Asteroid Bennu: successful touchdown – but sample return mission has only just begun

Bennu will tell us about our own origins as much as about the origin of asteroid Bennu.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-system asteroid space-exploration near-earth-asteroids

Square Kilometre Array project frets about satellite interference

There are worries that satellite mega-constellations could interfere with the Square Kilometre Array.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astronomy broadband space-exploration spacex oneweb communications-satellites

Space station crew woken up to hunt for air leak

Ground controllers say the leak is coming from a Russian module on the International Space Station.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 30, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: human-spaceflight astronauts space-exploration international-space-station

Buried lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars

The underground lakes were detected in the Red Planet's south polar region.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: mars space-exploration european-space-agency extraterrestrial-life

History-making black hole seen to do a shimmy

Scientists trace a wobble in the brightness around M87* - the first black hole ever to be imaged.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astrophysics astronomy space-exploration black-holes

Is there life floating in the clouds of Venus?

Telescope observations spy a gas high in the atmosphere of Venus that on Earth is made by microbes.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy planets space-exploration extraterrestrial-life

Vera Rubin: Super telescope's giant camera spies broccoli

The camera detector for the Vera Rubin Observatory takes its first test images in the laboratory.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy space-exploration spacex communications-satellites

Europe's small Vega rocket returns to action

After a flight failure in 2019, the Vega rocket executes a flawless deployment of 53 satellites.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space-exploration european-space-agency earth-observation

SpaceX: Crew Dragon is returning to Earth – here’s when to hold your breath

Extreme velocities and temperatures makes the return flight to Earth the most perilous part of a space mission.

Heather Muir, PhD in Computational Physics, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nasa space-exploration international-space-station spacex rocket-science

Mars 2020: the hunt for life on the red planet is about to get serious

The Perseverance rover onboard Mars 2020 is our best bet for finding life on the red planet.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nasa mars space-exploration alien-life extraterrestrial-life mars-rover

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