NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.

To Compete With Google, OpenAI Seeks Investors–and Profits

To Compete With Google, OpenAI Seeks Investors–and Profits

“In order to build AGI you need to have billions of dollars of investment” in computing resources, says Ilya Sutskever, initially OpenAI’s research director, but now chief scientist of the new for-profit, OpenAI LP.

SpaceX Is Sending Its First Crew-Ready Capsule to the ISS

SpaceX Is Sending Its First Crew-Ready Capsule to the ISS

SpaceX says Dragon will carry supplies for the crew currently on the space station, a radiation experiment, and a mannequin similar to the Starman that flew on board the first Falcon Heavy mission.

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Data gathered during that underwater expedition, which lasted more than 50 hours and covered some 60 miles, is now being fed into climate models to better predict how fast the ice shelf might melt and how its disappearance will affect global sea level rise, the British Antarctic Survey says.

38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

Buy MSR's Lightning Ascent Snowshoes for $225 ($75 off) Gaming, Laptop, and Tech Deals Aukey Portable Battery Charger Aukey Apple Deals Apple iPad (2018) Apple Outdoor Apparel Deals 686 GLCR Hydrostash Jacket with built-in water pack 686 Amazon Device Deals Amazon Fire TV Cube streams movies and television shows, and brings Alexa into your living room.

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

(They were, however, very poetic.) What Really Happened: A 15-year space mission finally came to an end last week when NASA announced that it had given up attempts to re-establish contact with Mars rover Opportunity after it fell silent last summer following a dust storm.

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

The Fossil Q Men's Commuter Smartwatch Is 40 Percent Off If your loved one is in search of a fitness tracker that doesn't look like a fitness tracker, this Fossil men's smartwatch would be a good choice.

26 Amazing TV and Soundbar Sales for the Super Bowl

26 Amazing TV and Soundbar Sales for the Super Bowl

There may be a few TV deals during President's Day in a couple of weeks (like last year), but the prices below are worth a serious look. The Best 4K TV Deals Vizio These are some of the most stunning TVs you can buy.

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

But yesterday, China’s space agency announced that the frigidity of the lunar night is even more intense than we’d thought: The country’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft recorded an icy low of –310 degrees Fahrenheit (–190 degrees Celsius).

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro Razer Has life become a little meh lately? There's also a 4-Day Best Buy Sale going on if you want to check it out.

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

This week, Sonos has put its soundbars and subs on sale, likely to capitalize on the TV deals happening through Super Bowl weekend. The Sonos Sub carries a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, buy it and stick it next to your couch.

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

Nota bene : WIRED favorite REI is also having a clearance sale through January 21, so if you are planning a trip this winter, now is a good time to stock up on ski socks, helmets, and more.

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Michael Short/Bloomberg/Getty Images Oracle allegedly paid some female employees more than $13,000 less per year, on average, than male employees in similar roles, according an analysis of Oracle’s own pay data revealed Friday as part of a gender bias lawsuit against the company.

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI On Thursday, January 3, New Horizons mission scientists revealed their best images of Ultima Thule to date—and they're in stereo vision!

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

As the mission's principle investigator Alan Stern puts it: "In the days following the flyby, Ultima Thule's going to become a real thing, then a real thing with a shape, then a real thing with geology." Here's when to expect what:January 1, 7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET: By this time, New Horizons' mission scientists will expect to have heard from the probe about its health and whether the mission was successful.

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Although Dawn is done, it will remain in a stable orbit around Ceres for the next 50 years or so to protect the surface from any potential contaminants left on the spacecraft from Earth.InSight landed on the dusty, rocky surface of Mars on November 26, and moments after touching down, it took this photo of the ground.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Stern and his team discovered the object in 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, while searching the sky for places New Horizons could visit after its brief encounter with Pluto.

Got Holiday Cash to Burn? Try These After-Christmas Sales

Got Holiday Cash to Burn? Try These After-Christmas Sales

Every retailer has a different name for these "After Christmas" sales, but there are a bunch of deals that will keep trudging along until New Year's eve. After-Christmas Sales Pages We've only covered a small sampling of our favorite deals.

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime Bill Anders/NASA Half a century ago, astronauts aboard NASA's Apollo 8 mission become the first humans to leave low Earth orbit, traverse the 240,000 miles separating our planet from its moon, and loop around that natural satellite to look upon its forever-hidden far side (not dark side) with their own eyes.

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap MetalSpaceXPort Canaveral, east of Orlando, was a hub of activity this past week as SpaceX officials attempted to rescue a wayward booster that had fallen into the ocean just off Florida’s space coast.

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

German and other European automakers warned on Dec. 17 that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers.

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

Astroscale's first mission, called ELSA-d a cheery acronym that hides the ominous "End-of-Life Service" hidden within it, aims to show that a reaper-style space robot can find lost debris, match a dead satellite’s tumble, and dock.PushersTraditionally, satellites have thrusters that push them to the orbits they need, keep them there, and then (assuming the gas gauge doesn't read "empty") send them shooting down to Earth when the time comes.

A Dress Rehearsal for a Crewed Mission to Mars

A Dress Rehearsal for a Crewed Mission to Mars

For the three-week mission this past February, a team of six analog astronauts and nine support crew traveled to the desert of the country's Dhofar region, settling in a stretch between a tangle of oil pipelines and the Arabian Sea.“Hands-down, my favorite part was day zero of the simulation,” says Voggeneder, recalling his first EVA (extravehicular activity) simulation.

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

The California-based aerospace company is flexing its ridesharing muscles in a carefully choreographed orbital ballet as its flagship rocket—the Falcon 9—prepares to launch 64 small satellites into orbit.The mission, dubbed SSO-A, is slated to lift off a little after 10:30 am PT from the company’s west coast launch site, the second flight within a few weeks for SpaceX.

Secret Confessions of A Sand Collector

Secret Confessions of A Sand Collector

But most people — normal people — don’t run around to every beach or desert scooping sand into little sample bottles, peering at it with a magnifying glass, and rhapsodizing about variations in color and texture.

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Tourism boards from Australia to Tahiti like to boast about their beaches, many proclaiming to have the whitest sands in the world. Glauconite beach sand from France. But not all black sand is volcanic… sometimes it can be formed from other minerals.

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

As the final hours ticked by before InSight breached Mars’s atmosphere and headed to the surface, there was not much to do except wait, and worry.Engineers had sent the landing sequence commands to the spacecraft days ago, where they now sat onboard like little bombs, waiting for the proper time to execute themselves.

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

NASA Lands Its InSight SpacecraftNASA/JPL-CaltechAfter a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft—a mission nearly ten years and close to $1 billion in the making—landed successfully on the surface of Mars on Monday, touching down on the planet's surface just a few minutes before 12:00 pm PT.In the final moments of the spacecraft’s descent, the mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was silent as updates on InSight's status blared over the PA system: "Altitude 300 meters… 200 meters… 80 meters… 60 meters … 50 meters, constant velocity 37 meters… 30 meters … 20 meters… 17 meters… standing by for touchdown… Touchdown confirmed!

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