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Everything SpaceX Had To Get Right For Crew Dragon's Splashdown

SpaceX and NASA's Crew Demo-2 mission is officially a success after the safe return of the Crew Dragon capsule and the astronauts inside. Elon Musk has said that this was the most nerve-racking part of the entire mission. High speeds and temperatures make it extremely dangerous to reenter Earth's atmosphere and splash down safely. Here's everything that had to go right in order to bring Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley home. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcr...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Musk, Hurley, Behnken, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Abby Tang


The first-ever space helicopter is en route to Mars in the belly of NASA's rover. It's set to record the first Martian drone footage.

NASA stowed a solar-powered helicopter in the belly of its Perseverance Mars rover, which launched on July 30. The helicopter, called Ingenuity, is programmed to conduct the first controlled flights ever on another planet. Ingenuity and Perseverance will both record video as the helicopter flies across an open Martian field. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA's new Mars rover, which launched on July 30, has a miniature helicopter tucked inside its belly.  Perseverance wi...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Thomas, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Don, Matt Wallace, Aung, Thomas Zurbuchen, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine


This photo is a look back in time 13 billion years

Several years ago, scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of an infant galaxy as it appeared 13.4 billion years ago. How did they achieve this head-spinning look so far back in time? The light they measured to create the photo was emitted by the galaxy, named GN-z11, just 400 million years after the universe began and has taken this long to reach Hubble in orbit around Earth. Video explanation above. “It’s amazing that a galaxy so massive existed only 200 million t...
Tags: Video, News, Nasa, University of California Santa Cruz, Garth Illingworth


Jazz FM to play The Music That Made Me

A new eight-part series exploring the influences and important songs in the lives of Jazz FM’s superstar musicians starts this weekend. The Music That Made Me is part of the Established 1990 season of programmes transmitting across the year. Hosted by Nigel Williams, each weekly conversation explores their life as a musician with the songs that have made them the artist they are today. Those in conversation across the first four weeks include Grammy winners Ramsey Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, ...
Tags: UK, America, Nasa, Radio, Station, Gregory Porter, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Bluey, Jazz Fm, Ronnie Scott, Jazz Club, Jean Paul, Nigel Williams, Nick Pitts


NASA Researchers Demonstrate the Ability To Fuse Atoms Inside Room-Temperature Metals

Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center have now demonstrated a method of inducing nuclear fusion without building a massive stellarator or tokamak. In fact, all they needed was a bit of metal, some hydrogen, and an electron accelerator. IEEE Spectrum reports: The team believes that their method, called lattice confinement fusion, could be a potential new power source for deep space missions. They have published their results in two papers in Physical Review C. "Lattice confinement" refers t...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Glenn Research Center, Benyo, Theresa Benyo, Oppenheimer Phillips


NASA satellites capture Isaias' nighttime track into Canada

Tropical Storm Isaias has transitioned into a post-tropical storm as it moved out of the U.S. and into eastern Canada on Aug. 5 and 6. NASA created an animation of nighttime satellite imagery that shows Isaias' track up the U.S. East Coast.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Canada, Isaias


Trump falsely said NASA 'was closed and dead' before he was president and appeared to take credit for a private SpaceX launch

SpaceX on Tuesday launched and landed a vehicle called SN5, which is a full-scale prototype of a planned Mars rocket ship called Starship. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump wrongfully appeared to take credit for the privately developed vehicle's creation or launch. Trump also shared falsehoods about NASA, which spaceflight experts pointed out and corrected. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX on Tuesday night launched an early prototype of a Starship rocket hundre...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Obama, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Biden, Donald Trump, Boeing, George W Bush, Trump, Bush


Trump falsely said NASA 'was closed and dead' before he was president and appeared to take credit for a private SpaceX launch

The US president made false claims about NASA in a Wednesday tweet that reshared video of SpaceX's private launch of a Starship Mars-rocket prototype.
Tags: Spacex, News, US, Nasa, Trump


Two Canadian Arctic ice caps have completely disappeared, satellite imagery shows

New satellite images from NASA reveal the St. Patrick Bay ice caps in Canada have completely melted off.
Tags: Nasa, Cnn, Canada, Patrick Bay


SpaceX has proven it can fly astronauts. Here's how Elon Musk's company became the first to help NASA resurrect US spaceflight.

SpaceX returned two NASA astronauts to Earth on Sunday after flying them to the International Space Station. The mission, called Demo-2, flew the first crewed US spacecraft since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship is a product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and private companies. Boeing is also building a spaceship as part of the program, but SpaceX's progressed faster. Visit Business Insider's homepage f...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Cnn, International Space Station, Mars, Bob, Demo, Boeing, The Washington Post, Gulf of Mexico, Musk


Astronauts recount Sunday's splash-down: a "significant jolt" and prank calls

On Sunday, the SpaceX capsule containing NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. (Video above.) It was the first time a private company took humans off-world and returned them to Earth and also the first splash-down of American astronauts in 45 years. At a press conference yesterday, Behnken and Hurley recounted their trip home. From Reuters: “It came alive,” Behnken told reporters of the nearly 12-minute thruster burn. “It doesn’t sound l...
Tags: Video, Space, Spacex, News, Nasa, Earth, Astronauts, Gulf of Mexico, Reuters, Hurley, Fahrenheit, Behnken, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


Lift-off to splashdown: SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon mission in pictures

The story of an historic space mission told in photographs
Tags: Space, Spacex, Trends, Nasa, Features, Crew Dragon, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Demo-2, Breaking Twitter


Ammonia sparks unexpected, exotic lightning on Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft -- orbiting and closely observing the planet Jupiter -- has unexpectedly discovered lightning in the planet's upper atmosphere, according to a multi-institutional study led by the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Tags: Science, Nasa, Jupiter


NASA data helps uncover our solar system's shape

Scientists have developed a new prediction of the shape of the bubble surrounding our solar system using a model developed with data from NASA missions.
Tags: Science, Nasa


Rice researchers use InSight for deep Mars measurements

Using data from NASA's InSight Lander on Mars, Rice University seismologists have made the first direct measurements of three subsurface boundaries from the crust to the core of the red planet.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars


Big YouTube accounts are being plagued by hackers promoting Bitcoin scams resembling the hack that compromised Twitter (GOOGL)

Hackers appear to have taken over several big YouTube channels in recent weeks, changing the channels' names to topics like "SpaceX" or "Elon Musk" and promoting Bitcoin scams. The hacked channels, some of which have tens or hundreds of thousands of subscribers, post videos urging people to send Bitcoin in order to be paid back double — a common scam tactic. It bears similarities to the tactics used by hackers who compromised hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts last month. Unlike the Twi...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Youtube, Barack Obama, Trends, Nasa, Fbi, Bitcoin, Business Insider, Breslau, Rod Breslau, MarcoStyle


NASA astronaut says Crew Dragon sounded ‘like an animal’ on trip home

Bob Behnken has given a fascinating account of Sunday's trip home
Tags: Space, Spacex, News, Trends, Nasa, Crew Dragon, Bob Behnken, Splashdown, Breaking Twitter


SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet

SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial fligh...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship


NASA astronaut Bob Behnken said the fiery plunge on SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'felt like we were inside of an animal'

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley completed their mission on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship when they landed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. The spaceship's scorching-hot fall through Earth's atmosphere, parachute deployments, and splashdown went as planned. From inside the Crew Dragon, Behnken said the return trip felt like being "inside of an animal," with violent jolts along the way. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley ...
Tags: Spacex, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Gulf of Mexico, Hurley, Doug, Pensacola Florida, Behnken, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


SpaceX just launched a full-size Starship rocket prototype hundreds of feet above Texas

SpaceX is developing a fully reusable rocket system called Starship-Super Heavy in Boca Chica, Texas. The latest Starship prototype, called SN5, performed an experimental "hop" hundreds of feet into the air on Tuesday. The roughly 16-story vehicle soared off the launch pad, flew for about 40 seconds, and then landed downrange. Several live video feeds on YouTube — including SPadre, LabPadre, and NASASpaceFlight — recorded footage of the long-awaited test flight.  Visit Business Insider's home...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Fcc, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Faa, Gulf of Mexico, Musk, South Padre Island, South Texas, Boca Chica, Starship, NOTAM


NASA astronaut Bob Behnken said the fiery plunge on SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'felt like we were inside of an animal'

Once the NASA astronauts started edging into the atmosphere, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship "came alive," Behnken said.
Tags: Spacex, News, Nasa, Behnken, Bob Behnken


SpaceX is trying to launch a 16-story Starship prototype hundreds of feet into the air

SpaceX is developing a fully reusable rocket system called Starship-Super Heavy in Texas. Before the vehicle can fly to orbit, the aerospace company needs to prove the system's core design works. Elon Musk said that the latest Starship prototype, called SN5, could soon perform an experimental "hop" hundreds of feet into the air. After experiencing an engine problem during a launch attempt on Monday, Musk said SpaceX will "figure out why" and try again Tuesday.  Several groups are broadcasting ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Fcc, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Faa, Gulf of Mexico, Musk, South Padre Island, Boca Chica, Starship, Dave Mosher


SpaceX: Nasa crew describe rumbles and jolts of return to Earth

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley describe returning to Earth from the ISS in SpaceX's vehicle.
Tags: News, Nasa, Earth, Iss, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


New video shows SpaceX's astronaut crew plummeting through Earth's atmosphere, floating under parachutes, and landing in the ocean

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley just completed a test flight of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship. The Crew Dragon survived a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere, deployed its parachutes, and landed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday — a process that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called his "biggest concern" for the mission. Watch the reentry and landing of the world's first crewed commercial spaceship in the video below. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX and NA...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Demo, Gulf of Mexico, Musk, Hurley, Irene Klotz, Pensacola Florida, Aviation Week, Draco, Gwynne Shotwell, Michael Hopkins


NASA astronaut describes what it feels like leaving space

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken describes what it feels like heading back to Earth after a mission in outer space.
Tags: News, Nasa, Earth, Bob Behnken


Nasa astronaut Bob Behnken describes what it feels like leaving space

Nasa astronaut Bob Behnken describes the powerful moment of splash down.
Tags: News, Nasa, Bob Behnken


Watch live: SpaceX is trying to launch a 16-story Starship prototype hundreds of feet into the air

SpaceX is developing a fully reusable rocket system called Starship-Super Heavy in Texas. Before the vehicle can fly to orbit, the aerospace company needs to prove the system's core design works. Elon Musk said that the latest Starship prototype, called SN5, could soon perform an experimental "hop" hundreds of feet into the air. After experiencing an engine problem during a launch attempt on Monday, Musk said SpaceX will "figure out why" and try again Tuesday.  Several groups are broadcasting ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Fcc, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Faa, Gulf of Mexico, Musk, South Padre Island, Boca Chica, Starship, Dave Mosher


Watch - interview with James Lovelock (age 101) on the Coronavirus

James Lovelock, the NASA scientist who came up with the theory that the Earth is a self-regulating system (known as Gaia theory) recently celebrated his 101st birthday. In this BBC interview, Lovelock discusses the Coronavirus, and how the human race is an "opportunity for the virus. If you go on building at the population, it's almost inevitable that something is going to say, geez, there's a lot of stuff to eat there. Let's go get it." He also talks about entering his second century of life: "...
Tags: Post, News, Nasa, Earth, Bbc, Centenarians, Lovelock, James Lovelock, Gaia theory


Watch the SpaceX splashdown, NASA's first recovery at sea since 1975

Over the weekend, SpaceX successfully completed its first manned mission carrying NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The thrilling coverage by the Los Angeles Times is a reminder of how amazing this feat is. Via LA Times: A SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken has splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a more than two-month mission to the International Space Station, drawing to a close the first mission of the privately owned cra...
Tags: Video, Spacex, News, Nasa, Space Travel, International Space Station, Iss, Gulf of Mexico, Los Angeles Times, LA Times, Bob Behnken, Splashdown, Doug Hurley


Astronauts Made Prank Calls From SpaceX Crew Dragon

PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNET: NASA's Doug Hurley and his crewmate Bob Behnken had a satellite phone at their disposal after splashdown on Sunday. At a press conference later that day, Hurley filled us in on what they did with their spare time as they floated around. "Five hours ago we were in a spaceship bobbing around making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get ahold of," Hurley said. "Which was kind of fun, by the way." Hurley suggested the satellite phone bill s...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Cnet, Hurley, Behnken, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley