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Aliens watching us? Scientists spot 1,000 nearby stars where E.T. could detect life on Earth

Aliens watching us? Scientists spot 1,000 nearby stars where E.T. could detect life on Earth

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Artist's impression of an exoplanet transiting a red dwarf star.(Image: © L. Calçada/ESO)As humanity ramps up its , we should keep in mind that E.T. might be hunting for us as well.A new study makes that point by identifying more than 1,000 nearby that are favorably positioned for spotting life on Earth. "If observers were out there searching [from planets orbiting these stars], they would be able to see signs of a biosphere in the atmosphere of our Pale Blue Dot,”...

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SpaceX stacks Starship SN8 prototype ahead of epic test flight

SpaceX stacks Starship SN8 prototype ahead of epic test flight

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Technicians attach the nose cone to SpaceX's Starship SN8 prototype in South Texas on Oct. 22, 2020.(Image: © SPadre.com via Twitter)SpaceX's latest prototype has been stacked in preparation for an ambitious test flight that will take the vehicle far higher than any of its predecessors have gone. personnel attached Starship SN8's ("Serial No. 8") nose cone yesterday (Oct. 22) at the company's South Texas site, near the Gulf Coast village of Boca Chica. The vehicle is...

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NASA to announce 'exciting new discovery' about the moon on Monday

NASA to announce 'exciting new discovery' about the moon on Monday

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An image of SOFIA preparing for takeoff.(Image: © NASA)NASA wants you to get excited about — or more specifically, about a mysterious new science result the agency plans to unveil on Monday (Oct. 26).For more details, we'll need to wait until a news conference at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) that day, which you'll be able to watch here at or directly through the . announcing the news conference promises "an exciting new discovery about the moon" and references the agency's...

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Severe burn damage from California wildfires seen from space

Severe burn damage from California wildfires seen from space

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 captured this image on Sept. 26, 2020, showing the extent of the wildfire damage.(Image: © NASA Earth Observatory)New satellite imagery of California reveals not just the extent of its wildfire damage, but the depth of the loss. The maps derived from the satellite data show how far two major fires spread as well as how badly each region burned. Darker colors represent near-complete loss — charred landscapes with little to no...

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx will play 'tag' with asteroid Bennu to collect samples today. But will it succeed?

NASA's OSIRIS-REx will play 'tag' with asteroid Bennu to collect samples today. But will it succeed?

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Update for 6:58 pm ET: NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully performed its asteroid Bennu sample-collection attempt, though it will take up to 10 days to determine if samples were actually captured. .Original story:After more than a year of carefully mapping asteroid Bennu, a NASA spacecraft will attempt an historic to nab a precious sample of dirt to return to Earth. But we won't know if it fully succeeded for another 10 days, NASA officials said in a news...

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China unveils ambitious moon mission plans for 2024 and beyond

China unveils ambitious moon mission plans for 2024 and beyond

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.China's Chang'e 4 lander on the far side of the moon, as seen by the mission's Yutu 2 rover.(Image: © CNSA)China has a and is preparing to launch another this year to collect lunar samples. And the country plans to add to its impressive lunar resume, with a to explore the moon's south pole.Chang'e 6, a backup mission for this year's sample-return launch, is scheduled to head to the moon in 2023 or 2024; Chang'e 7 is planned to launch around 2024 with the dual aims of...

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SpaceX just launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites and nailed rocket landing at sea

SpaceX just launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites and nailed rocket landing at sea

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — successfully launched a full stack of into today (Oct. 18) and capped off the mission with a successful rocket landing at sea. A two-stage rocket blasted off from NASA's historic Pad 39A here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 8:25 a.m. EDT (1225 GMT) carrying 60 new Starlink satellites for SpaceX's growing constellation in orbit.Approximately 9 minutes later, the booster's first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX's drone ships in...

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Cosmonauts patch small air leak on International Space Station: reports

Cosmonauts patch small air leak on International Space Station: reports

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The International Space Station, as seen from the space shuttle Atlantis in July 2011, on the final flight of the shuttle program.(Image: © NASA)Cosmonauts are making progress in the fight against the that has beleaguered the for months, according to Russian reports.The leak was first detected in September 2019 but was too low a priority for NASA and Roscosmos to address until August of this year given the short staffing and high activity rates at the orbiting...

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Elon Musk says SpaceX's 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years

Elon Musk says SpaceX's 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's Starship could launch on its first uncrewed flight to Mars in 2024.(Image: © SpaceX)is almost ready to start building a permanent human settlement on Mars with its massive Starship rocket.The private spaceflight company is on track to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in as little as four years from now, SpaceX's founder and CEO said Friday (Oct. 16) at the . "I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window," Musk said in...

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'Superflares' may make it hard for life to begin around dwarf stars

'Superflares' may make it hard for life to begin around dwarf stars

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This artist's impression shows a superflare emitted by a distant star.(Image: © NASA, ESA and D. Player)Powerful stellar eruptions could pose a serious challenge to the origin and evolution of , a new study suggests.Such outbursts throw off large amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is not only directly harmful to life as we know it but can also strip away the atmospheres of relatively close-orbiting planets. These issues are especially pronounced for worlds...

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You can watch the International Mars Society's 2020 convention online today for free

You can watch the International Mars Society's 2020 convention online today for free

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The planet Mars has been a target for space exploration for decades, but 2020 stands out with three different missions from the U.S., China and UAE now headed to the Red Planet. The International Mars Society will celebrate those missions, the search for life and more in a virtual convention this week and you can tune in live.  is underway now and will run through Oct.18, with over 150 speakers over four days. The daily schedule is based on a U.S. Pacific Daylight...

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NASA awards $370 million to private companies to aid moon exploration push

NASA awards $370 million to private companies to aid moon exploration push

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An artist's depiction of astronauts working on the moon.(Image: © NASA)NASA has awarded $370 million in "Tipping Point" contracts designed to aid its push to get astronauts back to and then on to Mars, agency officials announced today (Oct. 14).The funding is spread across 15 contracts to 14 different companies, including SpaceX, Astrobotic, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and Intuitive Machines. Nearly 70% of the money is earmarked for the management of...

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FAA cuts the red tape for commercial rocket launches (and landings, too)

FAA cuts the red tape for commercial rocket launches (and landings, too)

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule takes off atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 19, 2020. On Oct. 14, the FAA announced the SLR2, a new rule opening up restrictions around commercial launch and reentry procedures.(Image: © NASA/Tony Gray)Commercial space is about to become more accessible than ever before. Today (Oct. 15), the U.S. 's (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) announced that it has published a new launch and re-entry rule known as the Streamlined...

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BepiColombo spacecraft swings past Venus on long road to Mercury

BepiColombo spacecraft swings past Venus on long road to Mercury

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.It's a long, looping journey from Earth through the inner solar system to reach , but sightseeing can make any long trip more exciting.For planetary scientists, a swing past to our mysterious neighbor is pretty good scenery. And conveniently, Venus' location makes it a powerful navigational tool for spacecraft visiting Mercury and the sun: A spacecraft can use a carefully choreographed loop past Venus to adjust its trajectory deeper into the inner solar system. That's...

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How commercializing the International Space Station can help astronauts get to the moon and Mars

How commercializing the International Space Station can help astronauts get to the moon and Mars

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Commercializing the (ISS) could allow for testing components for future moon and Mars missions, and the orbiting platform could also be a pit stop on the way to the moon, according to a panel at the virtual International Astronautical Congress.The IAC usually runs in-person at a different city every year, but its 2020 conference in Dubai was delayed by a year in favor of virtual sessions — a necessary change due to the novel . Participants in the ISS commercialization...

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2 big pieces of space junk could collide Thursday night

2 big pieces of space junk could collide Thursday night

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Still from a LeoLabs animation modeling a close approach between two big pieces of space junk on Thursday night (Oct. 15). The chance of a collision is higher than 10%, LeoLabs has calculated.(Image: © LeoLabs via Twitter)Earth orbit could get a lot more crowded, and a lot more dangerous, on Thursday night (Oct. 15).Two big pieces of are zooming toward a close approach that will occur Thursday at 8:56 p.m. EDT (0056 GMT on Oct. 16), according to California-based...

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Soyuz crew launches on 'ultrafast' two-orbit flight to space station

Soyuz crew launches on 'ultrafast' two-orbit flight to space station

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have launched to the just ahead of and to extend 20 years of a continuous human presence in Earth orbit.Kate Rubins of NASA, together with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (Oct. 14). Their launch, atop a Soyuz-2.1a rocket, began at 1:45 a.m. EDT (0545 GMT; 10:45 a.m. local Kazakh time).The three crewmates are docked their at the station's...

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Russia planning to go reusable in 2026 with new Amur rocket

Russia planning to go reusable in 2026 with new Amur rocket

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Подписан контракт на разработку эскизного проекта космического ракетного комплекса с новой ракетой-носителем #Амур — https://t.co/iBMsh6Wmsk🚀🌍Первый пуск нашей многоразовой ракеты намечен на 2026 год🚀🌊 Площадки для приземления ракеты поставят на берегу Охотского моря pic.twitter.com/RqUtT56JujRussia is getting into the reusable rocket game.The nation's space agency, , announced last week that it aims to develop a two-stage rocket called the Amur, whose first stage...

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These alien planets may be more habitable for life than our own Earth

These alien planets may be more habitable for life than our own Earth

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An artist's depiction of a rocky, Earth-size exoplanet.(Image: © NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)On Earth, there is life virtually everywhere there is liquid water. As such, the hunt for extraterrestrial life has focused on so-called — areas around stars temperate enough for planets to possess liquid water on their surfaces. Since Earth is the only inhabited world known, this planet is usually the focus of studies on habitability. However, scientists have...

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket aces record 7th launch, landing in test flight

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket aces record 7th launch, landing in test flight

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.successfully launched its New Shepard rocket on an uncrewed test flight over West Texas today (Oct. 13).The uncrewed launch vehicle, which consists of a reusable rocket and space capsule, lifted off from the company's West Texas launch facility at 8:36 a.m. CDT (9:36 a.m. EDT; 1336 GMT). After separating from the rocket booster, the capsule gently parachuted back down to Earth while the booster executed a flawless vertical landing. Today's test mission, called NS-13,...

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SpaceX's next astronaut launch for NASA delayed until November

SpaceX's next astronaut launch for NASA delayed until November

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.From left to right, NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The four will launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission.(Image: © NASA)SpaceX's next astronaut launch for NASA won't fly on Halloween after all.The upcoming , which will send four astronauts to the International Space Station, had been scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Oct. 31....

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Scientists call for serious study of 'unidentified aerial phenomena'

Scientists call for serious study of 'unidentified aerial phenomena'

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) caught on a U.S. Navy jet's Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR) camera system in 2004.(Image: © DOD/U.S. Navy)The U.S. Navy recently admitted that, indeed, by jet pilots over the years are genuine head-scratchers. There are eyewitness accounts not only from pilots but from radar operators and technicians, too. In August, the Navy established an to investigate the nature and origin of these odd sightings and determine if they could...

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SpaceX's Starman and Elon Musk's Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby

SpaceX's Starman and Elon Musk's Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's Starman mannequin sits inside Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster with Earth in the background, shortly after the initial launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018.(Image: © SpaceX)Starman just cruised by Mars for the first time.The spacesuit-clad mannequin is "driving" SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, which launched in February 2018 on the . And the duo just hit a big milestone on their cosmic journey."Starman, last seen leaving...

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NASA is testing the first of its new moonwalking spacesuits

NASA is testing the first of its new moonwalking spacesuits

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.What will astronauts wear on the big day when they step foot on the as the first humans to do so in more than 50 years?A brand-new spacesuit, of course, and one that NASA is hard at work developing. Called the (xEMU), the spacesuit needs to protect astronauts from the harsh environment of the lunar surface, which is quite different from that astronauts have been exploring for the past few decades in low Earth orbit. Progress on the suit has been overshadowed by work...

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Did NASA detect a hint of life on Venus in 1978 and not realize it?

Did NASA detect a hint of life on Venus in 1978 and not realize it?

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.A NASA illustration shows the Pioneer 13 probes descending toward the clouds of Venus.(Image: © NASA)If life does exist on Venus, NASA may have first detected it back in 1978. But the finding went unnoticed for 42 years.Life on Venus is still a long shot. But there's reason to take the idea seriously. On Sept. 14, a team of scientists made a bombshell announcement in the journal : Using telescopes, they'd detected phosphine, a toxic gas long proposed as a possible...

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