NASA Awards SpaceX $2.9 Billion to Build Moon Lander

Elon Musk’s company bested Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and others in the contest to carry American astronauts to the lunar surface.

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How a Burst of Light in the Sky Illuminated Something Primal

Videos of a mysterious celestial phenomenon captured a once-common human emotion: awe at the wonder of the heavens.

#comets, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #social-media, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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A 5 O’Clock Shuttle to Mars?

Diana Trujillo, a NASA flight director, discusses the future of space travel and the search for signs of life on the red planet.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #trujillo-diana

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Finding From Particle Research Could Break Known Laws of Physics

It’s not the next Higgs boson — yet. But the best explanation, physicists say, involves forms of matter and energy not currently known to science.

#brookhaven-ny, #brookhaven-national-laboratory, #chicago-ill, #fermi-national-accelerator-laboratory, #higgs-boson, #illinois, #large-hadron-collider, #muon-subatomic-particle, #particle-accelerators, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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SpaceX Test Rocket Goes Up and Explodes Again

Something went wrong early for Starship, with shards of metal raining down around the launch site including debris that hit one of the cameras.

#innovation, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #texas

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A Billionaire Names His Team to Ride SpaceX, No Pros Allowed

Meet the four people who will take the first all-civilian rocket trip to orbit Earth.

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Hunting Ghost Particles Beneath the World’s Deepest Lake

A neutrino-spotting telescope beneath Russia’s frozen Lake Baikal in Russia is close to delivering scientific results after four decades of setbacks.

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An Astronaut’s Heart Shrank From Space Travel, Study Finds

After almost a year in space, Scott Kelly’s heart diminished, but he remained reasonably fit.

#circulation-journal, #gravitation-and-gravity, #heart, #international-space-station, #kelly-scott-j, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

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Glynn S. Lunney Dies at 84; Oversaw NASA Flights From Mission Control

He was hailed for leading the rescue of Apollo 13 astronauts when their spacecraft was rocked by an explosion en route to the moon, and for helping guide them home.

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The Most Intimate Portrait Yet of a Black Hole

Two years of analyzing the polarized light from a galaxy’s giant black hole has given scientists a glimpse at how quasars might arise.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Prepares for Its First Flight Date

The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity traveled to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, which is also preparing for its main science mission.

#helicopters, #ingenuity, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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Oumuamua: It Came From Another Solar System

A piece of an extrasolar Pluto may have passed through our cosmic neighborhood, a new study suggests.

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The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.

Mars once had rivers, lakes and seas. Although the planet is now desert dry, scientists say most of the water is still there, just locked up in rocks.

#geology, #mars-planet, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #water

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Biden Nominates Bill Nelson to Lead NASA

Bill Nelson flew on a space shuttle in 1986 and lost re-election for a fourth Senate term in 2018. Some space advocates fear his approach to the agency could take it backward.

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Watch NASA Test Its Giant New S.L.S. Moon Rocket

A test earlier this year of the Space Launch System core stage was marred by errors, so the agency will conduct a do-over.

#content-type-service, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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The Space Launch System: NASA’s Last Rocket

The United States is unlikely to build anything like the Space Launch System ever again. But it’s still good that NASA did.

#moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

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When the Aliens Arrive, What Will They Look Like? A Zoologist Has Answers

In “A Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Arik Kershenbaum uses his knowledge of the various species here on Earth to speculate about what might exist out there.

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China and Russia Agree to Explore the Moon Together

The two countries, moving increasingly closer, signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on lunar missions, including the establishment of a research station in orbit or on the surface of the moon.

#china, #international-relations, #moon, #russia, #space-and-astronomy

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Why Is Space Command Moving Into Mo Brooks’s Backyard?

The congressman from Huntsville, Ala., was quick to claim that the 2020 election was stolen. His district continues to get special treatment.

#alabama, #brooks-morris-jackson, #colorado, #huntsville-ala, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #presidential-election-of-2020, #space-and-astronomy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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I Asked the Head of Space Force What the Agency Has Done for Me Lately

Gen. John Raymond has put up with plenty of mockery. But, he says, there’s nothing funny about protecting U.S. interests from Russian and Chinese anti-satellite technology.

#carell-steve, #china, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-space-force

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The Moon’s Comet-Like Tail Shoots Beams Around the Earth

“It almost seems like a magical thing,” said one of the astronomers involved in studying the lunar phenomenon.

#journal-of-geophysical-research-planets, #meteors-and-meteorites, #moon, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Watch SpaceX’s Starship Test Launch

Two earlier high-altitude flights of the Starship spacecraft crashed spectacularly after successful liftoffs.

#maezawa-yusaku, #mars-planet, #musk-elon, #space-and-astronomy

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Dissatisfied With Life on Earth? A SpaceX Client Seeks Travel Companions

A Japanese billionaire, who previously sought a crew of artists and a new girlfriend, issued a call for applicants to join him on a weeklong journey around the moon.

#maezawa-yusaku, #private-spaceflight, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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Once Upon a Time on Mars

A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.

#jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #robots-and-robotics, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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Meteor Streaks Like a Firework Across U.K. Night Sky

Those who looked up just before 10 p.m. on Sunday were treated to the sight of a fireball meteor.

#asteroids, #england, #great-britain, #meteors-and-meteorites, #scotland, #space-and-astronomy

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Hunting for a Giant Black Hole, Astronomers Found a Nest of Darkness

No Gargantua dwells at the heart of stellar cluster NGC 6397. Instead, a few dozen smaller black holes seem to be swarming around in there, throwing their considerable masses around.

#astronomy-and-astrophysics-journal, #black-holes-space, #hubble-space-telescope, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #your-feed-science

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5 Picture Books About the Wonders of Science

Fossils, flowers, galaxies and a rare “lefty” snail.

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NASA’s Mars Parachute Had a Hidden Code. Meet the People Who Cracked It.

Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it.

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Europe Wants to Diversify Its Pool of Astronauts

In its first hiring drive in over a decade, the continent’s space agency is looking to recruit disabled people and more women.

#disabilities, #europe, #european-space-agency, #european-union, #international-space-station, #space-and-astronomy, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Watch Video From NASA’s Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

Since arriving safely on Thursday, the spacecraft has been steadily transmitting visual files and other data back to Earth.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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She Beat Cancer at 10. Now She’ll Join SpaceX’s First Private Trip to Orbit.

St. Jude Hospital and Jared Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur, selected Hayley Arceneaux for a trip to orbit in a SpaceX capsule.

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Seven Hundred Leagues Beneath Titan’s Methane Seas

Mars, Shmars; this voyager is looking forward to a submarine ride under the icebergs on Saturn’s strange moon.

#cassini-spacecraft, #oceans-and-seas, #planets, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #submarines-and-submersibles, #titan-saturn-moon, #your-feed-science

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Photos Show NASA Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

Scientists working on the mission are eagerly scrutinizing the first images sent back to Earth by the robotic explorer.

#jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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A Famous Black Hole Gets a Massive Update

Cygnus X-1, one of the first identified black holes, is much weightier than expected, raising new questions about how such objects form.

#astrophysical-journal, #black-holes-space, #milky-way-galaxy, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #your-feed-science

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars to Renew Search for Extinct Life

Perseverance’s arrival extends the successful U.S. landing record on the planet, and brings sophisticated tools to the hunt for alien life.

#helicopters, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA’s Mars Rover Landing: Launch Time, Streaming and Details

The Perseverance rover will attempt to touch down in one piece on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

#mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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NASA Will Listen for Thumps on Mars From Perseverance Rover’s Arrival

Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft’s seismometer.

#earthquakes, #geology, #mars-planet, #mars-insight-spacecraft, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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What NASA’s Perseverance Rover Hopes to Find on Mars

Our early days on Earth have almost entirely disappeared, but on Mars, the past is entombed.

#earth, #mars-planet, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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Where Did the Dinosaur-Killing Impactor Come From?

A new study blames a comet fragment for the death of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But most experts maintain that an asteroid caused this cataclysmic event.

#asteroids, #comets, #dinosaurs, #earth, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #yucatan-peninsula-mexico

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Earth to Voyager 2: After a Year in the Darkness, We Can Talk to You Again

NASA’s sole means of sending commands to the distant space probe, launched 44 years ago, is being restored on Friday.

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Millie Hughes-Fulford, NASA Shuttle Scientist, Dies at 75

As the space agency’s first female payload specialist, she conducted experiments about the impact of weightlessness on astronauts’ immune systems and loss of bone mass.

#columbia-space-shuttle, #deaths-obituaries, #hughes-fulford-millie, #immune-system, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #women-and-girls

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Aliens Must Be Out There

Why aren’t we looking for them?

#extraterrestrial-life, #loeb-abraham-1962, #physics, #planets, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #sun

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Monolith in Turkey Is Revealed to Be Government Stunt

The inscription on the monolith read “Look at the sky, see the moon.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the same slogan in announcing Turkey’s new space program this week.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #space-and-astronomy, #turkey

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China’s Mars Mission Is Up Next to Orbit the Red Planet

The Tianwen-1 mission is scheduled to be the second of three new visitors to Mars this month.

#china, #mars-planet, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #tianwen-1-mars-mission

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Mars Mission From U.A.E. to Arrive and Orbit Red Planet

The Hope spacecraft will fire its engines on Tuesday, aiming to be grappled by the planet’s gravity and begin its atmospheric science studies.

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Life on Venus? The Picture Gets Cloudier

Despite doubts from many scientists, a team of researchers who said they had detected an unusual gas in the planet’s atmosphere were still confident of their findings.

#chemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #venus-planet

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Electrons, Photons, Gluons, Quarks: A Nobel-Winning Physicist Explains It All

In “Fundamentals,” Frank Wilczek describes his own love for physics and details what we all need to understand about the forces that shape our physical world.

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Jeff Bezos Renews Focus on Blue Origin, Which Has Been Slower to Launch

The Amazon founder started his private rocket company in 2000, but its busiest phase could just now be starting.

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Watch SpaceX’s Starship Conduct a Test Launch

After defying the F.A.A. during its last test flight in December, the company aims to stick the landing this time.

#explosions-accidental, #musk-elon, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #texas

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The Webb Telescope, NASA’s Golden Surfer, Is Almost Ready, Again

After decades of fits and starts, the multibillion dollar successor to the Hubble telescope is expected to launch as soon as this fall.

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