Experts from the US Strategic Command's Joint Space Operations Center, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, monitored the drop in altitude for ten days from June 13. Tiangong-2 (artist's impression, top) was launched into orbit aboard a Long March 2F rocket (bottom left) on 15 September 2016 and is conducting a number of space based experiments. Experts believe its latest movements suggest China is preparing to decommission the station in a more controlled manner than its predecessor, Tiangong-1, which came plummeting to Earth in April (radar image, bottom right).
Former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas took the I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype up in a time of seven minutes 57.148 seconds on the 19.9 km mountain road on Sunday. That was 16 seconds quicker than the 2013 record set by fellow-Frenchman Sebastien Loeb in a 3.2 litre V6 engined Peugeot 208.
Julius Caesar had a 'crazy bulge' on his head after it was squashed during childbirth, new 3D reconstruction reveals
The National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands has revealed the new bust based on a recent 3D reconstruction of his face and head (left). The reconstruction was made using data from a 3D scan of a marble portrait in the museum's collection (right), and it is believed the strange bump was caused during childbirth.
The US Military 'X-vehicle' with transformer wheels that can convert from tires to tank tracks at the flick of a switch
The secretive DARPA X-Vehicle project is designed to protect troops, and allow them to go almost anywhere. It features radical wheels that can convert from tires to tank tracks at the push of a button, and an 'extreme suspension' system to take on any terrain.
The incredible moment a blazing ‘fireball’ asteroid explodes above Russia while travelling at 32,200mph (and Nasa didn't even see it coming)
The blazing fireball (main image) was travelling at more than 32,000 miles per hour (52,000kph) when it fizzed over Earth, triggering a blinding flash across the early morning sky. Nasa has admitted it did not see the four-metre-wide (13ft) object coming until it was too late as it struck our planet with a force of three kilotons, making it the most powerful asteroid to hit Earth this year. The flash caused by the explosion on June 21 was so bright it could be seen in daylight over several cities – including Lipetsk, which is southeast of Moscow. Nasa warned last week of a vulnerability in its detection equipment that stops the space agency from picking out potentially deadly objects approaching from Earth's 'day side' until it's too late. The inset image shows a map of all Earth fireballs reported by Nasa between April 1988 and June 2018.
The stunning swirling spiral storms of Jupiter: Juno probe reveals 'oil painting' view of the giant planet
Taken by NASA's Juno probe, it shows the huge range of storms within Jupiter’s northern hemisphere. The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations, NASA explained. NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image at 10:23 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2018 (1:23 a.m. EDT on May 24), as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 9,600 miles (15,500 kilometers) from the planet's cloud tops, above a northern latitude of 56 degrees. The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations, NASA said.
From a polar bear navigating melting sea ice to an eye-popping volcanic eruption: The stunning winners of a prestigious nature photo contest are revealed
A stunning shot of an enormous piercing blue chunk of ice in Iceland and an image of flames erupting from a volcano in Mexico are among the winning images of a prestigious photography contest run by The Nature Conservancy. This year the non-profit said its photo contest received a record number of entries, with 57,489 shots sent in from applicants dotted across 135 countries. Pictured, from top left clockwise: A polar bear in the high Arctic, a volcano erupting in Mexico, a chunk of glacier in Iceland and an extremely narrow slot canyon in southern Utah.
Rosetta's kamikaze crash into a comet revealed: Final images from the probe reveals its last moments
The European Space Agency has pieced together the final moments of the Rosetta probe just before its mission ended in a slow-motion crash a year ago. ESA guided Rosetta to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Sept. 30 last year, ending its 12-year mission. Rosetta had previously sent a separate lander to the surface and collected vast amounts of data, all of which has now been sent back to Earth, it was confirmed today.
Battle of the space billionaires ready to blast off as Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin reveals it will start selling tickets to tourists next year
The battle of the billionaires between Jeff Bezos (left), Richard Branson (middle) and Elon Musk (left) looks set to finally blast its first people into space next year. Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson said 'we plan to start flying our first test passengers soon.' He added 'we expect to start selling tickets in 2019,' although the firm is yet to say how much flights will cost.
Mummified remains of a 2,000-year-old 'sleeping beauty' buried in lavish clothes and carrying gifts for the afterlife emerge from a Russian reservoir
The woman's body (right image) - including the partial remains of her silk skirt (left and centre images) and a pouch of pine nuts on her chest - was uncovered on the shoreline of the River Yenisei in southern Russia when a nearby reservoir experienced a significant drop in water level. She was accidentally mummified as her impervious stone tomb naturally preserved her body. Scientists believe several high-value items found in the grave, including a gemstone buckle on a beaded belt and a Chinese-style mirror found in the woman's make-up box, were placed there to accompany her to the afterlife. Archaeologists speculate she was a young 'Hun woman' and hope to understand more about her life as they continue to analyse the well-preserved remains.
Dripping tap keeping you up? Scientists discover how to stop the maddening sound in seconds... and all you need is washing up liquid
Using ultra-high-speed cameras and modern audio capture techniques, researchers from the University of Cambridge showed the 'plink, plink' is not caused by the droplet hitting the water (stock). Instead it's the waves, or oscillation, of a small bubble of air trapped beneath the surface. When the droplet hits the surface, it causes the formation of a cavity, or empty space, which quickly recoils due to the surface tension of the liquid. This is what causes a column of liquid to spurt up. Since the cavity recoils so fast after the droplet's impact, it causes a small air bubble to get trapped underwater. The bubble beneath forces the water surface itself to vibrate, acting like a piston to drive the airborne sound. This is what causes the noise.