Space

China, ESA may collaborate on human settlement on Moon

China, ESA may collaborate on human settlement on Moon

Chinese authorities are in talks with European Space Agency (ESA) officials about collaborating on a human settlement on the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite.

Tian Yulong, the secretary general for China’s government-run space agency, confirmed the ongoing talks in Chinese state media on Wednesday. However, he didn’t reveal further details on what the collaboration between the two agencies could entail.

Peggy Whitson becomes first woman to command ISS twice

Peggy Whitson becomes first woman to command ISS twice

American astronaut Peggy Whitson has become the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) twice. She assumed the role of the space station commander as three astronauts are returning to Earth.

Whitson, a NASA astronaut, stepped back into the role the ISS’ commander at 10:40 a.m. EDT (1440 GMT) on Monday during a change-of-command ceremony.

Earth-like exoplanet found to have atmosphere

Earth-like exoplanet found to have atmosphere

A team of astronomers claimed to have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like exoplanet, the first of its kind discovery that could have far-fetched implications in the ongoing search for alien life.

The exoplanet named Gliese 1132b is orbiting a red dwarf star around 39 light years from our planet. Using data collected by the powerful telescope of the European Southern Observatory and the GROND imager, researchers have estimated that the exoplanet has its own atmosphere.

Astronomers attempting to capture first-ever photo of a black hole

Astronomers attempting to capture first-ever photo of a black hole

Overwhelming gravity of black holes does not allow even light to escape, making it just impossible for astronomers to spot these massive holes. However, that could change as a team of scientists are working on a new project to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.

Astronomers know that a super-massive black hole dubbed Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) exists at the core of our galaxy, but they have thus far failed to capture its image.

Scientists, citizens join forces in search of Planet Nine

Scientists, citizens join forces in search of Planet Nine

Astronomers and stargazing citizens alike are in the pursuit to spot the existence of the Planet Nine, a yet to be discovered planet that is believed to exist in the so-called Kuiper Belt.

The idea of Planet Nine has been swirling since 2014, but it gained attention in 2016 after two CalTech scientists claimed that they had detected a ninth planet in the Kuiper Belt, far beyond Neptune.

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

Ending a mission to supply astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of no-longer-needed equipment and trash splashed down into the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday.

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