This week NASA’s Dawn space probe swooped within 22 miles of the surface of Ceres, the dwarf planet that’s the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA’s JPL reports: In more than three years of orbiting Ceres, Dawn’s lowest altitude before this month was 240 miles (385 kilometers), so the data […]
Large inflatable globe getting hugged by a woman in a red skirt. (credit: Getty Images) Speakers recently flew in from around (or perhaps, across?) the Earth for a three-day event held in Birmingham: the UK’s first ever public Flat Earth Convention. It was well attended, and it wasn’t just three days of speeches and YouTube […]
One of the oldest skywatching traditions on Earth is underway and set to peak this weekend. So lay back, relax and look up at the sky.
Enlarge / Tiangong-1 altitude decay forecast as of March 22, 2018. (credit: ESA) China’s first space station may fall to the ground as soon as one week from now, and certainly within two, orbital debris experts with the European Space Agency (ESA) say. Scientists, however, still cannot predict with any confidence where pieces of the 10.4-meter […]
In 2016, the Chinese space agency lost control of its Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace, spacecraft, five years after it blasted into orbit. Scientists have determined that it will come crashing down to Earth in the coming weeks, be they do not know exactly where on Earth it will hit. The Guardian reports: The defunct module […]
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk grabbed the world’s attention last week after launching his Tesla Roadster into space. But his publicity stunt has a half-life way beyond even what he could imagine — the Roadster should continue to orbit through the solar system, perhaps slightly battered by micrometeorites, for […]
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft sent back a striking view of Earth and the moon looking tiny against the backdrop of space.
From a report: An elderly man in Peru named Amadeo Garcia Garcia is the last person on earth to speak his native language, Taushiro, the NY Times’ Nicholas Casey reports in a remarkable long-read. A combination of disease and exploitation have led the Taushiro, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in the Amazon, to the verge of […]
Microorganisms in an ancient rock show diverse life existed under harsh conditions on Earth like those seen on other worlds.