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Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

Fri, 2018-05-25 16:29
NASA hitches a ride on ESA's red planet trundle wagon

A team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gathered last week to bid farewell to a mass spectrometer as it began its journey to the red planet via an assembly plant in Italy.…

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

Fri, 2018-05-25 12:58
Can u dig it? If you want to launch a single cubesat, you most certainly will

Scottish boffins, along with colleagues in Ukraine, have developed a "self-eating" rocket engine that could affordably fling a cubesat into orbit.…

Comet 67P's cute rubber duck shape perfect for causing eruptions

Thu, 2018-05-24 23:09
When sunlight hits the comet, gas and dust sublime

Scientists have found that the jets of ice and dust wafting from comet 67P are down to the way sunlight beams hits its unique rubber ducky shaped surface.…

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

Thu, 2018-05-24 17:10
Clauses to the left, clauses to right and here we are, stuck in the middle with EU

The Galileo "Yo Momma"-style war of words got angrier today with the UK threatening to recover its investment in the EU's satellite project.…

Physics-defying EmDrive flunks out, could be BS Drive

Wed, 2018-05-23 22:53
Test rig itself might be causing any thrust readings

The "impossible" EmDrive may be just that, though don't count it out just yet.…

Astroboffins, get in here and explain Saturn's odd-shaped balls

Wed, 2018-05-23 08:00
Well, technically speaking, the gas giant's ring system takes regular hard poundings

A trio of physicists reckoned they’ve figured out why some of Saturn’s moons are so oddly shaped, with some looking like giant floating ravioli and others imitating stubby baguettes.…

Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace

Tue, 2018-05-22 19:21
Rocket boffins to dump second-hand Falcon 9 in the sea

Because ride-sharing is caring, SpaceX will send the next batch of Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit along with a pair of NASA gravity monitoring orbiters, GRACE-FO.…

It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to Jodrell Bank

Tue, 2018-05-22 15:15
Iconic site bags funding for 'astronomy gallery'

Jodrell Bank is to receive £16.1m in lottery and government funding for a gallery dedicated to astronomy.…

Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:03
Fancy micropaying for the great Geek's Guide eBook?

You were with us when we chucked our backpacks in the boot and drove up the M6 to Jodrell Bank in 2013 and five years on, you're still reading.…

Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD card

Tue, 2018-05-22 07:41
Houston? What does ‘No SD’ mean? Is this thing even on?

An international space station astronaut took a GoPro camera for a space walk last week, but forgot to bring any memory.…

Undocumented alien caught stealing orbits in our Solar System

Tue, 2018-05-22 01:41
Bee-Zed immigrant asteroid has been here for billions of years – too late to build a wall

Scientists have discovered the first “interstellar immigrant” living among our Solar System's matter.…

Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

Mon, 2018-05-21 22:53
First time scientists have detected positrons whizzing in storms

A team of scientists have reported observing beams of antimatter firing from a ferocious hurricane on Earth for the first time.…

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

Mon, 2018-05-21 14:31
Dan Dare has a think about Galileo in least interesting comic strip ever

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is to take on command and control of UK military space operations, including a possible UK-based alternative to the EU's Galileo satellite constellation.…

Orbital ATK launches another Cygnus without anything blowing up

Mon, 2018-05-21 11:53
Revamped Antares booster lobs cargo freighter at ISS

Orbital ATK's Cygnus freighter launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, this morning carrying supplies, spares and science to the International Space Station.…

NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter makes it around the Moon

Mon, 2018-05-21 03:00
Store-and-forward probe TESS warms up its cameras with a snap of 200,000 stars

NASA’s exoplanet-spotting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully manoeuvred around Earth’s moon.…

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

Fri, 2018-05-18 07:02
Robot arm to add 'percussive' force so we can drill, baby, drill

NASA's top engineers think they've figured out a way to get the Curiosity rover's drill back to work holing the rock faces of Mars.…

Get an eyeful of the stunning galaxies near us in ultraviolet light

Fri, 2018-05-18 01:38
New pictures from LEGUS survey will help boffins understand how stars form

Astronomers have published the largest ultra-violet survey of the local universe, showcasing 50 active galaxies in high resolution using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.…

Astroboffins find most distant source of oxygen in the universe

Thu, 2018-05-17 21:20
13 billion light years away, so no chance to have a huff

Astrophysicists have detected the most distant signal of oxygen yet, in a galaxy more than 13 billion light years away, when the universe was less than 4 per cent of its current age.…

Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car aims to wake up Newquay: Rocket work restart in August

Wed, 2018-05-16 16:34
Team hopes to head to South Africa in May 2019

The team behind the Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car (SSC) announced plans today to take a crack at the 1,228kmph (763mph) land-speed record at the end of 2019.…

America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

Wed, 2018-05-16 09:16
Skylab is 45, Mercury programme turns 55

Two NASA anniversaries rolled around this week, but you would be forgiven for missing them. The first was the 45th anniversary of the launch of the United States' only solo Space Station, Skylab, designed to host astronauts for months at a time.…