NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovers FIVE double-sun planets that ‘could support alien life’ 

The Kepler mission has spotted thousands of exoplanets since 2014, with 30 planets less than twice the size of Earth now known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars. Launched from Cape Canaveral on March 7th 2009, the Kepler telescope has helped in the search for planets outside of the solar system.  It … Read more

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission begins its 1.4 billion mile journey home from asteroid Bennu

NASA‘s OSIRIS-REx mission has embarked on its 1.4 billion-mile journey back to Earth after spending two years on asteroid Bennu.  OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) was the first NASA mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, and collect a sample to deliver to Earth.  The craft is carrying … Read more

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will leave asteroid Bennu TODAY

NASA‘s OSIRIS-REx mission will leave asteroid Bennu today and begin its 1.4 billion mile, two year long journey back to the Earth, the space agency confirmed.    OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) was the first NASA mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, and collect a sample to deliver to … Read more

NASA’s Ingenuity completes FOURTH flight on Mars that was ‘farther and faster than ever before’

NASA announced Friday that Ingenuity successfully completed its fourth flight, which saw the small helicopter ‘fly farther and faster than ever before.’ The $85 million drone traveled 872 feet (266 meters) at a height of 16 feet (5 meters) for two minutes. The American space agency received the data downlink at 1:39pm ET that showed the … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance and Ingenuity snap a selfie as the copter prepares for its first flight on Mars

‘Until we meet again’: The Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter snap a selfie as the copter prepares for its first flight on Mars that is compared to the ‘Wright Brothers’ moment on Earth NASA released an image snapped by Perseverance with Ingenuity on Mars The rover used its onboard camera to snap the selfie of … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance rover snaps selfies of its ‘head’ and ‘face’ 

NASA‘s Perseverance rover has sent back two cute selfies of its camera-laden ‘face’ and ‘head’ from the Jezero Crater on the surface of Mars.   The two snaps show Perseverance’s remote sensing mast, which hosts many of the rover’s cameras and scientific instruments.  They were taken with the SHERLOC WATSON camera, located on the turret at the … Read more

NASA’s Orion that will carry the first woman and next man to the moon completes second drop test

NASA’s Orion capsule that will carry the first woman and next man to the moon completes second drop test that saw the 14,000lb craft fall from seven feet in the air into a hydro impact basin Orion has completed its second drop test and has just two more to go The test was to finalize … Read more

Mysterious ‘Marsquakes’ detected by Nasa’s Insight lander in sign of volcanic activity

Mysterious rumblings known as ‘Marsquakes’ have been detected by Nasa’s InSight lander, offering further clues about volcanic activity beneath the surface of the Red Planet. The tremors originated in a region called Cerberus Fossae – an area where Nasa scientists have picked up significant seismical activity and even landslides in the past.    They believe the tremors were … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover takes a selfie with the 20ft-tall ‘Mont Mercou’ rock formation

Say cheese! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover takes a selfie with the 20ft-tall ‘Mont Mercou’ rock formation NASA’s Curiosity rover took the selfie after collecting its 30th sample Mont Mercou is a rock formation on Mars named after a mountain in France The selfie is composed of 60 images taken by Curiosity’s Hand Lens Imager on … Read more

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes first water drop test in preparation for Artemis I launch in Nov

NASA conducted its first splash test for the Orion spacecraft in advance of the upcoming Artemis lunar missions. Cameras captured the 11-foot capsule dropping into the ‘hydro impact basin,’ a large tank of water at Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research Facility in Hampton, Virginia.  However, the drop was hardly a long fall -the … Read more