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Why black holes are the scariest things in the universe

Why black holes are the scariest things in the universe

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.(Image: © Brian Christensen/Stocktrek Images)Halloween is a time to be haunted by ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but nothing in the universe is scarier than a black hole.Black holes – regions in space where gravity is so strong that nothing can escape – are a hot topic in the news these days. Half of the  was awarded to Roger Penrose for his mathematical work showing that black holes are an inescapable consequence of Einstein’s theory of gravity. Andrea Ghez and Reinhard...

October 31, 2020
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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...

August 19, 2020
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The sun fires off its biggest solar flare in more than 3 years

The sun fires off its biggest solar flare in more than 3 years

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.unleashed its most powerful solar eruption in more than three years on Sunday (Nov. 29). The , which is a sudden, bright explosion of electromagnetic energy, measured as an M4.4 on the scale astronomers use for sun storms. M-class flares are medium-sized eruptions (compared to small C-class flares and large X-class flares) and rank on a scale from 1 to 9, with larger numbers representing stronger flares. The M4.4 flare's bright burst was accompanied by a coronal mass...

November 30, 2020
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This bizarre planet could have supersonic winds in an atmosphere of vaporized rock

This bizarre planet could have supersonic winds in an atmosphere of vaporized rock

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 K2-141b, showing molten rock evaporating into a thin atmosphere in the region closest to the exoplanet's star.(Image: © Julie Roussy, McGill Graphic Design and Getty Images)Scientists think they have identified a lava world so dramatic that it might boast a thin regional atmosphere of vaporized rock where it is closest to its star.That is called K2-141b and was originally discovered in 2017. The world is about half again as big as Earth but...

November 5, 2020
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See amazing video of Mars helicopter Ingenuity's boundary-stretching 3rd flight

See amazing video of Mars helicopter Ingenuity's boundary-stretching 3rd flight

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA's broke new ground during its latest Red Planet flight, as video of the sortie shows.Ingenuity took off early Sunday morning (April 25) on its . The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper traveled a total of 330 feet (100 meters) laterally, stayed aloft for 80 seconds and reached a maximum speed of about 4.5 mph (7.2 kph), smashing the marks set on its ."Today’s flight was what we planned for, and yet it was nothing short of amazing," Dave Lavery, the Ingenuity program...

April 26, 2021
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Samples of asteroid Ryugu arrive in Japan after successful Hayabusa2 capsule landing

Samples of asteroid Ryugu arrive in Japan after successful Hayabusa2 capsule landing

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An aerial shot of the Hayabusa2 return capsule and parachute after its landing on a bush in the Woomera Prohibited Area, Australia.(Image: © JAXA)Japanese scientists are thrilled to finally have asteroid samples arrive Monday (Dec. 7) after a long flight from Australia — and a much longer journey through the solar system.Those rocks originate on a near-Earth asteroid called Ryugu; the spacecraft snagged them in 2019 before a yearlong journey to deliver them to Earth...

December 8, 2020
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SpaceX swapping out two engines on Starship SN9 prototype ahead of test flight

SpaceX swapping out two engines on Starship SN9 prototype ahead of test flight

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.SpaceX's SN9 Starship prototype performs its second static-fire test, on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo captured by SPadre.com.(Image: © SPadre.com via Twitter)SpaceX's latest prototype needs some maintenance work before it can take to the skies.On Wednesday (Jan. 13), the Starship SN9 prototype performed in rapid succession at SpaceX's South Texas site, firing up its three Raptor engines while the vehicle remained anchored to the ground.These brief burns were part of the...

January 15, 2021
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Widespread Texas power outages delay Boeing's second Starliner spacecraft test flight to April

Widespread Texas power outages delay Boeing's second Starliner spacecraft test flight to April

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA's hit another delay in getting a second spacecraft ready to ferry astronauts to space.The second uncrewed test of has been delayed from no earlier than March 25 to no earlier than April 2 "to allow more time for spacecraft and hardware processing," according to a (Feb. 17). Teams in Houston are also dealing with widespread power outages due to severe winter storms in the past week affecting the Texas electricity grid, .Related:History of NASA:Discover the story...

February 19, 2021
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NASA likely to stay the course to the moon under Bill Nelson, if confirmed

NASA likely to stay the course to the moon under Bill Nelson, if confirmed

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Don't expect big changes at NASA if Bill Nelson does end up leading the space agency.On Friday (March 19), President Joe Biden announced that he , a former three-term U.S. senator from Florida and longtime space policy player, as NASA administrator. The choice signals that shakeups are unlikely in big-ticket NASA projects, such as the of crewed lunar exploration, said space policy expert John Logsdon."One of the buzz phrases during the [presidential] transition was...

March 20, 2021
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The International Space Station is getting a new toilet this year

The International Space Station is getting a new toilet this year

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor does maintenance on the current U.S. space station toilet.(Image: © NASA)Later this year, if all goes well, the will receive a very important delivery: a new and improved toilet system.It has a fancier name, of course; officially, the commode is NASA's Universal Waste Management System (UWMS). The system is designed to bridge the gap between current lavatorial space technology and what humans will need to make extended visits to,...

June 15, 2020
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