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Private companies are launching a new space race – here's what to expect

The space race between the USA and Russia started with a beep from the Sputnik satellite exactly 60 years ago (October 4, 1957) and ended with a …

NASA launching up to 72 smallsats with Spaceflight for $5.5 million

WASHINGTON — NASA signed its first contract with small satellite rideshare company Spaceflight to launch as many as 72 cubesats between now and 2020 …

Space Exploration

Asteroid zips by ahead of bigger one coming even closer

A newly discovered asteroid makes a pass at Earth. Meanwhile, a closely monitored space rock will race by next week, and it won't be the last time it pays a visit.<p>A bus-sized asteroid that was first discovered on September 24 ripped by Earth on Monday morning, coming as close as 54,100 miles …

NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

Sub-orbital rocket worked, but the telemetry indicates a sudden descent<b>Vid</b> NASA has successfully tested a parachute designed for low-density …

Test Data

Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior

Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 …

Astronomy

Earth May Be Close to 'Threshold of Catastrophe'

The amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to trigger a sixth mass extinction, a new study …

Climate Change