Russia is building a nuclear-powered 'space tug' that can transport heavy cargo in deep space. The planned mission will last 50 months.
The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.” “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send […]
This week, astronomers announced they detected a sign of potential microbial life on Venus: the presence of phosphine gas. Follow-up research is needed – and by coincidence, a spacecraft happens to be scheduled to fly by Venus next month. The BepiColumbo spacecraft will swing past Venus on its way to […]
Venus’ carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere and high temperatures make the planet’s surface inhospitable to life. But new research suggests the clouds surrounding Venus could harbour microbial life. A new study found traces of phosphine – a gas typically produced by anaerobic microbes on Earth – in the upper reaches of Venus’ clouds. […]
Rocket Lab just launched its first Photon satellite: a spacecraft designed for missions to the moon, Venus, or Mars. This spacecraft, called “First Light,” is just a demo, but NASA has already contracted Rocket Lab to fly the agency’s robotic moon mission in 2021. CEO Peter Beck says that, together, […]
Two animations by an amateur astronomer show the stunning view from Earth if the other planets in our solar system replaced the moon. But the videos – one set at night and one during the day – don’t convey the havoc such a situation would wreak on Earth. If Jupiter […]
Serena Williams is one of the greatest tennis players and athletes of all time. She’s won 23 grand slams and countless other trophies and titles. Her iconic serve is one of the main reasons she’s dominated tennis for over 10 years. With the help of a physicist, we break down […]
Earth has some pretty severe weather– hurricanes,earthquakes, and tsunamis can be devastating – but we’re better off living here than on other planets. Earth’s worst storms are nothing compared to the sulfuric acid rain on Venus, towering dust devils on Mars, or supersonic winds on Neptune. Watch the video above […]
Scientists now think there could be microscopic life floating in the clouds of Venus. Their theory is surprising, considering how inhospitable the surface of Venus is. But in the clouds, the possibility of life is very real. Following is a transcript of the video. Despite decades of searching distant planets […]
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, recently launched the world’s largest operational rocket on February 6. Falcon Heavy’s launch sent Musk’s personal 2008 red Tesla Roadster on a voyage toward Mars orbit with a “Starman” dummy in the driver’s seat. Planetary scientists are concerned about bacterial contamination on Musk’s car in […]
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Although Venus is easier to reach than Mars, scientists and space agencies around the world show little interest in exploring the planet. A new study found traces of phosphine in the upper reaches of Venus’ clouds, leading researchers to believe there may be life on the planet. Why is it […]
VIDEO: The renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how long a human being could survive on each planet in the solar system.
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