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Space and science coverage including asteroids, galaxies, planets, NASA and SpaceX launches.

exoplanet life

Nearby exoplanet may have the potential to support life

April 16th, 2019

Finding planets outside of our solar system is a challenge, and determining the size, composition, and surface conditions of such planets is more difficult still. Figuring out whether life could exist on an exoplanet, based on all the previous information? Well that’s about as difficult a challenge as an astronomer can imagine, but researchers from …

saturn titan lakes

NASA’s Cassini discovers shockingly deep lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan

April 16th, 2019

It’s been well over a year since NASA’s incredibly trusty Cassini probe performed its final act, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere where it was obliterated by the intense friction. It was a bittersweet day for the astronomy community, but the wealth of information Cassini gathered during its over 13 years orbiting Saturn is still yielding new …

name a planet

A new world was found in our solar system, and you can help name it

April 13th, 2019

Being allowed to officially name a planetary body is a privilege that few are ever granted. Typically, new planets, moons, and other large objects found in space are named by the person or group that discovered them, but many of them are never formally named at all, sitting with their scientifically-designated label for years. The …

moon lander crash

We now know why Israel’s lunar lander crashed into the Moon

April 12th, 2019

Yesterday, Israel’s first mission to the Moon ended in a rather abrupt and unsatisfying manner. SpaceIL’s Beresheet lunar lander, which was part of a privately-funded mission that would have made Israel the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon, faltered at the very last second. In the immediate aftermath of the lander’s crash it …

moon landing live stream

Watch Israel’s first-ever Moon landing live

April 11th, 2019

It’s been a number of weeks since Israel launched a privately-funded mission orbit and then land on Earth’s Moon. Things got off to a bit of a rough start, with the spacecraft experiencing a strange computer glitch that prevented it from completing traveling all the way to lunar orbit on schedule, but it quickly got …