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It's official: SpaceX is 'go' to launch NASA astronauts on Crew Dragon spaceship

It's official: SpaceX is 'go' to launch NASA astronauts on Crew Dragon spaceship

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule sits ready for launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Wednesday (May 27), two NASA astronauts will launch to the International Space Station for the first crewed test flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket reached the launch site on Thursday (May 21).(Image: © SpaceX) is ready to make space history with its first astronaut launch for NASA next...

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Virgin Orbit to attempt 1st launch of LauncherOne rocket this weekend

Virgin Orbit to attempt 1st launch of LauncherOne rocket this weekend

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket falls away from its carrier plane during the company’s first-ever drop test on July 10, 2019.(Image: © Virgin Orbit)plans to launch for the very first time just a few days from now.The company is targeting Sunday (May 24) for its Launch Demo mission, with a backup opportunity on Monday (May 25). The four-hour window will open each day at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), Virgin Orbit representatives announced today (May 20).Launch Demo will be a...

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Baby exoplanet spotted growing around distant star (photo)

Baby exoplanet spotted growing around distant star (photo)

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Planets' origin stories apparently come with a twist.The European Southern Observatory's (VLT) in Chile has captured an image of a planet being born around the young star AB Aurigae, which lies 520 light-years from Earth in the constellation Auriga (The Charioteer).Like taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), this new photo shows spiral arms forming in the thick disk of dust and gas surrounding the star. These spirals are evidence of newly...

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Colonizing Mars may require humanity to tweak its DNA

Colonizing Mars may require humanity to tweak its DNA

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Artist's impression of a city on Mars, which SpaceX wants to help establish with its Starship transportation system.(Image: © SpaceX)If humanity is ever going to settle down on , we may need to become a little less human.Crewed missions to Mars, which NASA wants to start flying in the 2030s, , exposing them to high radiation loads, bone-wasting microgravity and other hazards for several years at a time. But these pioneers should still be able to make it back to Earth...

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After Demo-2: SpaceX is already prepping for 1st operational Crew Dragon mission

After Demo-2: SpaceX is already prepping for 1st operational Crew Dragon mission

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover Jr. and Mike Hopkins and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi train in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The quartet will fly on Crew-1, the first operational Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station.(Image: © SpaceX via Twitter)SpaceX's first crewed mission is just the beginning, and the company is already gearing up for what comes next.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the company's on May 27 from NASA's...

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Mars may be wetter than we thought (but still not that habitable)

Mars may be wetter than we thought (but still not that habitable)

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The dark streaks on some Martian slopes known as recurring slope lineae — imaged here by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — may be caused by salty liquid water, some scientists think.(Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona )is wetter than previously thought, but not in a way that boosts its life-hosting potential, a new study suggests.Liquid fresh water can't exist for long on the frigid Martian surface; the stuff quickly freezes or boils away into . But brines...

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SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype fires rocket engine for 1st time

SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype fires rocket engine for 1st time

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's newest prototype has fired its engine for the first time, potentially paving the way for a test flight in the very near future.The SN4, the latest test version of SpaceX's Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle, aced a "static fire" Tuesday night (May 5), lighting up its single briefly while remaining on the ground at the company's South Texas facilities."Starship SN4 passed static fire," SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk late on Tuesday. , courtesy of , as well as...

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SpaceX aces final parachute test ahead of historic May 27 crew launch

SpaceX aces final parachute test ahead of historic May 27 crew launch

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX conducted the 27th and final test of the Mark 3 parachute system for its Crew Dragon capsule on May 1, 2020.(Image: © SpaceX via Twitter)SpaceX's path toward its first-ever crew launch now appears clear.The company had two big boxes to check off ahead of the planned , a test flight that will send NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's capsule.One was a 27th and final drop test of Crew Dragon's newly...

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NASA budget cuts at Mars threaten 'crisis' for Curiosity rover and prolific orbiters

NASA budget cuts at Mars threaten 'crisis' for Curiosity rover and prolific orbiters

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took this selfie on Feb. 26, 2020. The crumbling rock layer at the top of the image is the Greenheugh Pediment, which Curiosity crested on March 6.(Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)Budget cuts may force NASA's to slam on the brakes just as it's reaching its highly anticipated home stretch.Curiosity landed inside Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater in August 2012, tasked with determining if the site could ever have supported...

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NASA picks SpaceX, Dynetics and Blue Origin-led team to develop Artemis moon landers

NASA picks SpaceX, Dynetics and Blue Origin-led team to develop Artemis moon landers

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA has picked three companies to develop new lunar landers that will carry astronauts to the surface of the moon in 2024 and beyond.The agency announced today (April 30) that it has awarded contracts to SpaceX, a Blue Origin-led team and Dynetics to design and build a human landing system for the , which aims to establish a sustainable, long-term human presence on and around the moon by the late 2020s."With these contract awards, America is moving forward with the...

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'I'll pass': Trump not interested in flying on Virgin Galactic's space plane

'I'll pass': Trump not interested in flying on Virgin Galactic's space plane

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity spaceliner captured this view of Earth during the vehicle's first trip to space, on Dec. 13, 2018.(Image: © Virgin Galactic)President Donald Trump may be a fan of human spaceflight, but that doesn't necessarily mean he wants to visit the final frontier himself.During a on Friday (April 24), the president, whose administration has directed NASA to land astronauts on the moon by 2024, expressed a distinct lack of interest in flying aboard...

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Iran launches its 1st military satellite into orbit: reports

Iran launches its 1st military satellite into orbit: reports

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Iran has apparently lofted its first military satellite into orbit, ending a series of setbacks for the nation's space program.A two-stage Qassed rocket lifted off from the Markazi Desert in central Iran on Wednesday (April 22) and successfully delivered a military reconnaissance satellite called Nour to orbit, .  The rocket could be seen successfully launching into soace in .The outlet cited an announcement on the official website of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary...

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Russian cargo craft launches toward space station

Russian cargo craft launches toward space station

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.A Russian cargo spacecraft has begun its brief journey to the (ISS).The robotic Progress 75 freighter, which is packed with nearly 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) of propellant, food and other supplies, launched atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from in Kazakhstan today (April 24) at 9:51 p.m. EDT (0151 GMT and 6:51 a.m. local Baikonur time on April 25). If all goes according to plan, the Progress will reach the orbiting lab just a few hours from now, at 1:12 a.m. EDT (0512 GMT)...

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SpaceX moves Starlink launch up a day to Wednesday

SpaceX moves Starlink launch up a day to Wednesday

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.(Image: © SpaceX)SpaceX's next batch of will get off the ground a day earlier than we'd thought.The next 60 Starlink craft will launch Wednesday afternoon (April 22) (April 23), SpaceX representatives announced today (April 20)."With a more favorable weather forecast for launch and landing, now targeting Wednesday, April 22 at 3:37 p.m. EDT [1937 GMT] for this week’s Falcon 9 Starlink mission," the company said via Twitter this afternoon.As that tweet notes, will...

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Happy 30th, Hubble! Science Channel celebrates space telescope icon with special tonight.

Happy 30th, Hubble! Science Channel celebrates space telescope icon with special tonight.

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.A view of the Hubble Space Telescope through the window of the shuttle Atlantis, which brought astronauts on a repair mission in 2009.(Image: © NASA)If you're looking to inject a little space science into your pandemic-induced TV binge, Science Channel has a treat for you.The network has produced a documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of NASA's famous , and it premieres tonight (April 19) at 8 p.m. ET/PT."Hubble: Thirty Years of Discovery" covers all...

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Surprise! The universe's expansion rate may vary from place to place

Surprise! The universe's expansion rate may vary from place to place

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.These four galaxy clusters were among hundreds analyzed in a large survey to test whether the universe is the same in all directions over large scales. The study results suggest the concept of an "isotropic" universe may not entirely fit.(Image: © NASA/CXC/Univ. of Bonn/K. Migkas et al.)The universe may not be the same in every direction after all.The expansion rate of appears to vary from place to place, a new study reports. This finding, if confirmed, would force...

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'Oumuamua origin story: How our mysterious interstellar visitor may have been born

'Oumuamua origin story: How our mysterious interstellar visitor may have been born

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This simulation depicts the interstellar object 'Oumuamua as a mass of fragments forced into an elongated shape by stellar tidal forces.(Image: © ZHANG Yun/background by ESO/M. Kornmesser)Our solar system's first known interstellar visitor may have a very violent origin story.The mysterious object , which was spotted zooming through the inner solar system in October 2017, is probably a fragment of a larger body that was torn apart by gravitational forces during a...

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Comet Atlas is falling apart, new photos confirm

Comet Atlas is falling apart, new photos confirm

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The Virtual Telescope Project captured this view of Comet Atlas' shattered nucleus on April 11, 2020.(Image: © Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project (www.virtualtelescope.eu))It's official: Comet Atlas has broken apart.Just a month ago, it looked like the icy wanderer, officially known as C/2019 Y4 Atlas, around the time of its closest approach to the sun, or perihelion, which occurs on May 31. But relatively lackluster behavior soon dimmed such hopes. And optimism...

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Trump signs executive order to support moon mining, tap asteroid resources

Trump signs executive order to support moon mining, tap asteroid resources

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Artist's illustration of mining activity on the moon.(Image: © James Vaughan)The water ice and other lunar resources that will help the United States establish a long-term human presence on are there for the taking, the White House believes.President Donald Trump signed an executive order today (April 6) establishing U.S. policy on the exploitation of off-Earth resources. That policy stresses that the current regulatory regime — notably, the — allows the use of such...

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SpaceX's Starship will soon be made of different stuff

SpaceX's Starship will soon be made of different stuff

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's first full-size Starship prototype, the Mk1, stands at the company's build and launch facility in Texas. SpaceX has moved on from the Mk1 design, to a rapidly iterating "SN" series.(Image: © SpaceX)SpaceX is about to make a bone-deep tweak to its Mars-colonizing spacecraft.The California-based company built its first few Starship prototypes out of a known as 301. But aerospace engineers have been using that particular metallic blend since the middle of the...

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Why SpaceX's Starlink satellites caught astronomers off guard

Why SpaceX's Starlink satellites caught astronomers off guard

Astronomers have had five years to brace for the impact of SpaceX's Starlink internet-satellite megaconstellation, but the first few batches of the spacecraft still managed to catch the community off guard. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced the Starlink concept (though not the name) back in January 2015, explaining that the company intended to launch about 4,000 broadband satellites to low Earth orbit to provide low-cost internet service to people around the world. The envisioned numbers have grown since then. SpaceX now has permission from the U.S. Federal Communications...

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Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

TrendingUltima Thule doesn't look much like a snowman after all.The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's reveal the distant object to be far flatter than scientists had thought, mission team members announced today (Feb. 8)."We had an impression of Ultima Thule based on the limited number of images returned in the days around the flyby, but seeing more data has significantly changed our view," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement. []"It would be...

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SpaceX Dragon Crew Demo-1 Flight to Space Station: What to Expect

SpaceX Dragon Crew Demo-1 Flight to Space Station: What to Expect

TrendingSpaceX is gearing up for a big human-spaceflight milestone.Elon Musk's company aims to fly the first demonstration mission of its to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 2.This flight, known as Demo-1, will be uncrewed. But if all goes well, Crew Dragon will likely carry astronauts to and from the orbiting lab for the first time this summer. []Here's what you need to know about Crew Dragon, Demo-1 and the short-term future of human spaceflight.SpaceX has been developing Crew Dragon under a multibillion-dollar commercial crew contract with NASA. The agency signed a similar...

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NASA Is Making One Last Attempt to Call Opportunity Rover on Mars

NASA Is Making One Last Attempt to Call Opportunity Rover on Mars

Trending(Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech)A depressing deadline is nearly upon NASA’s long-silent .The final planned attempts to rouse Opportunity, which when it tried to outlast a Martian dust storm, will come late this evening (Feb. 12), NASA officials said. The agency also announced today that it will update Opportunity’s status tomorrow (Feb. 13), during a 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) press conference featuring NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, agency science chief Thomas Zurbuchen, Opportunity project manager John Callas, mission principal investigator Steve Squyres and other heavy hitters. []You...

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