Space Exploration

Mars has a very tenuous atmosphere, roughly 1 percent of Earth’s own, which is overwhelmingly made of carbon dioxide. Tiny fractions of other gases have been measured and studied over time, leading to several puzzling findings. The recently reported spike in methane is certainly among them and now we can add another one: an unusual increase in […]

Starship is now eligible to make lunar deliveries for NASA. SpaceX’s huge Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle could make its first extraterrestrial touchdown just three short years. SpaceX is one of five companies that are newly eligible to deliver robotic payloads to the lunar surface for NASA, via the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. SpaceX proposes to do this […]

You’ve managed to travel tens of thousands of light-years beyond the solar system. Bravely facing the depths of the great interstellar voids, you’ve witnessed some of the most achingly beautiful and outrageously powerful events in the universe, from the births of new solar systems to the cataclysmic deaths of massive stars. And now for your […]

A ride on Boeing’s vehicle will be way more expensive than a SpaceX trip. Boeing’s astronaut taxi will cost NASA about 60% more per seat than SpaceX’s vehicle will, according to a new report by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). NASA will likely pay about $90 million for each astronaut who flies aboard Boeing’s CST-100 […]

The Facts:Nearly two decades ago, Gary Mckinnon of the UK accesses nearly 100 NASA and Department of Defence, including the US Air Force Space command. He faced extradition for 10 years after finding a picture of a UFO and a list of “non terrestrial officers.” Reflect On:How sheltered are we from certain information? Has ‘national […]

Musk’s plans have potentially dire consequences for alien life, astronauts and the environment. Elon Musk, founder of private space-faring company SpaceX, recently unveiled his new Starship craft. Amazingly, it is designed to carry up to 100 crew members on interplanetary journeys throughout the solar system, starting with Mars in 2024. The announcement is exciting, invoking deep emotions of […]

Soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and … ? In the most recent development in the negotiations over President Trump’s contentious proposal to create a Space Force, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has proposed that the new organization follow the current Marine Corps/Department of the Navy model. Just as the Marine Corps is a military service […]

And technicians have figured out why one main parachute didn’t deploy as planned. Boeing’s astronaut taxi remains on track for a December demonstration flight to the International Space Station (ISS) after passing a key safety test earlier this week. [embedded content] See Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner soar in an abort test animation. Boeing CST-100 Starliner: Next-Generation Spaceship On Monday […]

Since the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet in 2011, there’s been just one vehicle ferrying crewmembers to and from the International Space Station (ISS): Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. [embedded content] Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ace its 16th parachute test, this one aimed at testing parachute deployment in the event of a low-altitude launch abort. The […]

On Nov. 11, people across most of the world can catch the planet Mercury passing across the sun. This rare event won’t be seen from Earth again until 2032. [embedded content] Mercury will transit the Sun on Nov. 11, 2019. Get all the details here. The smallest planet in the solar system is also the closest to […]

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