Aerospace

Ground-based lasers could accelerate spacecraft to other stars

The future of space exploration includes some rather ambitious plans to send missions farther from Earth than ever before. Beyond the current proposals for building...

Unlocking the magnetic mysteries of galaxy clusters

Scientists have made a groundbreaking leap in understanding the universe's most colossal structures—galaxy clusters. These immense gatherings of galaxies, hot gas, and dark matter are...

China’s Chang’e-8 mission will try to make bricks on the moon

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has put out a call for international and industry partners to contribute science payloads to its Chang’e-8 lunar...

There’s one last place Planet 9 could be hiding

A recently submitted study to The Astronomical Journal continues to search for the elusive Planet Nine (also called Planet X), which is a hypothetical...

Image: Hubble views a massive star forming

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is teeming with color and activity. It features a relatively close star-forming region known as IRAS 16562-3959,...

Another clue into the true nature of fast radio bursts

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are strange events. They can last only milliseconds, but during that time can outshine a galaxy. Some FRBs are repeaters,...

NASA is done setting fires inside its doomed cargo spacecraft

Fire on a spacecraft can be catastrophic. It can spread quickly in a confined space, and for trapped astronauts, there may be no escape. It’s fading...

Asteroid strikes could be the answer to ‘snowball earth’ mystery

Researchers at Yale University have picked a side in the “Snowball Earth” debate over the possible cause of planet-wide deep freeze events that occurred...

Volunteers wanted for NASA’s simulated yearlong Mars mission

NASA is on the lookout for adventurers who want to take part in a one-of-a-kind experiment – living on Mars without leaving Earth! They're gearing...

Exploring the mysteries of black holes and beyond

Black holes have always been one of the most fascinating subjects in the universe. They are like cosmic puzzles that scientists have been trying...