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, ...

Jun 17, 2016

Delayed ExoMars mission gets €77 million boost

The second part of a delayed joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has received a crucial €77 million ($86 million) cash injection, the European Space Agency said Thursday. In the first phase, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Russian ...

Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

May 10, 2016

Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

Astronomers celebrated Monday witnessing one of the highlights of the skywatchers’ year, when the sun, Mercury and Earth all lined up — a phenomenon that happens just a dozen or so times per century. Mercury was seen through telescopes as a black dot inching ...

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

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Work is proceeding quickly on China’s planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious space program said Friday. Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking ...