The proto-Earth formed in a cosmic minute and a half

The proto-Earth formed surprisingly quickly, new research shows. The finding ups the chance of finding water and life on other planets.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen | Feb. 20, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology alien-life early-earth exoplanets planets space water

A year on this planet is just 18 hours. Will it soon die?

Exoplanet NGTS-10b is either "in the last stages of its life, or somehow it's able to live here longer than it should."

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Feb. 20, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology exoplanets planets space stars

New engine would use an explosion to blast spacecraft into orbit

Researchers have taken a first step toward the "rotating detonation engine," which could make rockets more fuel-efficient and lightweight.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Feb. 19, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology engines physics space spacecraft

How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 18, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering asteroids astronomy nasa research satellites school-of-engineering space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Arrokoth’s origins may solve planetary ‘building blocks’ mystery

Arrokoth, the furthest object a spacecraft has ever visited, could shed light on how planetary "building blocks" called planetisimals form.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology planets space

Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Astronomers want more public funds to help search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

By Pallab Ghosh | Feb. 15, 2020 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: extraterrestrial-life astronomy space-exploration space

Virgin Galactic: Unity rocket ship moves to operational base

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket plane transfers to New Mexico for final testing.

By Jonathan Amos | Feb. 14, 2020 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: commercial-space-travel space-exploration richard-branson

Nasa 're-masters' classic 'Pale Blue Dot' image of Earth

The US space agency reprocesses the Voyager probe's iconic "Pale Blue Dot" picture of Planet Earth.

By Jonathan Amos | Feb. 13, 2020 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: saturn space-exploration nasa the-sun pluto

Starlight alone can tear asteroids into pieces

Like a real life version of the game Asteroids, the majority of stars will become so luminous that their light causes asteroids to break into smaller bits.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids light space stars white-dwarfs

Study reveals details of “golf ball asteroid”

A tilted orbit may explain the asteroid Pallas’ highly cratered surface.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 10, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy eaps planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

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