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  • How Effectively Can We Protect Astronauts From Cosmic Radiations On Mars?

    How Effectively Can We Protect Astronauts From Cosmic Radiations On Mars? On a day to day basis, we hardly care to realize that how the earth protects us from outer objects and space radiations. With the advent of space exploration age and our intense fascination towards astronomy, long space journeys appear very much on the […] The post How Effectively Can We Protect Astronauts From Cosmic Radiat...

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  • NASA Updates Schedule for International Space Station Spacewalks

    Expedition 50 astronauts will conduct up to three spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) in late March and early April to prepare for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft and upgrade station hardware. The first spacewalk remains on schedule for Friday, March 24. A second spacewalk has been rescheduled to Thursday, March […] The post NASA Updates Schedule for Inte...

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  • Space Station Astronauts Poised to Tackle Three-Spacewalk Streak

    Astronauts are gearing up for three spacewalks outside the International Space Station that will culminate in the station’s 200th spacewalk. The first and second spacewalks are scheduled to occur over the next eight days and will help prepare the station for commercial spacecraft carrying crew to be able to dock. One of them is also aimed […] The post Space Station Astronauts Poised to Tackle Thre...

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  • The Curiosity Mars rover’s wheels are starting to break

    Not even space robots are immune to the effects of old age Since August of 2012, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has tooled around the red planet doing science for us Earthlings. Now, nearly five years and some 10 miles later, the robot is starting to experience the wear and tear of an aging machine: On Tuesday, […] The post The Curiosity Mars rover’s wheels are starting to break appeared first on Astronau...

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  • SpaceX’s Dragon arrives in San Pedro, delivers groundbreaking research

    Research into new life-saving drugs and an array of biological studies arrived in San Pedro early Monday inside the Hawthorne-made SpaceX orbiter Dragon. The pressurized capsule carrying about two tons of science projects splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California on Sunday after a five-hour free-fall from the International Space Station. Parachutes were […] The post SpaceX’s Dragon ar...

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  • SpaceX studying landing sites for Mars missions

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas — SpaceX has been working with NASA to identify potential landing sites on Mars for both its Red Dragon spacecraft and future human missions. In a presentation at a symposium here March 18 on planetary surface exploration and sample return, Paul Wooster of SpaceX said the company, working with scientists at NASA’s […] The post SpaceX studying landing sites for Mars missions ap...

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  • Colonizing Mars Will Depend on Low-Tech Know-How

    When humans arrive at the Red Planet, their success and survival will require adapting to local conditions and making use of resources in ways that were not planned. Colonizing Mars will be no easy feat. It will require billions of dollars and years of specialized research led by some of the smartest scientists and engineers […] The post Colonizing Mars Will Depend on Low-Tech Know-How appeared fi...

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  • Who’s Out There?—Stuck With Carbon

    As a microbiologist (by training), I’ve been delighted with the recent interest Physics Today has taken in reporting current findings in biology. This trend reflects the fact that high school students now are introduced to physics before chemistry. Biology comes last. Many years ago biology was taught first, then chemistry, then physics. Now we realize […] The post Who’s Out There?—Stuck With Carb...

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  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Plans Crewed Launch Within a Year

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The spaceflight company Blue Origin, which was founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, plans to launch its first crewed flight to suborbital space soon. “We’re trying to get to our first human flights within the next year. That’s a laser focus for the team right now,” Erika Wagner, Blue Origin’s business development […] The post Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Plans Crewed Launch Within a...

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  • Bad Weather Delays SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Cloudy skies and high winds in Florida early Tuesday (March 14) forced SpaceX to delay the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 23 communications satellite, the company said. SpaceX’s next opportunity to fly will be at 1:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) on Thursday (March 16). The flight will […] The post Bad Weather Delays SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch appeared first on Astrona...

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  • NASA Will Create the Coldest Spot in the Known Universe Onboard the ISS

    Have you ever been so cold you became a Bose-Einstein condensate? This summer, NASA scientists will create the chillest zone in the known universe inside of cooler-sized payload, appropriately named the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL). The small suite of instruments is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in August, on SpaceX CRS-12 […] The post NASA Will Create the Coldest Spot...

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  • NASA moving ahead with plans for cislunar human outpost

    GREENBELT, Md. — Despite uncertainty about potential policy changes, NASA is pressing ahead with plans for a cislunar “gateway” outpost for future human missions, with decisions about how to develop it expected in the coming months. Speaking at the American Astronautical Society’s Goddard Memorial Symposium here March 8, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human […] The post NASA m...

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  • Countdown to Mars

    A look at the Mission’s fascinating numbers $300 billion Emirate Mars Mission is the anchor project of the UAE’s space industry. Space technology is an important pursuit for many countries around the world, as evidenced by the massive national programmes and institutions that support the study of space. The industry is estimated to be worth […] The post Countdown to Mars appeared first on Astronau...

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  • Could Mysterious Cosmic Light Flashes Be Powering Alien Spacecraft?

    Bizarre flashes of cosmic light may actually be generated by advanced alien civilizations, as a way to accelerate interstellar spacecraft to tremendous speeds, a new study suggests. Astronomers have catalogued just 20 or so of these brief, superbright flashes, which are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), since the first one was detected in 2007. […] The post Could Mysterious Cosmic Light Flashes B...

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  • How the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) became a Centre of Scientific Excellence

    MBRSC in Dubai is well-known across the Middle East and the world as a centre specialised in space applications. The space centre not only designed, developed and currently manages two Earth-observational satellites – DubaiSat-1 and DuabiSat-2, it is approaching the launch of its third, KhalifaSat, and it is also working on the Emirates Mars mission […] The post How the Mohammed bin Rashid Space C...

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  • Astronomers just found a star orbiting a black hole at 1% the speed of light

    Astronomers have just spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit. To put that into perspective, it takes roughly 28 days for our Moon to do a single lap around our relatively […] The post Astronomers just found a star orbiting a black hole at 1% the speed of light appeared first o...

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  • So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? Three Steps to Mars.

    Hello again. Last time out, we reminded ourselves of the increasing fascination the scientific community has with one of our closest neighbors – Mars. Plans are afoot to actually take us there. But what will that involve? Let’s take a brief look, shall we, and examine the three main hurdles we will need to overcome […] The post So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? Three Steps to Mars. appeare...

  • Blue Origin’s next rocket may finally get sea legs

    Simulation shows the New Glenn landing on a drone ship Just a day after revealing its shiny new engine, the BE-4, Blue Origin is showing off its latest rocket in a new video. Set to inspiring music and full of glistening graphics, the animated New Glenn rocket wiggles its landing fins before lifting off. In […] The post Blue Origin’s next rocket may finally get sea legs appeared first on Astronaut...

  • Martian Meteorites Could Reveal That the Red Planet Was Wetter Than We Thought

    Researchers simulated conditions that occur when a piece of the planet is ejected into space, and their findings could alter assumptions about the water budget of Mars. In a twist for Martian meteorite studies, it turns out their mineral composition may show that the Red Planet was wet and possibly habitable in the past. It’s […] The post Martian Meteorites Could Reveal That the Red Planet Was Wet...

  • Solar Storm Warning: New Tool Could Help Protect Astronauts

    NASA scientists have developed a new technique that could improve space-weather forecasts and help protect astronauts from potentially dangerous solar storms. Earth‘s sun is an active star that repeatedly unleashes powerful flares and huge eruptions of solar plasma known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). These dramatic events can send fast-moving solar energetic particles, or SEPs, […] The post So...

  • NASA prevents probe’s collision with Martian moon Phobos

    A tiny emergency maneuver will prevent the two from crashing into each other on March 6th. NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft and Phobos would have arrived at an intersection in their orbits within seven seconds of each other on March 6th. Phobos is the larger of the two Martian moons, and MAVEN would most likely crash into […] The post NASA prevents probe’s collision with Martian moon Phobos appeared first ...

  • Pluto Could Be Made A Planet Again, Along With 102 Other Celestial Bodies

    According to this new definition, if Pluto becomes a planet, then our moon will too! Way back in 2015, NASA’s New Horizon’s mission flew by the dwarf planet, Pluto. At the time, scientists felt they had this planet figured out. But the images and accompanying data they got from the mission completely blew their minds. […] The post Pluto Could Be Made A Planet Again, Along With 102 Other Celestial ...

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  • ULA launch successfully carries NRO payload into orbit

    WASHINGTON – The newest National Reconnaissance Office satellite lifted off successfully Wednesday aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The rocket, in the 401 configuration, took off at 12:50 pm Eastern from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on ULA’s 21st mission for the NRO. Designated NROL-79, the intelligence agency did not disclose what payload […] The post ULA launch successfu...

  • RED DRAGON DELAYED 2 YEARS TO 2020

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – With so many exciting projects competing for the finite time of SpaceX’s super talented engineers, something important had to give. And that something comes in the form of slipping the blastoff of SpaceX’s ambitious Red Dragon initiative to land the first commercial spacecraft on Mars by 2 years – to […] The post RED DRAGON DELAYED 2 YEARS TO 2020 appeared first on Astro...

  • SpaceX says it will fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018

    Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of the rocket company SpaceX, says that two private individuals have hired his firm to fly a manned mission around the moon in late 2018. Musk said that the two individuals had not given his company permission to release their names, but that they knew each other and have […] The post SpaceX says it will fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018 appeared first o...

  • Virgin Galactic resumes SpaceShipTwo testing

    WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic resumed flight tests of its second SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane Feb. 24 after a two-month hiatus. The vehicle, attached to its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California at approximately 12:15 p.m. Eastern. SpaceShipTwo separated from the aircraft about an hour later, gliding to a […] The post Virgin Galactic resume...

  • Research and Spaceflight to Exoplanets: An Interview with Dr. Kipping

      NASA exoplanet researchers have recently announced the TRAPPIST-1 system, a solar system like our own with 7 planets, 49 light-years away. Three of these planets are in the habitable zone, meaning that there is a possibility that life will form on them, just like Earth. While many have been speculating about whether life exists on […] The post Research and Spaceflight to Exoplanets: An Interview...

  • Inside NASA’s Space Farming Labs

    If astronauts are going to make it on long duration space missions, they’re going to need some veggies. For the first time since the end of NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon, there is serious talk of sending humans beyond low earth orbit. NASA has been courting ideas for journeys to the moon and eventually […] The post Inside NASA’s Space Farming Labs appeared first on Astronaut.

  • The Search for Life in the Universe Just Got a Lot More Interesting

    Discovering several Earth-size planets around TRAPPIST-1 means the likelihood of finding life within the habitable zones of other star systems could be much greater than previously thought. The discovery of seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting a star 40 light-years away is certainly exciting news for exoplanet hunters and enthusiasts. But with three of these planets in […] The post The Search for Lif...

  • 5 things you need to know about the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Probe

    If you haven’t heard about the UAE mission to Mars, the chances are that you’ve probably been on Mars yourself – and thus have been unable to pick up a newspaper or watch TV. But it’s true, the UAE, a nation which is just 46 years old, is gearing up to send a probe to […] The post 5 things you need to know about the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Probe appeared first on Astronaut.

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  • NASA discovers solar system with seven Earth-like planets, three of them in the star’s habitable zone

    For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle tightly around […] The post NASA discovers solar system with ...

  • Major discovery on planets ‘beyond our solar system’ coming from NASA

    Scientists with the U.S. space agency will be on hand this afternoon to discuss new finding on exoplanets NASA scientists will hold a news conference later this afternoon, when they say they’ll reveal a significant finding “beyond our solar system.” The news conference will take place 1 p.m. ET at the U.S. space agency’s headquarters […] The post Major discovery on planets ‘beyond our solar system...

  • NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System

    NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Details of these findings are embargoed by the journal Nature until 1 p.m. Limited […] The post NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System appeared ...

  • SpaceX Rocket Puts Historic NASA Launch Pad Back in Business

    Unlike any booster NASA has flown, the Falcon 9’s first stage then returned around and landed itself back on the ground. The launch pad where rockets blasted off to put astronauts on the moon and 82 space shuttle crews into orbit re-opened for business Sunday with liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster on a […] The post SpaceX Rocket Puts Historic NASA Launch Pad Back in Business appeared first on A...

  • Who’s Out There?—What’s Most Likely?

    Life is a continuum of chemical interactions, substantive responses that trigger more chemical interactions until the emergent phenomena of life are no longer sustained, and death of the living being occurs. At death, the whole may seem to be present, but the emergence called life is gone. Life depends on continuous interrelated chemical reactions. It […] The post Who’s Out There?—What’s Most Like...

  • SpaceX go for launching rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is all set to launch a rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad. As the sun rose Saturday over Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the unmanned Falcon rocket stood at Launch Complex 39A, ready to soar. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:01 a.m. SpaceX is sending up a load of space […] The post SpaceX go for launching rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad appeared first on Astro...

  • Organic Material Discovery Suggests Life Could Exist on Dwarf Planet Ceres

    NASA’s Dawn mission has detected tar-like organic compounds on the dwarf planet’s surface, bolstering prospects for life on the largest body in the asteroid belt. Scientists looking for life beyond Earth have a new target relatively close to home. The dwarf planet Ceres, which orbits in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, has […] The post Organic Material Discovery Suggests Life Could...

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  • This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

    Although there’s some fear surrounding the act of sending messages to hypothetical extraterrestrial intelligences, it could be one of the most important things humanity could do — scientifically speaking. Are we alone in the Universe? Humans have been asking that question for centuries, but only in the past few decades have we achieved the ability […] The post This Is Why Sending Messages to Alien...

  • The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

    A little more than 40 years ago, Dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. Now it’s the largest and most futuristic city in the world, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). From manmade, palm tree-shaped archipelagos to jetpack-wearing firefighters and the world’s tallest building, the city has a reputation for […] The post The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city ...

  • US Air Force Prepping for Historic Minotaur IV Rocket Launch in July

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Tucked inside a mobile service tower here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station‘s Launch Complex 46 sits a trio of Peacekeeper missiles stacked on top of one another. Wrapped in gleaming-white thermal blankets, the inert stages simulate the first three segments of a Minotaur IV rocket that will ferry an experimental […] The post US Air Force Prepping for Historic Minotaur IV R...

  • Mars 2020 Could Return to Where NASA’s Spirit Rover Roamed

    The Columbia Hills region is one of three locations on the Red Planet — along with Jezero Crater and NE Syrtis — that have been identified as leading contenders as landing sites for NASA’s next Mars rover. NASA’s next Mars rover could revisit a spot already explored by the now-dead Spirit rover a decade ago. […] The post Mars 2020 Could Return to Where NASA’s Spirit Rover Roamed appeared first on ...

  • U.K. offering grants for launches from new spaceports in the country

    The British government is offering grants for ventures that want to launch from new spaceports in the country. The UK Space Agency announced the program Thursday that will provide grants worth up to £10 million ($12.5 million) to joint ventures of British launch companies and proposed spaceports. The ventures have to demonstrate that they will […] The post U.K. offering grants for launches from ne...

  • HERE’S WHAT NASA’S EUROPA LANDER COULD LOOK LIKE

    IT’S DESIGNED TO SEARCH FOR LIFE ON JUPITER’S ICY MOON While many of NASA’s current missions are investigating Mars or various asteroids, a mission launching in the 2020s will land somewhere no human-made machine has landed before: Europa, the icy, ocean-filled moon of Jupiter. NASA has been talking about visiting Europa for years now, but […] The post HERE’S WHAT NASA’S EUROPA LANDER COULD LOOK L...

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  • ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ documentary in the works

    It’s finally time to go deep on Deep Space Nine. In the Star Trek universe, Deep Space Nine is not necessarily one of its brightest stars. Not because the show wasn’t as good, interesting or long-lived as the others (it ran seven seasons from 1993-1999), but because it was unlike any Star Trek property that’s […] The post ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ documentary in the works appeared first on Astr...

  • Three decades after Challenger, a soccer ball finally reaches space

    As ever, the world spins, time passes, and things come back around. When Ellison Onizuka made his second flight as a mission specialist aboard space shuttle Challenger in 1986, one of the personal effects he carried with him was a soccer ball signed by members of the Clear Lake High School girls and boys soccer team, where […] The post Three decades after Challenger, a soccer ball finally reaches ...

  • NASA’s Rover Curiosity Reveals Something Weird About Mars’ Ancient Atmosphere

    The mystery of how Mars could have once had water flowing on its surface has deepened — the Red Planet‘s early atmosphere likely possessed hundreds of times less carbon dioxide than needed to keep it warm enough for liquid water to exist. Although Mars is now cold and dry, there are decades of evidence suggesting […] The post NASA’s Rover Curiosity Reveals Something Weird About Mars’ Ancient Atmos...

  • How To Build A Space Suit That’s Actually (Sort Of) Comfortable

    After decades of heavy and cumbersome suits, astronauts are getting an upgrade. No one ever donned a space suit because it was comfy. Quite the opposite—space suits can be terribly uncomfortable because of the layers and layers of material and technological systems that protect astronauts from the cold vacuum of space and the pressure of […] The post How To Build A Space Suit That’s Actually (Sort...

  • Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri

    Breakthrough Starshot is an initiative that hopes to send miniature spaceships on a high-speed jaunt to the Centauri system sometime within the next few decades. Doing that requires the development of a variety of untried technology—and that’s before we get to the issue of sending data back. Still, even if Breakthrough Starshot never gets any […] The post Calculating what it would take to park a s...

  • NASA Highlights Science Launching on Next SpaceX Cargo Mission

    NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 8, to discuss research investigations launching aboard the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. Among the investigations are experiments with potential to fight human disease and a new autonomous spacecraft docking technology for testing. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is […] The post NASA Highl...

  • IF EARTH’S ORBIT IS SO CROWDED, WHY DON’T WE SEE SPACE JUNK IN PHOTOS OF THE EARTH?

    Sometimes, when we post a cool picture of the Earth taken from space,Popular Science gets questions about why, if there’s so much garbage in space, we don’t see an orbital landfill circling our planet in pictures of the Earth. No, it’s not some massive conspiracy, and yes, the space above our planet is getting increasingly […] The post IF EARTH’S ORBIT IS SO CROWDED, WHY DON’T WE SEE SPACE JUNK IN...

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  • Sending Mars Rovers on a ‘Walkabout’ Could Boost Their Science Output

    Rovers have limited time on Mars, so to optimize the science returns, geologists on Earth are devising new strategies for NASA’s rover drivers to find the ripest areas of study. Martian rovers have the incredible advantage of exploring another planet, but the incredible disadvantage of being limited by time. A typical geology expedition on Earth […] The post Sending Mars Rovers on a ‘Walkabout’ Co...

  • SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition finally puts pods in the tube

    Only three out of 27 teams made it to the final round.   “I almost cried the first time it went 50 kilometers per hour.” Marleen van de Kerkhof is part of the Delft Hyperloop team from the Netherlands. It’s been an eventful 12 months for the crew. After qualifying as finalists at the Hyperloop […] The post SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition finally puts pods in the tube appeared first on Astronaut.

  • NASA twins study shows space travel changes body at genetic level

    A NASA study of twin brothers has offered new insights into the stress of space travel on the body — including genetic differences between Scott Kelly, the twin who spent nearly a year in space, and his brother Mark, who stayed on Earth. Preliminary results of NASA’s twin study were released last week, with researchers noting differences […] The post NASA twins study shows space travel changes bod...

  • SpaceX Delays First Flight From NASA Shuttle Launch Pad

    Elon Musk‘s rocket company has bumped a commercial satellite mission until after a scheduled mid-February cargo run to the International Space Station. SpaceX on Sunday bumped this week’s planned launch of an EchoStar communications satellite until after a mid-February cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA, saying it needs more time to get […] The post SpaceX Delays First Flight Fr...

  • Challenger Center Marks 31st Anniversary of Space Shuttle Tragedy

    The Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization, continues to honor the Challenger crew more than three decades after the shuttle tragedy. Each year, the STEM education organization and its 43 Challenger Learning Centers provide more than 250,000 students with the opportunity to become scientists, engineers, and innovators through unique ed...

  • Private Space Station Coming Soon? Company Aiming for 2020 Launch

    Work is underway to establish the world’s first private, international commercial space station, a complex that would serve a global community of sovereign and private astronauts. The builders of the Axiom International Commercial Space Station aim to enlarge the landscape of low-Earth orbit, to create what they view as a “historic shift” in human spaceflight. […] The post Private Space Station Co...

  • Heat and Ashes: The Untold Story of the Apollo 1 Fire

    Fifty years ago, Henry Rogers stepped off an elevator into an inferno. A quality control inspector at NASA, Rogers had been working during a routine launch simulation test for Apollo 1, the first manned Apollo mission, at Cape Canaveral in Florida. But while he was in the elevator, a fire had broken out in the […] The post Heat and Ashes: The Untold Story of the Apollo 1 Fire appeared first on Ast...

  • BOEING’S NEW SPACESUITS LOOK LIKE A BIG UPGRADE FROM NASA’

    MORE COMFORTABLE, LESS UGLY, AND (HOPEFULLY) JUST AS FUNCTIONAL Some day soon, private companies are expected to take over the task of carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing are leading the pack, with their first crewed flights slated to take off in 2018. Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon […] The post BOEING’S NEW SPACESUITS LOOK LIKE A BIG UPG...

  • Tiny Spacecraft Sees Water at Rosetta’s Comet While Stranded in Earth Orbit

    The Japanese PROCYON spacecraft may have gotten stuck in Earth orbit after launch, but it’s been able to do some impressive observations of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from afar. A tiny Japanese spacecraft stranded after a botched engine burn nixed its mission to an asteroid has provided a key measurement of water in the comet that hosted Europe’s […] The post Tiny Spacecraft Sees Water at Rosetta’s...

  • Five finalists will try to land a spacecraft on the Moon this year to win the Google Lunar X Prize

    They have booked rides to space, but they need to launch before December 31st From a group of 16 contestants, five teams are officially moving forward into the final stretch of the Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the surface of the Moon. To win […] The post Five finalists will try to land a spacecraft on the Moon this year to win ...

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  • NEW EXHIBIT USES AUGMENTED REALITY TO SEND YOU TO MARS

    Earlier this summer, a busload of kids used virtual reality to take a ride on Mars. Now, a new exhibit (and HoloLens headsets) gives visitors a chance to get even closer to the Red Planet. The much-anticipated “Destination: Mars” opened September 19 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida. It features a guided tour of the planet from […] The post NEW EXHIBIT USES AUGMENT...

  • Luxury Space Lab: Chinese Astronauts Get an Upgrade in Space

    Will China be the next space giant? Although it is still far before it can be confirmed, China has proven that they have the means to become one. With the successful launch of their second space lab Tiangong-2 last week, China is all the more confident that they can achieve their ambitious goal. After the […] The post Luxury Space Lab: Chinese Astronauts Get an Upgrade in Space appeared first on A...

  • This NASA Booster Test Is Soothing to Watch

    In this oddly soothing video NASA uploaded yesterday, the space administration tests a booster rocket, a version of which will be used in its new Mars-bound Space Launch System (SLS). The booster is fitted with a piece of foam called a “nozzle plug,” which protects it from heat, dust, and moisture, and is designed to fall apart […] The post This NASA Booster Test Is Soothing to Watch appeared firs...

  • This Gallery Is Selling Vintage NASA Photos Like High Art

    NASA produced these prints for science or souvenirs. Now, they’re objets d’art that sell for thousands. If you were a visiting dignitary to the U.S. in the 1970s, you might have received a printed photograph shot by an astronaut; perhaps the famous Earthrise, the haunting 1968 photo that depicted the Earth from the Moon, printed in […] The post This Gallery Is Selling Vintage NASA Photos Like High...

  • So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? The Insight Mission

    So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? Hello again. Last time out, we looked at 10 factors that showed how diverse our own Solar System is. This time, we’re delving into events as they unfold on Mars. In particular, the InSight mission to study the deep interior of our favorite Red Planet. So, what is the […] The post So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? The Insight Mission appeared first ...

  • Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All

    I’ve been reading THE VITAL QUESTION by Nick Lane, New York, W. W. Norton, 2015. In this book author Nick Lane, biochemist at University College, London, defines in exacting logic where life may have begun on Earth, why archaea and bacteria got stuck “… at the bacterial level of complexity for more than two billion years,” and […] The post Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All appeared first...

  • CHINA PLANS TO LAUNCH A LIVE-IN SPACE LAB TOMORROW

    TIANGONG-2 WILL BE HOME TO TWO ASTRONAUTS FOR 30 DAYS In 2011, Congress ruled that China is not allowed on the International Space Station because of “national security” concerns. Undeterred, the People’s Republic decided to build its own. Tiangong-1, which launched in 2011, was the first step in that direction. The unmanned prototype served as […] The post CHINA PLANS TO LAUNCH A LIVE-IN SPACE LA...

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  • The Other First Moon Landing

    On July 20, 1969, NASA made history by landing the first human explorers on the surface of the Moon. This incredible voyage, undertaken by the Apollo 11 crew, is widely regarded as the climactic moment of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. But a decade earlier, in 1959, it was […] The post The Other First Moon Landing appeared first on Astronaut.

  • ASTRONAUT HOPEFULS CAN TOUR NASA’S SPACEWALK TRAINING FACILITY USING VR

    GO UNDERWATER WITH TRAINEES IN 360-DEGREE VR NASA has high standards for who gets to train to be an astronaut–most of us probably couldn’t have made it at our peak physical and mental condition. But thanks to VR recording, you can walk side-by-side with training astronauts and see what the experience is really like. A […] The post ASTRONAUT HOPEFULS CAN TOUR NASA’S SPACEWALK TRAINING FACILITY USIN...

  • Jeff Bezos to launch bigger rocket in race with Musk’s SpaceX

    CAPE CANAVERAL — The rockets Blue Originbuilds and launches on the Space Coast of Florida will be some of the world’s largest, the company announced Monday, while also hinting at plans for eventual moon missions. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire Amazon.com CEO and founder of Seattle-based Blue Origin, revealed new details about the planned orbital rockets, including their name: New Glenn, […] The post ...

  • In The Search For Alien Life, An All-Too-Human Communication Failure

    Procedures for sifting through data to verify findings are necessary in any industry. Astronomers recently discovered their limitations. The scientific community was abuzz recently when it was widely reported that Russian astronomers, along with an Italian researcher, had recorded a signal that was, as of then, unexplained. After looking into what exactly was detected—something from […] The post I...

  • Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex failure’

    SpaceX has a backlog of more than 70 launches worth more than $10 billion US SpaceX founder and chief Elon Musk said on Friday he was unsure why one of the company’s Falcon rockets burst into flames on its Florida launch pad last week, destroying both the rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it was due to lift into […] The post Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex fail...

  • SECOND ASTEROID IN A MONTH SAILS BY WITHOUT US DETECTING IT FIRST

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  • BLUE ORIGIN WILL LIKELY BLOW UP ITS NEXT ROCKET

    While SpaceX is dealing with the fallout from a rocket that exploded on the launch pad last week, competing spaceflight company Blue Origin may intentionally trigger a rocket explosion next month. Blue Origin plans to test its crew capsule’s abort system in an October launch of the New Shepard rocket. The abort system, installed on […] The post BLUE ORIGIN WILL LIKELY BLOW UP ITS NEXT ROCKET appea...

  • Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest

    The US space agency (Nasa) has launched a mission to retrieve a rock sample from a 500m-wide asteroid called Bennu. Scientists hope the material will reveal details about the formation of the planets, and improve our knowledge of how potentially dangerous space objects move through the Solar System. The probe, dubbed Osiris-Rex, blasted away from […] The post Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest...

  • TOMORROW NIGHT, WATCH OSIRIS-REX BLAST OFF TOWARDS AN ASTEROID

    Tomorrow evening, at 7:05 P.M. (EDT), the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will blast off, headed for the asteroid Bennu. Members of the public are invited to NASA’s Goddard Space Center to celebrate the launch, but if you can’t make it out to Maryland, you can watch the launch live on […] The post TOMORROW NIGHT, WATCH O...

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