Oct 26, 2021
Mysterious 'Alien Beacon' Was False Alarm
A radio signal detected by an Australian telescope in 2019, which seemed to be coming from the star closest to the Sun, was not from aliens, researchers report today in two papers in...
Oct 3, 2021
NASA Won't Rename James Webb Space Telescope
NASA has decided not to rename its soon-to-be-launched flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), after investigating whether its namesake, former NASA...
Sep 8, 2021
Mars Rover Finally Collects Its First Rock Core
After a failed attempt last month, NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully drilled, extracted and stored a sample of Martian rock — the first ever Mars sample destined...
Aug 8, 2021
Mars Rover Drills First Rock Core for Return to Earth
A robot on Mars has just collected the first-ever piece of Martian rock that is destined to be brought to Earth — and scientists are thrilled that it could be volcanic in...
Jun 24, 2021
The Stars Where Aliens Would Catch Glimpse of Earth
Astronomers have pinpointed more than 2,000 stars from where, in the not-too-distant past or future, Earth can occasionally be detected transiting across the face of the Sun. If...
May 9, 2021
NASA Reboots Its Role in Fighting Climate Change
NASA is best known for exploring other worlds, whether that’s sending astronauts to the Moon or flying helicopters on Mars. But under US President Joe Biden, the space agency...
Jan 6, 2021
Will Increasing Traffic to the Moon Contaminate Its Ice?
With its lunar sample-return mission last month, China kicked off a new surge in visitors to the Moon. At least eight spacecraft from nations including Russia, India, China, Japan...
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