At 6AM et, the Sun kicked out the third largest solar flare in recorded history. The sunspot that kicked it out also happened to be pointing right at the earth at the time. Scientists have been watching...

Target: Mars

And they're off! A flotilla of spacecraft is heading to Mars in a race that will be reminicent of an Independance Day scene. Mars' orbit will be swinging it within 34.6 million miles of Earth, closer than...

Close Call

On January 13, Astronomers around the world believed that a newly discovered asteroid, 30m in diameter, had a 1 in 4 chance of hitting the Earth within the following 36 hours, somewhere in the northern hemisphere. An object...

NASA is back

At 11:30, last night, "Spirit" entered the Martian Atmosphere. In the 6 minutes that followed, anxious scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ticked off each milestone, signalled by changes in tones sent by the plummeting craft. Atmospheric drag, parachute...

The Invisible Revealed

This Saturday, NASA will be launching the fourth and final telescope of the "Great Observatory Program" which began in the 70's. After the Hubble Telescope (1990), the Compton Gamma Ray Telescope (1991), and the Chandra X-ray telescope (1999),...
Okay, I wouldn't recommend seeing "The Core", especially if you are looking for any scientific value, but the idea of exploring the interior of the Earth is quite compelling. David Stevenson proposes sending a probe the size of...

New Moons

A team of astronomers have been busy discovering moons this week, adding one more moon to Saturn, and six new moons to Jupiter. These add to the other 12 moons of Jupiter already discovered this year, bringing the...

Mars Looms Large

Our planetary neighbors are making a visit later this month. On August 27, Mars will be less than 34.65 million miles away. This close encounter is extremely rare. The last time it was that close was...
NASA scientists have found enough evidence from the different sensors aboard the Opportunity rover to believe that the area around the rover was awash with liquid water at some point in the past. Steve Squires told a news conference this...
Unlimited Cheese Supply China has some ambitious plans to begin a lunar program within the next 2 years. Code named Chang'e (according to legend, this fairy visits the moon), the project aims to mine rare resources found on the...

Extended Warranty

Almost 31 years after it was launched, Pioneer 10 stopped sending signals to earth. The spacecraft was launched in 1972, and in 1983, it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Remarkably, although...

Seti@Home delayed

The much anticipated return of Seti@Home researchers to the Arecibo Observartory in Puerto Rico has been delayed by two solar flares last week. The researchers were returning to the Observatory to examine in detail the 150 most promising...

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