Russia’s only space telescope breaks down

Russia’s only space telescope breaks down

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Spektr-R radio astronomy observatory was sent into space in July 2011 Russia’s only space radio telescope is no longer responding to commands from Earth, officials say. Astro Space Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev said some of the Spektr-R satellite’s communication systems had stopped working. But it was still transmitting…

Signals from space: What are they?

Signals from space: What are they?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A nebula of stars Mysterious signals have been picked up from distant galaxies. When fast radio bursts or FRBs, as they are called, reach Earth’s telescopes they shine brightly for a few milliseconds, then disappear. Astronomers have detected dozens over the past decade – and have just announced they’ve…

The view from the edge of space

The view from the edge of space

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back. The firm’s SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which US agencies have awarded astronaut wings.

Over half a million chunks of space trash could jeopardize space travel — but Europe has a plan to save it

Over half a million chunks of space trash could jeopardize space travel — but Europe has a plan to save it

Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: Europe is leading one of the most important space travel efforts of this century. It’s a mission called RemoveDEBRIS, and if all goes according to plan, it could save the future of space travel as we know it. The objective of RemoveDEBRIS is just that. Demonstrate how…

Space laser to target Earth’s ice

Space laser to target Earth’s ice

Image copyright NASA Image caption ICESat-2 fires 10,000 shots a second as it moves around the Earth The American space agency is about to put a laser in orbit to measure the condition of Earth’s ice cover. The satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected…

Astronauts in space just photographed 3 threatening hurricanes lurking in the Atlantic Ocean

Astronauts in space just photographed 3 threatening hurricanes lurking in the Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 mph as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm. Warm Atlantic Ocean waters are adding to Florence’s strength, and computer models predict that the storm will make landfall Thursday in North Carolina or South Carolina as a major hurricane. Its…

US to set up new military ‚space force’

US to set up new military ‚space force’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: ‚We must have American dominance in space’President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to establish a sixth branch of its armed forces – a „space force”. The US president said on Monday it would bolster national security and the economy with the creation of jobs.…

Space diamonds ‚came from lost planet’

Space diamonds ‚came from lost planet’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Artwork: The diamond-bearing meteorites may have come from a proto-planet in the early Solar System A diamond-bearing space rock that exploded in Earth’s atmosphere in 2008 was part of a lost planet from the early Solar System, a study suggests. The parent „proto-planet” existed billions of years ago before breaking…

A Chinese space station is hurtling toward Earth — here’s how to track the crash as it happens

A Chinese space station is hurtling toward Earth — here’s how to track the crash as it happens

An illustration of a satellite damaged by space debris.Shutterstock A falling Chinese space station dubbed Tiangong-1 will soon break up into chunks in the atmosphere and crash to Earth. It will likely go down on Sunday. Scientists say it is nearly impossible to determine the exact time and location of the station’s crash. But you…

Space lab comes down over South Pacific

Space lab comes down over South Pacific

Image copyright FRAUNHOFER Image caption China’s space lab Tiangong-1 was tracked on radar China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say. It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said. Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011…