A prototype for SpaceX’s Starship super-rocketwas destroyed during a pressure test on its pad at the company’s South Texas facility Friday night. Streaming video from Boca Chica showed the silo-shaped tank assembly for the prototype known as Starship SN1 wreathed in light and vapor during the test, which was conducted with inert liquid nitrogen. AtContinue reading SpaceX’s Starship SN1 prototype blows up during pressure test on its Texas pad
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Psyche mission. The Psyche mission currently is targeted to launch in July 2022 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The total cost for NASA to launch Psyche and the secondaryContinue reading RELEASE M20-035NASA TV Coverage Set for SpaceX’s Next Space Station Resupply Mission
NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 11:50 p.m. EST Friday, March 6, for the launch of its 20th resupply mission to the International Space Station. Live coverage of the launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website with prelaunch events Thursday, March 5 andContinue reading NASA TV Coverage Set for SpaceX’s Next Space Station Resupply Mission RELEASE M20-035
Evidence for the biggest explosion seen in the Universe comes from a combination of X-ray data from Chandra and XMM-Newton, and the Murchison Widefield Array and Giant Metrewave Telescope, as shown here. The eruption is generated by a black hole located in the cluster’s central galaxy, which has blasted out jets and carved a largeContinue reading NASA Selects New Instrument to Continue Key Climate Record
A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are still learning about the virus, monitoring the disease it causes, and researching potential ways to stop it. You can readContinue reading What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth?
It’s a dangerous universe out there, and life on any planet faces numerous existential threats — including the possibility of the planet getting kicked out of its solar system altogether. One team of researchers ran the numbers and found that the Earth is safe from such a catastrophe — almost. Related: Earth quiz: Do youContinue reading Can a rogue star kick Earth out of the solar system?
Meteorite samples from an ancient impact site in Germany may offer new clues about the history of oceans and life on Mars. Ries Crater, or Nördlinger Ries, is located in western Bavaria, Germany, and formed roughly 15 million years ago, when a meteorite struck. This site has incredibly well-preserved rocks and minerals that bear similarities to theContinue reading 15-million-year-old crater on Earth reveals clues about Mars’ watery past
NASA is delaying the launch of a long-lived rover designed to sniff out water on the moon. The agency announced plans for the new VIPER mission (the name is short for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) in October 2019 as part of the Artemis program to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. VIPER isContinue reading NASA’s VIPER moon mission to seek out lunar water slips to 2023
China’s far-side moon mission has turned its history-making gaze underground. The Chang’e 4 spacecraft touched down on the floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater on Jan. 2, 2019, becoming the first probe ever to ace a soft landing on the moon’s mysterious far side, which forever points away from Earth. A rover called YutuContinue reading Chinese moon rover peers beneath surface of mysterious lunar far side
Earth’s outgoing longwave, or heat, radiation shown here as the average from 2000 to 2015 were measured by the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. Bright yellow and orange indicate high heat emission, purple and blue indicate intermediate emissions, and white shows little or no heatContinue reading NASA Selects New Instrument to Continue Key Climate Record