ThickSat satellite built by Virginia Tech students is headed to space

Few students have the opportunity to design, test, and build a satellite and see it successfully launched into space. A group of Virginia Tech engineering students are one step closer as their satellite, the “ThickSat,” has been delivered for space launch qualification testing before being integrated onto the rocket for launch. What began as a ...

The Solar Retrograde Cycle And Little Ice Ages

Jupiter and Saturn are about to do something not seen since the year 1226. The two largest planets in the solar system have fascinated astronomers for hundreds of years. But the gas giants will do something later this month not seen since the Middle Ages — they will look like a double planet. The rare ...

Putting the Universe under the Telescope over the Next Decade

We humans are a curious, questing lot, and the 2020s will see us continue to observe the Universe around us, trying to understand more about fundamental particles, forces, objects and relationships from both ground and space-based instruments. At the same time, our interest and technological capacity to push the boundaries of space exploration in the ...

There’s Opportunity for Passengers to Visit the ISS for 10 Days at a Cost of $55 Million

Private individuals can now visit the International Space Station (ISS) for 10 days of stay in orbit at a total cost of $55 million. The opportunity is being provided by Axiom Space and the space travel will be aboard SpaceX’s capsule. The trip could be as early as next year or even 2022 and it ...

New study hopes to explain the effects of space traveling in humans

A group of researchers has studied the effects of space traveling in humans, with the use of an unconventional method called the Twins Study. It consists of analyzing two identical twins data during a whole year, with one brother in space and the other one on Earth. Scott Kelly spent 340 days in the International Space ...

Who Owns the Satellites Adding to Dangerous Levels of Space Junk and Other Catastrophic Risks?

For centuries, humans have looked to space and the stars for answers. The fascination is more than philosophical – it’s coupled with the need to solve problems here on Earth. Today, as Visual Capitalist’s Therese Wood details below, there are seemingly countless benefits and applications of space technology. Satellites, for instance, are becoming critical for ...

NASA collectibles and gift ideas for space lovers

For some of us, the universe’s celestial bodies and astronomy are the centers of the world. Almost all space lovers are fascinated by the great cosmos and find our world’s hidden mysteries awe-inspiring. Not knowing what lies beyond our planet can keep us forever hooked on space ventures and information. If you happen to know ...

Cannabis going to the International Space Station – SpaceX

Boldly going where no cannabis has gone before, Front Range Biosciences and SpaceCells USA Inc. announced plans to send cannabis to the International Space Station, aboard the SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight scheduled for March 2020. No no, we’re not about to recreate the Pink Floyd laser light show, in zero gravity, 350 km about the ...

Stewart pitched for Space Force site

As the Trump Administration is developing its newest branch of the military, the Space Force, there is a movement underway to pitch New York Stewart International Airport as a site for one of its monitoring centers. Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said the main facilities will likely be at the Kennedy and Johnson space centers, ...

SpaceX reaches for milestone in spaceflight – a private company launches astronauts into orbit

On May 27, two American astronauts, Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley, are planning to launch from the Kennedy Space Center on a mission to the International Space Station. By Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies If successful, this will mark the ...