China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

Sep 25, 2016

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies — and perhaps extraterrestrial life — Sunday in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific ...

ESA's Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

Sep 15, 2016

ESA's Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. Released to eagerly waiting astronomers around the world, the initial ...

NASA unveils photos of Jupiter's poles

Sep 3, 2016

NASA unveils photos of Jupiter's poles

NASA on Friday published the first images of Jupiter’s north pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft’s first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant. Juno came within 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) of Jupiter on Aug. 27 during a six-hour transit from ...

China unveils Mars rover for 2020 mission

Aug 24, 2016

China unveils Mars rover for 2020 mission

China has shown off the first images of the rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020 to explore the surface for three months, the latest aim of its ambitious space program. China in 2003 became the third country to put a man ...

Aug 13, 2016

Nearest stellar neighbor may have Earth-like planet

Scientists are preparing to unveil a new planet around our nearest stellar neighbor that is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance that could favor life, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday. The exoplanet orbits a well-investigated star called Proxima Centauri, ...