NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 26 Sep 2018, 13:32 UTC For the first time, the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — the spacecraft and the telescope—were connected together using temporary ground wiring that enabled them to “speak” to each other like they will in flight.
ESA Top News 25 Sep 2018, 17:00 UTC Using data from ESA’s Gaia stellar surveyor, astronomers have identified four stars that are possible places of origin of ‘Oumuamua, an interstellar object spotted during a brief visit to our Solar System in 2017.
NASA: Kepler News and Features 25 Sep 2018, 13:21 UTC Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. As NASA has explored our solar system and beyond, it has developed increasingly sophisticated tools to address this fundamental question. Within our solar system, NASA’s missions have searched for signs of both ancient and current life, especially on Mars and soon, Jupiter’s moon Europa. Beyond our solar system, missions, such as Kepler and TESS, are revealing thousands of planets orbiting other stars.
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy 25 Sep 2018, 07:00 UTC A team of astronomers led by Coryn Bailer-Jones of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has tracked the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua to several possible home stars. The object was discovered in late 2017 – this was the first time astronomers have been able to observe an astronomical object from another star system visiting our own Solar System.
NASA Lunar Science Institute 24 Sep 2018, 22:30 UTC The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins.The dark faces of the moons resemble the primitive asteroids of the outer solar system, suggesting the moons might be asteroids caught long ago in Mars’ gravitational pull. But the shapes and angles of the moons’ orbits do not fit this capture scenario.
Carl Sagan Institute 24 Sep 2018, 19:53 UTC By looking at Earth’s full natural history and evolution, astronomers may have found a template for vegetation fingerprints – borrowing from epochs of changing flora – to determine the age of habitable exoplanets.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 24 Sep 2018, 18:00 UTC Farmers have always looked to the weather and the progress of their crops to try to predict how the harvest will go, but a new tool uses NASA satellite imagery to take the predictions to a whole new level — to near-perfect, in fact.
ESA Top News 24 Sep 2018, 15:00 UTC Data from the international Cassini spacecraft that explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017 has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Titan. The discovery, described in a paper published in Nature Geoscience today, makes Titan the third body in the Solar System where dust storms have been observed – the other two are Earth and Mars.