Enceladus - Saturn's moon - hides an ocean under the ice, in which conditions could be sufficient for life, NASA announced. "To search for life, we do not even have to leave the Solar System" - commented astronomy promoter Karol Wójcicki in an interview with PAP.
Work on the preparation of the National Space Programme, a tool of Polish Space Strategy, should be completed by the end of 2017 - Deputy Minister of Development Adam Hamryszczak said in the Sejm. A this stage - he added - it is not possible to specify the exact budget of the National Space Program.
Otylia Trzaskalska-Stroińska from the Ministry of Development, who has been elected vice-chair of the European Space Agency (ESA) Council, is the first ever vice-chair of this organization from a new Member State. The vote was unanimous.
Searching for exoplanets, or planets outside the solar system, requires huge amounts of data to be filtered. Astronomers perform such analyses with computational clouds. The latest clouds will be investigated in view of scientific applications by an international team coordinated by the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.
Usually, the farther away from the heat source, for example candle flame or stove, the cooler it gets. But it is different on the Sun. The solar corona is much hotter than the layers closer to the solar core. Scientists have long wondered why this was happening. Now they have shown that the solar corona can be heated by the so-called Alfvén waves.
Polish scientists will carry out a two-week, analogue Mars mission EXO.17. The surface of Mars will be imitated by the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in the US. The mission will start on March 11, and it will include testing air filtration system and ways of coping with stress.
Students from Wrocław can make their scientific dream come true and send their experiment into space in the project DREAM. On the ESA rocket they will test drilling in space conditions. But to realize their plan, they need financial support of Internet users.
Students of Bialystok University of Technology are building another Mars rover, which they have entered into the competition at the Mars base in the Utah desert in the US. This will be the seventh rover from the university to take part in this competition.