Weather conditions have prompted the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to delay the launch of its asteroid explorer, Hayabusa2. Liftoff of the probe is now slated to occur no earlier than December 1 onboard the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26. Hayabusa2 is a successor of “Hayabusa” (MUSES-C), which successfully returned to Earth bits of an […]

The lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001 with the surface of the Moon as background. Credit: L. Ferrière

The Natural History Museum in Vienna is gatekeeper for the world largest and oldest meteorite display. Now they’ve set their eyes on acquiring an extraordinary lunar meteorite – and they’ve started a fund-raising effort to do so, but they need your help! “We’ve started a few days ago a project/campaign we call “Help Us Get […]

Illustration by Andy Kale, University of Alberta.

Scientists have discovered an “invisible shield” roughly 7,200 miles (11,500 kilometers) above Earth that blocks so-called “killer electrons” – highly charged electrons that can fry satellites, degrade space systems during intense solar storms, and pose serious health risks to astronauts. Researchers say that an “extremely sharp” boundary at the inner edge of the outer belt […]

Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

A special issue of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics has been dedicated to the early results from China’s Chang’e 3 lander mission to the Moon. On December 14, 2013, the Chang’e 3 (CE-3) landed on the Mare Imbrium basin in the east part of Sinus Iridum (19.51◦W, 44.12◦N). It was China’s first soft landing on […]

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Research by a political science professor shows opinions on space exploration are influenced by a person’s religious beliefs. University of Dayton political science assistant professor, Joshua Ambrosius, used data from the General Social Survey and three Pew surveys to compare knowledge, interest and support for space exploration among Catholics, Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Jews, Eastern religions […]

A composite image created by Susie Duckworth from the following: Top: Rainforest canopy in Panama. (Art Wolfe); Middle: Waterfall in the rainforest of Madagascar. (Art Wolfe); Bottom: A “Blue Marble” image created from images taken January 4, 2012, using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. Credit: NASA/NOAA

A new book – Sanctuary: Exploring the World’s Protected Areas from Space – offers a stunning look at current global conservation challenges here on Earth and explores the role that information generated by remote-sensing satellites plays in effective terrestrial and marine conservation. Published by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Arlington, Virginia, with […]

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  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is cruising for science in studying “Pink Cliffs” within the “Pahrump Hills” outcrop forming part of the basal layer of the Mount Sharp mountain. Here are some new images from the robot showing the work in progress:

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What’s it sound like when you land on a comet? Well, as you would guess, it’s a “thud.” That’s the report from Martin Knapmeyer, a planetary scientist at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) A short but significant “thud” was heard by the Cometary Acoustic Surface Sounding Experiment (CASSE) as […]

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New story from me up today on Space.com: Asteroid Impact Threat: Experts Report on Early-Warning Strategies by Leonard David, Space.com’s Space Insider Columnist November 20, 2014 06:40am ET http://www.space.com/27809-asteroid-impact-early-warning-system.html      

Artist’s image shows NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) is off and running – starting its one-year primary science mission on November 16. “With the formal start of our science mission, we’re on track to be able to carry out our full mission as planned, and the science team is looking forward to an incredibly exciting […]