A key characteristic of life discovered in space for the first time
Scientists have discovered the first molecule in space that has a key attribute associated with life -- ‘handedness’ or chirality.
The finding is expected to help researchers solve one of the greatest mysteries in biology -- the origin of homochirality -- and offer insights into what we can expect from life throughout the universe.
New ideas on the nature of black holes
A team of scientists have developed a new way of looking at the physics of black holes. The hypothesis suggests that matter might in fact survive its foray into these space objects and come out the other side.
The most dangerous threat to humanity to provide the best meteor shower in almost 20 years
This year’s Perseids meteor shower is set for its best show in nearly 20 years. Around 150 meteors an hour expected to delight sky watchers at its peak on the nights of August 11, 12 and 13 depending on which hemisphere you’re in. But the Perseids come with a warning…
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory suffers anomaly
NASA mission managers are working to restore systems aboard the agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft following a major anomaly which shut down its science instruments. The spacecraft failed to return to science mode after observing a Lunar transit of the Sun.
Billion dollar satellite fails to reach intended orbit
The US Navy says the main engine aboard its new MUOS 5 communications satellite has failed – preventing the billion dollar spacecraft reaching its geostationary orbit. The Navy are now looking at ways to salvage the satellite which was launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on June 24.
First private company set to fly to the Moon next year
The United States government has given approval for a private company to the launch a mission to land on the Moon next year. Moon Express -- plans to use a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle to fly its MX-1 lander to the lunar surface.
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