December 23, 2019

To Astrobee or Not to Bee

I’m sure many of us have grown up watching sci-fi movies with helpful little robots running around assisting the crew. Think Farscape; think Red Dwarf; or […]
December 22, 2019

Boeing’s new Starliner spacecraft lands in the desert after shaky first flight to space

Back on land after an abbreviated flight Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, landed safely in the New Mexico desert this morning, bringing a swift […]
December 21, 2019

Starliner suffers “off-nominal” orbital insertion after launch

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle launched early Dec. 20 on a critical uncrewed test flight, but appeared to suffer thruster […]
December 20, 2019

Boeing Starliner Spacecraft Launches on Historic 1st Mission to Space Station

Update for 7:20 a.m. ET: Boeing has delayed Starliner’s orbit insertion burn because the spacecraft is not at the correct attitude, or orientation. Starliner is in a […]
December 19, 2019

Who’s Out There–1000 TESS Exoplanet Candidates

On November 13, Dr. Courtney Dressing, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at U. C. Berkeley, gave a Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture on “Planetary Systems Orbiting Nearby Stars.” […]
December 18, 2019

Starliner test flight passes launch readiness review

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft passed another in a series of final reviews Dec. 17 as it proceeds towards a critical uncrewed […]
December 17, 2019

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Heavyweight Satellite Into Orbit, Nails Rocket Landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its 13th mission of the year Monday (Dec. 16) as a twice-flown Falcon 9 booster took to the skies for the third […]
December 16, 2019

How Astronauts Repair Broken Systems in Space

Fixing a broken system in space is different than doing so while on Earth. There are lots of different things that need to be taken into […]
December 15, 2019

NASA approves Dec. 20 Starliner test flight

WASHINGTON — NASA gave its approval Dec. 12 to proceed with the launch later this month of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft on an uncrewed […]