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November 1, 2018

Soyuz rocket: ‘Faulty sensor’ led to launch failure

A Russian Soyuz rocket capsule was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after launch last month because of a faulty sensor, investigators say. Russian officials […]
October 31, 2018

Virgin Orbit Shows off its “Launcher One”, a Rocket Carried by an Airplane

The commercial space sector is about to get a little more crowded. SpaceX and Blue Origin have created headlines with their ongoing development of reusable launch […]
October 28, 2018

How Do Bones React in Space?

You’d think that floating around in space would be good for bones and joints because you aren’t putting any pressure on them, but in reality prolonged […]
October 27, 2018

What’s That Weird Cloud That’s Been Looming Over Mars for Weeks?

A 930-mile-long cloud is suspended over one of Mars’ volcanoes. For over a month, Mars orbiters have been watching a weird Martian cloud that resembles a booger and […]
October 26, 2018

What Scientists Found Inside the Brains of 10 Russian Cosmonauts

By imaging the brains of cosmonauts before and after their stints on the space station, neuroscientists discovered how microgravity influences the mind. Spaceflight is exciting, inspirational, […]
October 25, 2018

Scientists Home in on the Best ‘Water Worlds’ to Search for Alien Life

As far as we know, all life requires one thing, water, and that’s why scientists are fascinated by worlds they know or suspect host giant oceans: […]
October 24, 2018

Asteroid or Comet? Weird Blue Space Rock ‘Phaethon’ Gets a Close-Up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A bizarre, blue asteroid that acts like a comet and appears to be responsible for the annual Geminid meteor shower made a close flyby of […]
October 22, 2018

What it’s like to travel to space, from a tourist who spent $30 million to live there for 12 days

Elon Musk‘s SpaceX has had a lot of attention recently for announcing that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be its first customer for a private space flight around the moon. […]
October 21, 2018

Who’s Out There?— Earth’s Long Experiment–a book review

Complexity: The Evolution of Earth’s Biodiversity and the Future of Humanity by William C. Burger, New York, Prometheus books, 2016.  This blog is more than a book […]