mrt 052013
 
An Icy Cosmic Start for the Building Blocks of Life

  Using new technology at the telescope and in laboratories, researchers have discovered an important pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space. The discoveries indicate that some basic chemicals that are key steps on the way to life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars. The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank [continue reading]

okt 242012
 
Voyager 1 Leaves the Solar System For Good

  “A new chapter in civilization’s quest to travel to the stars may have begun quietly this month,” writes Lawrence Krauss, Foundation professor and director of the ASU Origins Project, in the Oct. 19 Wall Street Journal. The Voyager 1 satellite, launched in 1977, appears to have exited the Solar System, making it our first [continue reading]

aug 042012
 
Signs Changing Fast for Voyager at Solar System Edge

  Two of three key signs of changes expected to occur at the boundary of interstellar space have changed faster than at any other time in the last seven years, according to new data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. This artist’s concept shows NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as [continue reading]

jun 162012
 
Voyager 1 is about to enter Interstellar Space

  Data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion – that humanity’s first emissary to interstellar [continue reading]

mrt 232012
 
Planet Starship: Runaway Planets Zoom at a Fraction of Light-Speed

Seven years ago, astronomers boggled when they found the first runaway star flying out of our Galaxy at a speed of 1.5 million miles per hour. The discovery intrigued theorists, who wondered: If a star can get tossed outward at such an extreme velocity, could the same thing happen to planets? In this artist’s conception, [continue reading]