• The Sun Jul 20

    What the Latest NASA Probe is Revealing About the Sun's Surface

    The New York Times reports on first images taken of the sun from a joint operation involving the European Space Agency and NASA and what information those images are revealing about the sun’s surface and how it affects us here on Earth.

  • head Nov 18, 2019

    Study Sees Future for Hibernating Astronauts

    Just watch out for aliens, right? The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to significantly shrink the size of spacecraft.

  • PRESIDENT Sep 9, 2019

    European Space Agency Records Amazon Air Pollution

    New satellite images published Monday by the European Space Agency show an increase in air pollution in the Brazilian Amazon while fires burned in the region last month. Several maps showed more carbon monoxide and other pollutants in August than in the previous month, when there were fewer fires. The agency said fires released carbon dioxide once stored in the...

  • NBC NEWS Mar 29, 2019

    60 Days in Bed Pays $19K and a Chance to Protect Astronauts

    Imagine lying in bed for weeks on end, eating and sleeping without getting up — and being paid handsomely for your trouble. What sounds like a dream job to some is actually the setup of a new experiment being conducted by NASA and the European Space Agency. The study, which kicked off Monday in Cologne, Germany, aims to assess the...

  • Associated Press Dec 27, 2018

    Indonesia Widens Exclusion Zone Around Island Volcano

    Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone. The country’s volcanology agency said Thursday that the Anak Krakatau volcano’s alert status had been raised to the second highest level and the exclusion zone more than doubled to a...

  • Associated Press Dec 26, 2018

    Hundreds Dead After Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

    Indonesia’s Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency asked people stay away from the coast after nearby volcano erupts raising fear of a new Tsunami.

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Dec 20, 2018

    3 Astronauts Return From International Space Station

    Three astronauts returned to Earth Thursday after more than six months aboard the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA’s Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergey Prokopyev and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency landed on the snow-covered steppes in Kazakhstan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan. They touched down a minute...

  • astronaut Oct 11, 2018

    2 Astronauts Safe After Rocket Fails During Launch

    An American and a Russian astronaut are safe after a planned trip to the International Space Station went awry minutes after liftoff. A Russian Soyuz booster rocket carrying Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin failed, jettisoning the capsule with the astronauts inside.

  • Germany Jul 23, 2018

    Space Jam: Astronaut on Space Station Plays With Techno Band Kraftwerk

    Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station. Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet...

  • Greenland Jul 17, 2018

    Iceberg Looming Over Greenland Village Spotted From Space

    An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit. Dozens of village residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns the 11 million-ton iceberg might break apart and...

  • actor Jun 15, 2018

    Stephen Hawking's Ashes Buried in Westminster Abbey

    Stephen Hawking has taken his place among Britain’s greatest scientists with the burial of his ashes in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. More than 1,000 people Friday attended a service of thanksgiving for the physicist, who died in March at age 76 after decades of living with motor neuron disease. The service included readings...

  • Germany Jun 6, 2018

    Trio of Astronauts Launches to International Space Station for Five-Month Science Mission

    A trio of astronauts from Russia, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station. A Russian spacecraft carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA’s Alexander Gerst, from Germany, lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a...

  • California May 5, 2018

    NASA's InSight Spacecraft Will Have Company on Its Months-Long Journey to Mars

    NASA’s next Mars explorer, launching Saturday from the coast of California, is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks.

  • China Apr 25, 2018

    Funky Finding: Study Confirms Uranus Smells Really Bad

    Scientists have confirmed that the planet Uranus smells like farts and rotten eggs — and, yes, NASA already made the joke you’re thinking of. A team of scientists determined that the seventh planet from the sun, whose name has long made it the subject of schoolyard wisecracks, has hydrogen sulfide in the clouds surrounding its surface. That’s the chemical behind...

  • China Apr 16, 2018

    Launch Delay for NASA's Newest Planet-Hunting Spacecraft

    NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off. Two hours before Monday evening’s scheduled launch, SpaceX announced it needed more time to check its rocket, which will carry the satellite to orbit. The next attempt will be Wednesday night.

  • China Apr 12, 2018

    ‘Mission for the Ages': NASA Set to Launch Tess Spacecraft, a Galactic Scout to Prowl for Planets

    Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see — plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more — will come under the intense stare of NASA’s newest planet hunter. Set to lift off early next week, the Tess spacecraft will prowl for planets around the closest, brightest stars. These newfound worlds eventually will become prime targets for future telescopes...

  • United States Apr 2, 2018

    China Space Lab Mostly Burns Up on Re-Entry in South Pacific

    China’s defunct Tiangong 1 space station mostly burned up on re-entry Monday into the atmosphere over the central South Pacific, Chinese space authorities said. The experimental space laboratory re-entered around 8:15 a.m., the China Manned Space Engineering Office said. Scientists monitoring the craft’s disintegrating orbit had forecast the craft would mostly burn up and would pose only the slightest of...

  • California Sep 14, 2017

    NASA's Saturn-Orbiting Cassini Spacecraft Faces Fiery Finish

    After a 20-year voyage, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet. There’s no turning back: Friday it careens through the atmosphere and burns up like a meteor in the sky over Saturn. NASA is hoping for scientific dividends up until the end. Every tidbit of data radioed back...

  • NBC Jul 28, 2016

    Farewell, Philae: Historic Comet Lander Is Switched Off Forever

    After a decade-long mission, Philae, the trailblazing, space-exploring robot that made history when it landed on a speeding comet, bid a final farewell to Earthlings on Wednesday, NBC News reported. The European Space Agency said earlier this week in a blog post that it would turn off a communications system on Rosetta, Philae’s companion spacecraft, severing Earth’s line of communication...

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