Space   Tue 31 Mar 13:38 GMT

NASA's Mars helicopter almost ready for take off

NASA's Mars helicopter almost ready for take off

The new Mars rover Perseverance, set to launch in July for a February 2021 landing, will be outfitted with its own small helicopter. NASA engineers at Kennedy Space Station recently put the chopper…

boingboing.net - 40 minutes ago

NASA's Mars Helicopter makes last spin on Earth before before July launch

NASA's Mars Helicopter makes last spin on Earth before before July launch

It will launch aboard the Perseverance rover.

space.com - 18 hours ago

China's new crew spacecraft looks like it could dock with the International Space Station

China's new crew spacecraft looks like it could dock with the International Space Station

But that's not possible politically at the moment.

space.com - 20 hours ago

SpaceX wins NASA contract to deliver cargo to Lunar Gateway moon outpost

SpaceX wins NASA contract to deliver cargo to Lunar Gateway moon outpost

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has delivered cargo to the International Space Station, but soon it will carry goods to an orbit higher than the International Space Station: the lunar Gateway. Agency officials announced Friday (March 27) that NASA selected SpaceX …

teslarati.com - 2 days ago

US Space Force launches first mission into space

US Space Force launches first mission into space

ANU Cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says while most space projects are now essentially in “hibernation status,” the United States Space Force went ahead and launc...

youtube.com - 2 days ago

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

Instead of likes, these snapshots provide teams with vital information about how spacecraft are faring on interplanetary surfaces.

Wired - 2 days ago

SpaceX wins contract to supply NASA's planned lunar space station

SpaceX wins contract to supply NASA's planned lunar space station

SpaceX's Dragon XL cargo ships will support NASA's Artemis moonwalkers and allow extended research.

CBS News - 2 days ago

ULA's Atlas 5 launches AEHF-6 communications satellite in its first mission for US Space Force

ULA's Atlas 5 launches AEHF-6 communications satellite in its first mission for US Space Force

SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Thompson: “The AEHF launch is one of those we consider absolutely mission essential.”

spacenews.com - 3 days ago

NASA's Orion crew capsule arrives in Florida to prep for test flight around moon (photo)

NASA's Orion crew capsule arrives in Florida to prep for test flight around moon (photo)

The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in the middle of next year.

space.com - 3 days ago

Coronavirus pandemic's global impact seen from space in chilling satellite images

Coronavirus pandemic's global impact seen from space in chilling satellite images

"Social distancing" makes planet Earth look like a ghost town.

livescience.com - 3 days ago

SpaceX Fails to Achieve Parachute Success During Test

SpaceX Fails to Achieve Parachute Success During Test

Things didn't go as planned for Elon Musk's space venture.

fool.com - 4 days ago

Former NASA astronaut shares isolation advice for coronavirus quarantine

Former NASA astronaut shares isolation advice for coronavirus quarantine

Peggy Whitson, the former NASA astronaut who spent 665 days in space, said the stay-at-home orders should be viewed with a long-term lens.

kvue.com - 4 days ago

How coronavirus is putting NASA's space race in jeopardy

How coronavirus is putting NASA's space race in jeopardy

NASA and space industry companies are affected by the slowdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, especially on time-sensitive missions.

houstonchronicle.com - 4 days ago

US Space Force launches satellite after glitch

US Space Force launches satellite after glitch

The newest branch of the US military, established by President Trump, goes into space for the first time.

bbc.com - 4 days ago

SpaceX parachute test didn’t go smoothly and may threaten NASA launch

SpaceX parachute test didn’t go smoothly and may threaten NASA launch

SpaceX attempted to test its Crew Dragon parachute system but the test was cut short after the dummy object with the parachutes installed on it became unstable during ascent.  The helicopter crew h…

bgr.com - 4 days ago

4 Asteroids Including 1,280-Foot City-Killer Approaching Earth Tomorrow, NASA Data Reveals

4 Asteroids Including 1,280-Foot City-Killer Approaching Earth Tomorrow, NASA Data Reveals

NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) is currently monitoring four space rocks that are headed for Earth.

ibtimes.com - 4 days ago

Astronaut's Tips on Surviving Long Periods of Isolation

Astronaut's Tips on Surviving Long Periods of Isolation

Astronaut Scott Kelly knows a thing or two about keeping busy on his own after spending nearly a year aboard the International Space Station. As people acros...

youtube.com - 4 days ago

The first US Space Force national security mission will launch today. Here's how to watch live

The first US Space Force national security mission will launch today. Here's how to watch live

AEHF-6 will complete a next-gen communications constellation.

space.com - 4 days ago

SpaceX dropped a Crew Dragon mockup to save a helicopter and its passengers

SpaceX dropped a Crew Dragon mockup to save a helicopter and its passengers

SpaceX says it encountered an issue that forced it to drop a Crew Dragon spacecraft mockup during parachute testing — not a failure of the vehicle or its parachutes, to be clear, but still a problem nonetheless. This is now the second significant hurdle Space…

teslarati.com - 4 days ago

Coronavirus outbreak, Space Force launch, unemployment numbers: 5 things to know Thursday

Coronavirus outbreak, Space Force launch, unemployment numbers: 5 things to know Thursday

Unemployment claims could reach several million, Stephen Curry hosts Dr. Anthony Fauci for a coronavirus panel and more things to start your Thursday.

USA Today - 5 days ago

Distant 'quasar tsunamis' are ripping their own galaxies apart

Distant 'quasar tsunamis' are ripping their own galaxies apart

The most energetic objects in the universe may be stopping the biggest galaxies from growing bigger.

space.com - 5 days ago

The true impact of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation on astronomy is coming into focus

The true impact of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation on astronomy is coming into focus

New research is highlighting what the future holds for astronomers with SpaceX’s full 12,000-satellite Starlink constellation in the sky. Some types of astronomy may be more affected than others by the bright satellites, and another study examined if a new ex…

The Verge - 5 days ago

Coronavirus hits Kennedy Space Center, further complicating NASA’s plans

Coronavirus hits Kennedy Space Center, further complicating NASA’s plans

Coronavirus confirmed in an employee from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  NASA is trying to keep its various missions on schedule, recently stating that the Mars 2020 mission is stil…

bgr.com - 6 days ago

European Space Agency shutters Mars spacecraft science due to coronavirus

European Space Agency shutters Mars spacecraft science due to coronavirus

Two Mars orbiters and a solar explorer are among the spacecraft that are turning off their science instruments.

cnet.com - 6 days ago

4 astronauts reveal their secrets to surviving months of isolation with other peopleBusiness Insider

4 astronauts reveal their secrets to surviving months of isolation with other peopleBusiness Insider

Veteran astronaut Scott Kelly says he "binge-watched all of 'Game of Thrones'" in space — twice — as part of his healthy approach to cramped quarters.

Business Insider - 6 days ago

NASA confirms Kennedy Space Center employee tests positive for coronavirus

NASA confirms Kennedy Space Center employee tests positive for coronavirus

An employee at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Fox News has confirmed.

Fox News - 6 days ago

Europe turns off instruments on some deep-space probes during coronavirus pandemic

Europe turns off instruments on some deep-space probes during coronavirus pandemic

In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the European Space Agency is putting four of its space missions into “safe configurations” while it reduces the number of people in mission control in Germany. The instruments on these spacecraft will be turned o…

The Verge - 6 days ago

Space Coast officials criticize Brevard County coronavirus messaging

Space Coast officials criticize Brevard County coronavirus messaging

Communications messaging goes off tracks as Brevard emergency managers tackle coronavirus

floridatoday.com - 6 days ago

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars just climbed its steepest slope yet (and snapped a selfie)

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars just climbed its steepest slope yet (and snapped a selfie)

The car-size rover tilted 31 degrees to crest a hill earlier this month.

space.com - 6 days ago

Coronavirus self-isolation tips from an astronaut who spent months in space

Coronavirus self-isolation tips from an astronaut who spent months in space

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield offers tips for self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Hadfield spent months at a time on the International Space Station, and still managed to be product…

bgr.com - 7 days ago

Covid-19 restrictions disrupt astronauts' preparations for ISS

Covid-19 restrictions disrupt astronauts' preparations for ISS

Decades of traditions halted as concerns also grow for other space programmes

theguardian.com - 7 days ago

Remember When Japan Blasted an Asteroid? Here’s What We Learned

Remember When Japan Blasted an Asteroid? Here’s What We Learned

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft’s explosive encounter reveals that a space rock called Ryugu looks extremely young for its age.

nytimes.com - 7 days ago

Michigan native astronaut Christina Koch hopes to inspire others to reach for stars

Michigan native astronaut Christina Koch hopes to inspire others to reach for stars

The Michigan native smiled down on the Great Lakes from the International Space Station, saying the sight changed her view of humanity

detroitnews.com - 8 days ago

NASA pauses work on James Webb Space Telescope due to coronavirus, weighs risk to other science missions

NASA pauses work on James Webb Space Telescope due to coronavirus, weighs risk to other science missions

No mission will be immune, NASA leadership said, not even the James Webb Space Telescope or the Perseverance Mars rover.

space.com - 8 days ago

Astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon and once earned record for ‘most isolated human being,’ has died

Astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon and once earned record for ‘most isolated human being,’ has died

Al Worden, an astronaut from the Apollo lunar program, has died, NASA says. Worden was command module pilot on the Apollo 15 lunar landing -- and although he never got to walk on the moon, he performed a space walk on the flight back from the moon to retrie…

q13fox.com - 9 days ago

NASA suspends work on the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA suspends work on the James Webb Space Telescope

Unfortunately for the James Webb Space Telescope, it falls into the latter category.

techspot.com - 9 days ago

OneWeb launches 34 more satellites for growing internet constellation

OneWeb launches 34 more satellites for growing internet constellation

SpaceX isn't the only company launching internet satellites these days.

space.com - 9 days ago

Greenland Ice Melt Raised Ocean Level 2.2 Millimeters In Two Months

Greenland Ice Melt Raised Ocean Level 2.2 Millimeters In Two Months

Measurements from space confirm Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice during last summer's record heat. That's enough to meet the needs of Los Angeles for 600 years.

cleantechnica.com - 9 days ago

Hayabusa2 spacecraft blasted a bus-sized crater into an asteroid

Hayabusa2 spacecraft blasted a bus-sized crater into an asteroid

A spacecraft run by the Japanese Space Agency made a lasting impact in the solar system.

cnet.com - 10 days ago

COVID-19 Concerns Mean Astronaut's Family Can't Attend His Space Launch

COVID-19 Concerns Mean Astronaut's Family Can't Attend His Space Launch

Chris Cassidy is blasting into space for six months on April 9, but his wife and kids won't be there because of the coronavirus.

huffpost.com - 11 days ago

Coronavirus lockdown causes global emissions to fall

Coronavirus lockdown causes global emissions to fall

The effect was first detected by NASA and the European Space Agency, which released satellite images showing a significant reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions (NO2) in Chinese cities between January and February. NO2 is released by cars, factories, and po…

techspot.com - 11 days ago

SpaceX reveals timeline for first manned flight to International Space Station

SpaceX reveals timeline for first manned flight to International Space Station

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time since 2011.

Fox News - 11 days ago

What quarantine is like for an astronaut

What quarantine is like for an astronaut

Ukulele, a birthday party and strict rules.

space.com - 11 days ago

Team discovers quasar tsunamis capable of preventing stars from forming

Team discovers quasar tsunamis capable of preventing stars from forming

Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by Virginia Tech's Nahum Arav has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe.

phys.org - 11 days ago

SpaceX Launches New Batch of Starlink Satellites, Loses Falcon 9 During Landing Attempt

SpaceX Launches New Batch of Starlink Satellites, Loses Falcon 9 During Landing Attempt

The company just completed its latest Starlink satellite deployment, bringing it tantalizingly close to flipping the switch for consumer connectivity.

extremetech.com - 11 days ago