin-fuselage carrier plane that will ferry its next-generation spaceship toward space.

LIGO will be back in 2023, able to detect even ‘fainter’ gravitational waves

July 7, 2022 7:50:32 pm

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) is a massive laser interferometer that helped scientists confirm the existence of gravitational waves in 2016, working in tandem with the Virgo observatory in Italy.

Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research

Large Hadron Collider: Scientists at CERN observe three “exotic” particles for first time

July 7, 2022 7:51:33 pm

Scientists at CERN say they have observed a new kind of "pentaquark" and the first-ever pair of "tetraquarks", adding three members to the list of new hadrons found at the LHC.

NASA Mars Pathfinder: 25 years after the first rover landed on the red planet

July 6, 2022 5:15:09 pm

NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission successfully touched down on the planet's surface on July 4, 1994. Its legacy continues to shape human space exploration to date.

Fastest known star orbits the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy

July 7, 2022 7:52:15 pm

The fastest star discovered yet, named S4716, orbits Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.

This shoebox-sized satellite will help scientists understand climate change better

July 5, 2022 8:16:56 pm

NASA will dispatch the Compact Total Irradiance Monitor (CTIM) to measure the total solar irradiance or the solar power per unit area incident on Earth's upper atmosphere.

Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research

5 things you need to know about the Large Hadron Collider

July 6, 2022 9:27:15 pm

As CERN's Large Hadron Collider gears up to work at previously unprecedented energy levels, here are 5 things you need to know about the massive and complex machine.

NASA satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moon

July 6, 2022 9:26:55 pm

A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth and is headed toward the moon.

NASA is developing swimming robots to look for alien life

July 4, 2022 9:27:10 pm

NASA envisions a swarm of cellphone-size robots swimming through the water beneath the kilometres-thick icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus, looking for alien life.

They uncover new fossils, but they also bite

July 4, 2022 12:39:02 pm

A small group of paleontologists recently discovered 10 species of ancient mammals previously unknown to science with help an enormous number of helpers at their dig site: thousands of tiny ants.

A high-resolution image of Mars captured by thTianwen-1's orbiter in 2021

China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter has mapped the entire surface of Mars

July 4, 2022 9:30:34 pm

China's Tianwen-1 Mars probe consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover named Zhurong.

Hubble captures stunning image of globular cluster with thousands of stars

July 4, 2022 9:28:52 pm

Globular clusters, like this one captured by NASA's Hubble telescope, are stable and tightly bound clusters that contain tens of thousands to millions of stars.

A clunky mask may be the answer to airborne disease and N95 waste

July 5, 2022 8:12:53 pm

A few studies have suggested that reusable elastomeric respirators should be essential gear for frontline medical workers during a respiratory pandemic, which experts predicted would quickly deplete supplies of N95s, the disposable filtration masks largely made in China.

Searching for gold, miners discover a frozen baby mammoth

July 7, 2022 7:53:10 pm

Experts estimate that the mammoth was just over a month old when it perished in mud. It was then captured in time, encased in the frozen layer of ground known as permafrost, during the ice age more than 30,000 years ago.

Image of clouds on mars captured by the Curiosity rover.

Space news weekly recap: NASA CAPSTONE, Martian ‘Enchanted Lake’ and more

July 4, 2022 9:19:36 pm

From the "Enchanted Lake" on Mars to NASA's first steps towards putting astronauts back on the moon, here is some of the most exciting space news from last week.

Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric waves that reached edge of space

July 3, 2022 4:12:39 pm

After a series of small events that began in December 2021, Hunga Tonga erupted on January 15 this year, producing a vertical plume of ash that extended more than 50 kilometres above the surface of the earth.

ESA research rules out 2052 asteroid impact on Earth

July 3, 2022 9:49:33 pm

The asteroid 2021 QM1 was discovered in August 2021 and was added to the top of the European Space Agency's risk list. But a series of cosmic events meant that scientists had a very small window to figure out whether the asteroid would strike Earth in 2052.

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Digging Deep: What new research shows about the genetic diversity of India’s Gibbons

July 15, 2022 3:25:42 pm

Faecal DNA has been used extensively in the past to understand the occupancy, population size as well as diet of a wide range of species.

‘Enchanted Lake’ on Mars: Why it is the best spot to look for signs of life

June 30, 2022 9:07:33 pm

The sedimentary rocks of the "Enchanted Lake" make it a good location to look for signs of early life on Mars.

NASA to release ‘deepest image of universe ever’ taken with James Webb Space Telescope

July 4, 2022 9:21:42 pm

We finally have hints of what the first images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will look like.

Scientists grow food in the dark with ‘artificial photosynthesis’

June 30, 2022 4:09:56 pm

This process could be used to grow food in the dark in controlled environments, which could prove to be useful in many applications, including in space.

Artemis program: Here’s how NASA plans to return to the Moon

June 29, 2022 2:29:06 pm

With the Artemis program, NASA will return to the Moon more than 50 years after it was there last there.

Image of clouds on mars captured by the Curiosity rover.

Why NASA wants public help in spotting Martian clouds

June 29, 2022 1:02:16 pm

NASA's citizen science platform project, "Cloudspotting on Mars," invites the public to identify clouds on the red planet.

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NASA’s CAPSTONE mission launches to the Moon

June 29, 2022 9:38:38 am

The spacecraft, called CAPSTONE, is about the size of a microwave oven. It will study a specific orbit where NASA plans to build a small space station for astronauts to stop at before and after going to the moon’s surface.