Space

Planetary Resources mines Luxembourg for $28M in asteroid-hunting funds

The aspiring asteroid miners at Planetary Resources have struck pay dirt in Luxembourg, the tiny (but wealthy) European country positioning itself as an ally to commercial space. The country is direct

Five years of observations from tandem satellites produce 3D world map of unprecedented accuracy

A pair of satellites operating in tandem for five years have produced a depth map of the planet so exact you could theoretically zoom down to street level and tell an adult from a kid, or spot a break

Project Blue aims to snap the first picture of an exoplanet in Alpha Centauri

Exoplanets are the talk of the solar system this year, but as exciting as they are, their existence (as is often the case in astronomy) is more inference than direct observation. A new private effort

Rosetta goes out in a blaze of glory — and science

Let's all take a moment and pour one out metaphorically for Rosetta, the pioneering spacecraft that gave our newly spacefaring race its first comet landing. The orbiter performed its final task early

A robot learns to cope with the loss of an eye in an experiment carried out on the ISS

Humans are pretty good at ballparking distances, even with one eye closed — but it turns out computer vision systems have a hard time with it. Researchers hope to fix that, or at least make robots a

Musk says under 5 percent of SpaceX is working on Mars mission, 2024 launch is ‘optimistic’

Elon Musk has a plan to colonize Mars, but he's not rushing it. In a conference call following the SpaceX CEO's presentation today at the International Astronautical Conference, Musk noted that the pr

NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring org

China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly?

Congratulations are in order for China: by launching the world's first quantum communications satellite, the country has achieved an interesting — if somewhat difficult to explain — milestone in s

NASA awards companies $65 million to develop habitats for deep space

NASA is serious about going to Mars, and not just for a quick visit, either. It just committed $65 million, spread over two years and six companies, for the purpose of developing and testing deep-spac

Berkeley Lab gets the go-ahead for its 5,000-robot 3D galaxy mapping project

You don’t do things halfway when it comes to tasks like mapping the light of millions of galaxies. That sort of job requires a fairly massive undertaking like, say, 5,000 ten-inch cylindrical robot

NanoRacks’ commercial space testing platform outside the ISS is now open for business

Say you've got an experiment or prototype satellite that you want to expose to the ravages of space. Sure, you could launch it with a bunch of others, but what if you need it back afterwards? NanoRack

NASA shows off the design for its Mars 2020 rover

The rover NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020 is taking shape, and today its near-final design was revealed, along with details on several of its cool new instruments. The computer-generated image of a

DigitalGlobe unveils next-generation imaging satellite

It’s really frustrating when that super-fly Snapchat you took at 55 mph of the unreleased Tesla Model 3 you caught in the wild turns out blurry. DigitalGlobe will be able to snap that picture

Juno probe’s tiny sensors to perform big science around Jupiter

One of the striking things about the Juno probe, I remarked to one of its creators, is its simple and streamlined design — compared to other spacecraft, at least. The engineers had a hell of a time

NASA’s newly upgraded Pleiades supercomputer delves into the mysteries of star formation

NASA scientists are bringing one of the most powerful computers in the world — just recently given a tune-up — to bear on the question "Where do stars come from?" So next time your toddler asks yo

Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

NASA believes the children are our future. Why else would it ask them for ideas about how to feed astronauts in 2050? The nationwide "Star Trek Replicator" contest that began in February has spawned h

Juno lead Scott Bolton talks up the tech of NASA’s Jupiter orbiter

The Juno probe has just made its long-awaited rendezvous with Jupiter, kicking off 20 months of unprecedented planetary science. We cornered the mission's principal investigator, Scott Bolton, during

After five years, Juno arrives in orbit around Jupiter

After traveling five years through the solar system, Juno has finally reached its destination and is currently in orbit around Jupiter, traveling nearly 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 mph).

NASA app brings live ISS views and latest space media to Apple TV

Space fiends who are also couch potatoes, rejoice! NASA's all-purpose app for finding and watching content from the cosmos has arrived on Apple TV.

ISS installs networking tech that may soon connect the whole Solar System

When you really need to get a signal in from Pluto, a direct connection isn't always possible. Oh sure, when it's a big project like New Horizons, you can make sure the line is clear and someone's lis
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