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Iridium Chose SpaceX for Value and Innovative Management

Yesterday Iridium Communications signed a $490 million satellite launch deal–the largest single commercial launch deal ever. The company’s choice of rocket provider? Upstart newbie SpaceX. We spoke to Iridium’s CEO, Matt Desch, to find out why.<p>Iridium offers what cell phone grids can’t: truly …

Space Exploration

Black Holes Spin At Nearly The Speed Of Light

New science from NASA‘s brand-new NuStar space telescope and Europe’s XMM-Newton space telescope has proven that black holes don’t just sit there sucking matter into their wickedly heavy black cores: They also spin. In fact, they can spin almost at the speed of light.<p>Observations of the X-ray …

Black Holes

NASA’s Latest Discovery, The Galaxy’s Youngest Black Hole, Looks Like A Technicolor Dreamscape

Hey world, meet W49B and its many stunning wonders.<p>Brand-new info from NASA’s powerful Chandra X-ray Observatory, a space telescope whizzing above your head in Earth orbit, has revealed what may be the most recent black hole that our Milky Way galaxy has made. The data also suggest that it was made …

Universe

SpaceX, Blue Origin, And The Race To Control The Commercial Space Industry

Facing unexpected pressure and the yawning void of the post-Shuttle era, the commercial space race has huge challenges ahead. In the wake of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin test failure, we look at the future of the industry.<p>A Soyuz rocket recently failed–surprising news, as it’s generally considered a …

Space Travel

New Satellite Images From NASA Show Ghostly Earth By Night

Scientists have dubbed it The Black Marble, but new images from NASA show just how much light is emitted from our planet at night. The pictures, taken by the Suomi NPP satellite, show both light coming from natural sources as well as the lights made by man, from the twinkling lights on fishing …

Imaging

NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this year.<p>Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for …

NASA

Inside Sustainability Base: NASA’s Space Station On Earth

The new Silicon Valley installation is designed to test the terrestrial applications for the space agency’s technologies and create the most efficient building imaginable.<p>“How do you design a building like a tree?” It’s a question that William McDonough, an architect, designer, and one of the minds …

NASA’s New Space Suit Lets Astronauts Dress In Seconds

Even the toughest, smartest astronaut looks silly getting dressed for space. But a new suit design will make the process near-instantaneous.<p>If you stepped into the vacuum of space in whatever you’re wearing now, you actually might be okay. You won’t pass out. Your blood won’t boil, nor would it …

Space Exploration

From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

We pay homage to the Apollo missions with the best of NASA’s deep archives.<p>In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon–and return him back safely–by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.<p>Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s …

Space Science

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel

Branson thinks that by being in space, people become more passionate about the planet. And he’s planning on helping out cash-strapped NASA with its research, too.<p>Earlier this week, Virgin Galactic–the space travel arm of the Virgin Group–debuted the first-ever spaceport in New Mexico. Dubbed …

Space Travel

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of launching a satellite to collect this sunlight and beam it back to Earth as clean power remain science fiction–for now.<p>A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space …

SpaceX Lands Air Force Rocket Launch Deal

Elon Musk’s private space company has secured its first contract from the U.S. Air Force. Does this move SpaceX into an innovative new frontier of the 21st-century space race?<p>SpaceX has somewhat quietly landed a pivotal deal this week: Mission orders from the United States Air Force Space and …

Space Travel

Photographing Star Trails From Space, At 17,000 MPH

Is this really Earth we see in these photographs? It can’t be. There’s no blue ocean, golden continents, or clearly delineated socio-political boundaries. It must be some sort of cosmic record player…or maybe just a really great Photoshop…of something.<p>In truth, these photos offer us a glimpse of …

Space

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Space Exploration

Director Rian Johnson’s Full-Length Spoiler: A Downloadable “Looper” Commentary Track

Some movies benefit from repeat viewings. The time travel genre seems like an especially ripe candidate for double-dipping–since the ending of such movies often alters one’s perception of everything that came beforehand, it’s tempting to go back and see how the logic holds up. In the case of the …

Articles about 7 fantastic backyard buildings on Dwell.com - Dwell

In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying...<p>Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first...<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer …

Architecture