Open menu

Space Exploration News

The latest news about space exploration
astrophysics, the universe...

Missing hydrogen problem solved

The mystery of why scientists cannot detect hydrogen in the most distant regions of the universe has been addressed by University of Sydney research.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2012

Read more

The great space coaster: Astronomers measure the deceleration of the universe before dark energy

For the past five billion years, the expansion of the Universe has been speeding up, powered by the mysterious repulsive force known as 'dark energy'. But thanks to a new technique for measuring the three-dimensional structure of the distant Universe, astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) have made the first measurement of the cosmic expansion rate just three billion years after the Big Bang.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2012

Read more

China to launch manned spaceship in June

Like in the Shenzhou-9 mission, the crew might include two men astronauts and a woman, who are scheduled to enter the Tiangong-1 space lab module, Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, said on the sidelines of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2012

Read more

China plans manned space launch in 2013

China is aiming to launch its next manned space mission as early as June 2013, state media reported Saturday, as the country steps up its ambitious exploration programme.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2012

Read more

The Van Allen probes: Honoring the origins of magnetospheric science

In 1958, the first US rocket - known as Explorer 1 and led by James Van Allen at the University of Iowa - was launched. By providing observations of a giant swath of magnetized radiation trapped around Earth, now known as the Van Allen Belts, Explorer 1 confirmed that Earth's magnetic environment, the magnetosphere, was not a simple place.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

Read more

On the hunt for dark matter

Ceremonial dedication of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence / EUR 35 million to promote top-level research in particle and hadron physics.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

Read more

A clean-up for space

Space is becoming increasingly polluted by man-made debris. New EU guidelines and standards will help mitigate the problem and make the space industry cleaner.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

Read more

Propulsion chips for miniature satellites

Miniature satellites weighing under 100 kilograms (kg) are a less expensive and easier-to-launch alternative to large spacecraft. EU-funded scientists are developing a "thruster-on-a-chip" to provide the necessary boost.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

Read more

New habitable zone super-Earth found in exosolar system

Astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable atmosphere could reside, around the nearby star HD 40307. It is one of three new super-Earths found around the star that has three other low-mass planets orbiting it.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2012

Read more

New cosmic ray discovered

European astronomers have discovered a new source of cosmic rays emanating from the vicinity of the Arches cluster, near the centre of the Milky Way. According to the researchers, these particles are accelerated in the shock wave generated by tens of thousands of young stars moving at a speed of around 700 000 km/h.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2012

Read more

NASA holds Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium Nov. 14-15

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program's 2012 Fall Symposium will be held Nov. 14-15, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton, Va. NIAC examines early stage concepts that may lead to advanced and innovative space technologies critical for NASA to enable missions in the next 10 to 100 years.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2012

Read more