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New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

The American space agency's (Nasa) mission to Pluto is about to get under way in earnest. Its New Horizons probe will take the first of a set of critical pictures on approach to the icy world on Sunday. At a separation still of 200 million km, Pluto will be hardly discernable in these images -...

Nasa releases the largest picture ever taken – and it’s mind-blowing

Nasa releases the largest picture ever taken – and it’s mind-blowing

Nasa has released a 1.5 billion-pixel image of the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbour, which contains over 100 million stars and spans more than 40,000 light-years. The image of Andromeda galaxy was captured with the Nasa/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the galaxy. Andromeda, otherwise known...

Lost Beagle2 probe found 'intact' on Mars

Lost Beagle2 probe found 'intact' on Mars

The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact. High-resolution images taken from orbit have identified its landing location, and it looks to be in one piece. The UK-led probe tried to make a soft touchdown on the dusty world on Christmas Day, 2003, using parachutes and...

Nasa, Nissan team up to vehicles for earth, Mars

Nasa, Nissan team up to vehicles for earth, Mars

It’s turning out to be a stellar year for the future of autonomous driving as Nasa's Ames Research Center and Nissan North America announced they’re teaming up to develop their own self-driving vehicles that can navigate streets on earth and the surface of Mars. The five-year R&D partnership was announced on Thursday, and engineers...

FIRST LANDING ON A COMET

FIRST LANDING ON A COMET

After a 10-year mission across the cosmos on November 12, the Rosetta space probe, built and launched by the European Space Agency, made history by deploying and landing its Philae mini-lab on the surface of a comet. Travelling at a speed of 135,000 kilometres per hour, the Agency likened the landing on comet...

NASA publishes stunning x-ray portrait of the Sun

NASA publishes stunning x-ray portrait of the Sun

  NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array- NuSTAR, the most sensitive high energy X-ray telescope ever invented—has taken its first picture of the Sun ever and it looks absolutely amazing. NuSTAR may have been built to observe black holes and other objects in deep space, but NASA's supersensitive space telescope can also do a bang-up job...

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for Arctic as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of global warming, according to a new analysis. If global warming has paused, someone forgot to tell the Arctic. Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for the region as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of warming globally, according to a new analysis of conditions above 60 degrees north latitude, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or present life on the planet. The robot sees very low-level amounts constantly in the background, but it also has monitored a number of short-lived spikes that are 10 times higher. Methane on the Red Planet is intriguing because...

Tons of ice running off in Amundsen sea alarms

Tons of ice running off in Amundsen sea alarms

Glaciers in west Antarctica are melting so quickly they are losing the equivalent of a Mount Everest of ice every two years, a peer reviewed study has found. The increasing pace of melting means the glaciers have haemorrhaged an average 83 billion tonnes into the Amundsen Sea annually over the past 21 years, the...

Nasa's Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

Nasa's Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

A US space capsule that could help get humans to Mars is due to make its maiden flight later. Orion will be launched on a Delta rocket out of Cape Canaveral in Florida on a short journey above the Earth to test key technologies. The conical vessel is reminiscent of the Apollo command ships that...

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