Category: Space news

space debris

All about space debris and news

Space debris, mega satellite constellations : emergency in the Earth orbit – News of April 18, 2019 Tens of thousands of space debris in Earth orbit Humanity has been able to put satellites in orbit for more than 60 years. Its space activities have been the source of invaluable scientific discoveries and great moments in…
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super-Earth

All about the super-Earths and news

A new super-Earth in the planetary system of Proxima Centauri – News of April 16, 2019 – We know that Proxima Centauri is home to at least one planet in its habitable zone, Proxima b. Proxima b was discovered in 2016. Its mass is greater than the mass of the Earth. It could potentially have…
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stratolaunch

All about Stratolaunch and news

The Stratolaunch giant plane takes off for the first time – News of April 16, 2019 – In October 2018, Paul Allen, the famous co-founder of Microsoft, passed away. Like many other famous people in Silicon Valley, Paul Allen dedicated the last years of his life to the space adventure, first by funding the SpaceShipOne…
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spaceil

All about SpaceIL and news

The SpaceIL’s spacecraft crashed on the Moon – News of April 14, 2019 – Thursday night, after a week spent in orbit, the Israeli spacecraft began its descent to the region named The Sea of Serenity. At first, everything seemed to be OK. Beresheet activated its main thruster to reduce its altitude. A little later,…
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anti satellite missiles

All about anti-satellite missiles and news

India successfully fired anti-satellite missiles – News of April 14, 2019 – At the end of March, India fired anti-satellite missiles. During this test, a modified version of an interceptor missile hit an old Indian satellite in low orbit, 300 kilometers above sea level. The missile only needed three minutes of flight to reach its…
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meteors

All about meteors and news

A meteor has exploded over the Bering Sea – News of April 14, 2019 – On December 18, 2018, a large asteroid exploded in the atmosphere over the Bering Sea. The detonation released ten times more energy than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, yet no one noticed anything. Some satellites have detected it : the…
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event horizon telescope

All about the Event Horizon Telescope and news

The Event Horizon Telescope project has revealed the first image of a black hole – News of April 11, 2019 – Yesterday, the international project Event Horizon Telescope revealed its first results, the first real image of a black hole. This project involves numerous observatories spread over several continents. It uses the technique of interferometry.…
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supermassive black hole

All about supermassive black holes and news

The first photo of a supermassive black hole has been unveiled – News of April 11, 2019 – Event Horizon Telescope achieves a precision feat Event Horizon Telescope unveiled the first photo of a black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy. It is a very active supermassive black hole, located about 55 million…
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Parker Solar Probe

All about Parker Solar Probe and news

Parker Solar Probe flew over the sun for the second time – News of April 9, 2019 – The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft is now dangerously close to the sun. The American spacecraft has just completed its second flyby of our star. It has passed only 24 million kilometers from the surface of the sun.…
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CNSA

The chinese space program, China National Space Administration (CNSA) and news

China and France collaborate more and more on common projects – News of April 2, 2019 – China seeks to collaborate with other countries in its space program, including France. The visit to France of Xi Jinping, the President of the Popular Republic of China, was the opportunity to sign a new agreement on space…
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pulsars

All about pulsars and news

The pulsar PSR J0002 + 6216 was ejected at an incredible speed by a supernova – News of April 2, 2019 – Supernovas and pulsars are linked because a supernova can give birth to a pulsar. When some massive stars arrive at the end of their life, their hydrostatic balance is broken. The thermonuclear reactions…
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moon

All about the Moon and news

The collision of the Earth with another planet would have created the Moon – News of March 24, 2019 The story of the creation of the Moon is still the subject of intense debate. The scenario of a giant impact is only one hypothesis among others. This hypothesis was formulated in the mid-2000s. We imagine…
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omega orbital atk

All about Northrop Grumman’s OmegA rocket (Orbital ATK) and news

Northrop Grumman’s OmegA launcher wants to meet the needs of the US military – News of March 24, 2019 Many new launchers will arrive in the early 2020s. Last year, Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK, the US specialist in solid propellant propulsion. And Orbital ATK, now Northrop Grumman Innovation System, has a new launcher project…
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sabre engine

All about the SABRE engine and news

Why does the SABRE engine has a curved shape ? – News of March 24, 2019 The shape of the SABRE engine can be surprising. Over its entire length, it has a total inclination of 14 degrees. In reality, the reactor does not need to be curved. This, however, is necessary for the operation of…
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supernova

All about supernovas and news

N6946-BH1, story of a failed supernova – News of March 24, 2019 N6946-BH1 is a star that had a rather singular end. It was a very big star, about 25 times more massive than the sun. It has been observed in the NGC 6946 galaxy located about 22 million light-years away from us. We can…
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hypervelocity stars

All about hypervelocity stars (HVS) and news

The speed of the hypervelocity star LAMOST-HVS1 could have a surprising origin – News of March 19, 2019 – The first hypervelocity star was discovered in 2005. These objects are so fast that their speed exceeds the speed of liberation of the galaxy. They travel at velocities that exceed 500 km per second, which means…
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nada north korea

All about the North Korean space agency (NADA) and news

North Korea targets geostationary orbit and beyond – News of March 17, 2019 – North Korea has a space program and even interplanetary exploration ambitions. Obviously, this is a politically sensitive subject for the country’s allies and opponents. The technology used to create launchers is more or less the same as the technology used to…
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federatsiya

All about Federatsiya (Federation) spacecraft and news

Launch of Federatsiya spacecraft will bring Soyuz to retirement – News of March 17, 2019 – The Soyuz space capsule has been used for more than 50 years to send men into space. In the last 12 years, it was the only space vehicle that could do this, with its Chinese copy, Shenzhou. This will…
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space launch system sls

All about NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and news

The usefulness of the SLS is more and more challenged – News of March 17, 2019 – Currently, every day there is a new announcement about the Space Launch System (SLS). NASA’s 2020 budget proposal contemplates deleting many missions of the SLS. The SLS will not be used to assemble the LOP-G, nor to launch…
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planet x

All about planet X / planet 9 and news

The observation of another planetary system could explain the orbit of a planet X – News of March 12, 2019 – FarFarOut is part of a class of objects named extreme transneptunians objects. Other objects in this category all have a very eccentric orbit. This is why some researchers believe that a massive object has…
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nasa

All about NASA and news

Winners and losers of NASA’s 2020 budget – News of March 12, 2019 – NASA’s budget proposal for 2020 is interesting. The budget is $ 21.02 billion, which is a very slight decline from what was achieved in 2019. However, it still exceeds all the budgets that NASA has received since the mid-1990s, adjusted for…
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space tourism

All about space tourism and news

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin finally shake up space tourism – News of March 8, 2019 – According to specialists, 2019 should be the year when space tourism will really take off. But it’s been decades since we heard the same sentence. 2018, 2015, 2010, 2007 or even 2001 were also years when space tourism…
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exoplanets

All about exoplanets and news

A collision of planets would explain the characteristics of the exoplanet Kepler-107 c – News of March 5, 2019 – Most of the time, only very limited information can be obtained about exoplanets, worlds that orbit distant stars. By combining detection methods, it is possible to know more or less accurately the diameter, mass and…
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ion engine

All about ion engine and news

A Hall-effect thruster could equip the LOP-G – News of March 3, 2019 – The X3 ion thruster is a very interesting project from NASA’s Next Leap program. The goal of this program is to develop some of the technologies that will further explore the solar system. X3 is a Hall-effect thruster. This means that…
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canadarm

All about the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and news

Canadian Space Agency to supply Canadarm to LOP-G – News of March 3, 2019 – Canada has just confirmed its participation in the LOP-G, the future lunar space station. The manipulative arm of the Canadian Space Agency, named Canadarm 3, will be Canada’s largest participation. US space shuttles were loaded with Canadarm 1. Canadarm 2…
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neptune

All about the planet Neptune and news

A new moon of Neptune has just been discovered – News of February 24, 2019 – A new moon of Neptune has been known since 2013, but sometimes it takes time to formalize a discovery. It was named called Hippocamp. This moon is very small, so it looks like an asteroid. However, it could teach…
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Charon moon of Pluto

Charon, Plutos moon : all you have to know and news

An underground ocean would be responsible for the large fractures visible on Charon – News of February 19, 2019 – Charon, Pluto’s moon, was photographed by the spacecraft New Horizons. Charon has a diameter of 1200 km, which makes it a huge moon compared to its planet. Its icy surface is lacerated with faults, mountains…
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opportunity rover

All about the Opportunity rover on Mars and news

Goodbye Opportunity ! – News of February 17, 2019 – After 15 years on the planet Mars, the rover Opportunity was finally declared dead on February 13, 2019. In fact, the rover no longer sent any sign of life to NASA since many months. But NASA wanted to give it a chance to resume communications.…
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moon base

Moon base and Moon colonization : all you need to know and news

Everyone wants to create a moon base – News of February 14, 2019 – The possibility of colonizing the Moon is studied in detail by NASA, ESA and CNSA, and also Roscosmos. Many private companies also have this goal, like Blue Origin, SpaceX, Moon Express and many other companies. Space agencies and private companies are…
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Soyuz-5

All about the Soyuz-5 launcher and news

Soyuz 5 engine tests will begin soon – News of February 12, 2019 – On February 4, 2019, Vladimir Putin and the director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, took stock of the future of the new Russian launchers. The development of Soyuz 5 seems to be progressing well. The Soyuz 5 engine is being prepared for…
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