Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ramin Skibba

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a review and public hearings involving the space company's expanded site in Boca Chica, Texas.On a foggy day in March, a prototype of SpaceX’s giant silver rocket known as Starship, dubbed Serial Number...

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency knows it needs to adapt to climate-driven events that will increasingly threaten coastal launch sites and other key space infrastructure.When Hurricane Ida made landfall in August, it buffeted NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans with rain...

Astronomers Get Ready to Probe Europa’s Hidden Ocean for Life

Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon, one of a few ocean worlds in the solar system, will be the target of upcoming missions by NASA and the European Space Agency.Beyond Mars and the asteroid belt, half a billion miles from the...

As SpaceX's Starlink Ramps Up, So Could Light Pollution

The constellation of internet-providing satellites is growing. Now the company and its rivals must avoid creating brighter night skies and space debris.With some 1,800 satellites already orbiting Earth, providing internet access to about 100,000 households, SpaceX’s Starlink broadband service is poised...

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

As NASA develops plans for exploring the moon and Mars, the agency is seeking cutting-edge research that could turn science fiction into reality.From Star Trek–like medical scanners to concepts for off-planet agriculture like in The Expanse, science fiction has...

SpaceX's Inspiration4 Returns After 3 Days in Orbit

The first all-civilian, all-private spaceflight splashed down off the coast of Florida.After spending three days about 360 miles above the ground, the all-civilian crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 have returned to Earth. Their Crew Dragon capsule slowed down to 15...

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

The first all-civilian, all-private mission to orbit prepares to blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.On the Florida coast, at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the SpaceX team is readying the historic Inspiration4 mission for liftoff....

SpaceX’s All-Civilian Inspiration4 Crew Readies for Launch

Sure, an orbital flight without professional astronauts is unorthodox—but it just might work.On Wednesday night, if the weather cooperates, four civilians—none of them NASA astronauts—are expected to blast into space aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9...

The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into the Light

Using cameras aboard the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, Japanese scientists get a rare, close-up glimpse of a space rock’s structure.In 2018, the Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa2 probe visited the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, which occasionally traverses our world’s orbit (but has yet...

Second Time's the Charm: NASA Perseverance Drills a Mars Rock

After a first attempt brought up an empty tube, the rover finally cored a sample.As the Perseverance rover drilled into a rock on Wednesday to collect a sample from Jezero Crater on Mars, Justin Simon, a planetary scientist at...

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