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Captain Kirk Sends Message into Space, Gets a Response

@williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface. — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013 Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, is currently on the International Space Station. He got a tweet from James T. Kirk, the actor who played William Shatner on Star Trek. Hadfield showed the captain the respect due [...]

‘Homeless’ planet without a star discovered

Astronomers have identified the first ever ‘rogue’ planet that wanders around with no star to orbit. Scientists had suspected that such planets could …

Planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized world in orbit around the next nearest star system to our own. The small rocky planet is the lightest exopl…

NASA’s NuSTAR gearing up for launch

A new satellite is set to be launched in to orbit in an effort to hunt for hidden black holes in space. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, a j…

An Asteroid to Watch

Astronomers are keeping an eye on a moving body called asteroid 2011 AG5, which is scheduled to pass by Earth twice in the next few decades. As its trajectory is known so far, the odds of it hitting us are about 1 in 625. When AG5 passes us in February 2023, the Earth’s gravity will bend [...]

NASA considers orbiting fuel departments

Refuelling stations could be placed in orbit to allow departing spacecraft to fill up before heading out. One of the biggest obstacles in launching sp…

The Planet with Two Suns

Astronomers studying exoplanets have found one with a very odd system. It orbits two stars! There have been planets discovered that orbit one of two binary stars, or that orbit a star and a burned-out star, but this one actually orbits around two real stars. The planet is named Kepler-16, meaning it was discovered by [...]

Six tonne satellite to fall from orbit

NASA has warned that a large $750 million satellite is soon to fall uncontrolled out of orbit. The 20-year-old Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is …

NASA releases new Apollo site photographs

New images showing the Apollo landing sites taken from orbit have been released by NASA. The images show the final resting place of the lunar 12, 14 a…

Planet made of diamond discovered

A planet formed from a dead star in orbit around a pulsar is believed to have crystallized in to diamond. In a solar system 4,000 light years away tha…