Tag: Space and Astronomy

SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed because of strong winds high in Earth’s atmosphere. Mr. Musk’s goal is to one day send […]

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SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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She Couldn’t Afford to Take a NASA Internship. Internet Strangers Stepped In.

“People think I am, like, some valedictorian,” India Jackson said with a laugh on Wednesday. “No, I’m not. I am just driven and ambitious.” This summer, Ms. Jackson, 32, is headed to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will be an intern at NASA, researching solar flares and their effect on […]

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For Artemis Mission to Moon, NASA Seeks to Add Billions to Budget

NASA officials on Monday evening unveiled an updated budget request to Congress, seeking more than $1 billion in additional funding in what they called a down payment to accelerate the return of astronauts to the moon by 2024. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, also said that the mission back to the moon would be called Artemis. […]

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Essay: Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon

Soon we will recognize the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon. We remember and celebrate the heroism of the Apollo 11 crew: the humility of Neil Armstrong making those first bootprints; the cool bravado of Buzz Aldrin during the critical moments of the Eagle lander’s final descent; and, the lonely […]

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Shrinking and Quaking Hint at Moon’s Tectonic Life

Half a century ago, the Apollo astronauts left short-lived seismometers on the lunar surface. They found that the moon was alive and kicking. Some tremors deep below the surface likely were caused by Earth’s gravitational pull. Others were vibrations from meteorite impacts. Still others resulted from expansion of the moon’s chilly surface every two weeks […]

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Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Vision for Space, and a Moon Lander

WASHINGTON — In a carefully choreographed event akin to an announcement of a new iPhone, Jeffrey P. Bezos unveiled a moon lander. Mr. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, also owns Blue Origin, a rocket company. In a convention center ballroom here, Mr. Bezos described on Thursday a dreamy, ambitious vision of the […]

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Stratolaunch, World’s Largest Airplane by Wingspan, Takes Its First Flight

Its wingspan is longer than a football field. The tail is 50 feet from the ground. It was made by reassembling parts from two used Boeing jetliners. On Saturday, the world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time. The twin-fuselage plane, called the Stratolaunch, flew for about two and a half hours over the […]

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That First Black Hole Seen in an Image Is Now Called Pōwehi, at Least in Hawaii

When Jessica Dempsey, deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Maunakea, Hawaii, wanted help last year naming an upgrade to a deep-space detection system, she turned to Uncle Larry. Uncle Larry, more formally known as Larry Kimura, an associate professor of Hawaiian language and studies at the University of Hawai’i, listened to her […]

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Should That Minor Planet Be Named Gonggong? Astronomers Want the Public’s Help

In the far reaches of the solar system, beyond Neptune, there is a minor planet orbiting the sun in a sea of icy debris. Humans have known about the reddish, round object for more than a decade. Since 2007, scientists have estimated that it has a diameter of 775 miles — about half the size […]

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How Katie Bouman Accidentally Became the Face of the Black Hole Project

As the first-ever picture of a black hole was unveiled this week, another image began making its way around the internet: a photo of a young scientist, clasping her hands over her face and reacting with glee to an image of an orange ring of light, circling a deep, dark abyss. It was a photo […]

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Matter: Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same.

For 340 days, Scott Kelly circled the Earth aboard the International Space Station, gathering data about himself. He drew blood from his arms. He saved his urine. He played computer games to test his memory and reaction speed. He measured the shape of his eyes. Two hundred and forty miles below, Mr. Scott’s twin brother, […]

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Moon Landing Beckons for Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft

On Thursday, a small Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, will attempt to make history and become the first private organization to land a spacecraft on the moon. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. The SpaceIL lander is named Beresheet, which means […]

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A Gas Could Hint at Signs of Life on Mars. Why Hasn’t a New Spacecraft Found It?

Methane, a gas that offers a tantalizing hint of possible life below the barren landscape of Mars, displays a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t quality that is confounding scientists. Last week, scientists reported that a careful analysis of data collected by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter revealed a plume of methane rising above Gale Crater near […]

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Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, to Launch With Large Satellite

[embedded content] The launch was only a test flight, and the rocket was not carrying anything for a paying customer. Instead, a spacesuit-wearing mannequin, nicknamed Starman, sat in the driver’s seat of a red Tesla Roadster that belonged to Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX. Video broadcast from orbit turned into the […]

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