Category: Space

Planet-Hunting Cubesat Spies Los Angeles from Space!

One of NASA’s cubesat satellites captured a stunning aerial view of California’s “City of Stars.” On March 29, a small satellite called ASTERIA — the Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics — spied on the Golden State, capturing views of the greater Los Angeles area and the massive grid of illuminated city streets and […]

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Watch Saturn Play Peekaboo with the Moon Tonight!

The moon will make a close pass to Saturn this evening (May 22), so close that our natural satellite will block the view of the ringed planet for skywatchers in parts of the world.  In parts of southern Africa and Antarctica, skywatchers will see Saturn play “peekaboo” with the moon. Elsewhere in the world, the […]

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USC Students’ Rocket Reaches Space in Record-Setting Launch

A group of undergraduates launched what is likely the first-ever student designed and student-built rocket past the boundary of space, the University of Southern California (USC) announced today (May 22). Their achievement, if confirmed, completes a decade-long informal competition among engineering schools worldwide to create the first university rocket to achieve spaceflight, officials from USC’s […]

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Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books

The universe through the eyes of an astronomer or astrophysicist is a fascinating place — and a good book can give you a glimpse of that world without requiring years of study. Here are the Space.com writers’ and editors’ recommendations of astronomy and astrophysics books that will thrill, puzzle, intrigue and blow your mind. (We are […]

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India Successfully Launches RISAT-2B Earth-Observation Satellite

India’s space agency successfully launched a new Earth-observation satellite today (May 21), boosting the nation’s space-based surveillance capabilities.  The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle designated PSLV-C46 to launch its third radar imaging satellite, named RISAT-2B, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. The rocket lifted off at […]

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NASA Puts Mars 2020 Rover’s Space Ride to the Test (Photo)

NASA’s next Mars rover continues to gear up for its launch toward the Red Planet next summer. Earlier this month, engineers put the Mars 2020 rover’s fully assembled spacecraft through some tests at the Space Simulator Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The spacecraft consists of the cruise stage, which will […]

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Space Launch Calendar 2019: Sky Events, Missions & More

LAST UPDATED May 21: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Launch dates collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now and others. Watch NASA webcasts and other live launch coverage on our Watch Live page, and see our night sky webcasts […]

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In 2020, NASA Will Send Living Things to Deep Space for First Time Since Apollo

NASA is getting ready to launch living creatures to deep space for the first time in nearly five decades.  Agency engineers are putting together a briefcase-size spacecraft called BioSentinel, which will carry yeast cells into orbit around the sun to help scientists better understand the radiation environment beyond our planet’s protective magnetic bubble. BioSentinel is […]

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‘Finding Our Place in the Universe’ Details Quest for Earth’s Supercluster: Author Q&A

The newly translated book “Finding Our Place in the Universe,” out today (May 21), details how scientists discovered the vast supercluster of galaxies that contains the Milky Way — using careful calculations to reveal the supercluster’s intricate, feathery shape. In 2014, the French astrophysicist Hélène Courtois was part of a research team that discovered the […]

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