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This Is What The Costa Concordia Rescue Looked Like From Space

After two years, the Costa Concordia was finally righted, refloated and towed to the safe harbours of Genoa. This is what the rescue mission looked like from the European Space Agency’s new Sentinel-1A satellite.


These Microshutters Will Power NASA's Telescopes Of The Future

You’re looking at the bleeding edge of space imaging. The wonderful pictures of our Universe, that we all love, are made possible by the likes of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — and in the future, such devices will be driven by arrays of microshutters like these.


NASA Will Make Oxygen From CO2 On The Surface Of Mars

NASA has announced what the Mars 2020 rover will carry to the Martian surface, and one of them sounds like pure sci-fi: MOXIE, a machine that sucks in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and pumps out pure oxygen for use in rocket fuel — or someday, for humans to breathe.


The Moon Is Actually Shaped Like A Lemon

We might think that we know our closest celestial neighbour well, but it’s kept one secret hidden until now: it’s not round. In fact, it’s shaped like a lemon.


Why Russia Was Studying Space Lizard Sex In The First Place

For a brief moment, the internet was captivated by the thought of geckos copulating madly in a lost Russian satellite. Russia has since regained control of its lizard-sex orbiter, but the whole episode has gifted us an opportunity to consider a topic of extremely legitimate scientific interest. Namely, lizard sex in space.


Opportunity Rover's Record-Breaking Mars Drive, Mapped

The Opportunity rover landed on Mars way back in 2004. Now, NASA reports that it’s clocked up 40km of driving on the Red Planet — setting a record for the longest distance a vehicle has driven outside Earth.


How This ISS Fireball Revealed A New Type Of Cool, Invisible Flame

Remember that flame burst recorded by an astronaut aboard the ISS? Well, it wasn’t just for the fireworks. In fact, that great ball of fire led to the discovery of a previously unknown type of cool-burning flame that isn’t even visible to the naked eye.


The Moon Might Be Littered With Fossils From Ancient Earth

Earth is an unforgiving place. Volcanoes erupt, rivers erode, continents break up — it’s a small miracle every time a millions-of-years-old creature is found fossilised in rock. By comparison, the moon is dead and lifeless; astronaut footprints will be preserved forever in moon dust. So it’s the moon that could hold the secrets to life on ancient Earth.


No One Knows What's Causing These Mysterious Radio Bursts From Space

Back in 2007, astronomers detected an incredibly brief, incredibly strong radio wave burst in Australia. And now, on the opposite side of the world, astronomers have detected a second blast of similar proportions. Meaning that A) the first one wasn’t a fluke, and B) we have absolutely no idea what’s causing them.


Russian Space Agency Regains Control Of Rogue Lizard Sex Satellite

According the Russian space agency Roscosmos, control of the Russia’s lust lost lizard-sex satellite was regained on Saturday night. Presumably the love-struck lizards were no help.