Microbes Unknown to Science Discovered on The International Space Station

The menagerie of bacterial and fungal species living among us is ever growing – and this is no exception in low-gravity environments, such as the International Space Station (ISS). Researchers from the United States and India working with NASA have now discovered four strains of bacteria living in different places in the ISS – three…Continue Reading

How can some planets be hotter than stars

Artist impression of KELT-9 b, the orange blob orbiting a blue star. Léa Changeat, Author provided Until the early 2000s, the only known planets were located in our own neighbourhood, the Solar System. They broadly form two categories: the small rocky planets in the inner Solar System and the coldContinue Reading

How asteroid dust helped us prove lifes raw ingredients can evolve in outer space

A tiny speck of asteroid dust, circled, can only be manipulated by a glass needle. ISAS JAXA Scientists have long known that certain ingredients are needed to support life, especially water and key organic chemicals like carbon. In recent years, both ingredients have been found on giant asteroids and other celestial bodies. But,Continue Reading

How scientists found rare fireball meteorite pieces on a driveway – and what they could teach us

Image of the fireball in 28 February. UK Meteor Observation Network, Author provided As people in the UK were settling down to watch the late evening news on February 28, a fresh news story, quite literally, appeared in the night sky. A large and very bright fireball was seen over southern England andContinue Reading

Home News Spaceflight A Japanese company that hopes to land people on the moon one day has unveiled the final design of its first robotic lunar lander, which will launch in2022  on a SpaceX rocket. Tokyo-based ispace revealed the Hakuto-Reboot (Hakuto-R) lander design July 30, stating that the mission is now slated to touch down on…Continue Reading

Europe has been trying to land on Mars since 2003, but none of the attempts has gone exactly according to plan. A couple of months ago, the ExoMars Schiaparelli landing demonstrator crashed onto the planet’s surface, losing contact with its mothership. However, the mission was partially successful, providing information that willContinue Reading