Space http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25542/all en Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/astronomers-discover-largest-known-structure-the-universe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 11 (Reuters) - Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe - a group of quasars so large it would take 4 billion years to cross it while traveling at speed of light.</p> <p>The immense scale also challenges Albert Einstein's Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe looks the same from every point of view, researchers said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/astronomers-discover-largest-known-structure-the-universe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Physical cosmology Space Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 01:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733477 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia plans to send probe to moon in 2015 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/russia-plans-send-probe-moon-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* First Russian moon probe since 1970s</p> <p>* Early leader in space race, Russia never put man on moon</p> <p>* New space centre being built in Russian far east</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Russia will resume a long-dormant quest to explore the moon by sending an unmanned probe there in 2015, the head of the space agency was quoted as saying on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/russia-plans-send-probe-moon-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Space Space technology Spaceflight Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:00:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734984 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Science News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/reuters-science-news-summary-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current science news briefs.</p> <p>Russia plans to send probe to moon in 2015</p> <p>MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will resume a long-dormant quest to explore the moon by sending an unmanned probe there in 2015, the head of the space agency was quoted as saying on Tuesday. The craft, called Luna-Glob, or Moon-Globe, will be carried by the first rocket to blast off from a new facility that Russia is building in its far eastern Amur region, Roskosmos director Vladimir Popovkin said, according to the Interfax news agency.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/reuters-science-news-summary-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Russian Federal Space Agency Space Spaceflight Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:15:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735026 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Into deep space: 2nd U.S. firm takes aim at mining asteroids http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/deep-space-2nd-us-firm-takes-aim-at-mining-asteroids <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects name and location of museum in 8th paragraph)</p> <p>* Deep Space Industries plans in-orbit manufacturing</p> <p>* Preparatory missions to survey, sample asteroids</p> <p>* Satellite refueling anticipated by 2020</p> <p>By Irene Klotz</p> <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan 22 - A team of entrepreneurs and engineers unveiled plans on Tuesday for a space mining company that would tap nearby asteroids for raw materials to fuel satellites and manufacture components in orbit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/deep-space-2nd-us-firm-takes-aim-at-mining-asteroids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Space Space technology Spaceflight Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738050 at http://www.globalpost.com South Korea launches first civilian rocket amid tensions with North http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/south-korea-launches-first-civilian-rocket-amid-tensions-north <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, Jan 30 (Reuters) - South Korea launched its first space rocket carrying a science satellite on Wednesday amid heightened regional tensions, caused in part, by North Korea's successful launch of its own rocket last month.</p> <p>It was South Korea's third attempt to launch a civilian rocket to send a satellite in orbit in the past four years and came after two previous launches were aborted at the eleventh hour last year due to technical glitches.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/south-korea-launches-first-civilian-rocket-amid-tensions-north" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remote sensing South Korea Space Spaceflight Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:00:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741388 at http://www.globalpost.com Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/earth-planets-may-be-closer-thought-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scientists looking for habitable planets may not have to stray far from our galactic neighborhood, said a new study Wednesday, which calculated an Earth-size planet could be orbiting a red dwarf as near as 13 light years away.</p> <p>"We thought we would have to search vast distances to find an Earth-like planet. Now we realize another Earth is probably in our own backyard, waiting to be spotted," said Harvard astronomer and lead author Courtney Dressing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/earth-planets-may-be-closer-thought-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Courtney Dressing Entertainment Exoplanetology Space Technology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:16:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748142 at http://www.globalpost.com Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.</p> <p>The 2012 DA 14, discovered by chance by astronomers after passing nearby last February, will be just around 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) above Earth's surface when it speeds by, the US Space Agency said.</p> <p>That's outside the Earth's atmosphere, but closer than the orbit of most weather and communications satellites.</p> <p>However, despite the close shave, NASA said there was nothing to fear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Disaster Planetary science Space AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:30:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749446 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to make close pass by Earth on Feb. 15; no impact seen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/asteroid-make-close-pass-earth-feb-15-no-impact-seen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Space rock to come closer than satellites</p> <p>* Closest approach in 15 years of monitoring</p> <p>By Irene Klotz</p> <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Feb 7 (Reuters) - A small asteroid will pass closer to Earth next week than the TV satellites that ring the planet, but there is no chance of an impact, NASA said Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/asteroid-make-close-pass-earth-feb-15-no-impact-seen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Disaster Planetary science Space Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:15:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749505 at http://www.globalpost.com Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.</p> <p>The 2012 DA 14, discovered by chance by astronomers after passing nearby last February, will be just around 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) above Earth's surface when it speeds by, the US Space Agency said.</p> <p>That's outside the Earth's atmosphere, but closer than the orbit of most weather and communications satellites.</p> <p>However, despite the close shave, NASA said there was nothing to fear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Disaster Planetary science Space AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:46:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749520 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan readies space telescope to study atmosphere http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/japan-readies-space-telescope-study-atmosphere <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan is to send a space telescope into orbit around the Earth to observe Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, officials said Friday, as they look to unlock the secrets of our own planet's atmosphere.</p> <p>Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch a satellite later this year equipped with an ultraviolet telescope that will probe the gases surrounding three of our nearest neighbours in the solar system.</p> <p>Scientists hope this will help them understand the conditions that created the dense, life-supporting atmosphere of Earth, JAXA said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/japan-readies-space-telescope-study-atmosphere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:00:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756333 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.</p> <p>About 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter, the asteroid -- dubbed 2012 DA 14 -- is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2:25 pm EST (1925 GMT), NASA said.</p> <p>"This distance is well away from Earth and the swarm of low Earth-orbiting satellites, including the International Space Station," it said in a statement on its website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary science Space Spaceflight Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756376 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA is closely tracking an asteroid large enough to destroy a city that is set to whiz past Earth on Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.</p> <p>The 150-feet (45-meter) wide asteroid -- dubbed 2012 DA 14 -- is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2:25 pm EST (1925 GMT), NASA said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756470 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid whizzes safely past Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-safely-past-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A closely tracked asteroid, about 150-feet (45-meters) wide, whizzed safely past Earth on Friday, the same day a much smaller, previously undetected meteor hit Russia, injuring nearly 1,000 people.</p> <p>Live images from a telescope at the Gingin Observatory in western Australia showed the asteroid looking like a white streak, moving across against a backdrop of black sky.</p> <p>Astronomers said the object's speed and proximity made it a challenge to track, because telescopes had to be aimed precisely or risked missing it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-safely-past-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757082 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid whizzes past Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-past-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A closely tracked asteroid, about 150-feet (45-meters) wide, whizzed safely past Earth on Friday, the same day a much smaller, previously undetected meteor hit Russia, injuring nearly 1,000 people.</p> <p>Live images from a telescope at the Gingin Observatory in western Australia showed the asteroid looking like a white streak, moving across against a backdrop of black sky.</p> <p>Astronomers said the object's speed and proximity made it a challenge to track, because telescopes had to be aimed precisely or risked missing it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-past-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757090 at http://www.globalpost.com Meteor strike in Russia hurts almost 1,000 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A plunging meteor which exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia , set off a shockwave that shattered windows and hurt almost 1,000 people in an event unprecedented in modern times.</p> <p>Experts insisted the meteor's fiery entry into the atmosphere on Friday was not linked to the asteroid 2012 DA 14, which later passed about 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometres) above the Earth without incident in an unusually close approach.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Planetary science Space Technology AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:00:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757316 at http://www.globalpost.com