1st Crewed Flights of Private Space Taxis Slip to 2019

1st Crewed Flights of Private Space Taxis Slip to 2019

Certification of both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner (right) and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon could slip into 2020, the GAO warned in a new report, raising the risk of a gap in NASA access to the ISS. Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept and Boeing SpaceX and Boeing won’t be flying crewed test flights of their new astronaut taxis until […]

Parts of the Pacific Northwest's Cascadia fault are more seismically active than others – new imaging data suggests why

Parts of the Pacific Northwest's Cascadia fault are more seismically active than others – new imaging data suggests why

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Miles Bodmer, University of Oregon and Doug Toomey, University of Oregon (THE CONVERSATION) The Pacific Northwest is known for many things – its beer, its music, its mythical large-footed creatures. Most people don’t associate it with earthquakes, but they […]

Perseid Meteor Shower: How To See It In Florida

Perseid Meteor Shower: How To See It In Florida

If you can catch only one meteor shower this year, it should be the Perseids. They’re zipping across the sky right now, and will peak overnight on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13. Whether you’ll be able to see it around Florida depends on weather conditions, of course, but all signs are pointing to a spectacular […]

Solar probe moves into launch position at Cape Canaveral

Solar probe moves into launch position at Cape Canaveral

Nestled inside the nose cone of its Delta 4-Heavy launcher, Parker Solar Probe departs its processing facility in Titusville, Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer / kenkremer.com / spaceupclose.com NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, fueled and buttoned up for liftoff Aug. 11 on the first mission to fly through the sun’s corona, arrived at its launch pad at […]

Carbon Dioxide Leak May Have Led To The Rise Of Human Civilization

Carbon Dioxide Leak May Have Led To The Rise Of Human Civilization

The world’s southernmost ocean leaked carbon dioxide into the air, causing an increase in CO2 that created warmer climates. This led to the rise of human civilizations, according to researchers.   ( Martin Fuchs | Pixabay ) A leak in the biological pump may have caused atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to rise thousands of years […]

Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules

Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules

Observations using ALMA find radioactive isotope aluminium-26 from the remnant CK Vulpeculae. Astronomers using ALMA and NOEMA have made the first definitive detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space. The radioactive part of the molecule is an isotope of aluminium. The observations reveal that the isotope was dispersed into space after the collision of […]

NASA's new planet hunter starts work

NASA's new planet hunter starts work

Artist’s concept of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Credit: NASA NASA’s newest observatory in space has started its search for planets around other stars as astronomers zero in on worlds that are ripe for research by follow-up missions like the James Webb Space Telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite officially began a two-year science mission […]

NASA's Parker Solar Probe and the Curious Case of the Hot Corona

NASA's Parker Solar Probe and the Curious Case of the Hot Corona

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft will fly through the Sun’s corona to trace how energy and heat move through the star’s atmosphere. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL Something mysterious is going on at the Sun. In defiance of all logic, its atmosphere gets much, much hotter the farther it stretches from the […]

NASA's New Planet Hunter Begins Its Search for Alien Worlds

NASA's New Planet Hunter Begins Its Search for Alien Worlds

An artist’s depiction of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) at work (not shown to scale). Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s newest planet-hunting telescope is officially at work. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is designed to hunt for alien worlds around stars not too far from the sun, began […]

Meteor shower will put on a show this weekend, sort of

Meteor shower will put on a show this weekend, sort of

Meteors will streak across the night sky every four minutes in the early morning hours this weekend, but you probably won’t see them. Blame the moon. It will be full. There’s not much humans can do about it, either. Full moons are great for night hikes and for falling in love, but they tend to […]

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