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Space news from NASA, ESA, and the rest of outer space.

The ‘Star In A Jar’ Technology That Could Change Our World Forever

The process inside of our sun converts hydrogen into helium, which creates an overwhelming amount of energy unparalleled by any human technologies (nuclear fusion). If we could harness this process, our entire outlook on civilization could change - from energy dependency issues, to energy effecincy problems such as deep space travel. For quite some time scientists [...]

New Weather Satellite Sends First Images of Earth

The release of the first images today from NOAA’s newest satellite, GOES-16, is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites. This composite color full-disk visible image is from 1:07 p.m. EDT on Jan. 15, 2017, and was created using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager [...]

Mysterious X-Ray Signal Intrigues Astronomers

A mysterious X-ray signal has been found in a detailed study of galaxy clusters using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton. One intriguing possibility is that the X-rays are produced by the decay of sterile neutrinos, a type of particle that has been proposed as a candidate for dark matter. While holding exciting potential, [...]

Scientists Enter Eight Month Dome In Hawaii Mars Space Mission Study

(Reuters) - Six scientists have entered a dome perched atop a remote volcano in Hawaii where they will spend the next eight months in isolation to simulate life for astronauts traveling to Mars, the University of Hawaii said. The study is designed to help NASA better understand human behavior and performance during long space missions [...]

NASA’s WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal A Surprising Blazar Connection

Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays. The discovery, which was accomplished by comparing data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has enabled the researchers to uncover dozens [...]

NASA’s Fermi Finds Record-Breaking Binary In Galaxy Next Door

Using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and other facilities, an international team of scientists has found the first gamma-ray binary in another galaxy and the most luminous one ever seen. The dual-star system, dubbed LMC P3, contains a massive star and a crushed stellar core that interact to produce a cyclic flood of [...]

Top Secret X-37B Space Plane Completes 600 Days In Orbit

Its real purpose is a mystery, and it just passed 600 days in orbit. The Air Force, NASA, and Boeing are working together on a top secret 'space plane' known as the X-37B space plane, or  the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). It was launched on May 20, 2015, from Cape Canaveral, the journey marks the fourth [...]

NASA Finds Unusual Origins Of High-Energy Electrons

High above the surface, Earth’s magnetic field constantly deflects incoming supersonic particles from the sun. These particles are disturbed in regions just outside of Earth’s magnetic field – and some are reflected into a turbulent region called the foreshock. New observations from NASA’s THEMIS – short for Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during [...]

NASA Solicits Proposals For Future Robotic Solar System Exploration Mission

NASA is seeking proposals for its next New Frontiers mission—a robotic planetary mission of discovery that would launch in the mid-2020s. The agency on Friday released an announcement of opportunity for what will be the fourth mission in the New Frontiers portfolio. Its predecessors are the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, [...]

NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object. This technique is useful for finding low-mass bodies orbiting stars, such as planets. In this case, the observations revealed a brown [...]