Nasa’s Voyager 2 sends back its first message from interstellar space

Nasa craft is second to travel beyond heliosphere but gives most detailed data yet Twelve billion miles from Earth, there is an elusive boundary that marks the edge of the suns realm and the start of interstellar space. When Voyager 2, the longest-running space mission, crossed that frontier more than 40 years after its launch it sent a faint signal from the other side that scientists have now decoded. The Nasa craft is the second ever to more than six years behind, after taking the scenic route across the solar system and providing what remain the only close-up images of Uranus and Neptune. Now Voyager 2 has sent back the most detailed look yet at the edge of our solar …

These Two Women Astronauts Are Making History By Doing The First-Ever All-Female Space Walk Today

While the history of space exploration can be traced back to people observing objects in space before the reliable recorded history, the history of humans in space is significantly shorter. The first successful human spaceflight happened only 58 years ago when Yuri Gagarin orbited around the globe in 1961. Humanity came miles since then in space exploration, having approximately 500 people who have visited space by now. But there’s a new historical event on the verge of happening as the first-ever all-female spacewalk is bound to happen today! These two women are ready to make history by completing the first ever all-female spacewalk Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: This event will enter history after the previous failed attempt to have …

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

This story is part of a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Picture this: After a three-day journey from Earth, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong are guiding the Apollo 11 lunar module to the surface of the moon. As they approach their landing spot in the Sea of Tranquility, they remark on the view—the deeply shadowed craters, the boulders littering the alien landscape, the fine dust that envelopes the spacecraft as it fires its descent engine for landing. But when the lander hits the surface, Aldrin and Armstrong notice something strange. The landscape appears to be rising; no, wait, the spacecraft is sinking. The 15-ton lunar module is being swallowed by the thick layer of moondust …

Why Are We Here? A Hail of Nano Neil Armstrongs May Find Out

When Philip Lubin was a little boy, he would stare at the Alpha Centauri star system, our own solar systems nearest neighbor, slightly more than four light years away. Arriving decades after launch, theYuri Milner in 2016 signaled his own confidence in Starshot stated. Light sails are undergoing their own orbital test, thanks to the efforts of a separate program. In June, the nonprofit Planetary Society in California launched its latest, crowdfunded plans to spend around $140 million building a single, 100-kilowatt laser for testing. Lubin would need a million of them. Today that could cost a hundred trillion dollars. This program faces an economic scaling issue which is quite formidable, Lubin said. The only way Starshot will work is …

NASAs Curiosity rover finds levels of gas on Mars that could suggest possibility of life

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has detected high levels of methane output during its mission on the Martian surface, the New York Times reports. The discovery, found during a measurement taking on Wednesday by the robot and observed by NASA researchers, could indicate that microbial lifeforms may have taken up residence underground on Mars. Methane is often present in higher concentrations in the air on Earth due to output from living creatures, which is why researchers are going to take a closer look and see if they can find any more corroborating evidence to back up the theory that the gas is due to output from subterranean Martian microbes. If all goes to plan, we should find out more about these follow-up …

Heres What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

So you have $52 million burning a hole in your pocket and just can’t decide what to do with it. Buy a private island? Too cliché. A new McLaren? You have enough of those. Pay off college administrators? Your kids have already graduated. But have you considered a stay at the International Space Station, the world’s premiere space hotel? This is the proposal put forth last week by billionaire hotelier Robert Bigelow, whose company, Bigelow Space Operations, says it will send up to 16 private astronauts to the ISS in the coming years. Bigelow says $52 million will buy you a seat on a SpaceX rocket and a one- to two-month stay in orbit. This depends, of course, on SpaceX …

Nasa to allow commercial access to the International Space Station

Move will allow private astronauts to spend up to 30 days in low-Earth orbit and businesses to shoot film and adverts in space Nasa will allow unprecedented commercial access to the International Space Station (ISS) for marketing, business and space tourism, the agency announced on Friday. The change paves the way for the wealthy to rocket from Earth and spend time aboard the astronaut home and laboratory in space, through trips planned by private enterprise, and for businesses to develop products or shoot film including adverts in space. The move is part of Nasas effort to put the first woman and another man on the moon by 2024. Until now, the space station has only been used for research and …