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SpaceX Will Test the Engines of the World's Most Powerful Rocket on Tuesday

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is one step closer to liftoff.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, the company will test fire the engines on its newest rocket at the …

Space Travel

Your guide to commercial space travel in 2018

It's is a good time to start tuning into the business of space. The months ahead could bring some monumental developments in the booming commercial space industry.<p>Here's a look at what's on the calendar this year. Note that this industry is notoriously loose with deadlines, so it's possible that a …

Space Travel

Scientists create particles with negative mass - Futurity

"That's kind of a mind-bending thing to think about..."


We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn't it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.<p>There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my breath in winter, why does being …

SpaceX shows off stunning pictures of its Falcon Heavy rocket fully assembled on the launchpad

One step closer to launch<p>Last week, SpaceX rolled out its new Falcon Heavy rocket to one of the company’s Florida launchpads, turning the vehicle upright for the very first time. Now SpaceX has released stunning photos and video from that exercise, showing off the vertical, fully assembled Falcon …

Space Travel

Cure for blindness to hit market for nearly $1 million

A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000.<p>That’s less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it’s …


The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

HONG KONG — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, traded threats this week about the size, location and potency of their “nuclear buttons.”<p>The image of a leader with a finger on a button — a trigger capable of launching a world-ending strike — has for decades symbolized the …

North Korea

Scientists Have Built a Robot That Actually Sweats While Exercising

Someone give that thing a gym towel.<p>Kenshiro and his younger "sibling" Kengoro are two robots that were built with unprecedented similarity to human …


China’s moon mission to boldly go a step further

This time next year, there may be a new world leader in lunar exploration. If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon. China is rocketing ahead with its plans for lunar exploration. In 2018, …

Space Exploration

Scientists made a virtual supernova you can walk around

At 11,000 light-years away, it's safe to say you won't be able to visit Cassiopeia A even if private space corporations start selling seats to amateur spacefarers. Thanks to a team of scientists, though, you might be able to see the 300-year-old supernova remnant up close -- or even walk inside it. …


Oumuamua’s path in our solar system

You’ve probably read about this unprecedented visitor from interstellar space. Astronomer Guy Ottewell thought you’d like to see its trajectory …


The Haunting Effects Of Going Days Without Sleep

Decades ago, Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days. He broke a record in the process, but the teenage stunt has come back to haunt him. At 71, he offers wisdom about staying up past your bedtime.<p>Transcript<p>NOEL KING, HOST:<p>And this next story is about something we think about a lot at MORNING …

UC Berkeley

NASA Planning Mission to Alpha Centauri—in 2069

NASA benefited hugely from the president's omnibus spending bill (via NASA)<p>NASA is prepping for a trip to the nearby three-star Alpha Centauri …

Proxima Centauri