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Here’s How SpaceX is Planning to Recover Rocket Fairings: a Boat With a Net Called Mr. Steven


When visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, he did so with the intention of rekindling human space exploration and sending humans to Mars.

Astronomers Find The Most Distant Supernova Ever: 10.5 Billion Light-Years Away


Astronomers have discovered the most distant supernova yet, at a distance of 10.5 billion light years from Earth.

Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 21, 2018: Dr. Jessie Christiansen and “Exoplanet Explorers”

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr.

Some of The Last Glaciers in The Tropics. They’ll be Gone in About a Decade


One of the most visible signs of Climate Change are the ways in which glaciers and ice sheets have been disappearing all over the world.

OSIRIS-REx Sends Home an Image of the Earth and Moon


On September 8th. 2016, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) launched from Earth to rendezvous with the asteroid 101955 Bennu.

How Badly Will Humanity Freak Out if We Discover Alien Life?


The discovery of alien life is one of those things that everyone thinks about at some point. Hollywood has made their version of first contact very clear: huge alien vessels appear over Earth’s cities, panic ensues, and Will Smith saves the day with a Windows 3.1 virus.

Russia and China Are Working on Space and Counterspace Weapons


Every year, the Department of National Intelligence (DNI) releases its Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.

Astronomers Observe the Rotating Accretion Disk Around the Supermassive Black Hole in M77


During the 1970s, scientists confirmed that radio emissions coming from the center of our galaxy were due to the presence of a Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH).

Opportunity Just Saw its 5,000th Sunrise on Mars


It’s been a time of milestones for Mars rovers lately! Last month (on January 26th, 2018), NASA announced that the Curiosity rover had spent a total of 2,000 days on Mars, which works out to 5 years, 5 months and 21 days.

Subscribe to Our New Weekly Email Newsletter Written By Fraser

It’s been almost 19 years since I founded Universe Today, back in March, 1999. Back when I started, it was a primarily an email-based newsletter with an archive version on the web where people could read it if they wanted to.

Neptune’s Huge Storm Is Shrinking Away In New Images From Hubble


Back in the late 1980’s, Voyager 2 was the first spacecraft to capture images of the giant storms in Neptune’s atmosphere.

Carnival of Space #549

Welcome to the 549th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit.

It Turns Out, Andromeda is Younger Than Earth… Sort Of


Since ancient times, astronomers have looked up at the night sky and seen the Andromeda galaxy. As the closest galaxy to our own, scientists have been able to observe and scrutinize this giant spiral galaxy for millennia.

Astrophotographer Captures Musk’s Tesla Roadster Moving Through Space


An astrophotographer in California has captured images of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster on its journey around our Sun.

Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua Had a Violent Past


On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) telescope in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar asteroid – I/2017 U1 (aka.

What are the Chances Musk’s Space Tesla is Going to Crash Into Venus or Earth?


On February 6th, 2018, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket into orbit. This was a momentous occasion for the private aerospace company and represented a major breakthrough for spaceflight.

Witness The Power Of A Fully Operational ESPRESSO Instrument. Four Telescopes Acting As One


It’s been 20 years since the first of the four Unit Telescopes that comprise the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) saw first light.

Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 14, 2018: Joe Pappalardo’s “Spaceport Earth”

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr.

Mars 2020 Rover is Going to be Taking a Chunk of Mars Back to… Mars?


In July of 2020, the Mars 2020 rover – part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program – will begin its long journey to the Red Planet.

New Horizons Just Took a Record Breaking Image. No Camera Has Ever Taken a Picture From This Far From Earth


In July of 2015, the New Horizons mission made history by being the first spacecraft to rendezvous with Pluto.


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