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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

8 hours 17 min ago
Cancer, brain damage, a bad back ... it's all for a good cause

A year-long round trip to Mars could give you more than half the maximum radiation dose recommended for an astronaut's entire career, according to data collected by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.…

Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

Wed, 2018-09-19 23:59
EU-funded gizmo clings to trash like a face hugger

Video  Scientists have managed to capture a small floating human-made satellite using a net deployed from a spacecraft orbiting the Earth for the first time.…

Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

Wed, 2018-09-19 22:19
Probably cost a pretty PENNE to run that physics simulation

Good luck sinking your teeth into nuclear pasta. For one it’ll be tricky to get a hold of since it’s the stuff lodged inside neutron stars. Additionally, it may also be the universe’s strongest material.…

<i>The Reg</i> talks to the only Brit on the Voyager team

Tue, 2018-09-18 10:01
Dr Garry E Hunt tells us how the long-lived spacecraft took its remarkable pictures

Interview  It has been 41 years since the Voyager spacecraft left Earth to explore the outer solar system and, eventually, interstellar space. For the sole Brit on the Voyager imaging team, that journey began even earlier, in the 1960s, at Oxford University.…

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

Tue, 2018-09-18 03:25
Please click on this story so at least you'll learn the identify from us and not one of the 1,000 other sites out there

Video  SpaceX today named its first paying passenger it will fly around the Moon and back to Earth – and it's Japanese biz baron Yusaku Maezawa. Yeah, him. You know. Him.…

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat, was it the crew wot dunnit?

Fri, 2018-09-14 12:58
Station commander issues suitably withering response

The whodunnit over the hole in one of the International Space Station's Soyuz lifeboats took a lurch for the surreal this week as reports in Russian media suggested a US astronaut may have deliberately drilled it so the crew could return home.…

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

Fri, 2018-09-14 10:57
No deal still 'unlikely' insists Whitehall. But here's some grim guidance anyway

Nestled among the mass publication of no-deal guidance yesterday was the UK government's vision for the future of the Brit satellite and space programmes if the country falls out of the EU with no pact in March.…

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

Fri, 2018-09-14 06:06
Of course, it's huge sun flares, Chinese spying, or ALIENS

The mysterious shutdown and evacuation of a solar research laboratory, tucked away in a forest in New Mexico, USA, has sent the internet abuzz with a flurry of conspiracy theories.…

World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

Thu, 2018-09-13 05:04
Is it a hashtag? Is it a web address? Is it art? You gotta draw a line somewhere

Pics  Scientists have discovered, tucked inside a cave in South Africa, the oldest drawing yet, made around 73,000 years ago. And it looks suspiciously like a worldwide web address.…

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

Wed, 2018-09-12 18:30
45 days of 'WAKE UP' calls to be shouted at teenage rover

As skies clear over NASA's stricken Mars Rover, the clock has begun ticking for Opportunity to call home.…

Boffins don't want to burst your bubble – they create them with sound

Wed, 2018-09-12 08:01
Nerd out over bizarre ultrasonic fluid dynamics

Video  Fluid dynamics is weird. Physicists have reverse engineered the popping of a bubble and managed to keep it levitated just by using the power of sound.…

SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

Mon, 2018-09-10 12:12
Telstar to blast broadband over Asia while ISS astros face fresh underwear delay

Grim weather at Cape Canaveral almost caused a scrub of this morning's Falcon 9 launch as heavy cloud and lightning storms blanketed the region.…

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

Fri, 2018-09-07 21:56
C'mon, please, please reinstate its status...

The drama surrounding Pluto’s planetary status just won’t die.…

NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again

Fri, 2018-09-07 01:37
The old space telescope isn't giving up

NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, is back scanning the stars after an period of hibernation and repair.…

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago. SpaceX hopes to land on it on Saturday

Thu, 2018-09-06 12:12
JPL code still running after four decades. How's your Python looking?

Yesterday saw the 41st anniversary of Voyager 1’s launch from the Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 and SpaceX fire up its next Falcon 9 at the neighbouring Launch Complex 40 pad.…

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

Wed, 2018-09-05 22:16
Open up your eyes and look around: It's just an illusion

A recently observed neutron star collision was so violent it sprayed jets of radio signals that appeared to travel faster than light, it has just emerged.…

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

Tue, 2018-09-04 15:55
All driller and lots of filler aboard the ISS

The boss of Russian space agency Roskosmos has confirmed that last week's air leak aboard the International Space Station (ISS) was the result of engineers getting handy with a drill.…

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

Sat, 2018-09-01 00:18
Powerful tidal forces can restart fusion processes

Black holes can bring dead stars back to life - even if it’s just for a few seconds, according to a new study.…

Fruit flies use the power of the sun to help them fly in straight lines

Fri, 2018-08-31 08:01
Winged critters can travel over 9 miles in a single evening

Fruit flies may have tiny brains about as big as poppy seeds, but their noggins are complex enough to the remember the Sun’s position to help with navigation, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology.…

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are sleep, but don't panic

Thu, 2018-08-30 20:24
High-tech duct tape fixed it

NASA ground controllers received some disturbing readings from the International Space Station on Wednesday - air pressure inside the craft was falling.…