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June 9, 2017

China’s Rising Space Ambitions: The modern space race and beyond

It was 8:43 p.m. Beijing Time on Nov. 3, 2016 on a clear day at the Wenchang launch center in China. The China National Space Administration […]
June 8, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Weirdoes or Boring Carbon Critters?

(+Reviewing a Review of the book by Jim Al-Khalili Aliens: the World’s Leading Scientists on the Search For Extraterrestrial Life) Jennifer Senior writes a thoughtful review […]
June 7, 2017

Astronauts Record Awesome Welcome Video for NASA’s 2017 Recruits

It is the ultimate orientation film: NASA astronauts on Earth and in space have recorded a fun video to welcome the incoming 2017 astronaut class. The space […]
June 7, 2017

Earth Faces an Increased Risk of Being Hit by an Asteroid, Astronomers Warn

Large asteroids may be lurking undiscovered within a meteoroid stream whose particles are hitting Earth, and scientists are urging a concentrated search for them. Earth may […]
June 6, 2017

Here’s What Emergency Medicine Will Look Like for Astronauts in Space

Astronauts with little medical training could potentially break bones, develop blood clots, or find themselves dealing with other unexpected emergency situations. If an emergency medical situation […]
June 5, 2017

1st Private Space Station Will Become an Off-Earth Manufacturing Hub

The first-ever commercial space station will become a manufacturing hub just a few years after reaching orbit, if everything goes according to plan. Houston-based company Axiom […]
June 4, 2017

SpaceX sticks 11th rocket landing after launching first used Dragon capsule

Five ground landings attempted and five ground landings achieved Another one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets successfully landed back on Earth this evening after launching cargo […]
June 3, 2017

NASA’s GPS-Like Deep Space Navigation Experiment Set to Launch on SpaceX Rocket

The space agency is preparing to test the use of pulsars as navigational beacons, which it hopes will enable a sustained human presence throughout the solar system. […]
June 2, 2017

Mars was probably habitable for longer than we thought

It was warm and wet right around the time life got its start on Earth. In ancient times, Gale Crater rippled with the fresh, blue water […]