The discovery of a potential Earth-like exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri, which was leaked earlier this month, has been confirmed by scientists in Europe. Proxima b is in a zone that could allow it to contain water and potentially even life. It's 4 light-years away.
An image of the rover China will use to research Mars has been released by the country. China plans on launching the rover in July or August of 2020. The rover weighs 441 pounds, has six wheels, uses four solar panels, and will explore the northern hemisphere of Mars.
NASA has reestablished contact with STEREO-B, a spacecraft that's been silent for about two years. The first new downlink signal from the spacecraft came in at 6:27 p.m. ET and was received with NASA's ground communication antennas. STEREO-B is orbiting the sun.
It's now quite a bit easier to view much of NASA's research since every study supported by the public will be available for free online. By browsing the studies, which are available through the new Pubspace web portal, you can learn about thousands of different topics.
NASA, given its budget and goals for the future, won't be able to maintain the International Space Station beyond 2024. Rather than shut down the station and perhaps sell pieces of it, NASA is looking to hand over control of the ISS to a private company.
High-pitch frequencies undetectable by humans have been used to levitate a sphere by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ultrasonic sound waves successfully levitated a 2-inch solid polystyrene sphere.
One of SolarCity's new products that'll be revealed and available this year is a complete solar roof intended for those who are having their roof replaced or are building a new home. The product was recently discussed by Elon Musk, who said it will truly be a roof, not a module.
SpaceX has completed another fully successful mission, ending with a Falcon 9 landing on the company's drone ship. This is the sixth time SpaceX has landed a rocket and the fourth time it has been successful with the ship. The mission began early in the morning.
Scientists are planning to unveil a new Earth-like planet that may have conditions favorable for life, reports Der Spiegel (Germany.) The exoplanet is in Alpha Centauri and it orbits a star known as Proxima Centauri. Because of its distance from its star, it may have water.
Deep Space Industries (DSI) plans to launch the first private mission to an asteroid by 2020 and it will establish the first private base on a space object when that asteroid passes Earth. According to the space mining company, it'll land a 110-pound spacecraft on an asteroid.
More than 1,000 new photos of Mars have been published by NASA and they were taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRise camera, which has been focused on the planet since 2005. Between all of the images, you can see Mars' mountains, craters, and ice caps.
Venus is far from an ideal location for life, but that hasn't always been the case. Models from researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute show the planet may have had a much more forgiving and life-friendly climate as recently as 750 millions years ago.
Doctors in Japan recently called upon Watson, an AI system created by IBM, to help in the diagnosis of a patient. Within 10 minutes of working on the case, Watson correctly identified a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia. Doctors misdiagnosed her months ago.
The US' FDA has granted Oxitec approval to use its genetically modified mosquitoes in the country and now it must receive approval from local agencies to begin its tests. Oxitec's mosquitoes carry a gene that'll kill off a large set of next-gen infected mosquitoes.
Moon Express' MX-1 robotic spacecraft will be allowed to travel to the moon next year, the FAA has announced. With the FAA's permission, Moon Express will be the first private entity to complete a lunar mission. The MX-1's mission includes documenting the lunar surface.
SpaceX has been given the chance to compete for another military satellite launch. The company's only competitor is the United Launch Alliance, since those companies are the only ones authorized to launch military payloads. SpaceX and ULA will bid on a 2019 mission.
The United States government will soon approve the first private mission to the Moon. A source close to Moon Express, a private company, says the government has granted it permission to send a lunar lander to the Moon's surface. The lander is the 20-pound MX-1.
Google has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline, one of the biggest names in pharmaceuticals, to create a joint venture. Called Galvani Bioelectronics, the company will work on a variety of products, including electrical implants that may be used to treat conditions like arthritis.
Astronauts who reach deep space appear significantly more likely to die from heart disease. Research on the Apollo astronaut crews has revealed traveling to deep space is more dangerous from a long-term health perspective than only entering low Earth orbit.
Offshore wind farms have already been established in a few countries and now the US is going to receive its first. Deepwater Wind is working with GE Renewable Energy to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island's Block Island. It'll be attached to the grid this year.