NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back the most mesmerising images from Jupiter. The pictures are so good they have created a community of citizen scientists who enhance the orbiter's raw images and make them into literal works of art. While the colourised images are always spectacular, this time, citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko has outdone himself and enhanced what could be the best Jupiter pic yet.
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In February, Earthlings rightfully cheered when NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-like planets huddled together around an ultracool dwarf star. The system, called TRAPPIST-1, is especially appealing because it has three planets in the habitable zone, meaning their surfaces could hypothetically support liquid water and even life. As a result, everyone from seasoned astronomers to tinfoil hat believers (*raises hand*) wants to get a piece of that sweet TRAPPIST-1 pie and find some alien babies. But sadly, our hopes might already be dashed. Only a little. Maybe.
One of President Trump's first actions after taking office was to institute a federal hiring freeze, leaving thousands of jobs vacant across the US government. Many of these jobs are in agencies that Trump supposedly values, like NASA. But when you look at the job vacancies that NASA is forbidden from filling, we see Trump's "values" are garbage.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson is no stranger to breaking barriers: In addition to becoming the first woman commander of the International Space Station (ISS), the Iowa native has logged 377 days in space between two missions — the most of any American spacewoman to date. Now, on her third mission aboard the ISS, Whitson is racking up even more impressive feats — today, she performed her eighth spacewalk, setting the record for most spacewalks performed by a woman.
The International Space Station will receive three Australian-designed cubesats today, with the launch scheduled for a little after 1pm AEST. Part of the QB50 project, the one-kilogram satellites will eventually make their way to Earth's lower thermosphere to conduct research that could impact everything from weather prediction to communications. Best of all, NASA will be livestreaming the launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, starting from 12:45pm.
While we all want to travel, live and bang in space, there are some pretty major things to consider, such as the fact that our sentient flesh cocoons were not designed to handle the harsh conditions of the cosmic void. Though research like NASA's Twin Study will illuminate some of the potential impacts of extended spaceflight on our bodies, so many mysteries remain — particularly when it comes to what's going to happen to our DNA.
Set far in the future of humankind, Mass Effect: Andromeda chronicles the journey of a group of intrepid pioneers who become the first humans to travel outside our galaxy. Yet even as it builds this unknown world, Mass Effect never forgets those who are pioneering today, throwing in a handful of loving references to SpaceX and the ESA, among others.
Today, US President Donald Trump signed S.442, AKA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which authorises $US19.5 billion ($25.4 billion) in funding for the agency in 2018. The bill emphasises the importance of human spaceflight and exploring the solar system — but says nothing about the president's plan to slash NASA's entire educational department.
One of the most powerful telescopes ever built — NASA's James Webb Space Telescope — is set to make its big debut in 2018. But before it starts scouring distant galaxies, or searching for life around at TRAPPIST-1, the telescope must undergo quite a bit of testing. Apparently, during "lights out inspections", James Webb gets a little creepy.
Last night, US President Donald Trump released a $US1.1 trillion ($1.4 trillion) draft budget for 2018, slashing EPA funds by 31 per cent, the State Department by 28 per cent, and zeroing out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. He did propose $US54 billion ($70 billion) in defence spending, so at least future members of America's spartan dystopia will get to live in a real-life version of The Hunger Games-meets-Mad Max.
NASA is getting ready to melt some space nerd hearts with an adorable little robot named PUFFER — which stands for Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots — designed to explore alien worlds like Mars and Europa. The "origami-inspired" rover can fold itself to become as small as a smartphone, but will take on an enormous task once it's ready for use.
To a certain extent, climate change is a natural occurrence - something that has happened throughout the history of our planet. Looking at the last 650,000 years alone, there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, and with the end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago the modern climate era begun.
Historically, most climate changes are caused by tiny variations in Earth's orbit, which in turn change the amount of solar energy the planet receives. So how do we know what we are currently seeing in regards to current climate change is even remotely likely to be human-induced? Could it not just be a part of the natural cycle?
New exoplanets — especially potentially habitable ones — are always exciting news. The TRAPPIST-1 system is the latest such discovery, stealing all the hype from the previously hip Kepler-186. Habitable, however, is very different to inhabited so, what are the chances a civilisation exists (or did exist) in TRAPPIST-1?
Last month, the solar system lost its collective chill when NASA announced the discovery of a seven-planet system called TRAPPIST-1, just 39 light-years from our Sun. The system is particularly exciting, not only because of its proximity to our planet, but because it has three planets within the habitable zone, where liquid water (and potentially life) could be supported. There's already a website dedicated to these mysterious planets, filled with stunning art and literal fan fiction. In short, TRAPPIST-1 is already getting the One Direction treatment.