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March 4, 2020

NASA will reveal the new name of its Mars 2020 rover on Thursday

Sorry, “Rover McRoverface” is not among the nine finalists. We won’t have to call NASA’s next Red Planet rover “Mars 2020” for much longer. On Thursday […]
March 3, 2020

Astra’s bid to win $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge comes up short

But Astra plans to launch many missions in the near future. The DARPA Launch Challenge’s $12 million purse will go unclaimed. The California-based spaceflight startup Astra scrubbed a […]
March 2, 2020

Scientists Are Starting to Take Warp Drives Seriously, Especially This One Concept

It’s hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the speed of light is absolute. It is little […]
March 1, 2020

SpaceX’s Starship SN1 prototype appears to burst during pressure test

SpaceX’s new Starship prototype appeared to burst during a pressure test late Friday (Feb. 28), rupturing under the glare of flood lights and mist at the company’s south […]
February 28, 2020

Possible new ‘minimoon’ discovered orbiting Earth

It’s been with us for three years, astronomers say. Sadly, it’ll probably be gone by spring. Tumbling through Earth’s increasingly crowded orbit are about 5,000 satellites, […]
February 27, 2020

Future Astronauts Could Enjoy Fresh Vegetables From an Autonomous Orbital Greenhouse

If humanity is going to become a spare-faring and interplanetary species, one of the most important things will be the ability of astronauts to see to […]
February 26, 2020

Can a rogue star kick Earth out of the solar system?

Earth is safe from such a catastrophe — almost. It’s a dangerous universe out there, and life on any planet faces numerous existential threats — including […]
February 24, 2020

NASA preparing for long-duration SpaceX commercial crew test flight

WASHINGTON — NASA is leaning increasingly towards making SpaceX’s crewed test flight to the International Space Station a long-duration mission, a move that could alleviate concerns […]
February 23, 2020

‘Mad Mike’ Hughes, daredevil who built a homemade steam rocket, dies in launch attempt

Daredevil “Mad Mike” Hughes died Saturday (Feb. 22) during his latest attempt to launch into the sky on a homemade rocket powered by steam. Hughes, 64, was […]