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Report claims Boeing has been forced to delay first Starliner launch by months

NASA needs a way to get astronauts to the International Space Station that doesn't involve paying Russia heaps of money, so it struck deals with both SpaceX and Boeing to build crew capsules capable of fulfilling that need. Earlier this month, SpaceX successfully sent its Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, paving the way for crew tests to be conducted within months, but what about Boeing?A new report from Reuters suggests that Boeing is having a much, much harder time ge...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, Reuters


Spacewatch: private Israeli mission on course for the moon

Beresheet spacecraft will attempt to land on the moon and measure its magnetic fieldA privately funded mission is on course to orbit the moon on 4 April. All being well, the 150kg spacecraft will then attempt to land a week later.An Israeli not-for-profit organisation, SpaceIL, owns the Beresheet craft, which was built by the space division of Israel Aerospace Industries, and launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Nasa, Middle East and North Africa, The moon, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Florida, Israel Aerospace Industries


These Two Cosmic 'Chimneys' Could Be Fueling the Galaxy-Sized Bubbles Looming Over the Milky Way

The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy is a bit like the hearth at the center of a cozy pub. It's a bright, warm gathering place around which all the quotidian life of the Milky Way swirls -- and, according to a new study published today (Mar. 20) in the journal Nature, it might even have a chimney or two.In a recent study of the X-ray emissions seething out of the Milky Way's galactic center, researchers noticed two unusual structures that have never been described befo...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Italy, Don, Fermi, XMM Newton, Chandra, Ponti, Gabriele Ponti, National Institute for Astrophysics INAF


NASA wants to help you develop cool new space tech

It's been decades since NASA and its government contractors handled everything in-house, but the recent push by the agency to bring private companies into the fold is truly unprecedented. NASA's agreements with companies like SpaceX make it clear that the group is ready and willing to pay others to develop its hardware, and a new announcement from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helps to hammer that point home.NASA and JPL revealed today that they'll be accepting applications to be par...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tom Cwik, Cwik


Senate panel to hold aviation safety hearing after two Boeing 737 Max crashes

Panel plans to call Boeing and other aviation manufacturers to testify following fatal Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes FAA said in a bulletin to foreign regulators and airlines that its ‘ongoing review of this software installation and training is an agency priority, as will be the rollout of any software, training or other measures’. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters A US Senate committee plans a hearing on 27 March on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashe...
Tags: Texas, Science, Indonesia, Senate, US, Nasa, International Space Station, Ted Cruz, Ethiopia, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Reuters, Ethiopian Airlines, National Transportation Safety Board, Lion Air


NASA put the electronic brains of the Mars 2020 rover through a torture test

Building a robotic vehicle that will eventually travel to another planet is a complicated undertaking. With just one NASA rover, Curiosity, currently roaming around on Mars after the death of Opportunity, the much-hyped Mars 2020 mission takes on even more significance.Getting it right means testing, tweaking, testing, tweaking, and then testing some more, and NASA just published a new behind-the-scenes look at the intense trial process the rover's on-board computers have to endure. Tucked a...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Red Planet, Jezero Crater, Heather Bottom


Arctic sea ice 2019 wintertime extent is seventh lowest

Sea ice in the Arctic appears to have hit its annual maximum extent after growing through the fall and winter. The 2019 wintertime extent reached on March 13 ties with 2007's as the 7th smallest extent of winter sea ice in the satellite record, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Arctic


Surprise! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe catches asteroid spewing bits into space

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted something that hasn't been seen up close on an asteroid before: plumes of particles erupting into space. The mission's scientists shared pictures of the plumes as well as the unexpectedly rugged terrain on the asteroid, known as Bennu, today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. They also published a set of seven papers about their findings in the journal Nature. “The discovery of plumes is one of the biggest s...
Tags: Science, Nasa, University Of Arizona, Bennu, Dante Lauretta OSIRIS


NASA’s InSight lander still has a big problem, and nobody is quite sure how to fix it

One of NASA's most exciting ongoing missions is that of the InSight lander that currently calls Mars home. The robotic lander has the potential to teach scientists a great deal about the Red Planet and its history, but first NASA has to figure out what to do with one of its important, but underperforming, instruments.The tool, which is described as a "self-hammering mole" is designed to dig several meters into the planet in order to take temperature readings and paint a more complete picture...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Dlr, Red Planet, Tilman Spohn


NASA captures devastating Nebraska floods from high above

Many of NASA's satellites spend their entire lives pointed deep into the cosmos, but the space agency also had plenty of lenses pointed back down towards Earth. NASA tracks all kinds of things that happen here on our planet, including weather systems and natural disasters like the record-setting floods currently taking place in Nebraska.In a new series of images, NASA's Landsat 8 satellite shows how dramatically much of Nebraska has changed as flood waters turned otherwise calm waterways...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Missouri, Nebraska, Elkhorn


Collecting Samples From Asteroid Bennu May Be Harder Than NASA Realized, New Findings Suggest 

NASA scientists have released a boatload of data from OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Bennu. There are lots of interesting results—and some potential unforeseen challenges when it comes to collecting a sample.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Asteroid, Astrophysics, Bennu, Osiris Rex


NASA photos capture immense flooding of a vital U.S. Air Force base

In 1948, Air Force Secretary Stuart Symington stationed the United States' long-range nuclear bombers at Offutt Air Force Base in eastern Nebraska, a location safe in the middle of the nation and well-insulated from the coast. But 70 years later, the base — now home to the U.S. Strategic Command which deters "catastrophic actions from adversaries and poses an immediate threat to any actor who questions U.S. resolve by demonstrating our capabilities" — isn't safe from historic and recor...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, United States, Cbs, Nebraska, Air Force, Digitalglobe, Fisher, National Weather Service NWS, U S Air Force, Offutt Air Force Base, Missouri River, Offutt Air Force, U S Strategic Command


NASA’s plan to scoop up dirt from asteroid hits a snag

NEW YORK (AP) — NASA’s plan to scoop up dirt and gravel from an asteroid has hit a snag. Scientists thought the asteroid Bennu had wide, open areas suitable for the task. But a spacecraft now circling the asteroid revealed the surface is covered with boulders and there aren’t any big, smooth spots for sampling. […]
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NASA's plan to scoop up dirt from asteroid hits a snag

NEW YORK (AP) — NASA's plan to scoop up dirt and gravel from an asteroid has hit a snag.
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The Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Just Dropped Its First Scientific Results

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission has released its first batch of scientific results on asteroid Ryugu—and it’s revealed a bunch of surprises about the small, spinning rock.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, Ryugu, Hayabusa2


Think of the closest planet to Earth... Wrong! Think again!

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


Nasa issues warning over herpes in space after virus reactivates in astronauts

Spaceflight is triggering viruses such as herpes, chickenpox and shingles in astronauts, according to a new study from Nasa. To study the impact space travel has on viruses, Nasa researchers analysed blood, urine and saliva samples from astronauts before, during and after space shuttle flights and International Space Station missions. The findings, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, show an increase in the shedding, or reactivation, of these viruses while in space.
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Space is reactivating herpes, chickenpox and shingles in astronauts, Nasa says

Spaceflight is triggering viruses such as herpes, chickenpox and shingles in astronauts, according to a new study from Nasa. To study the impact space travel has on viruses, Nasa researchers analysed blood, urine and saliva samples from astronauts before, during and after space shuttle flights and International Space Station missions. The findings, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, show an increase in the shedding, or reactivation, of these viruses while in space.
Tags: Science, Nasa


A Huge Asteroid Exploded Above Earth, and You Totally Missed It

The second-largest asteroid to hit Earth in the last 30 years went undetected, until now.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Meteors, NEOWISE, NEOCam


Watch F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Bring Up the Moon Landing Hoax to Actual Astronauts

Believe it or not, Formula One drivers are real people, too. They have heroes and they can get awkward when faced with those heroes, just like the rest of us. Sometimes, it can be comforting to know you’re not the only person out there who brings up absurd subjects at the wrong time—sort of like Lewis Hamilton asking…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Racing, Formula One, Lewis Hamilton, Spacelopnik


Psyche: Metal world mission targets 'iron volcanoes'

What exotic processes occur on the world known as 16 Psyche? A Nasa mission will soon find out.
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Aliens Might Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Travel the Galaxy

An astronomer at Columbia University has a new guess about how hypothetical alien civilizations might be invisibly navigating our galaxy: Firing lasers at binary black holes (twin black holes that orbit each other).The idea is a futuristic upgrade of a technique NASA has used for decades.Right now, spacecraft already navigate our solar system using gravity wells as slingshots. The spacecraft itself enters orbit around a planet, flings itself as close as possible to a planet or moon to pick up sp...
Tags: Science, Halo, Nasa, Columbia University, Black Holes, Columbia, David Kipping, Kipping


Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima

Fireball over Kamchatka peninsula in December went largely unnoticed at the timeA meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed.The fireball tore across the sky off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russia’s south-west, six ye...
Tags: Europe, Science, Russia, World news, Nasa, TNT, Meteors, Hiroshima, Chelyabinsk, Kamchatka Peninsula, Bering Sea


NASA administrator Bridenstine wants everyone to know he still has faith in the SLS

Well, that certainly didn't take long! Just a day after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine alluded to the possibility of flying the new Orion crew capsule's first experimental trip around the Moon using a pair of commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space Launch System which is still in development, he's issued a new statement assuring everyone that the SLS is still a major part of NASA's future.In a new memo sent to all NASA employees and contractors, Bridenstine clarifi...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine


NASA’s zero-gravity plane: How astronauts train for microgravity

There is no way to shield astronauts on earth from the effects of gravity. Astronauts train for space by going on an airplane that flies high at an arc so that the force lifts them in the air. However, we can only achieve about a minute's worth of weightlessness this way. NASA researchers have nicknamed this plane the "Vomit Comet."
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Nasa, Flight, Innovation, Ask an astronomer


Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, Washington, White House, China, India, New York City, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, United States, Harvard University, International Space Station, House, Antarctica


PHOTOS: NASA Captures Shockwaves of Supersonic Aircrafts Using the Schlieren Technique

PHOTOS: NASA Captures Shockwaves of Supersonic Aircrafts Using the Schlieren Technique
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Watch the U.S. Air Force launch a new satellite live right here

It's been an eventful week for spaceflight, with the biggest news being the hotly anticipated launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying a pair of NASA astronauts going smoothly on Thursday, but we're not done yet. The U.S. Air Force is about to close out the week with the launch of a shiny new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite, and it's using a Delta IV rocket from United Launch Alliance to make it happen. The launch, which will be the second Delta IV launch from ULA th...
Tags: Florida, Science, Australia, Nasa, Canada, United States, Air Force, Ula, United Launch Alliance, U S Air Force, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Wideband Global SATCOM


In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder Mission Unknowingly Landed Near the Shores of a Ancient Martian Sea

Nearly 25 years ago, the Pathfinder spacecraft explored a suspected floodplain on Mars. Unbeknownst to NASA at the time, the waters that long ago carved Pathfinder’s landing site spilled out from a previously undocumented inland sea nearby, new research shows.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Planetary Science, Sojourner, Water On Mars, Pathfinder, Sojourner Rover



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