The European Space Agency has announced that it will finally — finally! — give the business of asteroid deflection a go. You know, before a really, really big one is careening toward Earth and we're out of time. So, what's the plan?
What do you get when edge-on galaxy, VV 340 North collides with face-on galaxy, VV 340 South? Well, something that looks a heck of a lot like an exclamation point…about 450 million light years from Earth.
Clearly, civilian space tourism for the super-rich is going to be a thing in the coming years. But Virgin Galactic and the Russian cosmonaut program aren't the only ways of getting up that high; one Spanish entrepreneur wants to send people up in a gigantic balloon.
"Ever wonder how Hubble's [Space Telescope] color images are made?" Actually, no, I've never really given it much thought. I always imagined that the Hubble's camera has some kind of brilliant billion-dollar sensor on it that can capture photos in ultra high-resolution. Turns out, Photoshop is also NASA's best friend.
Step aside, bloated and inefficient government agency: private industry is rapidly tearing down what was once the domain of only the most powerful of nations. NASA has surrendered to progress by contracting out suborbital flights to a handful of commercial space companies.
Not too long ago it was feared that the SETI project's Allen Telescope Array, which is made up of 42 networked radio telescopes, was destined to switch off forever. While the array is currently down, it's scheduled to be reactivated — and soon.
In the late 1960s, NASA's Lunar Orbiter 2 spacecraft was circling the moon, spotting potential landing sites for the Apollo missions. In 1969, the probe was commanded to crash into the moon's far side, and we don't know for sure what happened after that. This new picture may be the answer.
NASA's Mars rover Opporunity is headed for its final destination: the gigantic Endeavour crater, one that holds the promise of clay minerals and older geographic deposits never seen up close.
In a rare moment of thinkingaheadedness, scientists have deployed a ring of antiprotons in an effort to stave off sneak attacks by spaceships equipped with cloaking devices. Actually, that's not at all true. Except for the bit about the ring of antiprotons surrounding the Earth. 'Cause we've got one of those.
We live inside a universe, that much is (more or less) certain. What's less certain is what exists outside our universe, but scientists now think that they might have spotted evidence of other universes, four of which seem to have smashed into us.