Mike Wall
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Senior Writer, http://Space.com. Author of “Out There,” book about alien-life search that was published Nov. 2018. Former herpetologist.Source
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Aliens watching us? Scientists spot 1,000 nearby stars where E.T. could detect life on Earth

Aliens watching us? Scientists spot 1,000 nearby stars where E.T. could detect life on Earth

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Artist's impression of an exoplanet transiting a red dwarf star.(Image: © L. Calçada/ESO)As humanity ramps up its , we should keep in mind that E.T. might be hunting for us as well.A new study makes that point by identifying more than 1,000 nearby that are favorably positioned for spotting life on Earth. "If observers were out there searching [from planets orbiting these stars], they would be able to see signs of a biosphere in the atmosphere of our Pale Blue Dot,”...

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SpaceX stacks Starship SN8 prototype ahead of epic test flight

SpaceX stacks Starship SN8 prototype ahead of epic test flight

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Technicians attach the nose cone to SpaceX's Starship SN8 prototype in South Texas on Oct. 22, 2020.(Image: © SPadre.com via Twitter)SpaceX's latest prototype has been stacked in preparation for an ambitious test flight that will take the vehicle far higher than any of its predecessors have gone. personnel attached Starship SN8's ("Serial No. 8") nose cone yesterday (Oct. 22) at the company's South Texas site, near the Gulf Coast village of Boca Chica. The vehicle is...

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'Superflares' may make it hard for life to begin around dwarf stars

'Superflares' may make it hard for life to begin around dwarf stars

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This artist's impression shows a superflare emitted by a distant star.(Image: © NASA, ESA and D. Player)Powerful stellar eruptions could pose a serious challenge to the origin and evolution of , a new study suggests.Such outbursts throw off large amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is not only directly harmful to life as we know it but can also strip away the atmospheres of relatively close-orbiting planets. These issues are especially pronounced for worlds...

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NASA awards $370 million to private companies to aid moon exploration push

NASA awards $370 million to private companies to aid moon exploration push

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An artist's depiction of astronauts working on the moon.(Image: © NASA)NASA has awarded $370 million in "Tipping Point" contracts designed to aid its push to get astronauts back to and then on to Mars, agency officials announced today (Oct. 14).The funding is spread across 15 contracts to 14 different companies, including SpaceX, Astrobotic, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and Intuitive Machines. Nearly 70% of the money is earmarked for the management of...

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2 big pieces of space junk could collide Thursday night

2 big pieces of space junk could collide Thursday night

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Still from a LeoLabs animation modeling a close approach between two big pieces of space junk on Thursday night (Oct. 15). The chance of a collision is higher than 10%, LeoLabs has calculated.(Image: © LeoLabs via Twitter)Earth orbit could get a lot more crowded, and a lot more dangerous, on Thursday night (Oct. 15).Two big pieces of are zooming toward a close approach that will occur Thursday at 8:56 p.m. EDT (0056 GMT on Oct. 16), according to California-based...

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Russia planning to go reusable in 2026 with new Amur rocket

Russia planning to go reusable in 2026 with new Amur rocket

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Подписан контракт на разработку эскизного проекта космического ракетного комплекса с новой ракетой-носителем #Амур — https://t.co/iBMsh6Wmsk🚀🌍Первый пуск нашей многоразовой ракеты намечен на 2026 год🚀🌊 Площадки для приземления ракеты поставят на берегу Охотского моря pic.twitter.com/RqUtT56JujRussia is getting into the reusable rocket game.The nation's space agency, , announced last week that it aims to develop a two-stage rocket called the Amur, whose first stage...

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SpaceX's next astronaut launch for NASA delayed until November

SpaceX's next astronaut launch for NASA delayed until November

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.From left to right, NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The four will launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission.(Image: © NASA)SpaceX's next astronaut launch for NASA won't fly on Halloween after all.The upcoming , which will send four astronauts to the International Space Station, had been scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Oct. 31....

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SpaceX's Starman and Elon Musk's Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby

SpaceX's Starman and Elon Musk's Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's Starman mannequin sits inside Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster with Earth in the background, shortly after the initial launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018.(Image: © SpaceX)Starman just cruised by Mars for the first time.The spacesuit-clad mannequin is "driving" SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, which launched in February 2018 on the . And the duo just hit a big milestone on their cosmic journey."Starman, last seen leaving...

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes crucial launch-simulation tests

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes crucial launch-simulation tests

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.For the first time ever, testing teams at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California carefully lifted the fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope in order to prepare it for transport to nearby acoustic and vibration testing facilities. (Image: © NASA/Chris Gunn)NASA's next big space telescope just took another step toward its highly anticipated 2021 launch.The $9.8 billion has passed "environmental testing," a series of trials designed to simulate the...

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Small air leak on space station traced to Russian service module

Small air leak on space station traced to Russian service module

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The International Space Station, photographed by Expedition 56 crewmembers from a Soyuz spacecraft in October 2018. NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev executed a flyaround of the orbiting laboratory to take pictures of the station before returning home after spending 197 days in space. (Image: © NASA/Roscosmos)The case of the may be nearly cracked.Investigators have traced the source of the leak to the "main work...

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Texas company aims to 3D-print buildings on the moon with 'Project Olympus'

Texas company aims to 3D-print buildings on the moon with 'Project Olympus'

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.ICON illustration of a conceptual lunar base with 3D printed infrastructure, including landing pads and habitats.(Image: © ICON/SEArch+)A Texas company aims to take its innovative homebuilding approach into the final frontier.Austin-based startup ICON, known for houses here on Earth, just launched Project Olympus, an ambitious effort to develop a space-based construction system. The program will eventually help humanity get a foothold on the moon and Mars, if all goes...

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Earth life may have traveled to Venus aboard sky-skimming asteroid

Earth life may have traveled to Venus aboard sky-skimming asteroid

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This image of Venus was created using data that NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft collected on Feb. 7 and 8, 1974, shortly after the spacecraft's closest approach to Venus on Feb. 5.(Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech)If there is indeed life on , it may have come from Earth — aboard an asteroid that scooped up microbes high in our skies, a new study suggests.Last week, researchers announced the detection of the potential biosignature gas , at an altitude where temperatures and...

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SpaceX fires up in-space version of Starship's Raptor engine for 1st time (video)

SpaceX fires up in-space version of Starship's Raptor engine for 1st time (video)

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An important piece of SpaceX's new just got its first workout.The first vacuum Raptor — the in-space version of Starship's Raptor engine — blazed up in a debut test at SpaceX's development facility in McGregor, Texas, company representatives (Sept. 24).The vacuum Raptor survived the test, which occurred about three weeks after the engine departed SpaceX's Los Angeles-area rocket factory for McGregor. (SpaceX that the pioneering engine had been shipped to the Texas...

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NASA gearing up for epic asteroid-sampling maneuver next month

NASA gearing up for epic asteroid-sampling maneuver next month

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This artist’s concept shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending toward asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface.(Image: © NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)NASA is poised to make history next month.The is scheduled to pull off NASA's first-ever asteroid-sampling operation on Oct. 20, snagging precious dirt and gravel from a 1,640-foot-wide (500 meters) space rock called Bennu. "I can't tell you how excited I am," OSIRIS-REx principal...

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Blue Origin will launch its next New Shepard suborbital test flight today. Here's how to watch live.

Blue Origin will launch its next New Shepard suborbital test flight today. Here's how to watch live.

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Update for 12:18 am ET: Blue Origin has scrubbed Thursday's launch attempt of the NS-13 New Shepard launch due to a payload power supply issue. A new launch date will be announced once available.Original story below: reusable New Shepard spacecraft will take to the skies this week for the first time in nine months. , which is designed to ferry people and payloads to suborbital space and back, will launch on an uncrewed test flight today (Sept. 24) at 11a.m. EDT (1500...

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NASA still targeting moon's south pole for 2024 crew landing

NASA still targeting moon's south pole for 2024 crew landing

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An artist's depiction of astronauts working on the moon as part of NASA's Artemis program.(Image: © NASA)NASA is definitely targeting the moon's south pole for a crewed landing in 2024 — but that timeline will be difficult to achieve if Congress doesn't open its purse strings, and fast, agency chief Jim Bridenstine said.During a presentation with NASA's Lunar Exploration Analysis Group last Monday (Sept. 14), Bridenstine seemed to suggest that the agency is for the...

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Rocket Lab gears up for 1st launch from US soil

Rocket Lab gears up for 1st launch from US soil

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.A Rocket Lab Electron booster stands on the pad at the company's Launch Complex 2, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia, shortly after completing a “wet dress rehearsal” in September 2020.(Image: © Rocket Lab)is nearly ready to launch its first mission from American soil.The California-based company, which has launched 14 missions to date from its New Zealand site, just wrapped up a "wet dress rehearsal" at its (LC-2), at the Mid-Atlantic Regional...

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'Space Hero:' Planned reality TV show wants to launch winner to International Space Station

'Space Hero:' Planned reality TV show wants to launch winner to International Space Station

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The International Space Station, as seen from the space shuttle Atlantis in July 2011, on the final flight of the shuttle program.(Image: © NASA)A planned reality TV show aims to take one lucky contestant into the final frontier.The unscripted show, called "Space Hero," will scour the globe for everyday people who will compete for an out-of-this-world grand prize — a 10-day stay aboard the , with a target launch date in 2023, , which broke the story on Thursday (Sept....

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Scientists Spot Giant Planet Orbiting Dead Star’s Corpse

Scientists Spot Giant Planet Orbiting Dead Star’s Corpse

We may now have direct evidence that planets can survive unscathed the violent churn that attends their host star’s death.Astronomers have spotted signs of an intact giant planet circling a superdense stellar corpse known as a , a new study reports.The white dwarf in question, called WD 1856, is part of a three-star system that lies about 80 light-years from Earth. The newly detected, Jupiter-size  candidate, WD 1856 b, is about seven times larger than the white dwarf and zips around it once every 34 hours.“WD 1856 b somehow got very close to its white dwarf and managed to stay in one...

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Astra's 1st orbital test launch fails during first-stage engine burn

Astra's 1st orbital test launch fails during first-stage engine burn

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Astra's Rocket 3.1 rises into the sky above Alaska's Pacific Spaceport Complex during the company's first orbital launch attempt on Sept. 11, 2020. The flight ended during the first-stage engine burn.(Image: © Astra/John Kraus)Astra's first orbital mission got off the ground, but it soon came back down again. The California-based spaceflight startup launched its tonight (Sept. 11), sending its two-stage Rocket 3.1 skyward from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska...

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Space tug to test out robotic arm on 2022 demonstration mission

Space tug to test out robotic arm on 2022 demonstration mission

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Artist's illustration of a Made In Space Europe robotic arm fixed to a Momentus Vigoride spacecraft.(Image: © Made In Space Europe/Momentus)Two space companies are teaming up on a planned 2022 mission that could help open up the off-Earth economy.California-based Momentus and Made In Space Europe (MIS EU) have finalized a memorandum of understanding to develop the flight to orbit, the companies announced last week. If all goes according to plan, Momentus' will be...

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Asteroid flyby: How Earth's gravity changed record-breaking space rock's path forever

Asteroid flyby: How Earth's gravity changed record-breaking space rock's path forever

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other non-impacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday (Aug. 16), six hours after its closest approach, which took place that day at 12:08 a.m. EDT (Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9:08 p.m. PDT).(Image: © ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories)The record-breaking 2020 QG won't soon forget its run-in with Earth.Early Sunday morning (Aug....

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Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

SpaceX just plucked another payload fairing out of the sky, and you can see video of the dramatic cosmic catch. The net-equipped SpaceX boat GO Ms. Tree snagged half of a falling payload fairing Tuesday (Aug. 18), shortly after a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket launched 58 Starlink internet satellites and three Earth-observation spacecraft into orbit. Payload fairings are the shrouds that protect satellites during launch. SpaceX fairings come in two pieces, both of which come back to Earth under parachutes in a guided fashion, thanks to small thrusters. Such tech aids recovery and reuse of the...

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Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.just plucked another payload fairing out of the sky, and you can see video of the dramatic cosmic catch.The net-equipped SpaceX boat GO Ms. Tree snagged half of a falling payload fairing Tuesday (Aug. 18), shortly after a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket into orbit. Payload fairings are the shrouds that protect satellites during launch. SpaceX fairings come in two pieces, both of which come back to Earth under parachutes in a guided fashion, thanks to small thrusters. Such...

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Rocket Lab aims to launch private Venus mission in 2023

Rocket Lab aims to launch private Venus mission in 2023

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft captured this false-color image of Venus' dayside on March 30, 2018.(Image: © JAXA/PLANET-C Project Team)There may be life in Venus' clouds, and wants to help find it.The California-based spaceflight company, which gives dedicated rides to Earth orbit, aims to go interplanetary soon, with a robotic astrobiology mission to the second rock from the sun."I'm madly in love with Venus," Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said on Aug. 5 during...

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