NASA’s CAPSTONE Launch to the Moon: How to Watch

The small spacecraft will be the first to head to the moon in a year when other planned missions have yet to get off the launchpad.

#advanced-space-llc, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-lab, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #terran-orbital

They Found Two New Craters on the Moon and Discovered a New Mystery

Tediously searching through imagery from a NASA spacecraft, researchers found where a discarded stage of a forgotten rocket crashed in March. But other questions remain.

#china, #lunar-reconaissance-orbiter, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Dead Roaches That Ate Moon Dust Went Up for Auction. Then NASA Objected.

The sale was halted after the space agency claimed it owned everything associated with a 1969 experiment that explored whether lunar soil was dangerous to terrestrial life.

#apollo-project, #auctions, #cockroaches, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rr-auction, #space-and-astronomy

Arizona Wildfire Destroys Observatory Buildings

The Contreras fire has disrupted the work of astronomers, though the observatory’s scientific equipment remains safe for now.

#arizona, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-science-foundation, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #tucson-ariz, #wildfires

A Chinese Telescope Did Not Find an Alien Signal. The Search Continues.

China’s astronomers have been initiated into the search for extraterrestrial intelligence with the kind of false alarm that others in the field have experienced for decades.

#china, #extraterrestrial-life, #five-hundred-meter-aperture-spherical-radio-telescope, #seti-institute, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

As the Large Hadron Collider Revs Up, Physicists’ Hopes Soar

The particle collider at CERN will soon restart. “There could be a revolution coming,” scientists say.

#cern, #dark-matter-astronomy, #fermi-national-accelerator-laboratory, #geneva-switzerland, #higgs-boson, #illinois, #large-hadron-collider, #magnets-and-magnetism, #neutrinos, #particle-accelerators, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

Asteroid Samples May ‘Rewrite the Chemistry of the Solar System’

The flecks of rock were brought back to Earth by the Japanese space mission Hayabusa2 in December 2020.

#asteroids, #hayabusa2, #japan-aerospace-exploration-agency, #meteors-and-meteorites, #research, #ryugu, #science-journal, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

NASA Plans to Join U.F.O. Research Efforts

The truth is out there, and now America’s space agency will add its resources to the study of unidentified aerial phenomena.

#extraterrestrial-life, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-politics-and-government

Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them.

Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth.

#asteroids, #b612-foundation, #computers-and-the-internet, #earth, #lu-edward-t, #photography, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

How to Watch Tau Herculids, a Potential New Meteor Shower

A comet’s breakup three decades ago could produce a seldom-seen meteor storm on Monday night. Or it could be a complete dud.

#comets, #content-type-service, #history-academic-subject, #meteors-and-meteorites, #research, #space-and-astronomy

Live Video: Boeing’s Starliner Lands on Earth

A successful return to Earth of the capsule on Wednesday could set up a flight for NASA with astronauts aboard before the year’s end.

#international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy

Boeing Starliner Spacecraft: How to Watch the Nasa Launch

The aerospace giant’s astronaut capsule has yet to complete a successful test flight to the space station, while SpaceX has carried seven crews into orbit.

#boeing-company, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Total Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon 2022: How to Watch

On Sunday night, Earth’s shadow will fall over the moon and make our natural satellite turn blood red.

#content-type-service, #eclipses, #moon, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

Has the Milky Way’s Black Hole Come to Light?

The Event Horizon Telescope reaches again for a glimpse of the “unseeable.”

#black-holes-space, #event-horizon-telescope, #milky-way-galaxy, #sagittarius-a, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower: How and When to Watch

Fireballs may light up the sky for those willing to stay up late and take in the show.

#comets, #content-type-service, #meteors-and-meteorites, #space-and-astronomy

How to Watch the Rocket Lab Launch Today

If Rocket Lab can snatch its spent rocket booster from the sky and then reuse it for another orbital launch, it will pull off something so far achieved only by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

#helicopters, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-lab, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

NASA Sees ‘Otherworldly’ Wreckage on Mars With Ingenuity Helicopter

The debris was part of the equipment that helped the Perseverance mission safely land on the red planet in 2021.

#eclipses, #engineering-and-engineers, #geology, #helicopters, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Lyrid Meteor Shower: How and When to Watch

Fireballs may light up the sky for those willing to stay up late and take in the show.

#content-type-service, #meteors-and-meteorites, #space-and-astronomy

Military Memo Adds to Possible Interstellar Meteor Mystery

The U.S. Space Command seemed to confirm a claim that a meteor from outside the solar system had entered Earth’s atmosphere, but other scientists and NASA are still not convinced.

#asteroids, #astrophysical-journal-letters, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #loeb-abraham-1962, #meteors-and-meteorites, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #office-of-science-and-technology-policy, #papua-new-guinea, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-space-force

Hubble Telescope Zooms In on the Biggest Comet Ever Spotted

The space observatory helped scientists make a more precise measurement of the comet, which has a mass of 500 trillion tons and an appearance like burned toast.

#astrophysical-journal-letters, #comets, #hubble-space-telescope, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

SpaceX and Axiom Launch Private Astronaut Crew to Space Station

Axiom Space bought seats on a SpaceX rocket to be NASA’s guests in orbit as the agency extends efforts to commercialize spaceflight.

#axiom-space-inc, #connor-larry, #international-space-station, #lopez-alegria-michael, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #pathy-mark, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #stibbe-eytan

Astronomers Find What Might Be the Most Distant Galaxy Yet

Is the object a galaxy of primordial stars or a black hole knocking on the door of time? The Webb space telescope may help answer that question.

#astrophysical-journal, #black-holes-space, #james-webb-space-telescope, #monthly-notices-of-the-royal-astronomical-society-journal, #skytelescope-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Russians’ Flight Suits Weren’t a Political Statement, NASA Astronaut Says

The Russians were “kind of blindsided,” that people thought they were making a political statement, Mark Vande Hei said. But the suits matched the colors of the university they all attended.

#international-space-station, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #space-and-astronomy, #ukraine, #vande-hei-mark

Space Tourism Isn’t Just Joyriding

Having rich guys like Jeff Bezos in orbit can make space travel routine and help all of us dream big.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #internal-sub-only-nl, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

NASA Stops Launch Rehearsal for Its Giant Moon Rocket

First a lightning storm, then problems with launch tower fans led to snags with a countdown and propellant loading intended as practice for the rocket’s launch.

#artemis-program, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Imagine Another World. Now Imagine 5,000 More.

NASA recently announced that it had detected more than 5,000 exoplanets, so we asked astronomers, actors and an astronaut to share their favorite worlds orbiting distant stars.

#bloom-rachel-leah-1987, #druyan-ann, #extraterrestrial-life, #hadfield-chris, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #wheaton-wil

Hubble Space Telescope Spots Oldest and Farthest Star Known

Its light twinkled some 900 million years after the Big Bang, astronomers say.

#hubble-space-telescope, #james-webb-space-telescope, #nature-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies

U.S. and Russian Astronauts Land on Earth Together Amid War in Ukraine

Mark Vande Hei and two Russian counterparts returned from the International Space Station, where cooperation between NASA and Russia’s space agency continues despite the invasion of Ukraine.

#space-and-astronomy

Ice Volcanoes Reshape Pluto and Hint at a Hidden Ocean

Signs of cryovolcanic activity on the dwarf planet in the recent geological past must be driven by an underground body of water, a study suggests.

#ice, #nature-communications-journal, #pluto-dwarf-planet, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #volcanoes

NASA Plans to Give SpaceX Some Company on the Moon

The agency will seek bids for future lunar landing spacecraft from companies other than SpaceX, which won the first contract to return American astronauts to the moon.

#blue-origin, #dynetics-inc, #federal-budget-us, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia’s Loss of Rocket Launch Business Becomes SpaceX’s Gain

OneWeb, a British satellite internet company, turned to SpaceX’s rockets after canceling launches with Russia’s Soyuz vehicle over the invasion of Ukraine.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #oneweb-inc, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #starlink-satellite-constellation-spacex

How a Tiny Asteroid Strike May Save Earthlings From City-Killing Space Rocks

An asteroid hunter detected the small object two hours before it crashed into the sea near Greenland, a sign of the growing sophistication of NASA’s planetary defense system.

#asteroids, #computers-and-the-internet, #greenland, #iceland, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #meteors-and-meteorites, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Russian Astronauts Board ISS in Colors Similar to Ukraine Flag

It was unclear why the Russian astronauts wore suits the same color as the Ukrainian flag.

#russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

NASA’s SLS Moon Rocket Reaches Launchpad for the First Time

NASA rolled the giant Space Launch System rocket out of an assembly building to begin testing ahead of its journey later this year toward the moon.

#space-and-astronomy

Pete Davidson to Join Next Blue Origin Space Flight

The “Saturday Night Live’’ comedian will be one of six passengers to fly to the edge of space this month with Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #davidson-pete-1993, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Russian Scientists Face Isolation Following Invasion of Ukraine

International collaborations are unraveling as researchers, including many in Russia, speak out against the invasion of Ukraine.

#cern, #geneva-switzerland, #higgs-boson, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #international-congress-of-mathematicians, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #large-hadron-collider, #linde-andrei-d, #particle-accelerators, #physics, #rabinovici-eliezer, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #space-and-astronomy, #thorne-kip-s, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #your-feed-science

Making a Camera for the James Webb Space Telescope

When the James Webb Space Telescope sent its first images to Earth, no one was more excited than Marcia J. Rieke, who oversaw the design and construction of its camera.

#james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rieke-marcia-j, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

Dreaming of Suitcases in Space

A California start-up company believes it can one day speed delivery of important items by storing them in orbit.

#inversion-space, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #venture-capital

How to View the Northern Lights From New England and the Midwest

With careful planning, timing and luck, witnessing the aurora borealis in the Lower 48 is one of the greatest yet most rarely seen spectacles for anyone willing to sacrifice a bit of sleep.

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Russia’s Space Isolation Grows as OneWeb Cancels Launch

OneWeb, a British satellite maker, canceled launches reliant on Russia, which also announced it would cease selling rocket engines to American companies.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #northrop-grumman-corporation, #oneweb-inc, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #roscosmos, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #satellites, #soyuz-project, #space-and-astronomy, #united-launch-alliance

Venus Shows Its Hot, Cloudy Side

The Parker Solar Probe captured images of a glowing red surface during flybys.

#national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #parker-solar-probe-spacecraft, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #sun, #venus-planet

Beneath a Blanket of Stars

It isn’t as easy as it once was to find a dazzling night sky. In search of the Milky Way, our writer headed to Utah, which has the densest concentration of designated Dark Sky places in the world.

#arches-national-park-utah, #lighting, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #travel-and-vacations

Don’t Cede the Space Race to China and the Billionaires

We don’t know what space can tell us about the origins of the universe and life on Earth. But that, above all, is the reason for going. 

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #glenn-john-herschel-jr, #high-net-worth-individuals, #mars-planet, #moon, #musk-elon, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

On Mars, a NASA Rover and Helicopter’s Year of Surprise and Discovery

The past 12 months on Mars have been both “exciting” and “exhausting” for scientists and engineers minding Perseverance and Ingenuity. And the mission is only really getting started.

#engineering-and-engineers, #geology, #ingenuity-mars-helicopter, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #robots-and-robotics, #rock-and-stone, #space-and-astronomy

SpaceX Tourists Will Make Attempt at Spacewalk During Flight

Jared Isaacman, who flew in the company’s capsule last year, is chartering a repeat voyage that will expose the space-suited crew to space.

#isaacman-jared-1983, #private-spaceflight, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

China Not SpaceX May Be Source of Rocket Crashing Into Moon

The developer of astronomy software who said that Elon Musk’s company would cause a new crater on the moon says that he “had really gotten it wrong.”

#china, #moon, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

James Webb Telescope Sends Home a Selfie and 18 Images of Starlight

The spacecraft recorded a series of images of a target star that will be used to help its mirrors prepare for scientific research.

#james-webb-space-telescope, #mirrors, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies

What Elon Musk Did and Didn’t Say About SpaceX’s Starship Rocket

The founder of the private space company rehashed his broad vision of colonizing Mars, but he provided few clear details about when Starship would get to orbit.

#space-and-astronomy

What Will Elon Musk Say? Watch SpaceX Starship Live Stream

The giant, gleaming spacecraft is being designed to carry NASA astronauts to the moon, as well as the dreams of Elon Musk’s space company.

#federal-aviation-administration, #musk-elon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #texas

NASA-Funded Satellites Lost in Setback for Astra, a Small Rocket Launch Start-Up

The mission’s failure to reach orbit highlighted the challenges of breaking into the space business, especially for companies that are publicly traded on the stock market.

#astra-space-inc, #florida, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #start-ups