Will-we-find-extraterrestrial-life-in-2040 Leiden Professor of Astronomy Mike Garrett is searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. In his Kaiser lecture on 23 April he will discuss how far science has progressed in this quest. Technology still not advanced enough From the simplistic viewpoint of the astronomer or physicist, the Milky Way should […]


Credit: ESA–D. Pazos Enlarge Seventy-four weeks ago, on 12 November 2014, ESA’s Rosetta mission soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet – the first time that such an extraordinary feat had been achieved. This image shows the 35 m-diameter deep-space tracking station at Malargüe, Argentina, during Philae’s touchdown that day. […]


NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle After a nail-biting few days, NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has recovered from emergency mode, officials announced Monday. Engineers toiled over the weekend to restore the spacecraft‘s functions and are still working to understand why […]