British astronaut says space travel vital to survival of human race
London (UPI) Jan 24, 2013 – A British astronaut preparing to go into space next year says space travel and learning to work and live in space is vital to the survival of humanity. Tim Peake, due to spend 6 months on the International Space Station beginning in late 2015, made the remarks recently while undergoing intensive mission training in Germany. “Humanity’s aim is to explore the solar system, not just … more

Milky Way shaken… and stirred
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jan 28, 2014 – A team of scientists headed by Ivan Minchev from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has found a way to reconstruct the evolutionary history of our galaxy, the Milky Way, to a new level of detail. The investigation of a data set of stars near the sun was decisive for the now published results. The astronomers studied how the vertical motions of stars – in the direction per … more

NASA Spacecraft Take Aim At Nearby Supernova
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 28, 2014 – An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 million light-years away. This makes it the nearest optical supernova in two decades and potentially the closest type Ia supernova to occur during the l … more