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 […]

Fossil Tracks May Record Ancient Humans Hunting Giant Sloths

Fossil Tracks May Record Ancient Humans Hunting Giant Sloths

New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument is a desolate place; sparse vegetation pokes up throughout its salt flats and white gypsum dunes. But the area wasn’t always a barren landscape. At the end of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, it was home to the massive Lake Otero. When the water […]

The Disintegration of China's Space Station

The Disintegration of China's Space Station

The Article from The Disintegration of China’s Space Station.   China has been having issues with their space station since the late fall of 2017. Tiangong-1, the Chinese space station has been left with no reliable system to steer it in its orbit around Earth. Fears that it may return to earth in violent way […]

The sun shines brightly on a 'full' Jupiter in May

The sun shines brightly on a 'full' Jupiter in May

by Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. by Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. April 28 at 3:51 PM The king of planets — the gassy Jupiter — reigns in May, as it reaches opposition, and stays bright and nobly serves all night. Through June, Jupiter sustains its brightest point for the year, reaching opposition — which is when […]

World's Oldest Known Spider Dies In Australia At The Age Of 43

World's Oldest Known Spider Dies In Australia At The Age Of 43

The spider was first observed by Australian biologist Barbara York Main in 1974, shortly after it was born. Australian scientists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest spider, a creature that had most likely outlived the previous record holder by about 15 years. In a study published in the journal Pacific Conservation Biology […]

1 43 44 45 46 47 57