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Space Station to Accept Tourists, Moviemakers

Private astronauts get the green light, starting next year

(Newser) - Get in line for the International Space Station. Starting in 2020, NASA will send private astronauts to ISS for up to 30 days, as part of a plan to open the 20-year-old station to tourism and other business ventures. Commercializing the ISS "will enable NASA to focus resources to... More »

Why a 'Faint Rumble' on Mars Is 'So Exciting'

It's 'proof that Mars is still seismically active'

(Newser) - It was a " faint rumble " but it meant something big—the first seismic signal detected on the surface of a planetary body other than our home planet and moon. We have NASA's Martian InSight lander to thank. The lander has been listening for quakes that could shed... More »

Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

One catch: you'll need to speak German, but it's all in the name of science

(Newser) - Hate standing on your feet all day? So much that the thought of staying in bed for two months is appealing? Good news: You can do just that, contribute to NASA research, and get paid $19,000 for your trouble—so long as you speak German and are free from... More »

Unexpected News: India Shot Down Its Own Satellite

If confirmed, it would be only the 4th nation with the ability to do so

(Newser) - India declared itself a space power Wednesday after announcing that it has joined the list of just three other countries with the ability to take down a satellite in space. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address described by the AP as "unexpected" that Indian scientists shot... More »

First Man on Mars Will 'Likely' Follow a Woman

Jim Bridenstine teases giant leap for womankind

(Newser) - Elon Musk won't be first off the spaceship at Mars. That privilege, and the privilege of being the first person to visit the moon in 50 years or so, is "likely" to go to a woman, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told listeners of the call-in radio show Science... More »

Gotcha: Japanese Spacecraft Shoots Asteroid, Takes Sample

The mission will help scientists learn more about the formation of the solar system

(Newser) - In an audacious space success, a Japanese probe cruised to an asteroid 170 million miles away, fired a bullet into its surface, and collected samples from the bits that flew off. Around 6:30pm EST on Feb. 21, team members from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency gave the order to... More »

It's Blast Off for Israel's Mission to the Moon

'Uber-style' mission will share rocket with 2 other spacecraft

(Newser) - Israel launched the first private spacecraft to the moon late Thursday, in a takeoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral on the back of one of Space X's Falcon 9 rockets. An unmanned craft weighing in at 1,300 pounds, Beresheet's name is Hebrew for "in the beginning,... More »

NASA Sending People to the Moon—'to Stay'

NASA administrator sees the moon as a base for further missions

(Newser) - Americans aren't just returning to the moon for the first time since 1972—they're going to stay there. So says NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a bold essay that envisions astronauts exploring the moon with new technology and using the lunar surface as a base to explore Mars... More »

Saturn's Rings Just Got a Death Date

NASA study predicts they'll be gone in 100M years

(Newser) - NASA's Voyager spacecrafts recorded data suggesting Saturn's rings were disappearing when they whipped past the planet decades ago. Now, confirmation: The rings have likely existed for only a fraction of the planet's 4.5 billion years and will be gone in an astrological flash, reads a new... More »

InSight Shares First Photos of Mars

It could be months before we get more data

(Newser) - By space standards, it was a bull's-eye. Minutes after touching down on Mars on Monday, NASA's InSight spacecraft sent back a snapshot of its new digs, a dust-speckled image that looked like a work of art to scientists, revealing a mostly smooth and sandy terrain around the spacecraft... More »

7-Year Trip to Mercury to Begin

Twin probes scheduled to reach planet in 2025

(Newser) - Final preparations are underway for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, reports the AP . An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to lift the uncrewed spacecraft into orbit from French Guiana shortly before midnight Friday, the start of a... More »

Glitch Leaves Hubble Pointing Wrong Way

Telescope could be down to a single operating gyroscope

(Newser) - The Hubble Space Telescope is in "safe mode," which does little to explain the trouble it's in. The renowned telescope entered safe mode around 6pm Friday—meaning it's essentially now just holding steady—following the failure of one of the gyroscopes used to point and steady... More »

Branson: I'll Be in Space Within 'Months'

Virgin founder announces imminent test flights

(Newser) - Justin Bieber and others with a $250,000 reservation to board Virgin Galactic's tourist spaceship won't have too much longer to wait. Richard Branson tells CNBC that commercial space test flights will begin in "weeks, not months," forging a path for the Virgin founder to board... More »

Potential Moon Discovery Has Astronomers Electrified

Scientists may have found the first planetary satellite outside our solar system

(Newser) - Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system. Per the AP , two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed. The potential moon would be considerably... More »

Good News for Future Lunar Colonists

Astronomers find 'definitive evidence' of ice on moon's surface

(Newser) - Future lunar colonists shouldn't have too much trouble finding water: In a first, astronomers have discovered ice—specifically patches of frost—on the moon's north and south poles, in areas permanently shaded from the sun. Found by observing how molecules absorb infrared light, the ice is particularly concentrated... More »

US: Russia Made 'Very Troubling Development' in Space

A State Department official shared US concerns at a UN conference Tuesday

(Newser) - Her title is a long one: US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. And on Tuesday Yleem Poblete sounded an alarm, bringing before a UN conference "a matter related to outer space that is of great concern to my government and that relates to space... More »

World's 'Most Widely Accepted Boundary' May Be Wrong

Astrophysicist says Karman Line is 50 miles above Earth, not 62

(Newser) - Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell calls the Karman Line the world's "most widely accepted boundary." It's otherwise known as the point where space meets Earth's atmosphere, and since before the launch of Sputnik, it's thought to have hovered 62 miles above our heads. Until now. In... More »

Trump Orders Creation of 6th Military Branch: 'Space Force'

It's not clear whether he can do so without congressional approval

(Newser) - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard ... and Space Force? President Trump, speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House Monday, ordered the Pentagon to create a sixth branch of the military, Politico reports. "We are going to have the Air Force, and we... More »

Study Shows How Many Spaces Should Be Used After a Period

It's 2

(Newser) - A heated debate on the merits of more or less sentence spacing may have been put to rest. A study has found that two spaces are better than one between sentences, the Washington Post reports. The study, from researchers at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, sought to settle the... More »

Trump Claims Credit for 'Space Force' Idea

'What a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that'

(Newser) - SpaceX founder Elon Musk cut through the excitement surrounding future travel to Mars Monday, noting "it's difficult, dangerous," and there's a "good chance you will die." A day later, President Trump appeared more optimistic, claiming Americans will reach Mars "very soon" and touting... More »

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