NASA: Could the Subsurface Ocean in Pluto’s Icy Heart Have Alien Life?

Is there life on Pluto? A new study says that Pluto’s icy heart, Sputnik Planitia, could have a subsurface ocean beneath it that may be hiding alien life forms. The study, published in the journal Nature, says that the subsurface ocean under Sputnik Planitia region could be filled with ammonia, similar to what scientists have ...

Unveiling Rogue Planets With NASA’s Roman Space Telescope

New simulations show that NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to reveal myriad rogue planets – freely floating bodies that drift through our galaxy untethered to a star. Studying these island worlds will help us understand more about how planetary systems form, evolve, and break apart. Astronomers discovered planets beyond our solar ...

Specialist space awareness and surveillance company takes off in Durham

A specialist space awareness and surveillance company has opened the UK’s only Orbital Analyst centre in Durham. Northern Space and Security Ltd (NORSS), which specializes in Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), has expanded its team and set up the NORSS Orbital Analyst Hive (NOAH) at Aykley Heads Business Centre which ...

Hubble Finds That Betelgeuse’s Mysterious Dimming Is Due to a Traumatic Outburst

Observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are showing that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material ejected into space, forming a dust cloud that blocked starlight coming from Betelgeuse’s surface. Hubble researchers suggest that the dust cloud formed when superhot plasma unleashed from ...

Space Station 20th: Food on ISS

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin made history as the first human in space aboard his Vostok capsule. During his single orbit around the Earth, he also became the first person to eat in space, squeezing beef and liver paste from an aluminum tube into his mouth. For dessert he had a ...

A decade of commercial space travel – what’s next?

Assistant Professor of Management Science, University of South Carolina, and first published on theconversation.com. In many industries, a decade is barely enough time to cause dramatic change unless something disruptive comes along – a new technology, business model or service design. The space industry has recently been enjoying all three. But 10 years ago, none ...