Using a new verification technique, Kepler scientists have confirmed the existence of 715 new exoplanets â four of which are located within their star’s habitable zone. It’s the single largest windfall of new confirmations at any one time.
You know when you’re having a bad day when you get hit by a billion-ton asteroid. But for a pulsar 37,000 light-years away, it’s just a another day at the office. And besides, PSR J0738-4042 has an uber-powerful X-ray blaster to deal with errant space rocks.
China deserves all the congratulations in the world for landing its first spacecraft on the Moon. It’s a big deal â both for China and humanity at large. But can somebody please explain why the background image at this exhibit for China’s recently deployed Yutu Rover depicts a massive mushroom cloud over Europe?
China continues to hustle for top spot in space, and recently organized a UN meeting on manned space flight. Its ambitions in this area are real, and it wants everybody to know about them. Will the US take note, and step up its own sense of urgency in the race for Mars?