spaceflight

How Big is Rosetta’s Comet?

by Jason Major July 2, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Pretty darn big, I’d say. The illustration above shows the relative scale of the comet that ESA’s Rosetta and Philae spacecraft will explore “up-close and personal” later this year. And while it’s one thing to say that the nucleus of Comet […]

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Support a Good Cause To Win a Trip To Space

by Jason Major June 26, 2014

Well, technically not space*, but suborbital, and that’d still be way cool! And what’s even cooler is that you can enter to win a trip on an XCOR Lynx Mark II suborbital flight while helping to support a good cause of your choice, courtesy of The Urgency Network’s “Ticket to Rise” campaign. Check out the dramatic spaceflight-packed […]

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Is NASA Dead? Not Even Close.

by Jason Major January 8, 2014

If you’re a frequent reader of Universe Today you know that, despite the end of the Shuttle program and the constant battle for a piece of the federal budget, NASA has a lot on their plate for future space exploration missions. But there are still a lot of people among the general public who think […]

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ESA’s Gaia Mission Launches to Map the Milky Way

by Jason Major December 19, 2013

Early this morning, at 09:12 UTC, the cloudy pre-dawn sky above the coastal town of Kourou, French Guiana was brilliantly sliced by the fiery exhaust of a Soyuz VS06, which ferried ESA’s “billion-star surveyor” Gaia into space to begin its five-year mission to map the Milky Way. Ten minutes after launch, after separation of the first three […]

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 326: Atmospheric Dust

by Fraser Cain December 16, 2013

When you consider the hazards of spaceflight, it’s hard to get worked up about dust bunnies. And yet, atmospheric dust is going to be one of the biggest problems astronauts will face when they reach the surface of other worlds. Where does this dust come from, and what does it tell us about the history […]

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