How do these two very different space ventures compare, and how are their efforts progressing? (Image: via   pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The New Race to Space

Back in 2014, NASA awarded both Boeing and SpaceX contracts to develop commercial crew transportation systems; the eventual initial missions under these contracts will involve trips to the International Space Station (ISS). In contrast, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin have…

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Why Won’t the Parker Solar Probe Melt?

This summer, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. If Earth was at one end…

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The New Race to Space

Back in 2014, NASA awarded both Boeing and SpaceX contracts to develop commercial crew transportation systems; the eventual initial missions under these contracts will involve trips to the International Space…

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‘Red Nuggets’ Are Galactic Gold for Astronomers

About a decade ago, astronomers discovered a population of small, but massive galaxies called “red nuggets.” A new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that black holes have squelched…

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Distant Moons May Harbor Life

We’ve all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons? UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons.

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The Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies

Capitalizing on the unparalleled sharpness and spectral range of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.…

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China’s Aspirations for a Lunar Kingdom

On April 24, China observed its third National Space Day. This year, China celebrated the theme of new space developments and ventures. It also announced a plan to build a “lunar…

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China Set to Grow Life on Moon

China announced its goal to set up a scientific research base on the surface of the Moon on its National Space Day on April 24. Naturally, there are several speculations…

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What Will Happen When the Sun Dies?

Scientists agree the sun will die in approximately 5 billion years, but they weren’t sure what would happen next… until now. A team of international astronomers, including Professor Albert Zijlstra, from the School…

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Could a Multiverse Be Hospitable to Life?

A Multiverse — where our Universe is only one of many — might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research. Questions about whether other…