The exoplanet missions set to revolutionise science

ETH Zurich's Professor Sascha P Quanz explores the future exoplanet missions that will search for life beyond our Solar System. In June 2021, a senior...

Scientific advancements made by observing two black holes colliding

Observing two black holes colliding has provided astronomers with a novel tool to measure black holes in distant galaxies. How did researchers observe these two...

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts return safely to Earth

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts have made a safe return to Earth aboard the Dragon Endurance spacecraft, completing the journey to the International Space Station. NASA’s...

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CUA’s promising new commercial aerospace technologies

Champaign-Urbana Aerospace (CUA) aims to identify, develop, and distribute promising new commercial aerospace technologies. Founded in 1998, CUA’s 10,000 sq...

Life on Mars: Analysing extra-terrestrial samples in Europe

Dr Rain Irshad, Autonomous Systems Lead at RAL Space, discusses what Europe’s first analysis facility for extra-terrestrial samples could tell us about Mars. Understanding more about the prospect of life on Mars could soon be a reality, as the UK...

Spacecraft utilised x-rays from pulsars to navigate in deep space

Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a way that a spacecraft can use pulsar star signals to navigate in space. The remnants of a collapsed neutron star, called a pulsar, are magnetically charged and can spin anywhere...

Discovering exoplanets using Artificial Intelligence

Astronomers have applied Artificial Intelligence to image recognition in order to predict the effect of interactions between planets, making it possible to discover exoplanets. The majority of exoplanets uncovered to date have been discovered using the transit method. This technique...

Earth’s atmosphere could be a source of lunar water

In a new study, scientists believe that another source of lunar water could involve the Earth’s magnetosphere. Hydrogen and oxygen ions escaping from Earth’s upper atmosphere and combining on the Moon could be one of the sources of the identified...

Solar energy could be used to power a crewed mission to Mars

A research team have analysed different ways of generating power, deciding that solar energy could be used to power a mission to Mars. It can be argued that no other planet in our Solar System has sparked human interest and...

Classifying exoplanet atmospheres to open new field of study

Researchers have identified and classified populations of similar exoplanet atmospheres in order to improve our knowledge of planetary formation. An international team of researchers examined data for 25 exoplanets and discovered a variety of links among the properties of the...

Eruption of a magnetar reveals high-frequency oscillations

An international scientific group has managed to measure for the first-time oscillations in the brightness of a neutron star (magnetar) during its most violent moments. In just a tenth of a second the magnetar released energy equivalent to that produced...

Astrophysical plasma study benefits from new soft X-ray transition energies

The new standard for X-ray transition energies set for neon, carbon dioxide, and sulphur hexafluoride paves a way to achieving a high accuracy analysis of astrophysical plasmas. The analysis of astrophysical plasmas is vital in the pursuit to learning more...

The number of UK space jobs are continuing to expand

Despite global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, 3,000 new jobs have been created in the UK space sector in one year. According to new figures released today (13 April 2022), demonstrate that employment in the UK space sector has risen...

Developing cutting-edge software for the Square Kilometre Array Observatory

UK institutions have been granted £15m to develop the ‘brain’ of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, which is the biggest radio telescope in the world. The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) is positioned to investigate the evolution of the early...

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