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Elon Musk seems furious that SpaceX has to split Space Force contracts worth billions with his nemesis, ULA

SpaceX recently won a 40% share of a prized agreement with the Space Force to launch classified US payloads into orbit. But the rocket company, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, remained curiously silent for days after the announcement. Musk broke the silence on Thursday by accusing rival United Launch Alliance, which won a majority of the rocket contracts, of being "a complete waste of taxpayer money." Tory Bruno, ULA's CEO, responded to Musk by congratulating SpaceX on its award. Musk has a long...
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Elon Musk seems furious that SpaceX has to split Space Force contracts worth billions with his biggest rival, ULA

SpaceX recently won a 40% share of a prized agreement with the Space Force to launch classified US payloads into orbit. But the rocket company, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, remained curiously silent for days after the announcement. Musk broke the silence on Thursday by accusing rival United Launch Alliance, which won a majority of the rocket contracts, of being "a complete waste of taxpayer money." Tory Bruno, ULA's CEO, responded to Musk by congratulating SpaceX on its award. Musk has a long...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Crimea, Pentagon, Npr, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Air Force, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Pluto


A new spaceship-on-a-balloon startup wants to float you high enough to see Earth's curvature and the darkness of space for roughly $125,000 per ticket

Space Perspective hopes to balloon wealthy passengers to an altitude of about 100,000 feet, where the darkness of space and the curvature of Earth are visible. The startup, which emerged from hiding on Thursday, was founded in 2019 by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who previously cofounded the high-altitude balloon company World View Enterprises. Their new startup is developing a "Spaceship Neptune" crew capsule to fly eight passengers and a pilot at the end of a hydrogen balloon. Each fli...
Tags: Google, Florida, Trends, Nasa, Earth, North America, Neptune, World View, Atlantic Ocean, World View Enterprises, Jane Poynter, Frank White, Cape Canaveral Florida, Kennedy Space Center, MACCALLUM, Eustace


'Looking at an Alien Sky': New Horizons Probe Sees Stars From a New View

Long-time Slashdot reader JoeRobe writes: Space.com and other outlets are reporting on new pictures of Wolf 359 and Proxima Centauri sent back from New Horizons. The images show clear parallax between the view from Earth and from the spacecraft 6.9 billion km away. In effect, New Horizons is looking up at a visually different star field than we are... NASA has even created stereoscopic pairs to get a 3D view. "It's fair to say that New Horizons is looking at an alien sky, unlike what we see fr...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Reddit, New Horizons, Wolf, Brian May, Stern, Proxima Centauri, New View, Alan Stern, JoeRobe, Earth New Horizons


Spy balloons that can see a phone in your hand will soon 'orbit' over North America. Here's how World View's technology works and what else its new CEO has planned.

World View Enterprises is a startup based in Tucson, Arizona, that launches surveillance balloon-craft into the stratosphere. The company says its Stratollites, as the devices are called, can take photos with a quality of five centimeters per pixel, which is many times better than commercial satellites and good enough to detect a mobile phone in a person's hand.  The company plans to start a new service this summer: sending Stratollites on circuitous, weeks-long "racetracks" above North Americ...
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Spy balloons that can see a phone in your hand will soon fly loops over North America. Here's how World View's technology works and what else its new CEO has planned.

World View Enterprises is a startup based in Tucson, Arizona, that launches surveillance balloon-craft into the stratosphere. The company says its Stratollites, as the devices are called, can take photos with a quality of five centimeters per pixel. That's many times better than commercial satellites and good enough to detect a mobile phone in a person's hand.  The company plans to start a new service this summer: send Stratollites on circuitous, weeks-long "racetracks" or "orbits" above North...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Australia, Mexico, Africa, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Arizona, Panama Canal, North America, Customs, Department Of Homeland Security, Pacific, Border Patrol


Inside the High Stakes Missions of NASA’s Oldest Deep-Space Probes

On Aug. 20, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 probe on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system.Twelve years later, having scanned Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the 1,600-pound spacecraft completed its initial mission.But it kept going. And going. And going. Nursed farther and farther into space by a small team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Voyager 2 is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth, making it the second-most-distant man-made object from ...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, The Daily Beast, Neptune, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Stern, Alan Stern, Calla Cofield, Cofield


'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'

The Register talks to Carolyn Porco, Garry Hunt and Alan Stern about the picture that almost wasn't Thirty years ago, the Voyager Project celebrated 14 February not with a card, but with a family portrait of the Solar System, which would give rise to the celebrated "Pale Blue Dot" concept. The Register spoke to the scientists involved, as well as those who might snap a future image.…
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How a space snowman called Arrokoth is shedding new light on planetary origins

The space snowman that was the focus of a close encounter with NASA's New Horizons probe last year is helping scientists answer a cosmic question: How did the building blocks of the solar system get their start? "This is a game-changer," said Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute and principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. Stern and other members of the New Horizons science team shared their latest findings about the snowman-shaped object now know...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Seattle, New Horizons, Stern, Alan Stern, American Association, Southwest Research Institute


27 stunning photos of the cosmos taken this year

This has been a year of photographic firsts: A worldwide team of scientists published the first image of a black hole, and China captured the first photos from the far side of the moon. Space telescopes also captured mind-blowing shots of galaxies and nebulae. Here are 27 of the most stunning photos of the cosmos from 2019. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The universe is filled with strange and beautiful objects, and we can now photograph them better than ever. Space teles...
Tags: China, New York City, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, Andy Warhol, South America, Mars, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Whirlpool, Neptune, Petersen, Spitzer Space Telescope, Chang


Distant cosmic body renamed over Nazi backlash

When the New Horizons probe originally visited Arrokoth, the most distant celestial body to have ever been visited by a spacecraft, NASA researchers nicknamed the body "Ultima Thule."Thule refers to a distant mythological civilization. Although it originated in ancient Greek and Roman literature, the Nazis co-opted the term to refer to a mythological homeland of the Aryan people.The new name, Arrokoth, is Powhatan for "sky." None The object formerly known as Ultima Thule has two claims to fame...
Tags: Astronomy, Maryland, Nazis, History, Nasa, Earth, New York Times, Innovation, Norway, Nazi, Asteroid, Hubble Space Telescope, Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Thule, Chesapeake


A winner of this year's Nobel prize in physics is convinced we'll detect alien life in 100 years. Here are 13 reasons why we haven't made contact yet.

The Milky Way galaxy has billions of planets that could potentially host life. Yet despite scientists' efforts to monitor for and occasionally signal to extraterrestrials, we have not found any evidence that aliens exist. This conundrum is known as the Fermi Paradox, and it has inspired debate among researchers for decades. A co-winner of this year's Nobel prize in physics said he "can't believe we are the only living entity in the universe," and that he's "absolutely convinced" we will detect...
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New Horizons’ far-out findings from solar system’s Kuiper Belt turn into a cover story

The space snowman known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule added to its celebrity today by showing up on the cover of the journal Science, with the first peer-reviewed results from an encounter with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft laid out within. Close study of the two-lobed object — which orbits 4 billion miles from the sun within a sparse belt of icy material known as the Kuiper Belt — could shed light on how the solar system was formed, said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, a pla...
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule


The Most Distant Object Ever Explored Is Lumpy. And Astronomers Don't Know Why.

Ultima Thule is lumpy, and scientists aren't sure why.Just after midnight on Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Ultima Thule, a small, frigid object that lies about 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond the orbit of Pluto. The photos New Horizons captured during that epic encounter revealed a world unlike any other ever seen up close. The 21-mile-wide (33 km) Ultima Thule is bilobed and therefore resembles a reddish snowman -- if that snowman had been flattened ...
Tags: Science, Washington, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, Stern, Thule, Boulder Colorado, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule, Ultima, Karl Tate, Outer Planets Assessment Group


New Horizons beams back a new revelation about Ultima Thule

When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zoomed by the twin space rocks known collectively as Ultima Thule earlier this year, the images it sent back seemed to show a "space snowman" in all its glory. The photos showed two round lumps of rock attached by a thick "belt" in a shape known as a contact binary.Photos don't lie but they can't be a bit misleading, even in space. Now, astronomers have been thrown for a loop when New Horizons' final series of images of Ultima Thule reveal that...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Yep Ultima Thule


Pancakes in space? No that's just the mysterious MU69

It's a strange little world. At 4 billion miles from Earth, MU69 (also nicknamed Ultima Thule) is the farthest-away object a human spacecraft has ever visited. For the past few years, scientists have labeled MU69 as an unknown, mysterious "puzzle." After the 13-year-old New Horizons spacecraft eventually swooped by the frozen rock on New Years Day 2019, the object graduated to a snowman-shaped frozen rock. Now, after receiving new images of MU69, planetary scientists suspect that both of it...
Tags: Science, Earth, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Alex Parker, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab


'We've never seen something like this orbiting the sun': Scientists are puzzled by the shape of the most distant object ever explored

NASA's New Horizons probe flew by a space rock called 2014 MU69, the most distant space object ever visited by humanity, on New Year's Day. Also called Ultima Thule, the rock is more than 4 billion miles away. The newest image sequence of Ultima Thule has reveals that the rock is not spherical, as scientists previously thought, but rather flat. New Horizons captured hundreds of photos of the object, but it will take the probe up to 20 months to beam back all that data. The most distant object...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule


NASA reveals best-yet image of twin space rocks Ultima Thule

NASA's 2019 started off with a bang as its New Horizons probe zipped by the most distant object mankind has ever tried to visit, a strange space rock known as Ultima Thule. Scientists quickly discovered that Ultima Thule isn't one object, but two, making it the first contact binary ever studied in such detail. Now, as NASA continues to gather more data from the flyby, the New Horizons team has revealed the most detailed glimpse yet of Ultima Thule, and it's a real stunner. In the n...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, New Horizons, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Ultima Thule Scientists


Ultima Thule shows its lumps in latest images from New Horizons flyby

The rendezvous between the New Horizons probe and the distant object known as Ultima Thule was an historic moment, but after the mind-blowing imagery the craft sent back from Pluto, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed in how indistinct the early imagery was. Those concerns should be partly alleviated by the latest image from the probe, which shows the rocky world in considerably greater detail. It’s still not exactly poster quality, but remember, this is being beamed back bi...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, LORRI, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule


New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

On New Year's Day, researchers flew NASA's New Horizons probe past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule). MU69 orbits the sun from about 4 billion miles away. It's the most distant object humanity has ever explored. NASA's spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and the images are slowly trickling back to Earth. Scientists animated a series of the images into a video that shows MU69 turns like an hourglass. The most distant object humanity has ever visited loo...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Tennessee, New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt, Moore, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Applied Physics Laboratory, Ultima Thule, Jeff Moore, Cathy Olkin


Ultima Thule: First photographs taken by New Horizons spacecraft reveal distant world resembles snowman

Nasa has revealed the first photo of the distant world of Ultima Thule, the most distant object that humanity has ever explored. The tiny, icy object resembles a snowman in the photo, which is just the first of a whole host of data that the space agency hopes to receive back from its New Horizons spacecraft. The picture came after flight controllers said they had had success in the high-risk, middle-of-the-night encounter at the mysterious body known as Ultima Thule on the frozen fringes of our ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Afp, Moore, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Carly Howett, Jeff Moore, AFP Ultima Thule


NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success

While most of us were popping the corks on bottles of champagne, NASA engineers were holding their breath as they watched the calendar flip to 2019 on the East Coast. That's because the New Horizons spacecraft, which has now traveled some 4 billion miles through our Solar System, finally made its flyby of the most distant object ever studied up close. The probe's target was the oblong space rock known as Ultima Thule, and even though the spacecraft passed the massive rock at around midn...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, East Coast, New Horizons, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Ultima


Ultima Thule: First photos taken by New Horizons spacecraft reveal distant world resembles snowman

Nasa has revealed the first photo of the distant world of Ultima Thule, the most distant object that humanity has ever explored. The tiny, icy object resembles a snowman in the photo, which is just the first of a whole host of data that the space agency hopes to receive back. The picture came after flight controllers said they had had success in the high-risk, middle-of-the-night encounter at the mysterious body known as Ultima Thule on the frozen fringes of our solar system, about four billion ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Afp, Moore, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Carly Howett, Jeff Moore


First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles snowman

Nasa has revealed the first photo of the distant world of Ultima Thule, the most distant object that humanity has ever explored. The tiny, icy object resembles a snowman in the photo, which is just the first of a whole host of data that the space agency hopes to receive back. The picture came after flight controllers said they had had success in the high-risk, middle-of-the-night encounter at the mysterious body known as Ultima Thule on the frozen fringes of our solar system, an astounding 1 bil...
Tags: Science, Nasa, United States, Pluto, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule


NASA’s New Horizons probe reveals the shape of its icy target: ‘It’s a snowman!’

LAUREL, Md. — The New Horizons spacecraft’s picture of an icy object 4 billion miles from Earth became a lot clearer today, and took on a surprisingly familiar shape. “It’s a snowman,” mission principal investigator Alan Stern, a planetary scientist from the Southwest Research Institute, said during a news briefing here at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. The two-balled shape reminded others of BB-8, the plucky droid from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It even has a BB-8is...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Johns Hopkins University, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Applied Physics Laboratory


Queen guitarist Brian May released a new song celebrating NASA's historic visit to the farthest object ever explored — take a listen

NASA's New Horizons probe flew past the giant space rock MU69 on New Year's Day. MU69, also called Ultima Thule, is more than 4 billion miles away from Earth, making it the farthest object ever explored. Queen guitarist Brian May released a new song, "New Horizons," to celebrate the historic flyby. This is May's first solo release in more than two decades. The guitarist has a PhD in astrophysics and also worked with NASA's New Horizons science team. On New Year's Day, Queen guitarist Brian...
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​NASA releases close-up images of Ultima Thule, farthest object ever probed

Ultima Thule, officially known as (486958) 2014 MU69, is a space rock located in the Kuiper belt outside of our solar system.NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, snapping hundreds of photos in the process.The data gathered by the probe will hopefully help scientists better understand how planets form. None In the early hours of New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by a mountain-sized world outside of our solar system called Ultima Thule and snapped h...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Pluto, Ames Research Center, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Carly Howett, Jeff Moore, Alice Bowman, New York Times Stern


NASA just released the first close-up photos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored — and it looks like a giant red snowman

Scientists flew the New Horizons probe flew past a space rock called 2014 MU69 on New Year's Day. MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) is 4 billion miles from Earth and the most distant object humanity has ever explored. NASA's spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and researchers just unveiled the first images of the object. The pictures show MU69 is reddish in color and shaped like a snowman. Getting all of the flyby data could take about two years, but the resulting information may revea...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Egypt, New York Times, Argentina, New Horizons, Pluto, Charon, Sofia, Watts, Moore, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule


Behold Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever explored by a spacecraft

The New Horizons probe has just sent back its first real shots of Ultima Thule, a 21-mile-long rock or planetesimal deep in the reaches of the solar system — and now the most distant object ever visited up close by mankind. The principal investigator of the mission, Alan Stern, called the accomplishment “a technical success beyond anything ever attempted before in spaceflight.” Ultima Thule is, as early occultation studies suggested with remarkable success, what’s called a contact binary obje...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, Stern, Ralph, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Jeff Moore, Ultima, Nasa Ames


New Horizons unveils a new world. Actually, it's 2 worlds smashed together.

It's a new, weird world.  The deep space exploration craft New Horizons has sent back the first detailed images of an ancient world floating more than 4 billion miles from Earth, formally known as 2014 MU69. The clearest glimpse yet of MU69 shows that it's shaped like a snowman, with two roundish lobes that have been fused together.  It is by far the most distant world a spacecraft — and by extension humanity — has ever explored. "What this spacecraft and this team accomplished is unpr...
Tags: Science, Earth, New Horizons, Pluto, Moore, Stern, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Carly Howett, Jeff Moore, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory