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History. Commercial. Probes. Telescopes. The Sun. Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk. EmDrive: Is It Possible? Can It Work for Space Travel? Andrey SuslovGetty Images A lingering, improbable concept called the EmDrive says it moves itself without fuel.DARPA funding caused a fresh news cycle and drew attention to the inexplicable design.Momentum without a catalyst or an output violates a fundamental law of physics.

EmDrive: Is It Possible? Can It Work for Space Travel?

A moonshot propulsion device called the EmDrive promises an extremely fast, physics-defying way to travel in space. But many critics say this impossible drive is just offering hot air. Is there actually hope for the EmDrive, and can we learn anything from its far-out concept? The Spaceships of 'Gravity': A Spacecraft Movie Guide for Astronauts. While Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will be praised for their performances in "Gravity," some of the true stars of the new film don't have any lines at all.

The Spaceships of 'Gravity': A Spacecraft Movie Guide for Astronauts

"Gravity" — a movie focused on the harrowing journey of two astronauts trying to get back to Earth after disaster strikes — puts the past, present and future of manned spaceflight on display through the spacecraft that are central to the film. The spacecraft — written into the movie by writer/director Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonás — show the diverse range of machinery responsible for allowing humans to live and work in space. Scientists launch campaign to restore Pluto to the planet club. Kessler Syndrome: Definition and a Brief Explanation.

Kessler syndrome is a situation wherein the density of objects in the Low Earth Orbit grows so high that collisions between two objects could cause a massive cascade, wherein those collisions generate more space debris, which, in turn, increases the likelihood of further collisions.

Kessler Syndrome: Definition and a Brief Explanation

BBC Radio 4 - Stranger Than Sci-Fi, Space Colonies. The First Meteorite to Crash Into a Car. Carl Sagan's Solar Sail Is Finally Ready To Fly. Latest News, Photos & Videos. What's on the far side of the Moon? ORBIT - A Journey Around Earth in Real Time [4k] A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed. Running 'Cause I Can't Fly: Astronomy: "CoRoT-7b: A Rocky World, Far, Far Away" "CoRoT-7b: A Rocky World, Far, Far Away"by Ned Potter "500 light-years away, in the constellation of Monoceros the Unicorn, European scientists say there is an unremarkable star called CoRoT-7.

Running 'Cause I Can't Fly: Astronomy: "CoRoT-7b: A Rocky World, Far, Far Away"

Last year they deduced that there was at least one planet orbiting it. And today, they report, it is one of the most earth-like worlds they've yet spotted among the 300-plus so-called "exoplanets" they've counted circling other stars. It's probably rocky, like the Earth, instead of being a giant ball of gas like Jupiter or Saturn. It is the first confirmed rocky exoplanet; almost all the others spotted so far have appeared to be gas giants. Rocket Launch 360: DeltaIV NROL-45. What Does This Alien Minor Planet Look Like? Why 2018 Was the Year of the Asteroid. Magnetars Are the Strongest Known Magnets in the Universe. How to See the Ursids, the Last Meteor Shower of the Year. The Ursids are a bit more exciting than their parent comet.

How to See the Ursids, the Last Meteor Shower of the Year

After all, any meteor shower means that shards of space junk are hitting the Earth's atmosphere at top speed and bursting into flames — pretty metal! Still, this shower is hardly as bear-like as its name suggests. It's pretty low-key compared to, say, the Perseids. Still, don't underestimate the Ursids: Twice, the shower has had bursts of 100 meteors in an hour.

Get stories like this one in your inbox each morning. You can certainly keep your hands warm with those disposable packet hand warmers, but for something more sustainable, try this sleek, rechargeable OCOOPA hand warmer. ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment. Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.

ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

No Audio = Normal. There is no audio by design. Add your own soundtrack. Why Have We Still Never Seen a Black Hole? But that's exactly what astronomers working on the Event Horizon Telescope say they've already done; it's just a matter of compiling the data and using special algorithms to translate it into a clear picture.

Why Have We Still Never Seen a Black Hole?

Soon, we should have preliminary images that show the size, shape, and surrounding environment of our local supermassive black hole. It won't technically be the "hole" itself, but like a shadow on the wall, it should tell us a lot of what we need to know. Get stories like this one in your inbox each morning. Is There Anybody Out There… Keeping Track of the Weird Stuff We Send Into Space? This Newly Discovered Super-Earth Might Be Our Second-Closest Exoplanet. While this discovery still needs confirmation, the team is pretty sure it's a done deal.

This Newly Discovered Super-Earth Might Be Our Second-Closest Exoplanet

"After a very careful analysis, we are 99% confident that the planet is there," said Ignasi Ribas, the team's lead scientist from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia and the Institute of Space Sciences, CSIC in Spain, said in a statement. "However, we'll continue to observe this fast-moving star to exclude possible, but improbable, natural variations of the stellar brightness which could masquerade as a planet. " If all goes well, we may have a neighbor we never knew about. Somebody buy a housewarming gift! Get stories like this one in your inbox each morning.

How a Meteor Crash Formed Stunning Desert Glass. Let’s go back in time roughly, oh, 20 million years.

How a Meteor Crash Formed Stunning Desert Glass

It’s the Miocene era, which formally began 3.03 million years prior, and India and Asia are just beginning to collide and form the impressive mountain ranges we know today. Kelp forests and brown algae are appearing and diversifying oceans at rapid rates; in Europe and Africa, around 100 different species of early apes are monkeying around.

With this as the backdrop, let’s zoom in on North Africa specifically. Libya, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the north and Egypt to the east, is about to experience a geological miracle. The Search for Planet Nine. For Sale: Very, Very Tiny Pieces of the Moon. Why DARPA Is Betting a Million Bucks on an "Impossible" Space Drive. NASA puts a supercomputer to work on the ISS. Remember the old cautions to keep magnets away from your computer and use a surge protector?

NASA puts a supercomputer to work on the ISS

What about exposing it to cosmic rays for a year? That’s what NASA finished testing earlier this year, after running a standard Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) business computer aboard the International Space Station. Instead of bulky shielding, the system used software tricks to monitor dangerous conditions and power down or make other adjustments to survive hazards like radiation spikes and unexpected power outages. With three or four months before the system gets a ride back to Earth for more testing, NASA decided to put the system, an HPE Apollo 4000-series enterprise server, to work doing real science experiments on the ISS. “We’ve been scheduled to return to Earth on SpaceX 17, which is in late February or early March,” says Mark Fernandez, lead developer for HPE’s Spaceborne Computer program. Dramatic galaxy collision filled the Milky Way with stars, astronomers discover.

Imagine trying to map out your home town using only information you could gather from your window. Even with a pair of binoculars you’d find it a difficult task. Mapping out our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a similarly daunting mission. Unlike other galaxies that we can view from a distance, we sit inside the Milky Way – around 26,000 light years from its centre. A bold step: Meet the young women in Kyrgyzstan’s satellite program. Courtesy of Kloop. In Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a dedicated group at the Kyrgyz Space Program is intently focused on building their nation’s first-ever satellite and prepping it for a 2019 mission. The surprise: the team consists of roughly a dozen young women between the ages of 17 and 25 — and Kyrgyz Space Program is the name they’ve given themselves. Kyrgyzstan is a sparsely populated country in the mountains of Central Asia whose economy is based on agriculture and mining; more than 30 percent of people here live below the poverty line.

And it’s not one of the 72 countries with an official space agency. And yet, in March 2018, journalist Bektour Iskender (a TED Fellow) colaunched a free course to teach girls and young women how to build a satellite. DLR - DLR Portal. The most mysterious star in the universe. 10 Unsettling Solutions to the Fermi Paradox. US Government Issues NASA Demand, 'Get Humans to Mars By 2033' A Mandate For Humanity Both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017. With this transformative development, the space agency got a lot more than just $19.508 billion in funding. They also got a very clear mandate: Get humanity to Mars. To be clear, Mars has been in the works for some time; however, the 2017 Act places a strong emphasis on this goal, making it the focal point of NASA’s long-term plans. Felix Baumgartner edge of space jump gopro 1080. Felix Baumgartner Space Jump World Record 2012 Full HD 1080p [FULL]

Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained. SpaceX and NASA Settle Clash Over Astronaut Safety. Katie Bouman: What does a black hole look like? China Shatters "Spooky Action at a Distance" Record, Preps for Quantum Internet. In a landmark study, a team of Chinese scientists using an experimental satellite has tested quantum entanglement over unprecedented distances, beaming entangled pairs of photons to three ground stations across China—each separated by more than 1,200 kilometers. The test verifies a mysterious and long-held tenet of quantum theory, and firmly establishes China as the front-runner in a burgeoning “quantum space race” to create a secure, quantum-based global communications network—that is, a potentially unhackable “quantum internet” that would be of immense geopolitical importance.

The findings were published Thursday in Science. “China has taken the leadership in quantum communication,” says Nicolas Gisin, a physicist at the University of Geneva who was not involved in the study. “This demonstrates that global quantum communication is possible and will be achieved in the near future.” “I am happy that the Micius works so well,” Zeilinger says. —Additional reporting by Jesse Dunietz. What the Drake Equation Can Tell Us About the Future of Humanity.

Exoplanets: how we used chemistry to identify the worlds most likely to host life. If We Don't Act Soon, Space Junk Might Trap Us On Earth. Something Weird Is Happening to the 'Alien Megastructure' Star. Kepler Mission has released its catalogue of exoplanets, but what have we learnt about these worlds? On Monday June 19, NASA held a media briefing to announce the completed catalogue of exoplanets from the Kepler Mission.

The catalogue lists 4,034 exoplanet discoveries, including 219 new finds. Underground Lake Found on Mars? Get the Facts. Rare meteorite recovery in Botswana can help reveal secrets of outer space. Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars. Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids. Carrie Nugent: Adventures of an asteroid hunter. Karen J. Meech: The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system. What the Drake Equation Can Tell Us About the Future of Humanity. Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff. Live Streams & Video on Demand: Watch for Free. Scientists Spot 15 Mysterious Radio Bursts From a Distant Galaxy.

The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2┬á ┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á. Space Corps Moves Forward Despite Opposition - James Mattis Opposes Space Corps. "Alien Megastructure" Star Resumes Its Bizarre Behavior After 2-Year Hiatus. NASA's New ISS Experiment Will Study Mysterious Pulsars. Pluto - no more a planet. Why is Pluto no longer a planet? Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids. #ROSETTA □ OSIRIS #67P/CHURYUMOV-GERASIMENKO new albums □ Goodbye Kepler, hello TESS: Passing the baton in the search for distant planets. For centuries, human beings have wondered about the possibility of other Earths orbiting distant stars. Perhaps some of these alien worlds would harbor strange forms of life or have unique and telling histories or futures. But it was only in 1995 that astronomers spotted the first planets orbiting sunlike stars outside of our solar system.

In the last decade, in particular, the number of planets known to orbit distant stars grew from under 100 to well over 2,000, with another 2,000 likely planets awaiting confirmation. Most of these new discoveries are due to a single endeavor — NASA’s Kepler mission. Astronomers have found their paradise, and it’s the coldest and most remote point in Antarctica. Antarctica. Earth - The place furthest from land is known as Point Nemo. Tabetha Boyajian: The most mysterious star in the universe. Astronomers Glimpse Signposts of Universe's First Stars. The cosmic dark ages lasted no more than 180 million years. Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior. We all recognise Jupiter by its banded pattern of counter-rotating zones and belts – this can be seen even with small garden telescopes. These stunning structures are powered by fast jet streams that are visible in the planet’s clouds.

NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off. Musk's Tesla to stay in space for millions of years. The Supersonic Parachutes Carrying NASA's Martian Dreams. International Space Station: Live Inside Space Station Viewing Sunita Williams Space Journey Tour. A man falling from space to the Earth surface: Live telecast by NASA. How a new orbital moon station could take us to Mars and beyond. The Humanity Star. Astronomers really hate that bright disco ball satellite secretly launched to space. OSIRIS-REx Space Mission - NASA Gravity Assist Slingshot Maneuver. Russia Will Team Up with NASA to Build a Lunar Space Station. Deep Drifts of Water Ice Litter the Landscape of Mars.

Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars' Surface. Mysterious alien cigar ‘asteroid’ is actually an interstellar lump of ice (not a space ship) Space Sounds – Space Sound Effects. Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua. Breakthrough Initiatives. NASA Is Working on How to Bring Mars Rocks Back to Earth. Scientists Spot 15 Mysterious Radio Bursts From a Distant Galaxy. 2 Moons Orbit Giant Asteroid That Buzzed Earth (Video) Cool 9-Year-Old Wants To Be NASA's Planetary Protection Officer. The First And Only Human Deaths In Space Were The Crew Of The? Hurricane Julio seen from the International Space Station (ISS) [HD 1080p] NASA Is Looking for a 'Planetary Protection Officer' Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth.

Starshot: Inside the Ludicrous Plan to Send a Spacecraft to Our Neighbor Star. Six mysteries of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.