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Japanese spacecraft ‘bombs’ asteroid in scientific mission

April 21st, 2019 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Artist’s impression of Hayabusa2 The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working to confirm that its experiment to bomb the asteroid Ryugu was successful. Today at 11:36 am Japan time, JAXA’s unmanned Hayabusa2 deep space probe deployed the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor), which is designed to blow a hole in the surface of Ryugu to […]

Japan just bombed an asteroid in our solar system, for science

April 13th, 2019 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

  Japan’s space agency said it successfully dropped a small bomb on an asteroid on Friday as part of its mission to better understand the history of the Solar System. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft detonated the copper explosive, also known as the Small Carry-on Inspector (SCI), on the Ryugu […]

Would you want to stay in a space hotel?

March 15th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Aurora Station plans to become the first hotel in space. But how likely is it we’ll be able to holiday in orbit around the Earth? It was intended to set the travel world on fire: Aurora Station, the world’s first in-orbit hotel. The official announcement took place last April during the Space 2.0 Conference in […]

Scientists find first evidence of huge Mars underground water system

March 5th, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

The first evidence for a planet-wide underground water system will help aid future missions in our hunt for life on Mars. Mars wasn’t always a dusty, barren planet. Previous modeling has demonstrated the planet was once overflowing with water that eventually retreated under the surface. But new research details the first direct geological evidence for […]

How China’s space-bound solar installation will beam power down to earth

February 24th, 2019 at 1:50 pm » Comments Off

Solar panels in space Researchers are exploring new means of providing power. Researchers in China are planning a solar farm in space, an ambitious project that could deliver energy at six times the intensity of installations on Earth. The project, which made the front page of China’s Science and Technology Daily last week, would orbit […]

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