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NASA says it has developed and tested an "umbrella-like" heat-shield that could help future missions to space. This game-changing technology could squeeze a heat shield into a rocket with a diameter larger than the rocket itself. The design may someday deliver much larger payloads to planetary surfaces than is currently possible Read...
The discovery of a dark ribbon of weak hydrogen ion emissions that encircles Jupiter has overturned previous thinking about the giant planet’s magnetic equator. An international team of scientists led by the University of Leicester has identified the weakened ribbon of H3+ emissions near the jovigraphic equator using the NSFCam...
When the Juno spacecraft arrived in orbit around Jupiter in 2016, it became the second spacecraft in history to study Jupiter directly – the first being the Galileo probe, which orbited Jupiter between 1995 and 2003. With every passing orbit (known as a perijove, which take place every 53 days), the spacecraft has revealed...
The Kepler telescope has had a relatively brief but distinguished career of service with NASA. Having launched in 2009, the space telescope has spent the past nine years observing distant stars for signs of planetary transits. In that time, it has been responsible for the detection of 2,650 confirmed exoplanets, which constitutes...
For the past two years, NASA's Juno probe has studied planet Jupiter like no spacecraft before it. The US$1 billion mission has peeled back the giant planet's thick cloud layers, searched for an elusive core, and returned dazzling images of colossal storms and chaotic cloud bands. But all good things must come to an end, and Juno...
Dragon crew ship won't be bringing tourists around the moon in 2018. SpaceX is known for making big promises, most of which it has to walk back in the face of logistical challenges. However, it comes through often enough and in sufficiently spectacular fashion to keep the naysayers at bay....
Astronomers have discovered a record-breaking star system. It's called IGR J17062-6143, and it's a very compact binary, where one of the stars is a rapidly spinning, superdense neutron star called an X-ray pulsar. The two stars take just 38 minutes to orbit each other. That's the fastest orbital period of...
This rendering shows the conceptual CubeX spacecraft, which would demonstrate X-ray navigation during its mission investigating the Moon. Credits: Harvard University Now that NASA has shown the viability of autonomous X-ray navigation in space, a team led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory plans to include the technology on a proposed CubeSat...
With each new exoplanet discovery, we expand our understanding of how the universe operates. In a recent and major discovery, the Kepler mission found nearly 100 new exoplanets outside of our Solar System. Nasa has been analysing the first batch of K2 data, and have just announced the discovery of...
A mission to return a comet sample to Earth and one to explore different parts of Saturn’s moon Titan, to see if it hosts life were selected today by NASA as finalists in a competition for a future robotic space mission in our Solar System, part of a program...
Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a quantum communication chip that is 1,000 times smaller than current quantum setups but offers the same superior security quantum technology is known for. Most leading security standards used in secure communication methods -- from withdrawing cash from the ATM...
Weak radio signals are not just a challenge for people trying to find their favorite radio station, but also for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners at hospitals, as well as for the telescopes scientists use to peer into space. The usual answer for a weak radio signal is to locate...

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