The entire time the Moon has been sitting up there, quietly orbiting Earth, it turns out it’s actually been doing something incredible. Something that could help teach us about the early Universe. Off its rocky surface, the Moon reflects radio waves emitted by our home galaxy, the Milky Way. And now astronomers have detected them.
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High over the peak of a long dead volcano on the Martian equator, a feathery white cloud stretches across the sky. At first glance it looks like the plume of an eruption, but Mars is a world with a cold, dead heart. It has been for some time. So what’s going on? Researchers think they
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Despite concerns about quality control in Russia’s human spaceflight program in the wake of two incidents, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he was confident the Soyuz would return to flight safely by the end of this year. In questions after a luncheon speech at the American Astronautical Society’s Wernher von Braun Memorial
Scientists have previously suspected supermassive black holes can merge together, and have seen signs of these cosmic collisions on a smaller scale. Now new research backs up the hypothesis – and shows evidence that it could be happening all across the Universe. Astronomers studying detailed radio maps of jet sources – powerful beams of ionised
WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Viasat of Carlsbad, California, plans to launch a large telecom satellite on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket between 2020 and 2022. SpaceX will launch one of Viasat’s three ViaSat-3 satellites, each designed to cover a third of the planet with Ka-band spot beams for broadband connectivity. The contract announced Oct. 25
Deep inside the diffuse haze of gas and dust that surround the smallest galaxies, dark matter could be clumping into cold droplets called ‘Bose stars’. Of course, we don’t even know what the mysterious dark matter is, let alone have evidence of invisible ‘stars’. But if current assumptions pan out, a new mathematical model suggests
WASHINGTON — Builders of satellite antennas disagree on whether flat panel antennas — widely considered a necessity for planned broadband megaconstellations — can be produced cheaply enough to address the mass consumer market in the near term. Antenna makers say so much enthusiasm exists for such antennas that sorting fact from wishful thinking among buyer
Dan Grazier, Project on Government Oversight: An independent service dedicated to space will quickly forge its own bureaucratic path separate from the existing military forces. WASHINGTON — More than 70 years after the U.S. Air Force split off from the Army, disagreements linger over whether air forces do enough to support troops on the ground.
Mars has long been thought of as dry and barren – unable to harbour life. But research over the past few years indicates that there is most likely some briny water present there today, including a possible subsurface lake. This has led to new hopes that there could actually be life on the Red Planet
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Oct. 23 that he expects the next International Space Station crew to launch on a Soyuz spacecraft in December as an investigation into an aborted launch earlier this month wraps up. In comments at a meeting of the National Space Council in Washington, Bridenstine expressed confidence that
After a gyroscope failure put the Hubble Space Telescope out of action on October 5, NASA engineers finally see an end to its troubles. They have its backup gyroscope operating within a normal range and expect science operations to resume imminently. The space telescope entered a low-power safe mode in early October, suspending science operations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for more than four months after a major dust storm, but will continue to listen for signals from the spacecraft for months to come. Opportunity, which has been on Mars since January 2004, last contacted Earth June 10. A
The recommendations will be part of a new space policy directive, SPD-4, that will be sent to Trump’s desk for approval in the coming weeks. WASHINGTON — At the conclusion of its last meeting of 2018, the National Space Council agreed to send President Trump a set of six recommended actions to initiate the process
WASHINGTON — Government demand for space systems drove a “recovery of space orders” for Thales Group this year, offsetting a slump in commercial telecom satellites, Chief Financial Officer Pascal Bouchiat said Oct. 18. In a call with analysts, Bouchiat said it is too early to determine if demand for commercial telecom satellites will rebound.
WASHINGTON — Members of the C-Band Alliance on Oct. 22 increased the amount of spectrum they are willing to part with in the United States, aligning their plan more closely with that of the Federal Communications Commission as a deadline for input looms. The group, led by Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat — four of
Updated 4:50 p.m. Eastern with NASA statement. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Engineers have made progress correcting a faulty gyro on the Hubble Space Telescope, making NASA optimistic the space telescope can resume normal operations in the near future. Hubble has been in safe mode since the failure of the third of its six gyroscopes Oct. 5.
WASHINGTON — The final report into the launch failure that forced the abort of a crewed Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled for completion by the end of the month, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos announced Oct. 20. In a brief statement, Roscosmos said the state commission investigating the Oct. 11 accident met Oct. 20 and
Black holes are a mystery – dense regions of space where there’s so much gravity not even light can escape. They also have a strange relationship with magnetic fields that’s perhaps more mysterious still. We know magnetic fields surround many black holes, but they vary vastly in strength, and we’re not really sure how or
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 8, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. In August, Airbus Intelligence, a key player in the global geospatial industry, announced its Zephyr high-altitude drone set a world record, remaining aloft for nearly 26 days while gathering high-resolution imagery of Arizona. Airbus is investing heavily in Zephyr and Pléiades Neo,