Space Photos of the Week: Reading the Universe in Infrared

Space Photos of the Week: Reading the Universe in Infrared

By filtering for infrared scientists are able to peer through the visible stuff that gets in the way, like gas and dust and other material, to see heat, and in space there’s a lot of hot stuff.

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

It’s Starship : the upper stage of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that Musk hopes will soon carry humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.In fact, Musk said, the Super Heavy will produce about twice the thrust of the Saturn V.Starship is quite unlike anything that’s ever been sent to space.

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSDid you know Jupiter has rings?Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRIThis May, the spacecraft swooped outward in its orbit and captured this stunning photo of Jupiter and its turbulent atmosphere from 11,600 miles away.

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday.When Vikram was 2 kilometers above the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the lander.

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

We are entering low earth orbit this week and spending time with the Hubble Space Telescope.The veil nebula is a supernova remnant of a star that died a mere 8,000 years ago and was more than 20 times the mass of our Sun. When stars like this go supernova, they give off a massive shockwave pulse that pushes material out at astronomical speeds.

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Momentus will be one of the first to find out: The company announced today that its tug will launch aboard SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare mission, sending a few customers to the Charlottes of space.

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo's New Switch, and More News. Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable.

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

This was the last major test for Virgin Orbit’s air-launch system, which will launch rockets from a gutted jumbo jet, known as Cosmic Girl, to boost small satellites into orbit.

Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites

Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites

As Buhler, Feldmann and I talked through the details of Metop-B’s routine, I could appreciate the satellite as a busy working instrument, watching the atmosphere as attentively as any earthbound weather station.

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

In a case of cosmic good fortune, the Mars Express orbiter happened to be performing spot tracking observations of the Gale crater right around the time Curiosity detected the methane spike.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

This is the proposal put forth by the billionaire hotelier Robert Bigelow last week, whose company, Bigelow Space Operations, says it will send up to 16 private astronauts to the ISS in the coming years. If that sounds like a good time, here’s what the ultra-rich can expect during their stay at the space station.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

According to the release put out by the Nevada Museum of Art, after the satellite was deployed it successfully established communication with ground stations on Earth, but the sheer number of satellites being deployed meant the Air Force was “unable to distinguish between [the satellites] and could not assign tracking numbers to many of them.” Without a NORAD tracking ID, the FCC wouldn’t give the okay to Paglen’s team to deploy the reflective balloon contained in the satellite.

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Indeed, a perusal of the launch manifest for the Delta IV heavy shows that the majority of its flights over the past 15 years have hosted military payloads, and the ability to snag some of these lucrative contracts in the future would represent a major windfall for SpaceX.The Air Force will undoubtedly be paying close attention to the Arabsat launch today, which will help prove that the rocket can safely deliver its sensitive payloads to orbit.

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.

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).

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

To pursue the idea, Sitnikov founded StartRocket, which plans to use a hundreds-strong constellation of CubeSats, each equipped with a reflective sail, to display ads, and perhaps emergency and event-based messages.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.

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.

Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

OSIRIS-REx will soon enter orbit around the asteroid, where it will spend nearly a year carefully mapping its surface before descending to latch on and collect a sample to bring back to Earth.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

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.

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

And all this creation maybe have been the result of an accidental collision: Scientists believe a galaxy in the vicinity collided with ESO 338-4, and their subsequent interaction of gas and dust is what’s feeding all the stellar activity in this region.We’ve come across the galaxy cluster called Abell 2597 in our travels before, but never looking like this.

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole

The idea, first proposed in 2005 by Avery Broderick, now at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo in Canada, and Avi Loeb of Harvard University, would explain why the black hole appears to flare.“It seems like they’ve got something really exciting here,” added astronomer Andrea Ghez, a longtime competitor to the European team at the University of California, Los Angeles.If these rotating flares are due to hot spots in the way that Broderick and Loeb imagined, additional flares will help reveal the black hole’s “spin,” a measure of its rotation.