Coloquio de Astronomía

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How one man went from hunting meteorites to being hunted by the law

How a meteorite hunter’s obsession took him from the mountains of Colorado, to the Bundy Ranch, and eventually landed him in jail<p>For eight seconds, an eerie orange glow lit up the mesas and canyons of western Colorado with the intensity of the full Moon. Locals reported a bluish orb in the sky that …

Crime

Astronaut Peggy Whitson retires from NASA after record-setting career

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Record-setting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who spent more time in space than any other American, officially retired from the agency on Friday.<p>The Iowa native who joined NASA in 1986 had a varied career at NASA, including research scientist, three long-duration stints on the …

Space Exploration

This Futuristic Startup Raised $40 Million to Fling Heavy Objects Into Space

Welcome to the future.<p>SpinLaunch, a startup building space catapults, just raised $35 million in funding from investors, including GV, Airbus, and …

Virgin Galactic's spaceplane hits new heights in second powered flight

Where some private space companies, such as Blue Origin, imagine firing tourists into space with conventional launch vehicles that blast off from the …

Space Travel

This Camera Got Melted While Shooting a Rocket Launch

Renowned NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up a remote DSLR camera pointed at the launch pad yesterday during the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch. …

China Wants to Be the First Country to Land on the Far Side of the Moon

China just launched a lunar orbiter that will act as a relay for the first lander on the far side of the moon later this year.<p>On Sunday night the China National Space Administration launched a communications satellite on a Long March rocket on a 280,000 mile journey to orbit the moon. The lunar …

Space Exploration

NASA’s planet-hunting satellite sends back its first image — and it’s amazing

NASA’s new planet-hunting mission, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), was launched on April 18. After getting accustomed to its new …

Las imágenes satelitales de la emergencia en Hidroituango

El <b>ingeniero Oscar Javier Espejo</b>, docente y especialista en análisis de imágenes satelitales, nos compartió varios timelapse usando imágenes del …

CubeSat image shows Earth and moon as tiny specks floating in space

It really is a small world: Earth and the moon are shown as tiny specks in the dark expanse of space in a fascinating image taken from 620,000 miles …

Elon Musk says SpaceX will reuse a rocket within 24 hours in 2019

SpaceX has big plans for the latest version of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.<p>The new "Block 5" Falcon 9, which debuted Friday (May 11) with a flawless launch and first-stage landing, will take rocket reusability to bold new heights very soon if everything works out, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk …

Long March 3B rocket booster crashes to Earth near Chinese town

A Long March 3B launches with the APStar-6C communications satellite on May 3, 2018. Photo Credit: Zhang Zhengyi/Xinhua<p>One of the Long March 3B …

SpaceX's Second Falcon Heavy Rocket Spectacle Slips to October

SpaceX fans eager to watch the second launch of the company’s massive Falcon Heavy rocket should forget about witnessing a second spectacle in June …

China launches new Earth observation satellite for environmental monitoring

China on Wednesday launched Gaofen-5, a hyperspectral imaging satellite, as part of the country's high-resolution Earth observation project.<p>The …

Jeff Bezos steps closer to sending paying customers into space by the end of the year: Amazon CEO successfully launches EIGHTH rocket with a crew capsule, passenger 'Mannequin Skywalker' and FLEAS

• <b>Blue Origin, a company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched its eighth rocket test flight from West Texas on Sunday, including a</b> …

What is a Suborbital Flight? How SpaceX and Blue Origin’s Launches Differ

Sunday will mark the eighth test flight for Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin. The company will launch its New Shepard spacecraft as part of …

Space Travel

Russian rocket stage with toxic fuel to fall in Canadian Arctic

Another Russian rocket stage likely to be holding highly toxic fuel is slated to splash down in environmentally sensitive waters of the Canadian …

Blue Origin is working on the BE-4, a rocket engine that can launch 100 missions

Look out, SpaceX. You may not be the belle of the ball in the industry forever. This week, Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, …

Space Travel

‘It’s going to happen’: is the world ready for war in space?

Space is different from 50 years ago. It was a race between superpowers then; it’s everything now…<p>Blowing up satellites could trigger a chain reaction that swiftly surrounds the Earth with belts of debris<p>When you hear the phrase “space war”, it is easy to conjure images that could have come from a</i> …

War

NanoRacks lays out vision for turning rockets into space outposts, starting with Independence-1

Don’t call them commercial space stations, or gateways, or portals. NanoRacks is laying claim to a different moniker for its new breed of refurbished …

NASA's TESS is going to be your new favorite space mission

On April 16, NASA's latest and greatest mission is set to launch to space.<p>The new space telescope is named TESS — short for the Transiting Exoplanet …

Exoplanets

Artificial Intelligence Learns To Predict The Likelihood Of Life On Other Planets

Artificial intelligence (AI) is learning to recognize patterns of life-supporting conditions on other worlds. It can then make predictions about the likelihood of life on those planets, says a team at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) at Plymouth University. The researchers are …

Artificial Intelligence

X-Planes are the supersonic daredevils of aviation legend

Elon Musk's next SpaceX rocket could blast off 100 times

Believe it or not, all the SpaceX rockets you've seen making those impressive landings the past few years are something like the beta version of the Falcon 9 rocket. We may get to see the final version at work later this month, when the real revolution in space flight will begin.<p>Over the past week, …

Elon Musk

The ISS will replace its 17-year-old printer this week

The printer model aboard the ISS is seventeen years old and more than ready for a replacement. And this afternoon, it's finally going to be getting one. The HP Envy ISS will be heading to the International Space Station aboard the CRS-14 mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon. The …

Space Exploration

Space junk demo mission launches

<b>A UK-led experiment to tackle space junk has been sent into orbit.</b><p>It takes the form of a small satellite that will practise techniques for tracking debris and capturing it.<p>The RemoveDebris system is heading to the International Space Station where astronauts are expected to set the experiment …

NASA's Newest Planet Hunter Will Do What Kepler Couldn't

On April 16, NASA is planning to launch its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. TESS is an Earth-orbiting …

James Webb Space Telescope

No Matter What, Do Not Touch the Space Junk

You almost certainly won’t encounter any pieces of the falling Chinese space station, but if you do—keep your distance.<p>Stan Thornton had just three …

Space Exploration

NASA intensifying search for planets orbiting stars beyond solar system

NASA plans to send the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a …