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Tonight is a supermoon, the largest full Moon this year

Tonight's full moon is a "Pink Moon" aka "Passover Moon" aka "Paschal Moon" aka "Hanuman Jayanti" aka supermoon, the largest full moon of 2020. From NASA: The term "supermoon" was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a new or full Moon that occurs within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. Under this definition, in a typical year there can be 3 or 4 full Supermoons in a row and (about half a year apart) 3 or 4 new Supermoons in ...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Moons, Pink Moon, Richard Nolle, Hanuman Jayanti, Paschal Moon


NASA puts $7M toward long-shot research, from moon mining to solar lenses

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is all about making high-risk, high-reward bets on unique — and sometimes eyebrow-raising — ideas for space exploration and observation. This year’s grants total $7 million and include one of the most realistic projects yet. It might even get made! NIAC awards are split into three tiers: Phase I, II and III. Roughly speaking, the first are given $125,000 and nine months basically to show their concept isn’t bunk. The second are given $500,000 and tw...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, NIAC


NASA puts $7M towards long-shot research, from moon mining to solar lenses

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is all about making high-risk, high-reward bets on unique — and sometimes eyebrow-raising — ideas for space exploration and observation. This year’s grants total $7M and include one of the most realistic projects yet. It might even get made! NIAC awards are split into three tiers: Phase I, II, and III. Roughly speaking, the first are given $125K and 9 months basically to show their concept isn’t bunk. The second are given $500K and two years to show...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, NIAC


SpaceX’s first operational version of Dragon successfully ends its 20th and final mission

SpaceX has been resupplying the International Space Station (ISS) since it began flying cargo missions on behalf of NASA in 2012. Now, the version of the Dragon capsule that SpaceX first employed to fly those missions is retiring, after one of the spacecraft based on that design splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday afternoon, having returned from the ISS. This marks the completion of CRS-20, the 20th Commercial Resupply Services mission that SpaceX has flown for NASA. The Dragon had be...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Iss, Demo, Aerospace, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, CRS, SpaceX Dragon


'Super Pink Moon': Biggest full moon of 2020 rises tonight

A supermoon occurs when the moon comes unusually close to Earth and simultaneously appears full.The 'super pink moon' won't actually appear pink; the name comes from North American wildflowers that bloom in spring.You can watch it live through The Virtual Telescope Project. A "Super Pink Moon" will rise into the night sky on Tuesday, April 7, appearing as the biggest full moon of 2020. Weather permitting, you'll be able to catch the best glimpse of it around 10:35 pm E.T., according to Space....
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Nasa, Earth, Rome, Moon, Innovation, Supermoon, Super Pink Moon


SpaceX and NASA test the system Crew Dragon staff would use to exit the launch area in an emergency

On Friday, April 3, 2020, NASA and SpaceX completed an end-to-end demonstration of the teams’ ability to safely evacuate crew members from the Fixed Service Structure during an emergency situation at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX and NASA are in the process of final preparations prior to launching their first crewed spaceflight mission – Demo-2, which is technically still a demonstration mission needed to validate SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for transporti...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Dragon, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Space Station, Outer Space, Kennedy Space Center, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


Boeing Says It Will Redo Critical Unmanned CST-100 Starliner Test It Borked Last Year

Boeing is calling a mulligan on the failure of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to reach proper orbit in an unmanned test for NASA last year and will conduct another before it tries to use it to launch astronauts, the Washington Post reported Monday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Washington Post, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Boeing, Commercial Crew Program, Cst 100 Starliner


Scientists capture image of black hole emitting high-energy jets

Image taken by Event Horizon Telescope involving eight telescope and global team An image of a huge, powerful jet of plasma powered by a supermassive black hole has been captured by researchers in unprecedented detail.The team say the bright blob on the left of the image is thought to be the disc gas and dust swirling around the black hole, with the jet of plasma depicted by a stream of less intense red features apparently emanating from it. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope


Boeing to attempt second Starliner test flight after bungled debut mission

But the test flight probably won't take place until the fall at the earliest
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Boeing, Emerging Tech, Starliner


Boeing to re-fly uncrewed demo mission of their human spacecraft after first try met with errors

Boeing has confirmed what many suspected following the partial failure of their original Starliner capsule Orbital Flight Test (OFT) – the company will re-fly the mission, once again seeking to test and demonstrate the Starliner’s launch, flight, Space Station docking and landing capabilities prior to flying a version of the mission with actual astronauts on board. In a statement, Boeing said that it “has chosen” to re-fly the mission, in order to “demonstrate the quality of the Starliner sys...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, OFT, South Carolina, Spacecraft, Outer Space


White House signals support for a new international Moon Treaty

The international community has struggled for decades to formalize rules regarding the collection and use of resources in space and on the Moon. While the U.S. and all spacefaring countries declined to endorse the most famous attempt, the 1979 “Moon Treaty,” the new Moon race has spurred the White House to announce it is open to a new international agreement on the topic. In an executive order issued today, the administration signaled that it will be the policy going forward to “encourage intern...
Tags: Space, Government, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Artemis, Artemis program, Moon Treaty


Swarm gets all the approvals it needs to begin operating its satellite connectivity service in the U.S.

Space startup Swarm emerged from stealth mode in an unusual way two years ago when it turned out that it had launched some of its satellites in contravention of an FCC order not to do so. The regulator had argued that their satellites, which are tiny spacecraft smaller even than most Cubesats, were in fact too small and couldn’t be reliably tracked using existing technology. Now, two years later, Swarm has announced that it has cleared all the regulatory hurdles it needed to in order to begin op...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Sweden, Fcc, Germany, Tech, Earth, United States, United Kingdom, Federal Communications Commission, New Zealand, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft


Swarm gets all the approvals it needs to begin operating its satellite connectivity service in the US

Space startup Swarm emerged from stealth mode in an unusual way two years ago when it turned out that it had launched some of its satellites in contravention of an FCC order not to do so. The regulator had argued that their satellites, which are tiny spacecraft smaller even than most CubeSats, were in fact too small and couldn’t be reliably tracked using existing technology. Now, two years later, Swarm has announced that it has cleared all the requisite regulatory hurdles in order to begin opera...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Sweden, Fcc, Germany, US, Tech, Earth, United States, United Kingdom, Federal Communications Commission, New Zealand, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Researchers create soft, free-wheeling hybrid robot

A team of Stanford researchers created a new type of soft robot that can morph into new shapes and freely move around like an octopus.They call it an "isoperimetric robot": a human-safe soft robot that can grasp and manipulate objects as well as roll around in controllable directions. It's possible that this kind of robot could be used in space travel in the future, because of its malleability and dynamic qualities. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a revolutionary type of r...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Stanford, Future, Robots, Innovation, Stanford University, University of California Santa Barbara, Sean Follmer, Zachary Hammond, Science Robotics, Allison Okamura, Elliot Hawkes, Nathan Usevitch


Myriota raises $19.3 million to expand its IoT satellite constellation

Internet of things satellite connectivity startup Myriota has raises a $19.3 million Series B funding round, led by Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures, with additional funding from Boeing, former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, Singtel Innov8 and others. The company has now raised $37 million in Funding, and has four satellites on orbit already, with a plan to expand that to 25 by 2022 with the help of this new funding. Myriota provides low-cost, power efficient direct satellite connectivity...
Tags: Startups, TC, Internet Of Things, Space, Technology, Singapore, Articles, Tech, Canada, United States, Antarctica, Satellite, Adelaide, Norway, Aerospace, Boeing


The future of space travel is starting right now

2020 is off to rocky start, but there are some exciting things happening on the space travel front.Private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have partnered with NASA to get American spacecrafts into space, back to the moon, and onwards to Mars."I think in a hundred years first of all we're going to be celebrating 2020, so 2120 get ready for a big party," says Reisman.
Tags: Travel, Science Fiction, Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Future, Nasa, Physics, Moon, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Exploration, Mars


Supermassive black holes: How did they grow so fast?

Whilst astronomers are fairly certain that supermassive black holes, billions of times more massive than our  Sun, dwell at the center of almost every galaxy in the Universe, they are still unsure how these cosmic monsters reach such tremendous sizes. The problem seems to be one of time, the Universe is 14 billion years old, and recent observations seem to confirm that such black holes were already present when it was just 800 million years old — thus in its relative infancy. How could these bla...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


The future of black hole images is bright

This month marks the first anniversary of the image of the environment directly surrounding the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy —captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). In the twelve months since this spectacular achievement, researchers have not rested on their laurels. Several teams have been hard at work imagining and theorizing ways to build a better black hole image. Just this week, as that anniversary approaches, researchers have published a study that promises to both im...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


NASA details how it plans to establish a sustained human presence on the Moon

NASA’s Artemis program aims to bring humans back to the Moon, with the goal of staying there for good in the interest of pursuing additional science and exploration missions, including to Mars. But how will the agency actually make it possible for people to remain on the Moon for longer-term science missions? NASA has provided some more detail about its plans with a sustainability concept it released describing some core components of the infrastructure it plans to put in place on the lunar s...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Science, Nasa, Flight, International Space Station, Moon, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Eva, Artemis, Outer Space, LTV


SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype fails under pressure testing

The process of designing, testing and building an entirely new spacecraft is definitely a difficult one, and bound to encounter some issues. SpaceX’s efforts to build Starship, its massive new fully reusable spaceship, is no exception. The most recent Starship prototype, designated “SN3,” failed catastrophically during cryogenic proof testing, which is designed to simulate pressures the spacecraft would encounter during a test flight. That might sound familiar: SpaceX’s first prototype, th...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Youtube, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Prototype, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship


The space in between: The stratosphere

Tess Hatch Contributor Share on Twitter Tess Hatch hopes to travel to space, in the meantime she is a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing in frontier tech. More posts by this contributor The evolving airspace ecosystem Space is open for business We have airplanes and drones in our airspace and satellites in space, but what about the space in between: the stratosphere? There ...
Tags: Column, Space, Science, US, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Aircraft, Satellite, Atmosphere, Balloon, Aerospace, Bessemer Venture Partners, Internet Connectivity, Emerging-technologies, Zenith


NASA Hubble Space Telescope birthday

If your birthday tends to be an eventful affair year after year on Earth, comfort yourself in the fact that way up in space, the stars, galaxies, and planets of our solar system are likely celebrating you in their own way. And to see what they were up to on your special day, all you need to do is check out what the Hubble Space Telescope captured that day. The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for 30 years, and produced some of the most incredible images we have of outer space. NASA ha...
Tags: Travel, Space, Nasa, Hubble Space Telescope, All, NASA Hubble Space Telescope


Pink supermoon on April 7, 2020

Most of your regular activities are probably canceled due to social distancing rules, but stargazing is one event that’s always in full swing. If there’s one thing that can be counted on in this crazy world, it’s a superlative lunar event. And in this case, it’s the brightest supermoon of the year. On April 7, the “pink” supermoon, the brightest supermoon of 2020, will light up the skies. Supermoons occur when a full moon coincides with perigee, meaning the moon orbits closest to Earth. The r...
Tags: Travel, Astronomy, Space, Earth, Moon, All, Supermoons


NASA and SpaceX add some retro flair to the Falcon 9 rocket flying the first crewed Dragon launch

NASA and SpaceX are moving ahead full-steam with the Demo-2 launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft – the first launch to carry astronauts to space aboard a private launch vehicle from American soil. The Falcon 9 rocket that will propel the Crew Dragon to space will include a NASA logo that has been – technically – retired from active duty since 1992. The 1970s-era “worm” logo is a take on NASA branding that has, for more than 20 years now, been relegated to souvenir status. You’ve proba...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Don, Outer Space


Virgin Orbit announces new plans for first Asian spaceport in Oita, Japan

Virgin Orbit may be focusing its production efforts right now on making ventilators to support healthcare workers battling COVID-19, but it’s also still making moves to build out the infrastructure that will underpin its small satellite launch business. To that end, the new space company unveiled a new partnership with Oita Prefecture in Japan to build a new spaceport there from which to launch and land its horizontal take-off launch vehicle carrier aircraft. Working in collaboration with ANA...
Tags: TC, Asia, Space, Japan, UK, Technology, Tech, Flight, United Kingdom, Sony, Satellite, Cornwall, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Toshiba, Canon


NASA reveals how many Americans applied to become an astronaut

The successful candidates could bag a trip to the moon, and even beyond
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Astronaut, Emerging Tech


NASA issues agency-wide crowdsourcing call for ideas around COVID-19 response

There’s crowdsourcing a problem, and then there’s crowdsourcing a problem within NASA, where some of the smartest, most creative and resourceful problem-solvers in the world solve real-world challenges daily as part of their job. That’s why it’s uplifting to hear that NASA has issued a call to its entire workforce to come up with potential ways the agency and its resources can contribute to the ongoing effort to fight the current coronavirus pandemic. NASA is using its crowdsourcing platform ...
Tags: TC, Crowdsourcing, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Problem Solving, Aerospace, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Undersea telescope seeks out dark matter

More than 125 of these curious soccer ball-sized glass spheres hang near the floor of the Mediterranean Sea. Even though they're deep underwater, they're keeping a constant vigil for neutrinos, particles that may be evidence of dark matter, supernovae, and neutron stars far off in intergalactic space. Eventually, the Cubic Kilometer Neutrino Telescope (KM3NeT) will consist of 6,000 spheres suspended across one cubic kilometer of seawater. Often, neutrino detectors are located deep underground ...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Earth, Physics, Oceans, Coyle, Mediterranean Sea Even, Paschal Coyle, Marseille Particle Physics Center


OrbitFab secures National Science Foundation funding to propel its satellite refueling tech to space

On-orbit satellite refueling technology is closer than ever to a practical reality, which could help immensely with the cost and sustainability of orbital businesses. Startup OrbitFab, a 2019 TechCrunch Battlefield finalist, is one of the companies working to make orbital refueling a reality, and it just secured a new contract from the National Science Foundation’s early stage deep tech R&D initiative America’s Seed Fund to further its goals. The contract is specifically for development of a sol...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, America, Tech, International Space Station, Satellite, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, TechCrunch, Battlefield, National Science Foundation, Outer Space, International Space Station ISS, NSF


Urine luck: Astronauts’ pee could be the secret ingredient to future moon bases

It's much cheaper than transporting materials from Earth
Tags: Space, News, Trends, 3d Printing, Emerging Tech