The European Space Agency in cooperation with Russia’s Roscosmos is on track to touchdown on Mars for the first time in 13 years after the Schiaparelli lander successfully detached from its mothership.
China has sent a two-man crew into orbit aboard Shenzhou-11, a “heavenly vessel”, for the country’s longest-ever crewed space mission so far. The previous record for the country was 15 days, during the Shenzhou 10 mission back in 2013.
Astronomers have long pondered how many galaxies might exist in the universe – and the answer appears to be a staggering two trillion. The figure, obtained from Hubble Telescope images, has shocked scientists who estimated the number to be at least 10 times smaller.
Humans could be heading to Mars as early as the 2030s, but the astronauts may not remember much of their trip. A new study suggests that those traveling to the Red Planet may experience long-term brain damage known as “space brain.”
A joint EU-Russia project designed to search for signs of past and present life on Mars is on the verge of beginning a new stage of its mission. It will entering Mars’ orbit to map the sources of methane on the red planet, the head of Russia’s space agency said.