After five years of heading towards the planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft has entered Jupiter's orbit. Once it was close to Jupiter, Juno's engines were activated and it began a complex 35-minute maneuver to get into place. Juno will take many pictures and measurements.
China has completed the world's largest radio telescope which it plans to use in the search for extraterrestrial life. The FAST telescope (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope) is located in Guizhou. Work on the project began five years ago and FAST cost $180 million.
The simulation hypothesis, which suggests we're not actually living in a "real" world, is plausible, according to Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Speaking at the recent Code Conference, Musk said "there's a billion to one chance we're living in base reality."
SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the ocean as soon as this Friday. A launch had been scheduled for May 26, but a "tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator" forced SpaceX to postpone, says CEO Elon Musk. The launch could take a couple days.
Using the Kepler spacecraft, NASA has discovered 1,284 new planets, doubling the number of known exoplanets (ones which orbit a star other than our sun.) Of the planets discovered, more than 100 are believed to be somewhat similar to Earth in size and composition.
A material capable of bonding with and acting like your skin has been detailed in a study out of MIT. The material is made of a silicone polymer that is strong, stretchy, and will remain on the skin even when rubbed or covered with water. It's already been tried on humans.
While it believed a successful landing was unlikely to occur on its latest mission, SpaceX has landed its Falcon 9 rocket at sea once again. This is the second time SpaceX has landed the rocket on a drone ship and the success comes after it said a landing wasn't likely.
A human embryo has developed up to day 13 in a lab for the first time, allowing scientists to carefully examine how an embryo develops during its first days. Prior to this work, scientists had only observed growth up to day 7, at which point an embryo would be implanted.
The European Space Agency and Russia are going to launch their Mars rover in 2020, not 2018. The joint ExoMars mission has been pushed back because the Russian engineers involved with the mission are having a hard time designing the rover's landing mechanism.
Three planets that could potentially support advanced life have been discovered by a team of scientists. In a study published in Nature, the three Earth-like planets were detailed and they appear to be some of the best candidates for extraterrestrial life so far.
SpaceX has won its first military launch contract which will see the company carry a GPS satellite into space on behalf of the US Air Force. According to Reuters, the contract is worth $83 million and the launch is going to occur in May 2018. SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket.
Microsoft has partnered with Twist, a biotech startup, to test data storage on synthetic strands of DNA. The company has obtained 10 million strands which can be used to store data for a long time in a secure manner. Data is stored like normal biological information.
SpaceX intends to land on Mars within the next two years and a full plan for the mission will be revealed in September 2016. The company says it'll send its Red Dragon spacecraft to the planet in 2018 and SpaceX has suggested there will be multiple dragon missions to Mars.
With an impressive 100% accuracy level, researchers at Binghamton University have identified people based on their brain waves. There are sufficient differences between people when it comes to the way their brains respond to specific stimuli that "brainprints" can be captured.
A previously unnoticed galaxy next to our own has been observed. Crater 2, as it's being called, is now the fourth largest satellite of the Milky Way. The dwarf galaxy is located 380,000 light years away in the Crater constellation and it showed up in images from a telescope.
Through a chip implanted in his brain, Ian Burkhart has regained the ability to move his fingers and even operate a guitar controller for the first time in six years. He was injured in a serious driving accident, which resulted in paralysis, removing much of his autonomy.
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has a plan to send a fleet of spacecraft to Alpha Centauri and he's investing $100 million of his own money in the project. Last year, he also invested $100 million in a project dedicated to listening for extraterrestrial life.
For the second time, scientists in China have modified a human embryo's genetic code using the CRISPR gene-editing tool. While other countries debate the ethical nature of human gene editing, China has let teams move forward with testing on embryos, albeit with restrictions.
Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have partnered to send inflatable living spaces to the International Space Station. A module from Bigelow called the B330 can add 12,000 cubic feet to the ISS, equivalent to 30% of the station's space.
Another landing test with Blue Origin's reusable rocket has gone as planned. The company, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has now landed its New Shepherd rocket three times. Though, it has not been sending the rocket as high as SpaceX has with its rockets.