In the pastoral British countryside, amateur astronomers are on watch for asteroids and meteorites that threaten to smash into Earth. Tracking data forms the basis of an early warning system to prevent potential catastrophe.
AFP (July 20, 2015) British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Monday launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent life in the universe in a 10-year, $100-million (143-million-euro) project to scan the heavens.
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AFP (Aug. 27, 2015) A Nigerian and two South Africans are in a race to become the first black African in space after being shortlisted in a global talent search to send a "young icon of the future" into the ... watch video
AP (Dec. 11, 2013) NASA said Wednesday it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board. (Dec. ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 29, 2012) Stunning new images of the Milky Way, recently released by the European Southern Observatory, have excited astronomers and amateur star gazers around the world. But they are merely the latest of many ... watch video
Newsy (June 24, 2014) A group of students has launched an initiative to send a "time capsule" to Mars by 2017. The group plans to include media from people all over Earth.
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AP (July 17, 2012) Scientists are building a menu for a group of six to eight astronauts for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s. The menu must keep the astronauts healthy and happy and also offer a broad array of ... watch video
Aug. 26, 2015 For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it's good to have a backup plan. Although shields and fancy maneuvers could help ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 New research predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula's ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 Astrobiologists draw upon what is known about Earth's most extreme lifeforms and the environments of Mars and Titan, Saturn's moon, to paint a clearer picture of what life on ... read more
Aug. 26, 2015 Some dying stars suffer from ‘irregular heartbeats.' The research confirms rapid brightening events in otherwise normal pulsating white dwarfs, which are stars in the final stage of their life ... read more
Aug. 21, 2015 It is one of the most intriguing questions in astrochemistry: the mystery of the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs), a collection of about 400 absorption bands that show up in ... read more
Feb. 27, 2014 A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2006 DP14 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on the night of Feb. 11, ... read more
Sep. 13, 2013 The solar system is crowded with small objects like asteroids and comets. Most have stable orbits which keep them out of harm’s way, but a small proportion of them are in orbits that risk them ... read more
Sep. 10, 2010 Two amateur astronomers who independently observed and videotaped an asteroid striking the giant planet Jupiter on June 3 have opened the possibility, in effect, of a giant research lab in space for ... read more