Alyssa Carson is a name people will remember. She’s currently training to be one of the first people to go to Mars, specifically to build a colony there in a planned 2033 mission.
For arguments sake, though, let’s assume Congress manages to get behind Space Force and that the staggering amount of logistical and administrative concerns behind how this branch of the military would come to fruition suddenly became moot. What, then, is the point behind Space Force?
The near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 is actually two asteroids. Observations by two powerful telescopes helped astronomers confirm the asteroid’s binary nature.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is sending back incredible close-ups of the dwarf planet Ceres.
The spacecraft has been circling Ceres since 2015, and in June, it reached its lowest orbit yet, skimming the surface from just 22 miles (35 kilometers) up.
The latest pictures offer unprecedented views of a huge impact crater known for its bright salty deposits, and landslides are clearly visible on the rim.
The functioning instruments aboard the Voyager spacecraft still going strong.
Although technology on Earth has advanced dramatically since the Voyagers were launched, the two spacecraft are frozen, technologically speaking: They were sent on their missions with the best equipment available at the time (including an 8-track tape recorder for data storage, believe it or not) and they have stood the test of time. While time moves forward here on Earth, aboard the Voyager spacecraft it is always 1977.
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg and the SPHERE instrument consortium at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile have discovered and characterised an extremely young exoplanet in a state of its formation.
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The 2018 Strawberry Moon was particularly exciting, as it arrived during Saturn’s annual “opposition”—the day Earth passes between the Sun and the ringed planet.
Thought to have formed some 4.51 billion years ago from debris left over after an impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia, the Moon is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object—after the sun.
While the Moon itself does not radiate light, its dark surface reflects the sun’s rays at various times of day, making it a convenient timepiece; some of the earliest calendars were based on the Moon’s periods of waxing and waning.
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On Saturn’s small moon Enceladus, perpetual fountains of alien seawater launch all sorts of curious stuff into space: water, salt, silica, and even simple carbon-containing compounds fly into the void—many of which are ingredients for life as we know it.