Astronomers to sweep entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life

Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations. The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexic

Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun's polar regions

A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.The Solar Orbiter spacecra

What's the weather like in space? A new mission seeks to find out

On the morning of 1 September 1859, the English astronomer Richard Carrington noticed something strange on the surface of the sun: two patches of intensely white light erupting from a cluster of dark sunspots. Five minutes later, they vanished. Later that night, bright aurora lit the Earth’s

TOI 700 d: Earth-sized planet found relatively nearby

NASA has announced that its planet hunter satellite TESS discovered an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water. The planet, named "TOI 700 d", is relatively close to Earth: only 100 light years away, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory s

Watch Out for These Science Events in 2020

2020 will see a veritable Mars invasion as several spacecraft, including three landers, head to the red planet. NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover, which will stash rock samples that will be returned to Earth in a future mission and will also feature a small, detachable helicopter drone. China wil

Are Saturn’s Rings Really the Same Age as Dinosaurs?

By Matthew Cage After the death dive of the Cassini spacecraft, researchers discovered that Saturn’s rings were much younger than they thought. However, a planetary scientist who makes statements on the subject argues that there is not enough data to make such a precise estimate. Saturn&rsqu

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China has invited international observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday’s test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

TOKYO - Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft departed from a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to bring back soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country’s space agency sai

UFO Crashed After Battle With Red Object in Australian Sky, Locals Claim

While many sightings of unidentified flying objects include spotting dots and circles in the sky, Rob and Phil Tindale insist that what they saw as children looked like a fight and subsequent crash. Although their encounter dates back to 1980, they refuse to believe the objects were anything else bu

Alien Life Was Potentially Discovered on Mars in 1970s, Former NASA Scientist Claims

The search for alien life on the Red Planet has long been a priority of various space missions, but while it has not been discovered so far, one American engineer and scientist insists that there is some evidence to point to the contrary. Former NASA researcher Gilbert V. Levin is convinced that li

First All-Woman Spacewalk Sparks Unprecedented Interest, NASA Says

    Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christa Koch made history Friday with the first all-female spacewalk, an excursion to repair a power unit on the International Space Station. The mission began at 1139 GMT and the women spent seven hours and 17 minutes working outside the ISS as it circ

Scientists find 'behemoth' black hole so big it could challenge our understanding of the universe's beginning

Scientists just found a very huge, very young supermassive black hole. As far as we know, it shouldn't be able to exist, and it just might re-write our understanding of the early universe.It is the most distant black hole ever seen by scientists. And it is so far away that we are seeing something

A dormant volcano: the black hole at the heart of our galaxy is more explosive than we thought

The supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy spat out an enormous flare of radiation 3.5 million years ago that would have been clearly visible from Earth. In new research that will soon be published in the Astrophysical Journal my colleagues and I found that the flare left traces in a tr

Jan Wörner (ESA): Humans Will Reach Mars but Will Not Stay

    The Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, is convinced that humans will travel to Mars because curiosity is part of “our DNA,” although he hopes that it will not be the result of not taking enough care of the Earth. “I don’t

'We will be back soon': Hazza Al Mansouri returns to Earth after landmark space mission

It was an odyssey that ended with a capsule careering through space at 17,500km per hour and re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere in a ball of flame. There were a thousand things that could have gone wrong on Hazza Al Mansouri’s return home but, in the end, none of them did. The former f

UAE in space: Hazzaa Al Mansoori to become first Emirati astronaut

Hazzaa Al Mansoori is about to make history as the first Emirati to reach space. The 35-year-old former pilot is embarking on a mission this week to the International Space Station (ISS) after being chosen from thousands of applicants. He has said he is "living the impossible". Only two other peo

Ex-US Marine on Quest to Find Proof of Aliens Claims Saw UFO 'Light Up Sky'

Nick Karnaze, an US Marine Corps veteran, is part of a team that is on a quest to gather proof that aliens have been in contact with Earth. A former US military intelligence officer Nick Karnaze has opened up on a mysterious UFO encounter he personally experienced during a military mission. As par