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Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis talks 3D-printed rockets at TC Sessions: Space in LA

The launch industry is undergoing a number of major changes, among them the shift from traditional manufacturing to 3D printing — which Relativity Space is spearheading. The company plans to build 95% of its rocket using the world’s biggest 3D printers, and could launch as early as next year. Co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis will be on hand at TC Sessions: Space in Los Angeles on June 25 to talk all about it. Relativity has been on our radar for a couple of years now, and to be honest we were all...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, La, Los Angeles, Events, Tech, 3d Printing, Rocketry, Lax, Ellis, Tim Ellis, Relativity Space, TC Sessions Space 2020


Max Q: How to build a Starship

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. Busy week for SpaceX – across funding, space tourism, and next-gen spacecraft. There’s also a space station resupply mission coming up that it’s getting ready for, and signs (this time literally) continue to suggest that its first human spaceflight mission is imminent. Lots of other news, too, including our own: We announced this week that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is goin...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Space, Japan, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, La, Toronto, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Earth


Nasa's InSight lander records hundreds of marsquakes on red planet

InSight, which touched down in 2018, proves beyond doubt that Mars is seismically activeThe latest robot to land on Mars has felt the ground shake beneath its feet, whirlwinds tear across the surface and sudden blasts of air shoot past like “atmospheric tsunamis”.The measurements are the first to be released from Nasa’s InSight lander, which touched down in the barren expanse of Elysium Planitia in November 2018 on a mission to investigate the planet’s interior. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Geology, Mars, Elysium Planitia


Katherine Johnson, Nasa mathematician portrayed in Hidden Figures, dies at 101

Johnson overcame racial and gender-based discrimination to become an integral part of Nasa’s work in space exploration Katherine Johnson, one of the trailblazing African American mathematicians whose story was told in the hit film Hidden Figures, has died, Nasa announced on Monday. She was 101. Related: How history forgot the black women behind Nasa’s space race Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, US news, Nasa, Mathematics, Johnson, Katherine Johnson, Katherine Johnson Nasa


Why the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft looks like a snowman

Just over a year ago, courtesy of NASA’s New Horizons mission, we were treated to images of 2014MU69, a small object 6.6 billion kilometers from the sun – making it the most distant object to have ever been visited by a spacecraft. It was described, variously, like a snowman, a bowling pin, or a peanut. What we were seeing was a picture of one of the oldest and most primitive bodies in the solar system. New Horizons took only a handful of minutes to fly past the object at its closest approach of...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Syndication


Massive planet that would dwarf Jupiter has been discovered in our galactic neighborhood

Just 330 light-years from Earth, a massive baby planet named 2MASS 1155–7919 b has recently been born from a cloud of gas and dust. Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) found this rare young gas giant, 10 times larger than Jupiter, orbiting far from its stellar companion— 600 times further from its parent star than the Earth is from the Sun. The star around which this planet orbits is also extremely young, having formed just five million years ago, roughly one-thousandth ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Jupiter, Rochester Institute of Technology RIT, Syndication


MIT system predicts the best way to deflect an Earth-bound asteroid

We’re not in immediate danger of any asteroids colliding with Earth – at least not as far as anyone’s aware. But it’s not like it hasn’t happened before, and there is an expected near-miss coming up in 2029. Accordingly, it’s probably best to be prepared, and MIT researchers have developed a system that could help determine the best possible method to avoid a collision – long before the situation becomes desperate. An MIT team led by former MIT graduate student Sung Wook Paek describe a ‘decisio...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Time, Tech, Earth, Mit, Asteroid, Aerospace, Bennu, Apophis, Sung Wook Paek


SpaceX and a new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across eight separate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


SpaceX and new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across high serrate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients to ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Strange signals coming from space every 16 days are puzzling scientists

An odd radio signal is coming from space, starting and stopping in regular 16-day cycles. A team of Canadian astronomers was the first to report finding the source, which they discovered using a novel radio telescope. This newly-discovered burst of radio waves, called FRB 180814.J0422+73, does not fit any known cause, leading to range-ranging speculations on its nature, ranging from simple interactions between stars, to suggestions the waves are signals from intelligent lifeforms. A burst of ins...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite


New research suggests stars don’t collapse — they explode!!!

By conducting experimental research with matter 10 million times denser and 25 times denser than that found at the centre of the sun, researchers have determined the nature of the nuclear processes that occur within intermediate-mass stars. Our understanding of the deaths of both low and high mass stars are fairly sound, but the team’s findings could change how we think about the fate of stars that lie in between. They suggest that such stars may not collapse, as previously believed, but instead...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Innovation in space food and slime, an artist's sudden success, and why we should eat more sea urchins The Future of Space Food MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in thFrom slime to space, tech and textilese cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team …
Tags: Food, Art, Space, Science, Design, News, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Sustainability, Cellphones, Nature, Architecture, Ocean, Artists, Seafood


Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit – the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway Moon-orbiting space station. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021. The CAPSTONE launch will take place at Rocket Lab’s new Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) facility at Wallops Fligh...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Spaceport, Outer Space


Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot image is 30 years old today

Thirty years ago today, the Voyager 1 spaceprobe had completed its ncounters with the outer planets and was careening out of our solar system. The time came to shut off the probes' cameras to preserve power and memory for the other onboard scientific instruments. But before engineers flipped the switch, one last photo opportunity was not to be missed. From my liner notes to the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set: Astronomer and educator Carl Sagan, a member of the Voyager Imaging Team,...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Carl Sagan, Sagan, Voyager, Voyager Imaging Team


The scientific secrets inside a single grain of moon dust

While scientists have studied Moon rocks for 50 years, researchers have for the first time conducted deep analysis on a single grain of lunar dust, atom by atom. Using a common materials science technique called atom probe tomography that's not widely used by geologists, the Chicago Field Museum's Jennika Greer and colleagues probed the grain of soil -- about the width of a human hair -- and were able to learn about the Moon's surface its elemental composition. From the Field Museum: In...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Moon, Geology, Greer, Chicago Field Museum, Nanoscience, Jennika Greer, Northwestern University Greer


Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Could Help Explain How Our Solar System Formed

Nothing you encounter is truly “pristine.” Nearly every atom on our planet has been processed in some way, either by humans, the Sun, Earth’s core, or other influences. But on New Year’s Day 2019, the New Horizons mission flew past one of the most pristine objects in the solar system: Arrokoth, an object far beyond…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, New Horizons, Sun Earth, Ultima Thule, Planet Formation, Mu69, Arrokoth


Blue Canyon Technologies chosen by Made in Space for orbital manufacturing demo mission

In-orbit manufacturing startup Made in Space has tapped Colorado’s Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to help support its Archinaut One demonstration mission contracted by NASA, which is currently set to take place in 2022. The mission will see Made in Space show off the assembly of two ten-meter solar arrays on orbit, which will then be used to power an ESPA-class satellite, providing up to five times more power than is available via power sources used for those satellites not assembled in orbit. B...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Colorado, Tech, Nasa, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Additive Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Jpl, Cubesats, Crum


Orbital debris startup Astroscale chosen by JAXA for its first space junk removal mission

Japanese orbital debris removal technology startup Astroscale is going to be working with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on the agency’s first mission to remove some of the junk that currently exists on orbit. They’ve been selected by the age y to participate in its Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration project (CRD2) which includes two separate mission phases that together will aim to accomplish the removal of a large body currently on orbit, the spent upper stage of a Ja...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Articles, Ceo, Satellite, Aerospace, Space Debris, Outer Space, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, JAXA, OneWeb


SpaceX hires ex-NASA human spaceflight expert and shows off Crew Dragon set to carry astronauts

SpaceX is gearing up for its historic first human spaceflight, with a crewed demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon spacecraft tentatively set for May 7 (though that date is flexible right now). The company on Tuesday showed a clip of the completed Crew Dragon spacecraft that will carry astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley undergoing testing, and CNBC revealed that it had hired former NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier. Gerstenmaier serv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Ars-technica, Nasa, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Cnbc, Roscosmos, Space Station


The Future of Space Food

MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in the cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team (made up of 50+ graduate students, staff, scientists, designers, and engineers) works on countless aspects of space travel, but hones in on two central topics: boredom and food. These …
Tags: Health, Food, Cooking, Space, Science, Design, Nasa, Mit, Space Travel, Mars, Food + Drink, Linkaboutit, MIT Media Lab, Space Food


Solid rocket fuel startup Adranos raises $1 million to scale up manufacturing

Indiana-based rocket fuel startup Adranos has raised $1 million, after closing an oversubscribed round led by Archibald Cox Jr., chairman of private investment firm Sextant Group. The funding will be used to Adranos to build out its manufacturing capability, and to pursue additional key hires to build out its team. Adranos is building a new kind of solid rocket propellant called ‘ALITEC,’ which the company says can both increase the overall performance of a rocket vs. traditional solid fuels, an...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Indiana, Rocket, Weapons, Aerospace, Chairman, Cto, Blue Origin, Rocketry, Firearms, Purdue University, Brandon Terry


Avenue 5 Contains All the Absurd Chaos We Hope to Never Encounter in Deep Space

One of sci-fi’s go-to plots is “disaster in the depths of space,” where a catastrophe endangers the mission and, ultimately, human lives. HBO’s new series Avenue 5 takes that well-worn idea and dunks it into a mix of biting wit, cruise-ship cheese, and unlikable characters you somehow can’t get enough of.Read more...
Tags: Space, Hbo, Comedy, Science, Sci Fi, Armando Iannucci, Poop, Cruise Ships, Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Avenue 5


2021 NASA budget request includes $3.3B for human lunar landers, $430M for Moon resource development

The Trump White House today issued its , and it included a 12% increase in requested funding to NASA’s coffers, as expected. That puts the total request for NASA at $25.2 billion, nearly half, or $12.3 billion, of which is earmarked specifically to support NASA’s efforts to return to the surface of the Moon and to eventually land people on Mars. Highlights from the proposed budget, which was issued by the Office of Management and Budget on Monday, include $3.3 billion specifically designate ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Moon, Orion, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Office of Management and Budget


NASA and ESA’s Solar Orbiter begins its nearly two year journey to the Sun

After years of development, an exciting new scientific research spacecraft has launched on its journey to study our solar system’s central player: the Sun. The Solar Orbiter, developed jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) and built by Airbus, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday night, launching as planned at 11:03 PM EST (8:03 PM PST). Solar Orbiter launched atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, feating a special, unique config...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, Sun, European Space Agency, Airbus, Aerospace, Venus, Spacecraft, Plasma Physics, European Space Agency ESA


Watch two rocket launches live, including a Space Station supply flight and a mission to study the Sun

There are two – that’s right two – launches happening this Sunday, and both are set to broadcast live on NASA’s official stream above. The first is a NASA International Space Station resupply mission, with a Norhtrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft launching aboard an Antares rocket from Wallops Island in Virginia at 5:39 PM EST (2:39 PM PST). The second is the launch of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, a joint scientific mission by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) that’s set to take off ab...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Florida, Science, Virginia, Nasa, Esa, Sun, European Space Agency, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Venus, Spacecraft, Space Station


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
Tags: Travel, Art, Apps, Space, Science, Design, News, Sweden, Internet, Australia, Hotels, Environment, Advertising, History, Nasa, Bacteria


Shutting down flat Earthers, Neil deGrasse Tyson style

What is the point of debate when one side the argument is objectively true? There is none. That is, unless the incorrect arguer has the ability to influence the masses. When a relatively famous musician began spewing flat Earth views on social media, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson knew he had to jump in the ring and defend science with science. General belief systems aren't a threat, but it's important to combat incorrect and dangerous views when they have a chance of pervading greater socie...
Tags: Space, Science, Media, Internet, Climate Change, Society, Intelligence, Earth, Innovation, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Speech


These four graphs prove we can’t blame climate change on ‘solar activity’

The past decade (2010-2019) was the hottest on record and five of the top 10 warmest single years have all occurred since 2015, according to reports released by the UK Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization. The current Australian bushfire crisis is also the worst on record, having emerged due to a combination of increased average temperature (roughly 1.5°C above the long term average) and a reduction in rainfall. But can we attribute this to anything more natural than anthropogeni...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, UK Met Office, World Meteorological Organization, Syndication


Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth

Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, “completed 5,248 orbits of the Earth and a journey of 139 million miles, roughly the equivalent of 291 trips to the moon …
Tags: Gender, Space, Science, Design, Nasa, Earth, Culture, Astronauts, Linkaboutit, Koch, Christina Koch



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