The Moon Crater Where NASA Will Send Its Viper Rover

The agency picked the Nobile crater near the lunar south pole to seek frozen water that will be essential to future astronaut missions.

#astrobotic-technology-inc, #ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #robots-and-robotics, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Civilian Crew Completes 3-Day Mission

The mission hinted at what space travel could look like in a more accessible future, while remaining in reach now to only the richest of the rich.

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Who Gets Sick in Space? Inspiration4 May Offer More Clues.

Commercial spaceflight brings a more diverse cross section of humanity beyond Earth, helping medical researchers collect data.

#arceneaux-hayley, #emotions, #eyes-and-eyesight, #inspiration4, #medicine-and-health, #motion-sickness, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Russia to Shoot First Full-Length Movie in Space, ‘The Challenge’

Racing to beat NASA, an actress and a film director will blast off next month for the International Space Station, where they will film “The Challenge.”

#cruise-tom, #gagarin-yuri-a, #international-space-station, #movies, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #russia, #space-and-astronomy

SpaceX Launches Astronaut Crew Like No Other on Orbital Adventure

The Inspiration4 mission successfully lifted off from Florida, carrying with it an ambition of making spaceflight more accessible to the broader public.

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SpaceX Mission: How to Watch the Inspiration4 Launch

Here’s what you need to know about the three-day orbital journey of four Americans, none of them professional astronauts.

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SpaceX’s Latest Mission Will Launch Four People Into Orbit

The Inspiration4 mission shows private spaceflight’s promise, but also how far it has to go before just about anyone can travel to orbit.

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The Rock That Ended the Dinosaurs Was Much More Than a Dino Killer

In seeking the origin story of the Chicxulub impactor, scientists hope to also unlock secrets about the origin of life itself.

#asteroids, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geology, #icarus-journal, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Stashes First Mars Rock Sample

The rock, sealed in a tube, is the first of many the robotic explorer will collect to one day send back to Earth for scientists to study.

#china, #geology, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Drills Rock Samples Successfully

After an earlier drilling attempt mysteriously failed, the robotic mission collected the first tube of samples that may one day help scientists understand the red planet.

#geology, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #research, #rock-and-stone, #space-and-astronomy

Carolyn Shoemaker, Hunter of Comets and Asteroids, Dies at 92

After her children left for college, she unexpectedly became astronomy’s record-setting spotter of unidentified objects hurtling through the cosmos.

#asteroids, #comets, #deaths-obituaries, #records-and-achievements, #shoemaker-carolyn, #shoemaker-eugene-merle, #space-and-astronomy

Deflecting an Asteroid Before It Hits Earth May Take Multiple Bumps

After years of shooting meteorites with a special gun owned by NASA, researchers highlighted challenges for a preferred method of planetary defense.

#asteroids, #meteors-and-meteorites, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy

When the Big Bang Was Just a Theory

In “Flashes of Creation,” Paul Halpern offers a dual biography of George Gamow and Fred Hoyle, two midcentury physicists who debated the origins of the universe.

#books-and-literature, #flashes-of-creation-george-gamow-fred-hoyle-and-the-great-big-bang-debate-book, #gamow-george, #halpern-paul-1961, #hoyle-fred, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies

Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

A small Southern county hopes to land a starring role in the commercial space race. But for residents of the exclusive islands in the flight path, the stakes feel sky-high.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #beaches, #branson-richard, #cumberland-island-ga, #federal-lands, #musk-elon, #national-parks-service, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

Touring Trinity, the Birthplace of Nuclear Dread

A recent visit to the site of the first atomic bomb explosion offered desert vistas, (mildly) radioactive pebbles and troubling reflections.

#albuquerque-nm, #defense-and-military-forces, #hiroshima-japan, #manhattan-project, #miller-robert-j, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #nagasaki-japan, #nuclear-weapons, #oppenheimer-j-robert, #petrov-stanislav-1939, #physics, #plutonium, #radiation, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #white-sands-missile-range-nm, #your-feed-science

Space Station Tilted After New Russian Module Fires Thrusters

The Nauka module met up with the orbiting outpost on Thursday morning, and later unexpectedly fired its thrusters.

#international-space-station, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #roscosmos, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

It Was His Day Off. Then the Space Station Went for a Spin.

Zebulon Scoville and others at NASA’s mission control in Houston spent Thursday righting the International Space Station after a new Russian module unexpectedly fired its thrusters.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #roscosmos, #russia, #scoville-zebulon, #space-and-astronomy

2 Red Objects Were Found in the Asteroid Belt. They Shouldn’t Be There.

The space rocks may have come from beyond Neptune, and potentially offer hints at the chaos of the early solar system.

#asteroids, #astrophysical-journal-letters, #kuiper-belt, #neptune-planet, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

Apollo 15 Anniversary: 50 Years Ago, NASA Put a Car on the Moon

The lunar rovers of Apollo 15, 16 and 17 parked American automotive culture on the lunar surface, and expanded the scientific range of the missions’ astronaut explorers.

#apollo-project, #automobiles, #boeing-company, #engineering-and-engineers, #general-motors, #geology, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy

The Silent Pulse of the Universe: What Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discovered

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery. But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.

#burnell-jocelyn-bell, #cambridge-university, #documentary-films-and-programs, #nobel-prizes, #pulsars, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy

Inside Mars, NASA’s InSight Mission Mapped Surprises Down to the Core

NASA’s InSight mission revealed Mars’s inner workings down to its core, highlighting great differences of the red planet from our blue world.

#earthquakes, #geology, #mars-planet, #mars-insight-spacecraft, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy

Jeff Bezos’s Space Style

When Jeff Bezos flew off in his rocket, he became the international (interstellar?) symbol of the male in midlife crisis.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #fashion-and-apparel, #space-and-astronomy

Jeff Bezos Picks 18-Year-Old Dutch Student for Blue Origin Rocket Launch

Oliver Daemen will fly to the edge of space after another passenger who paid $28 million for the seat had a scheduling conflict.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #daemen-oliver, #private-spaceflight, #space-and-astronomy

Branson Beats Jeff Bezos to Space, Aiming to Open Space Tourism

The successful trip was the first in a series to the edge of space and beyond by billionaire entrepreneurs that seek to make human spaceflight more routine.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #branson-richard, #new-mexico, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #spaceport-america, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-galactic, #virgin-group

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Plane Flight: How to Watch

The V.S.S. Unity will lift off from New Mexico on Sunday morning as billionaire entrepreneurs race to make spaceflight unexceptional.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #branson-richard, #federal-aviation-administration, #high-net-worth-individuals, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-galactic, #virgin-group

Advancements in Space Technology Drive Investor Interest

Advancements in space technology and new means of financing are driving a flurry of investor interest.

#blue-origin, #computers-and-the-internet, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #start-ups, #venture-capital

Richard Branson Will Try to Beat Jeff Bezos to Space

The Virgin Galactic founder hopes to edge out, by nine days, Blue Origin’s first flight with a crew aboard.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #branson-richard, #new-mexico, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #spaceport-america, #virgin-galactic

Vaccines, Facebook, Miami: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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U.F.O.s: Why the Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #extraterrestrial-life, #roswell-nm, #rumors-and-misinformation, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.F.O.s: The Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

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Prepare Yourself for Little Green Men

If you can’t wait to read the U.S. government’s report about U.F.O.s, try one of these seven books.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-service, #extraterrestrial-life, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo

Why Geology Is Our Destiny

A visit to the renovated hall of gems and minerals at the American Museum of Natural History reveals how the cosmos works in the real world.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #geology, #jewels-and-jewelry, #mines-and-mining, #museums, #rock-and-stone, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit

Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Thursday to help build their country’s rival to the International Space Station.

#china, #international-space-station, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

China Launch: Astronauts Dock With Space Station

Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Thursday to help build their country’s rival to the International Space Station.

#china, #international-space-station, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

How to Watch China’s Space Station Launch: Time, Streaming and More

Three Chinese astronauts, the first since 2016, are set to launch into space. They will begin what is expected to be a continuous Chinese presence in Earth’s orbit for the next decade.

#astronauts, #china, #china-manned-space-agency, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #tiangong

China, Russia Team Up for a Space Race With the U.S.

The two countries have pledged to cooperate on expeditions to the moon and to an asteroid, setting the stage for a new space race with the United States and its partners.

#china, #china-manned-space-agency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #politics-and-government, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

NASA’s Juno Mission Reveals What’s Beneath Jupiter’s Pretty Clouds

NASA’s Juno probe is beginning an extended mission that may not have been possible if it hadn’t experienced engine trouble when it first arrived at the giant planet.

#europa-moon-of-jupiter, #ganymede-jupiter-moon, #io-moon-of-jupiter, #juno-spacecraft, #jupiter-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Venus Will Have a Fleet of Spacecraft as Europe Adds Orbiter Mission

The EnVision spacecraft will complement two NASA missions announced last week, ending the relative loneliness of a planet sometimes thought of as Earth’s twin.

#european-space-agency, #geology, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet, #volcanoes, #water

Solar Eclipse 2021: Where and When to Watch the ‘Ring of Fire’

Weather and geography may make it difficult to see the rare spectacle, but those in the path or experiencing clear skies may get a show worth waking up early for.

#arctic-regions, #canada, #content-type-service, #eclipses, #greenland, #moon, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #sun, #sunlight

Was the Space Program Worth the Cost?

Jeff Shesol’s “Mercury Rising” explores the careers of John Kennedy and John Glenn as a way to cut through the rhetoric of space exploration.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #glenn-john-herschel-jr, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #mercury-rising-john-glenn-john-kennedy-and-the-new-battleground-of-the-cold-war-book, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #shesol-jeff, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states

Where to Watch the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse at Sunrise

An annular eclipse will start in Canada and end in a remote part of Russia. People in areas of the United States will see a partial eclipse.

#content-type-service, #eclipses, #moon, #space-and-astronomy, #sun

Senate Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China

The wide margin of support reflected a sense of urgency among lawmakers in both parties about shoring up the technological and industrial capacity of the United States to counter Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #democratic-party, #energy-department, #innovation, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-science-foundation, #politics-and-government, #research, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #shortages, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

NASA’s Juno Takes Photos of Ganymede, Jupiter’s Biggest Moon

The Juno spacecraft completed a close flyby of Ganymede, Jupiter’s biggest moon, as it transitions into a new phase of its mission.

#ganymede-jupiter-moon, #juno-spacecraft, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Jeff Bezos Says He Will Go to Space

Mr. Bezos will be on board when his rocket company, Blue Origin, launches its first human spaceflight next month, after he steps down as chief executive of Amazon.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #space-and-astronomy

New NASA Missions Will Study Venus, a World Overlooked for Decades

One of the spacecraft will probe the hellish planet’s clouds, which could potentially help settle the debate over whether they are habitable by floating microbes.

#extraterrestrial-life, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet

The U.F.O. Sightings Don’t Impress This Physicist

There are good reasons to believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, but this is not one of them.

#extraterrestrial-life, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-navy

Manhattanhenge 2021: When and Where to Watch

Saturday will bring New Yorkers their first shot at “the best sunset picture of the year.” Sunday and two days in July will provide more opportunities.

#manhattan-nyc, #seasons-and-months, #space-and-astronomy, #summer-season, #sun, #sunlight, #urban-areas, #your-feed-science

Will the Next Space-Weather Season Be Stormy or Fair?

As another 11-year cycle of solar activity begins, scientists debate how violent our stellar friend is likely to be.

#earth, #planets, #radiation, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #sun, #weather, #your-feed-science

What to Name a Bunch of Black Holes? You Had Some Ideas.

Recently, astronomers asked aloud which plural term would best suit the most enigmatic entity in the cosmos. The responses were plentiful.

#black-holes-space, #european-space-agency, #gravitation-and-gravity, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #vanderbilt-university, #your-feed-science

Space Station May Host Wave of TV Shows and Films

A Discovery reality TV competition, a Russian medical thriller and more productions could be heading to the orbital outpost in the next year.

#axiom-space-inc, #discovery-channel, #international-space-station, #maezawa-yusaku, #movies, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #reality-television, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #travel-and-vacations, #whitson-peggy