Mythical 'Planet 9' might actually just be a bunch of very rude asteroids

Mythical 'Planet 9' might actually just be a bunch of very rude asteroids

Remember “Planet 9”? No I’m not talking about Pluto. That ship has sailed. I’m talking about the maybe-kinda-sorta hidden planet that might-kinda-maybe be lurking at the very distant edge of our Solar System. Scientists have been searching for it for a while now and come up with plenty of evidence to suggest that something is […]

SpaceX launches communication satellite, ditches old booster

SpaceX launches communication satellite, ditches old booster

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the SES-12 commercial communications satellite in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, June 4, 2018. CAPE CANAVERAL, FlORIDA: SpaceX has launched another satellite for a Luxembourg communication company. But it ditched the recycled booster in the Atlantic following liftoff. The Falcon 9 […]

SpaceX Pumps the Brakes on Its Plan to Send Tourists Around the Moon

SpaceX Pumps the Brakes on Its Plan to Send Tourists Around the Moon

Launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy on February 6, 2018. Photo: SpaceX In a move that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, SpaceX is postponing its plan to send a pair of private citizens on a trip around the Moon. Elon Musk’s venture into the space tourism industry is going to have […]

Coral reefs suffer in a politically divided Australia

Coral reefs suffer in a politically divided Australia

The Great Barrier Reef was one of the first places I visited when I moved to Australia in 2014. Despite my four decades of traversing the globe, I was left awestruck. The multicoloured coral seascapes make up the world’s largest reef system, stretching for 2,300km along the east coast. They teamed with fish, turtles, sharks […]

Trailblazing MarCO Satellites Fire Up Their Thrusters And Adjust Course To Mars

Trailblazing MarCO Satellites Fire Up Their Thrusters And Adjust Course To Mars

Things went ‘relatively smoothly’ for MarCO-A, endearingly dubbed ‘Eva,’ but MarCO-B, aka ‘Wall-E,’ ran into some trouble. In case you were wondering what’s been going on with NASA’s pioneering CubeSats that went off to Mars along with the InSight mission, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has an update on their journey. JPL […]

NASA selects mission to study solar wind boundary of outer solar system

NASA selects mission to study solar wind boundary of outer solar system

This illustration shows the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe observing signals from the interaction of the solar wind with the winds of other stars. Credits: NASA NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space. The Interstellar […]

Astronaut Donald Peterson passes away

Astronaut Donald Peterson passes away

The last weekend of May saw the loss of not one, but two NASA astronauts. One day after the death of Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, space shuttle astronaut Don Peterson, who flew aboard Challenger’s inaugural mission, passed away May 27 at age 84. Following graduation from West Point and completion of a master’s […]

New model explains how we see a massive black hole devours a star

New model explains how we see a massive black hole devours a star

An artist’s drawing a black hole named Cygnus X-1. It formed when a large star caved in. This black hole pulls matter from blue star beside it. Image credits: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss What can happen to a star that wanders too close to the supermassive black hole in the centre of its galaxy. Astrophysicists have been struggling to […]

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

About 66 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into Earth, triggering a mass extinction that ended the reign of the dinosaurs and snuffed out 75 percent of life. Although the asteroid killed off species, new research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found that the crater it left behind was home to […]