Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Science 04/04/19, 23:33

Japan's space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system.Friday's crater mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it had to immediately get away so ...

Japanese spacecraft touches down on asteroid to get samples

Science 02/21/19, 19:56

A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.Workers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency control center applauded Friday as a signal sent from space indicated the Hayabusa2 spacecraft had touched down.During ...

Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

Business 02/21/19, 02:25

A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.Hayabusa2's descent was delayed for about five hours for a safety check, but the unmanned craft is still due ...

Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

Science 01/17/19, 14:12

A new study suggests Saturn flew solo for billions of years — almost its entire existence — before getting its stunning set of rings.An Italian-led team reported Thursday in the journal Science that Saturn's primary rings appear to be 10 million to 100 million years old. Saturn, on the other ...

Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided

Science 12/21/18, 11:05

Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock at least twice as big as Earth.Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from ...

Farout: Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

Space 12/17/18, 16:20

Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they've nicknamed the pink cosmic body "Farout."The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday."Farout" is about 120 astronomical units away — that's 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, or 11 billion ...

NASA’s Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

U.S. 12/10/18, 12:17

NASA's Voyager 2 has become only the second human-made object to reach the space between stars.NASA said Monday that Voyager 2 exited the region of the sun's influence last month. The spacecraft is now beyond the outer boundary of the heliosphere, some 11 billion miles from Earth. It's trailing Voyager ...

New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

World 11/24/18, 08:14

In our solar system family, Mars is Earth's next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia.The attraction is sure to grow with Monday's arrival of a NASA lander named InSight.FILE - This image made available by NASA shows the planet Mars. This composite photo was created from over ...

Man’s origin found in ancient Sumerian tablets

Culture 11/09/18, 03:44

Sumer’s city Eridu was first inhabited in 5400 BC in the southernmost region of ancient Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). It is the earliest civilization known on Earth, it was also an inexplicably advanced civilization. The Sumerians invented the wheel, the plow, writing, the modern calendar, irrigation system, sailboats, the counting system, ...

Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

Science 10/03/18, 14:12

Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system.Two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed.The potential moon would be considerably larger than Earth — about ...

Japanese spacecraft drops device to land on asteroid

Space 10/03/18, 01:12

A Japanese spacecraft has dropped a German-French observation device to land on an asteroid as part of a research effort that could find clues to the origin of the solar system.The Japan Space Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from ...

Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

U.S. 10/02/18, 14:33

A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto.A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. But it wasn't publicly unveiled until Tuesday following further observations with ground telescopes.Scott Sheppard ...

Massive solar and wind farms could bring vegetation back to the Sahara

Enviroment 09/22/18, 13:53

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an important and necessary step towards averting climate change. However, in our efforts to go green, we also need to be mindful of other consequences, both intended and unintended – and that includes how a mass deployment of renewable technology might affect ...

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

Science 09/21/18, 06:21

A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near ...

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