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June 26, 2018

Russia’s Proton rocket, which predates Apollo, will finally stop flying

Technical problems, rise of SpaceX are contributing factors. The Russian-manufactured Proton rocket has been flying into space since before humans landed on the Moon. First launched […]
June 25, 2018

New model predicts that we’re probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe

The Fermi Paradox remains a stumbling block when it comes to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Named in honor of the famed physicist Enrico Fermi […]
June 24, 2018

Blue Origin plans to start selling suborbital spaceflight tickets next year

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a […]
June 24, 2018

A Black Hole Has Been Shredding a Star Twice the Size of the Sun for 10 Years

Astronomers have been watching the full fallout of a tidal disruption event for years. But rapid self-detonation is not the only way stars die in this […]
June 23, 2018

8 perfect astronaut selfies

Earth selfies are so two centuries ago. If you want to impress us, you’ve got to take your picture from space. Whether they’re outside performing maintenance […]
June 21, 2018

The proposed Space Force isn’t the first time the United States has tried to militarize space

In 1966, the Air Force sent an uncrewed space station into orbit If Donald Trump’s Space Force idea actually comes to fruition, it won’t be the first military […]
June 19, 2018

Former astronaut criticizes lunar gateway plans

WASHINGTON — A former NASA astronaut used an appearance at a National Space Council meeting June 18 to argue that a key element of NASA’s plans […]
June 18, 2018

Habitability of the young earth could boost the chances of life elsewhere

The conditions on the early Earth have long been a mystery, but researchers from NASA and the University of Washington have now devised a way to account for […]
June 15, 2018

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Talent

Complex critters are pretty clever. I’ve enjoyed watching David Attenborough and his “Planet Earth II,” in which he shows us some of the cleverness we may […]