A pint-sized helicopter is making the trip to Mars along with the Perseverance rover. The helicopter will perform autonomous flight tests in the thin Martian atmosphere. If successful, the helicopter could be used as a proof of concept for drone missions to Mars.
The Emirates Hope Mission, scheduled to launch this Friday, is the first Arab attempt to reach the Red Planet. Heres how the UAE will endeavor to make history. <meta property=
See photos of the historic Emirates Mars Mission, which will send the United Arab Emirates' Hope orbiter to the Red Planet.
Sometime in the period that begins on July 30 and ends on August 15, NASA’s Perseverance rover will take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on what is without a doubt the most important mission to another planet humanity has ever attempted.
The United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and China are all launching robotic missions to the Red Planet.
The Hope orbiter will make contributions to research on the red planet, but the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.
Ahead of its Mars 2020 launch from Cape Canaveral on July 30, NASA has released a "movie trailer" for the event, featuring its Perseverance rover as the star.
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Last week, the agency's Office of Planetary Protection (OPP) announced that they'd hired the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute to support all current and future missions per OPP's standards. Researchers at SETI will oversee nearly all aspects of hygiene on future flight projects, and are charged with carrying out new guidelines for "biological cleanliness."
An exploding white dwarf star blasted itself out of its orbit with another star in a "partial supernova" and is now hurtling across our galaxy, according to a new study from the University of Warwick.
Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant short gamma-ray burst (SGRB) ever detected using two Maunakea Observatories in Hawaii. It's also the most distant SGRB to have its optical afterglow captured. W. M. Keck Observatory and the international Gemini Observatory (on Maunakea) data confirm the SGRB is located 10 billion light-years away when the universe was in its 'teenage years.' Finding an SGRB this early in time is surprising and could alter theories about their origins.
New research shows that neutron stars in a 'teenage' universe could merge relatively quickly.
Rapid follow-up of the optical afterglow from one of the most distant confirmed short gamma-ray bursts (SGRB), thought to be the merger of two neutron stars, is casting new light on these enigmatic objects. The observations, made by the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, confirmed the object's distance and placed it squarely in the epoch of cosmic high noon, when the Universe was in its ''teenage years'' and rapidly forming stars.
Rapid follow-up of the optical afterglow from one of the most distant confirmed short gamma-ray bursts (SGRB), thought to be the merger of two neutron stars, is casting new light on these enigmatic objects. The observations, made by the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, confirmed the object's distance and placed it squarely in the epoch of cosmic high noon, when the Universe was in its "teenage years" and rapidly forming stars. The appearance of an SGRB so e
An astrophotography competition run by London's Royal Observatory Greenwich, announces a shortlist of exceptional images for its 2020 contest.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a distant star casing "bat wing" shadows into space. The star's bright light is hitting a disk of debris surrounding the star, casting wide shadows we can see thanks to Hubble.
A research team led by Cardiff University scientists say they are closer to understanding how a supermassive black hole (SMBH) is born thanks to a new technique that has enabled them to zoom in on one of these enigmatic cosmic objects in unprecedented detail.
Starspots are more common among red giant stars than previously thought. In the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany report that approximately eight percent of red giants exhibit such spots. They are the expression of strong magnetic fields at the stellar surface. These magnetic fields are created deep inside the star in a process that requires, among other things, convection and a fast rotation of the star.
For the past decade, an international team of astronomers, led in part by Brent Tully at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, has been mapping the distribution of galaxies around the Milky Way. They have discovered an immense structure beyond Laniakea, an immense supercluster of galaxies, including our own. Astronomers have dubbed the newly identified structure the South Pole Wall.
Cosmic structure akin to curtain that stretches along southern border of universe
Residents across New England will be able to spot an incredibly bright comet as it passes by Earth this month - the last time it will be visible from the planet for 6,800 years.
The comet known as NEOWISE was captured by time-lapse images from the International Space Station, and it's now been made into a stunning 4K video. The comet was barely visible when it was headed toward the Sun but after it appeared on the other side of its flyby it was much brighter.
A photographer captured a remarkable image of the NEOWISE comet streaking over Stonehenge this past Friday.
As Comet Neowisemakes it way across the sky, one visual artist created a stunning video showing thecomet rise above Earth.
It was a comet just discovered in March by scientists, and visible since July 3 to the naked eye or through binoculars throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
Recent NASA missions to asteroids have used robotic explorers to gather data about the early evolution of our Solar System, planet formation, and how life may have originated on Earth. To design successful robotic explorers, researchers must understand how these explorers impact the surface of asteroids during their touchdown. University of Rochester researchers conducted lab experiments to determine what happens when explorers and other objects touch down on complex, granular surfaces in low gr
Right now, theres a particularly awesome comet putting on a show Comet Neowise and it's going to be visible from the northern hemisphere for at least the next few days.
NEOWISE Comet Live Updates: According to NASA, the comet is about 5 km wide and its nucleus is covered with sooty dark particles left over from its formation near the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.
It's going to be a good month for stargazers.
Two new directives are designed to keep distant planetary objects safe from Earthly microbes.
The winners for the JPL-led "Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload" challenge have been announced, and the miniature robotic designs could help the agency explore the Moon. NASA's next giant leap may be aided by tiny lunar robots. These miniature robots would help scout the lunar surface, collecting k
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If the 2010s were the decade when small satellites revolutionized the space industry, the 2020s will be when commercial space odysseys finally go mainstream. At least that's the gamble that Jason Andrews, the co-founder and former CEO of Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, is taking with French-born
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It'll be also hanging out with the bright red giant star Aldebaran.
Jupiter will be at its biggest and brightest in the sky tonight (July 14) as the planet reaches opposition, the point in its orbit where it's almost directly opposite the sun in our sky and near its closest approach to Earth.
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Mercury is only modestly-bright in mid-July 2020, but let the waning crescent moon and the planet Venus help you to locate Mercury near the horizon as darkness gives way to dawn. If you can't see this world with the eye alone, try binoculars!
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A composite image - made of photos acquired over 500 days - showing the waxing and waning of Venus, and the changing size of the planet's visible disk, as it orbits the sun one step inward from Earth.
Jupiter will reach opposition on July 14, orbiting closest to Earth and appearing as a bright star in our night sky.
It's the brightest comet in 23 years.
First, there was Comet ATLAS in April which disappointed sky watchers as it broke apart into pieces. Then there was Comet SWAN in May which also disintegrated. And now we have a third comet named N
Like so much in astronomy, Jupiter's opposition happens in a way that's cyclical. And the cycle of oppositions for Jupiter is especially pleasing to the mind. Astronomer Guy Ottewell offers his insights - and chart-making skills - to you during this 2020 opposition of our solar system's largest planet.