Space Timeline

Could Another Planet Lie Hidden Behind The Sun?

Scientists postulate that either a hidden planet or companion star would be visible due to their gravitational signature.

Recent revelations that our corner of the galaxy was visited by an alien star in the distant past have once more raised questions about our own solar system, rekindling suggestions that another Earth-sized planet could lie hidden on the opposite side of the Sun, or that an unknown companion star could be orbiting beyond our… Read more »

One-Way Ticket To Mars? 200,000 Applicants To Be Narrowed To 24

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A Dutch non-profit called Mars One is on a mission to send four people to the red planet in 2024, but it’s a one-way ticket. The four who are selected will leave behind family and friends forever, never to return to Earth. But that hasn’t stopped over 200,000 people from applying for the chance. The… Read more »

NASA Is Planning To Send A Submarine To Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon

The submarine would be largely autonomous, due to Titan's distance from Earth

NASA has unveiled conceptual plans to send an autonomous submarine to Titan, Saturn’s moon, in a bid to explore the vast icy reaches of the Kraken Mare. At the recent 2015 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Cocoa Beach, Florida, researchers revealed the Titan Submarine Phase I Conceptual Design, an outline for a… Read more »

Apollo 11 Treasures Found In Neil Armstrong’s Closet

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Apollo 11 was the famous NASA mission that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in 1969. Now, 46 years later, some treasures used in the historic landing have been found in a closet in Armstrong’s Ohio home. The artifacts used by Armstrong and Aldrin when they guided the Lunar Module Eagle sat… Read more »

Search For Life Turns To Exomoons As NASA Supercomputer Joins The Hunt

NASA artist depiction of exomoon

Moons have big potential in the search for life and NASA’s Kepler telescope intends to find any potentially habitable exomoons — or moons outside our solar system. There’s just one problem, finding those little celestial bodies is very difficult. To compensate, NASA is bringing in its Pleiades supercomputer to sort through the data from Kepler…. Read more »

Mysterious Nebula Revealed Beautiful Image: ‘Mouth Of The Beast’

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Thirteen thousand light-years from Earth, deep inside the Gum Nebula, lies cometary globules — a group of comet-like objects that, despite the name and appearance, have nothing to do with comets. They are small nebulous globules of gas and dust, and their exact nature remains a bit of a mystery. This type of nebula, which… Read more »

Quasar — Super Rare Occurrence Observed On The Edge Of A Black Hole

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Scientists have agreed since the late 1980’s that a quasar is a compact region in the center of a galaxy surrounding a central, supermassive black hole. After they were discovered by the first radio telescopes, quasi-stellar objects (quasars) were almost as great a mystery as the black holes that spawn them. Scientists now think that… Read more »