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supernova timelapse

A star exploded in a distant galaxy, and Hubble spotted it

October 3rd, 2020

NASA and the ESA have released a timelapse clip of images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope showing a supernova slowly dying far away.  The supernova took roughly a year in Earth time to go from incredibly bright to dull and dim. Whatever was orbiting the star when it detonated is probably not there anymore. …

mars ice lake

This massive ice lake on Mars will take your breath away

July 6th, 2020

The ESA’s Mars Express orbiter captured images of a massive crater lake on the planet’s North Pole. Using data gathered by the mission, the ESA has created a virtual video flyover of the area. Mars once had liquid water on its surface, but it’s now too cold to support water in any form but ice …

solar orbiter

Get ready to see the Sun as you’ve never seen it before

June 17th, 2020

NASA’s Solar Orbiter, a mission conducted in partnership with the European Space Agency, made its first close approach observations of the star. The spacecraft is roughly halfway between the Earth and the Sun, and it will send back photos of the star’s surface that could answer some burning questions.  NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is much …

mars simulation

NASA will pay you to spend 8 months locked in a Mars simulation

May 20th, 2020

NASA is recruiting volunteers to spend eight months locked up in a simulated spacecraft on its way to Mars. The participants will be studied throughout their ordeal as scientists determine how long-haul spaceflight affects the human body and mind. Volunteers will be paid, though NASA is keeping the exact dollar amount a secret. Visit BGR’s …

moon base

ESA wants to make Moon bases out of astronaut pee

May 8th, 2020

The European Space Agency says urine could play a major role in the construction of lunar bases. The urea in urine makes it an ideal ingredient to combine with lunar soil, creating a sort of ‘lunar concrete’ that hardens into rigid shapes.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Not long ago, researchers published a study …

coronavirus news

Coronavirus just forced the ESA to power down a bunch of spacecraft

March 26th, 2020

The European Space Agency is putting four of its most high-profile missions on hold as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic.  With the health of its staff a top priority, the agency is keeping its employees at home and putting various spacecraft into safe mode to preserve resources for future science objectives.  Visit BGR’s homepage …

exomars 2020

ExoMars mission delayed to 2022, and coronavirus played a role

March 12th, 2020

The launch of the ExoMars mission has been delayed from 2020 to 2022 over testing woes and coronavirus concerns.  The mission, which is being conducted by the European Space Agency in partnership with Russia’s Roscosmos, had previously been slated for a launch this summer.  NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is still on schedule, at least for …

exoplanet hunting

A new planet-hunting space telescope just began its tour of duty

December 19th, 2019

Technology capable of observing worlds outside of our solar system is advancing at a breakneck pace. In fact, researchers are currently grappling with what amounts to an embarrassment of riches, with far too many newly-discovered alien worlds to dedicate their time to studying. That as it may be, it’s not stopping scientists around the globe …

cimon robot

That AI robot that had an emotional meltdown in space got an upgrade

December 8th, 2019

SpaceX was finally able to launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station this week after the initial launch was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions. The spacecraft is carrying a whole bunch of neat stuff to the ISS, including an upgraded version of an AI-powered floating robot that lost its cool when …