Juno probe takes detailed photo of Jupiter’s moon, Europa

1/5 This image of the surface of Europa was taken during the Juno probe’s flyby on Thursday. Image courtesy of NASA Sept. 30 (UPI) — NASA’s Juno space probe captured detailed images during a close flyby of Europa, Jupiter’s largest moon. The probe came within 219 miles of the ice-covered celestial body, one of the … Read more

Sofia, the Historic Airplane-Borne Telescope, Lands for the Last Time

Over the past eight years, a modified Boeing 747 jetliner has flown hundreds of flights on a unique mission: carrying a 19-ton, 2.5-meter telescope known as Sofia, or the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Flying a telescope on a jumbo jet offered a way to peer into the heavens at wavelengths that could not be … Read more

Astronaut captures ‘space angel’ photo from while orbiting Earth

The photos are out of this world. A leading astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured some chilling images outside of Earth’s orbit that resemble an angelic figure. Samantha Cristoforetti — who is readying to become ISS commander Wednesday — snapped the literally stellar pictures of the inbound passenger shuttle Russian Soyuz MS-22 on September … Read more

NASA’s DART asteroid collision shown in newly released photos

Stunning images showing NASA’s DART spacecraft’s intentional collision with an asteroid were released Tuesday. The Italian Space Agency shared the first images snapped by the tiny camera trailing the vending-machine-sized spacecraft, the LICIACube — or  Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids. The images were transmitted seven million miles back to earth about three hours … Read more

NASA Is Shockingly Unprepared for a World-Ending Asteroid

It was a typical February morning in Chelyabinsk, a large city sitting in the shadows of Russia’s Ural mountains. People bundled up to get into their cars to drive to work through the snowy Siberian town. Around 9:30 a.m, though, something surreal happened: A massive streak of light seared across the sky. For a moment, … Read more

NASA officially bans sex in space over fears of astronaut pregnancies

NASA has been concerned about astronauts conducting sexual relations during missions for quite some time, even to the point where the space agency officially prohibits sex and conception in space. 2 VIEW GALLERY – 2 IMAGES In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Dr. Haig Aintablian, an emergency physician and fellow in space medicine … Read more

‘Planetary defence’: NASA targets asteroid in space collision | Space News

After NASA deliberately smashes a car-sized spacecraft into an asteroid next week, it will be up to the European Space Agency’s Hera mission to investigate the “crime scene” and uncover the secrets of these potentially devastating space rocks. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) aims to collide with the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos on Monday night, … Read more

Scientists stumped by mysterious cyclones at Jupiter’s poles

Enormous polygon-shaped cyclone systems at Jupiter’s north and south poles have left scientists baffled over how they maintain their bizarre but beautifully geometric shapes for years. The hurricane-force storms — each the size of the continental United States — have remained inexplicably stable in their strange configurations since they were first discovered by the Juno … Read more

Meteorite that fell on a Cotswolds driveway contains extra-terrestrial water

Extra-terrestrial water has been found in a British meteorite for the first time – and it closely resembles Earth’s oceans, scientists have confirmed. The Winchcombe meteorite landed on a driveway in Gloucestershire in February last year, and was found so soon after impact that researchers believe it is one of the most pristine ever discovered. … Read more

Liz Truss keeps EU guessing with ‘good cop, bad cop’ Brexit routine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — One’s a smooth operator well used to dealing with Brussels. The other’s a Brexit hard-liner who’ll be working with a Tory agitator dubbed the “second horseman of the Apocalypse.” In picking James Cleverly as her foreign secretary and Chris Heaton-Harris as her Northern Ireland secretary, Britain’s … Read more