The GRANTECAN discovers the largest cluster of galaxies known in the early universe

A study, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and carried out with OSIRIS, an instrument on the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), has found the most densely populated galaxy cluster in formation in the primitive universe. The researchers predict that this struc

NASA Releases Panorama Taken by Mars Rover

The US space agency NASA released a spectacular panoramic view on Wednesday of the landing site of the Perseverance rover on Mars. The panorama shows the rim of the Jezero Crater where the rover touched down last week and the cliff face of an ancient river delta in the distance. It was taken by

VIDEO: Nasa reveals ‘awe-inspiring’ video of Perseverance rover’s Mars landing

Nasa has revealed video from its Mars landing, showing the Perseverance rover’s arrival at the red planet. It is the first time that humanity has ever been able to see the arrival at Mars in such a way, thanks to a host of cameras that were mounted on board the vehicle. The video shows the

Life from Earth could survive on surface of Mars

Life from Earth could live on Mars according to scientific findings that could have a major effect on future space missions. Microbes, such as fungi and bacteria, can survive in conditions similar to those found on the Martian surface, according to Nasa and German Aerospace Centre researchers. T

'Something we've never seen' - Mars rover beams back selfie from moment before landing

NASA scientists on Friday presented striking early images from the picture-perfect landing of the Mars rover Perseverance, including a selfie of the six-wheeled vehicle dangling just above the surface of the Red Planet moments before touchdown.   The color photograph, likely to become an in

NASA confirms Perseverance rover has landed on Mars

NASA said Thursday that the Perseverance rover has touched down on the surface of Mars after successfully overcoming a risky landing phase known as the “seven minutes of terror.”“Touchdown confirmed,” said operations lead Swati Mohan at around 3:55 p.m. Eastern Time (2055 G

NASA rover faces 'seven minutes of terror' before landing on Mars

When NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance, a robotic astrobiology lab packed inside a space capsule, hits the final stretch of its seven-month journey from Earth this week, it is set to emit a radio alert as it streaks into the thin Martian atmosphere.  By the time that signal reaches missio

Young galaxies grow up faster than astronomers previously thought

Astronomers have spotted a galaxy they know to be young but which has features typically seen only in older galaxies. This finding is challenging our current understanding of how quickly galaxies form. Galaxies are thought to start off as quite chaotic structures, with clouds of cold gas, stars a

UAE’s ‘Hope’ probe sends home first image of Mars

The UAE’s “Hope” probe sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said Sunday, days after the spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet’s orbit.The picture “captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early

Hubble takes portrait of nebula

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features an impressive portrait of M1-63, a beautifully captured example of a bipolar planetary nebula located in the constellation of Scutum (the Shield).   A nebula like this one is formed when the star at its center sheds huge

Uncrewed Chinese spacecraft successfully enters Mars orbit

An uncrewed Chinese spacecraft on Wednesday successfully entered orbit around Mars after a 6-1/2-month journey from Earth, China’s space agency said, in the country’s first independent mission to the red planet. The robotic probe carried out a 15-minute burn of its thrusters at 7:52 p

UAE's Hope Probe enters orbit in first Arab Mars mission

The United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars reached the red planet and entered orbit on Tuesday after a seven-month, 494 million-km (307 million-mile) journey, allowing it to start sending data about the Martian atmosphere and climate. The Mars programme is part of the UAE’s effor

UAE's 'Hope' probe to be first in trio of Mars missions

The first Arab space mission, the UAE's "Hope" probe, is expected to reach Mars' orbit on Tuesday, making it the first of three spacecraft to arrive at the Red Planet this month.   The United Arab Emirates, China and the United States all launched projects to Mars last July, taking adva

China’s space probe sends back its first image of Mars

BEIJING: China’s Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said, as the mission prepares to touch down on the Red Planet later this year.The spacecraft, launched in July around the same time as a rival US mission, is expected to enter Mars orbit around

SpaceX livestreams Falcon 9 launch to put 60 compact satellites into orbit

SpaceX sent 60 compact satellites into low Earth orbit on Thursday, livestreaming the event on Twitter. Video footage showed the rocket's boosters blazing a furious trail through the sky, to station the satellites as part of a constellation of networked devices known as Starlink.   Spa

SpaceX suffers second fiery crash after Starship SN9 test flight

The self-guided, 16-storey-tall rocket initially soared into the clear, blue South Texas sky from its Gulf Coast launch pad on what appeared from SpaceX's live-stream coverage to be a flawless lift-off. Reaching its peak altitude of about 10km, the spacecraft then hovered momentarily in mid-air,

Egypt to launch satellite at end of 2021

CAIRO: Mohammed El-Qousi, head of the Egyptian Space Agency, said that Egypt is preparing to launch a satellite in December 2021, in addition to other projects to establish space science in the country.He said that Egypt had an ambitious plan to build space systems and infrastructure, as well as s

Musk's SpaceX violated its launch license in explosive Starship test: the Verge

SpaceX’s first high-altitude test flight of its Starship rocket, which exploded last month while attempting to land after an otherwise successful test launch, violated the terms of its Federal Aviation Administration test license, the Verge reported on Friday, citing sources. An investigati