How SpaceX lowered costs and reduced barriers to space

SpaceX launched its first test of an unmanned Dragon vehicle today, which is designed to carry humans into low Earth orbit and to the International Space Station. If the test is successful, later this year, SpaceX plans to launch American astronauts from United States soil for the first time since 2011. While a major milestone ...

NASA scientists compare twins’ DNA after one of them went to space

Two years ago, NASA sent one of two identical twins to space. Yesterday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration informed the results of an experiment never performed before. Scott and Mark Kelly were gathered and recruited by NASA to see what differences they would have if one of them spent a long time in space. ...

Florida’s Space Coast ranks high in bid for $1B U.S. Space Command headquarters

Nine Florida municipalities are among competitors from 26 states bidding to serve as headquarters for the newly created U.S. Space Command. Congress created the U.S. Space Force in December 2019 at President Donald Trump’s request. It is the newest of 11 combatant commands and separate from the U.S. Air Force and NASA, the civilian space ...

NASA Removes Offensive Nicknames Given to Planets, Galaxies, and Other Heavenly Bodies

NASA has announced it will be removing the offensive nicknames given to planets, galaxies, and other heavenly bodies in the bid to achieve cosmic diversity, equity, and inclusion. According to NASA’s Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Stephen Shih, the nicknames have cultural connotations that offend the sensibilities of many people across the world. ...

NASA Satellite Shows Carbon Monoxide Released from California Wildfires 10 Times Normal Concentrations

NASA satellite monitoring data has shown that the carbon monoxide released by California wildfires is ten times the normal amount. The satellite in Earth orbit observed that the gas had high-altitude concentrations at abnormally increased levels. These carbon monoxide plumes were captured by NASA’s AIRS or Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, which is carried by the Aqua Earth-observing satellite. They were from the wildfires ...

The Search for Life on Venus and Other Places in Our Solar System

In the continued search for life on Venus and other places in the solar system, a British research team discovered that the rancid and toxic phosphine gas that comes from microbes might exist in Venus’s acidic and burning atmosphere. Jane Greaves, an astronomer from Cardiff University and research team leader, said it should not be present on Venus due to the photochemical ...

Capturing an Avalanche on Mars

Hi-RISE, the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this avalanche plunging down a 1,640-foot-tall (500-meter-tall) cliff on May 29, 2019. The image also reveals layers at Mars’ north pole during spring. As temperatures increase and vaporize ice, the destabilized ice blocks break loose and kick up dust. Learn more as we mark the 15th anniversary since ...

Are Planets with Oceans Common in the Galaxy? It’s Likely, NASA Scientists Find

Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system, might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn. Though some of these moons don’t have atmospheres and are covered in ice, they are still among the top targets ...

Ready for Space Travel? $10,000 Lunar Vacations Will Be Possible in 10 Years

A private space flight company by the name Moon Express has announced that having a vacation in the moon will soon become a reality, but one must first have $10,000 to spare. According to the report from Tech Times, Moon Express is the first non-government organization that has been given permission by the U.S. government ...

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Analyzes Saharan Dust Aerosol Blanket

Dust storms from Africa’s Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite showed the blanket of dust had moved over the Gulf of Mexico and extended into Central ...