Report: Europe Is Upping Its Space Game 

Elon Musk’s private space company, SpaceX, has been coming on in leaps and planetary-sized bounds of late, so much so that it’s apparently threatening our friends across the pond. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the EU is about to invest in a whole new generation of low-cost rockets in order to stay competitive.

New Information On The Invisible Belt That Saves Earth From Radiation

A NASA-led study of the Van Allen radiation belts has uncovered new information about the invisible “shield” that keeps harmful ultrarelativistic electrons from the Earth. Just last year, the probes reported the existence of a new, previously-unknown third belt thousands of kilometres above the Earth.

Gizmodo Visits NASA: What It Feels Like To Fly In A Crazy Zero-Gravity Plane

Last week we showed you how NASA simulates space here on Earth, with everything from advanced virtual reality to monstrous thermal vacuum chambers. But all of that still can’t prepare you for how an object, or an experiment, will behave in zero gravity. Sometimes you just have to fly.

Watch These Humans Launch A Lamb Chop To Space Because Why Not

Video: Why send this tandoori lamb chop to space when it can be in my belly? I don’t know, but Nikesh Shukla and Nick Hearne thought it was a good idea to put it in a weather balloon and film its flight to the stars — or at least 25,000km up there. I can imagine ISS astronauts looking at this video and weeping.

How Solar Winds Form And Swirl, A Simulation

Briefly: This supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun reveal in unprecedented detail how solar winds form and swirl. The colours represent magnetic field strength from weak (blue) to strong (red). [NASA]

The First 3D Printer In Space 3D-Printed Its First Object

While you were probably wishing Thanksgiving break would start already, the astronauts on the International Space Station made history. They 3D-printed a spare part for the 3D printer. In space.

Look At This Ball Of Molten Metal Levitating In Space

This is perfect sphere of liquid metal, suspended using a strong magnetic field so that it can levitate in space. Oh and it’s aboard the International Space Station.

The Egg Nebula As Photographed By The Hubble Telescope

Briefly: A shimmering, multicolour beacon — like some kind of cosmic lighthouse — this is the Egg Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright shafts of light are pumped out as a central star dies, creating the beautiful colours as they pass through the clouds of gas and dust. [ESA]

Europa Remastered: This '90s Space Image Has Been Retouched By NASA

It’s not just old rock albums that get remastered when technology moves on. This image of Jupiter’s ice-covered moon, Europa, has just been given a revamp by scientists from NASA.

The Soyuz TMA-15M Rocket Launches From Kazakhstan

Briefly: The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just last night. The craft will carry three astronauts up to the International Space Station where they will undertake a five-and-a-half month mission. And install a coffee machine. [NASA]

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