astronomy

Laser Proposed to Blast Away Space Junk

Medicine & Technology The exploration to space has been paved with litter as missions after mission and satellite after satellite has left much of Earth's orbit as nothing more than a glorified garbage dump. Now, scientists have proposed a new way to deal with the trash problem - blast it.

Enough About Espresso—Here’s the Important Stuff that Landed on the International Space Station Today

It appears that, as usual, everyone is excited about coffee on a Friday morning. Yes the International Space Station now has an espresso machine for the Americans, but the Italians won the race to the first ISSpresso in space and that’s not even the most important stuff that arrived today thanks to SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. And though the coffee may claim the spotlight, the nanotech, food and mice (yes, we said mice in space) are the really important things aboard this NASA payload.
Pluto

New Horizon's Sends Back First Color Image of Pluto and Charon

In July, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest pass of Pluto, giving us a closer look at a body living in a little known region of our solar system. While it still has millions of miles left to go, New Horizons still has a treat for everyone as it has taken the first ever color image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

SpaceX Stage 1 Failed, But What Will Still Make It To the International Space Station?

Just because the first stage of the Falcon 9 went up in flames when it returned back to Earth, doesn’t mean that the entire mission wasn’t a success. In fact, even though the near miss may have made headlines all this week, as the second attempt by SpaceX proved to be as unsuccessful as the first, the Dragon cargo capsule is still on its way to the International Space Station for its resupply mission, and it’s carrying quite a few surprises in store, as well.

Close, But No Cigar—SpaceX Rocket Recapture Fails Again

Close, but no cigar. Though you’d expect from the fire and the smoke to find something at the scene of the Falcon 9 rocket’s landing site. After multiple delays and promising weather conditions this Tuesday April 14, an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket developed by SpaceX was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in transit towards the International Space Station, full of supplies. But in the second attempt that the company has pursued in trying to recapture the rocket’s first stage by landing it on an autonomous drone ship, SpaceX encountered yet another failure even after making monumental changes since the Jan. 10 crash landing, earlier this year.

Round 2 For SpaceX’s 10-Point Landing

It’s first attempt was a failure, but in hopes of creating a more sustainable spaceflight industry, private spaceflight company SpaceX is going to try landing one of their rockets again. And this time you can watch the mission live, no delays and no interruptions like before.
Evidence of Water on Mars

Curiosity Finds Compelling Evidence of Liquid Water Near Martian Surface

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has detected perchlorate compounds that are able to lower the freezing point of water, allowing it to remain in liquid form near the surface. Based on the data collected from the rover, researchers believe that liquid salt water may actually exist close to the surface.

Round 2 For SpaceX’s 10-Point Landing

It’s first attempt was a failure, but in hopes of creating a more sustainable spaceflight industry, private spaceflight company SpaceX is going to try landing one of their rockets again. And this time you can watch the mission live, no delays and no interruptions like before.
Ceres' Two Spots

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Emerges into the Light

The time has almost arrived. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has sent back some of the first pictures of the dwarf planet, Ceres, after spending about a month approaching the world from its dark side.

SpaceX Poised to Try Daring Rocket Landing Again

SpaceX is set to launch its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Monday, and mission control plans again to make history by landing their rocket back on Earth after blast off. The computer aims to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft touchdown on an unmanned "spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean, after the booster sends the Dragon cargo container on its way to the International Space Station.
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