China developing a reusable launch vehicle

China developing a reusable launch vehicle

Tomasz Nowakowski May 6th, 2018 A presentation slide showing the design of Long March 8’s reusable first stage and boosters. Image Credit: Sina Weibo / Spaceflightfans China’s Long March 8, one of the country’s future launchers, could have a reusable first stage, according to a statement made recently by a Chinese rocket designer. While not […]

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station

SpaceX’s CRS-14 Dragon capsule is released into space by the robotic arm on the International Space Station on May 5, 2018. Dragon will return 4,000 lbs (1,800 kilograms) of science samples and gear to Earth. Credit: NASA TV A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is returning to Earth today (May 5) with more than 2 tons of […]

NASA Will Launch Twin Satellites To Monitor Changes In Earth's Water And Ice

NASA Will Launch Twin Satellites To Monitor Changes In Earth's Water And Ice

Eighteen years ago, NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) launched GRACE satellites to study water on Earth. The two satellites completed their 15-year long mission in 2017 and provided unprecedented insights into how water continuously moves around the planet. Now, a new pair of satellite will observe our planet’s ever-changing water cycle […]

Watch NASA launch its quake-detecting Mars lander Saturday morning

Watch NASA launch its quake-detecting Mars lander Saturday morning

Tomorrow, NASA’s next robotic explorer is beginning its deep-space voyage to Mars. The lander InSight is set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the beginning of a six and a half month journey to the Red Planet. Once there, the little spacecraft will listen […]

Astronomers Spotted Helium In The Atmosphere Of An Exoplanet For The First Time

Astronomers Spotted Helium In The Atmosphere Of An Exoplanet For The First Time

Astronomers have detected helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet called WASP-107b. Scientists said this discovery is the first of its kind, and it will help them study the atmosphere of other exoplanets.  ( NASA, ESA ) Astronomers from NASA and the European Space Agency have spotted helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet outside […]

Block 5 rocket launch marks the end of the beginning for SpaceX

Block 5 rocket launch marks the end of the beginning for SpaceX

Enlarge / SpaceX has tinkered with its Falcon 9 rocket for a decade. Now, it says it’s done. SpaceX Less than eight years after its maiden launch, the Falcon 9 booster has become the most dominant rocket in the world. Modern and efficient, no rocket launched more than the 70m Falcon 9 booster launched last […]

Fly Me to the Moon, Mr. Bridenstine

Fly Me to the Moon, Mr. Bridenstine

If the Latin phrase ad astra per aspera—“to the stars through difficulty”—applies to anyone, it’s Jim Bridenstine, the newly confirmed administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. After a lengthy and bitterly partisan confirmation fight, the 42-year-old former naval aviator takes charge of an agency that has been whipsawed by the policy reversals of […]

NASA Science to Return to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

NASA Science to Return to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, May 5, west of Baja California, with more than 4,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to Long Beach, where some […]

NASA cancels lunar rover, shifts focus to commercial moon landers

NASA cancels lunar rover, shifts focus to commercial moon landers

The Resource Prospector prototype searches for a buried sample tube at the Johnson Space Center rock yard in August 2015. Credit: NASA As NASA turns up support for future commercial lunar landers, the space agency last week canceled a mission that would have placed a rover on the moon to survey resources, such as water […]

New Glenn: Blue Origins' Reusable Rocket

New Glenn: Blue Origins' Reusable Rocket

Blue Origin has so far signed up only commercial customers for its New Glenn rocket, but the company’s new CEO said initial talks are underway about certifying it for U.S. government missions. Credit: Blue Origin New Glenn is an orbital launch vehicle that is expected to make its first flight around 2020. Its developer […]

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