Space

SpaceX successfully launches and lands Falcon rocket from historic spaceport

Launching voyage to International Space Station, Falcon 9 rocket takes off from launchpad that was home to some of Nasa’s best-known missions<p>SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that marks a new era of private …

SpaceX

Here’s a drone’s eye view of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing

This doesn’t get old<p>Rocket launches are always fun to watch, but witnessing SpaceX (or Blue Origin, for that matter) land a rocket is always an awe-inspiring moment. This morning, Elon Musk’s company successfully landed its third rocket after delivering its payload into space, and there was a drone …

SpaceX

When You Turn Off A Light, Where Does The Light Go?

In space, light will go on, and on, and on… In a windowless room, where does the light go when we switch it off?<p>Light is a pretty simple beast. In lieu of any interference, it will go on, and on, and on, as we see it doing in the vast, often empty, realms of interstellar & intergalactic space.<p>Space …

Astronomy

Here's how India may meet its energy needs by 2030, thanks to the Moon

The Sun has always been a source of energy for the world. But an untapped source of power may soon be able to meet all of India’s energy …

ISRO

The ship from Asteroids is hidden in plain sight in your GPS system

Pew pew pew!<p>For those of a certain age, the iconic “pew pew pew” noises of the <i>Asteroids</i> arcade game bring a flood memories. The gameplay pales in comparison to the ultra-realistic video games of today, but there’s a quaint charm to flying around in a little space ship blowing up floating</i> …

Asteroids

Juno’s Jupiter Mission Fails

The Juno spacecraft, launched by NASA in 2011, and entering the orbit of Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet in 2016, will not approach the …

Jupiter

You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

chapter 1<p>What Came Before the Big Bang?<p>Though time and space had started to curve like a sagging clothesline, there wasn’t wholesale panic in …

Cosmology

Astronauts aboard International Space Station harvest first batch of Chinese cabbage

This is the fifth crop to be produced aboard the structure.<p>Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have harvested a batch of Chinese …

NASA

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

Elon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117.<p>UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. …

Space Travel

2017 February 19 - Black Sun and Inverted Starfield

<b>Black Sun and Inverted Starfield</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Jim Lafferty<p><b>Explanation:</b> Does this strange dark ball look somehow familiar? If so, that …

Astronomy

SpaceX launch: Falcon 9 rocket to make second liftoff attempt

After Saturday’s liftoff was scrubbed, SpaceX is prepping another attempt at sending the Falcon 9 rocket into space. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports for Sunday TODAY.

SpaceX

Nasa scientist wants the Moon to become a planet by changing a definition

The Nasa scientist who engineered the first spacecraft which flew to Pluto is proposing a shake-up of definitions to grant the Moon the status of a …

Astronomy

Comments of the Week #149: From the Universe’s center to the most common elements

“We think we’ve come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, is all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly, it …

Cosmology

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky

MOLO, Kenya — Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars.<p>The Traveling Telescope visits some of this East African country’s most remote areas, showing students the night sky and the describing the science of astronomy with telescopes and virtual reality …

Astronomy

Lego Has a New Space Shuttle and It Looks Awesome

NEW YORK — Lego has a new space shuttle set for 2017 and it promises to be one any space fan can enjoy.<p>We got a close-up first look at the new Lego …

Lego

2 Kentucky students send biology experiment into space

An experiment developed by two Kentucky students has been sent into space.<p>The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2mc4mn8 ) reports Will Casto and …

Space Science

Tarik O’Regan: A Celestial Map of the Sky CD review – luminous beauty

Hallé Orchestra, Hallé Youth Choir, Manchester Grammar School Choir/Elder, Phillips (NMC)<p>If you missed Tarik O’Regan’s acclaimed chamber opera <i>Heart of Darkness</i>, here’s a welcome opportunity to hear some of its luminous beauty. O’Regan has taken his majestic, brooding score for Tom Phillips’s subtle …

Astronomy

'Hidden Figures' and the true NASA stories behind the movie

NASA's chief historian explains the real events that inspired the inspirational Oscar-nominated film.<p>The women who helped pioneer space travel have rocketed into the public eye thanks to the acclaimed movie "Hidden Figures". We spoke to NASA's chief historian to learn more about the remarkable true …

NASA

Morning brief: F-15s, F-18s, F-35s and more to know today

<b>SUPERSONIC RESPONSE</b><p>Two F-15s caused a ‘sonic boom’ as they raced from their home base in Homestead, Fla., Friday evening to intercept an unresponsive general aviation aircraft that flew near Palm Beach during a stay by President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. The fighter jets were able to establish …

Cape Canaveral

We asked a Duke astronomy professor about Duke alum Kyrie Irving saying the Earth is flat

NBA champion Kyrie Irving shocked a lot of people when he revealed that he believes the Earth is flat on the Road Trippin’ podcast that released on Friday morning. Then, on Friday night at NBA All-Star weekend, Irving doubled down on his comments.<p><i>For The Win</i> was able to get in touch with Mark …

Astronomy

Lürssen Launches Project Jupiter

The 403-foot Jupiter hits the water for the first time.<p>Lürssen Yachts has launched Project Jupiter, a 403-foot superyacht, with a 65-foot beam. In …

Jupiter

Ask Ethan: How Can I Travel Through Space Without Getting Into Trouble?

Whether it was NASA, <i>Star Trek</i> or Einstein that first inspired you, space travel offers some incredible possibilities for us all. The idea of rocketing or beaming into space and traveling interplanetary or interstellar distances is a dream many of us have considered, but we still have the laws of …

Cosmology

NASA Developing Contingency Plan for Commercial Crew Delays

ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA plans to complete by the middle of March a contingency plan for ensuring access to the International Space Stationshould its two …

NASA

A Physicist Explains Why Humans Probably Didn't Pop Into Existence Last Tuesday

Whaa... ?<p>The history of cosmology has its fair share of whacky ideas, but one of the strangest has to be the Boltzmann brain hypothesis – which …

Cosmology

We May Finally Get a Picture of a Black Hole

The Mysterious Black Hole<p>Believe it or not, we’ve never actually been able to catch a glimpse of a black hole. All those images featuring a starry …

Astrophysics

Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet

Astronomers are offering the general public a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to discover a new planet in our solar system.<p>Many astronomers now think there may be a massive, undiscovered planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system. Right now, however, the existence of this …

Astronomy

10 random facts about the earth that will blow your mind

Earth Day might not be until April, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about it. There is a LOT of things going on these days, so why not stop …

Astronomy

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will stay in its long orbit for the remainder of its mission

Playing it safe<p>On Friday, NASA announced that it Juno spacecraft would remain in its current 53-day orbit of Jupiter for the duration of its mission. The decision is a new setback for the spacecraft, which was scheduled to shift to a shorter, 14 day orbital schedule.<p>This isn’s the first time that …

Solar System

Spaceflight Squishes Spacefarers' Brains

Time spent in zero G changes the body: Astronauts come home with bone loss and muscle weakness. But what happens in their heads? To find out, …

The Brain

CN develops technology that could make bitumen transportation safer

Shipping oil by rail has earned a spotty reputation in recent years after a series of train derailments across North America resulted in high-profile explosions and environmentally damaging spills. Canadian National Railway Co. is hoping something the size of a bar of soap can help clean up some of …

Oil