Category: Space

NASA Wants to Put a Rover on the Moon by 2023

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — NASA’s timeline for lunar exploration has tended to jump from sending small commercial landers as soon as possible to getting human missions there by 2028, but on Monday (March 18), agency officials offered a target date for a key intermediate step: They want to put a rover on the moon by […]

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Asteroid Ryugu Surprisingly Dry, Japanese Spacecraft Finds

A Japanese spacecraft studying  the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu beamed home new data revealing that the space rock has less water than scientists expected.  The spacecraft, Hayabusa2, arrived at Ryugu on June 27, 2018. Since then, the probe has surveyed the asteroid’s surface and landed multiple robotic probes on its rocky terrain.  Last month, the Japan […]

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Live @ 1:30 pm ET: NASA to Unveil New Discoveries from Asteroid Bennu Today!

NASA will announce new science results from its first-ever asteroid sample return mission in a live teleconference today (March 19) at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT). The agency’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft arrived at the asteroid 101955 Bennu in December after a two-year trek to the distant space rock. OSIRIS-REx is now orbiting […]

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SpaceX Preparing to Begin Starship Hopper Tests

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — SpaceX could begin initial tests of a prototype of the company’s next-generation Starship vehicle as soon as this week, Elon Musk said March 17. In a series of tweets, Musk said flights of a “hopper” test vehicle, powered by a single Raptor engine, would “hopefully” begin this week pending work to […]

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Why Easter 2019 Could Have Been in March

Wednesday (March 20) brings us the first full moon of the new spring season. The official moment that the moon will turn full is 9:43 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Just 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier, the vernal equinox — the official start of astronomical spring — will occur.  The first full moon of spring […]

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How Did We Figure Out Atoms Exist?

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, host of “Ask a Spaceman“ and “Space Radio,” and author of “Your Place in the Universe” (Prometheus Books, 2018). Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. In 1808, chemist John Dalton developed a very persuasive argument that led to an amazing […]

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