Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, launched from a spaceport in Texas.
AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The launch of a new rocket is always an exciting event. SpaceX’s ‘go fast and fail’ approach means that even though the test ended with engineers blowing up the rocket, it was a valuable first flight.
Both the U.S. and China have plans to establish bases on the Moon in the near future.
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China has invested massively in its space capabilities in recent years and is now a major competitor with the US. But according to a space policy expert, the US still dominates space by most measures.
An artist’s impression of the 30,000 or so space debris orbiting around the Earth.
How might the space industry reduce its ecological footprint and better manage the debris it leaves in its wake?
Radio observatories like the Green Bank Telescope are in radio quiet zones that protect them from interference.
Many telescopes use the radio spectrum to learn about the cosmos. Just as human development leads to more light pollution, increasing numbers of satellites are leading to more radio interference.
SpaceX’s Starlink service is slowly arriving in Africa, starting with Nigeria and Rwanda.
Internet access opens up the world in many ways.
Proponents of mining in space often point to the potential benefits for Earth and its people. But this research casts doubt on many of them.
Artist’s impression of Starship cruising past the Moon.
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From space agency missions to private space launches, 2023 will be an exciting year in space.
The space shuttle Atlantis was one of the last major launches aboard a NASA rocket.
After its fourth delay, the Artemis 1 launch is now scheduled for Nov. 16, 2022. NASA has a history of missing launch deadlines, but the private sector is slowly making launches more reliable.
Peter Thiel: his plan to build a bunker-type lodge in remote NZ was stymied.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Survival of the Richest is less about tech billionaires and their ‘bonkers’ escape plans than it is an entertaining primer on the various ills of late capitalism.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on September 10 — with 34 Starlink satellites and a rideshare package for AST SpaceMobile. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)
Starlink has plans to connect phones, planes and even cruises to its space satellites. But there are hold-ups.
NASA is going back to the Moon.
When the Orion Crew Capsule orbits the Moon there will be no one on board. But the mission will mark a key step in bringing humans back to Earth’s dusty sidekick.
SpaceX is seeking to expand its remit to include commercial low-Earth orbit launches.
Expanding the low-Earth orbit economy through increased commercial spaceflight will only push our planet further into its climate crisis.
The crew consisting of pilot Larry Connor of the United States, commander Michael López-Alegría of Spain and the United States, and mission specialists Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe from Canada and Israel.
If the mission goes well, private company Axiom Space will move on to building a space station.
Hypersonic missiles and space rockets already exist, but more test flights are needed before commercial airline passengers can be whisked around the world in a couple of hours.
Could Russia crash the ISS?
From harming satellites to crashing the ISS, the Ukraine war could soon extend to space.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on Feb. 20, 2021.
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The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reaches into outer space, as Russia threatens to stop co-operating on supplying and participating in space missions.
The Sun occasionally ejects large amounts of energy and particles into space that can smash into Earth.
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Space weather can affect satellites in a number of different ways, from frying electronics to increasing drag in the atmosphere.
All moons and planets are constantly under barrage from asteroids and comets.
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Across the solar system, asteroids and comets crash into moons and planets every day. The rocket collision will provide researchers with important data on how these collisions work.
2022 is set to be humanity’s busiest year in space.
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With about 200 orbital launches scheduled and ambitious missions on everything from lunar bases to the search for life in the works, there’s a lot to watch in 2022. An astronomer explains the highlights.
A frame from A Trip to the Moon.
Some people are outraged that human negligence will disfigure the Moon. But that’s not the main issue.