How Lost Hikers Can Send an SOS to Space

How Lost Hikers Can Send an SOS to Space

These instruments, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking program (Sarsat), picked up the signal and immediately pinged alerts to Earth.

The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

The agency says that if SpaceX takes some 75 actions to limit environmental hazards, the company can continue that expansion and its application for a launch license for its Starship spacecraft and the Super Heavy rocket booster.

The World Was Cooler in 2021 Than 2020. That’s Not Good News

The World Was Cooler in 2021 Than 2020. That’s Not Good News

Today NASA and NOAA dropped their annual analysis of global temperatures: Last year was tied with 2018 as the sixth-hottest ever, but cooler than 2020.The 2021 temperature drop “may be possibly due to a resumption of activity that produces aerosols in the atmosphere,” Schmidt said.

Gravitational Waves Should Permanently Distort Spacetime

Gravitational Waves Should Permanently Distort Spacetime

“There’s an intimate connection between the memory effect and the symmetry of spacetime,” said Kip Thorne, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology whose work on gravitational waves earned him part of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Extends Deep into the Gas Giant

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Extends Deep into the Gas Giant

Taking advantage of the sensitive instruments aboard NASA’s Juno space probe, the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter in two decades, astronomers used gravity and microwave measurements to reveal that the Great Red Spot goes down deeper and has a more complex structure than previously thought.

A Strange Radio Signal Was Just From Earth, Not Aliens

A Strange Radio Signal Was Just From Earth, Not Aliens

Last fall, a colleague of Sofia Sheikh’s posted a message in her group’s Slack channel, where members of the Breakthrough Listen Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) collaboration talk about the radio telescope signals they’re analyzing for possible signs of communications from space.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Today Wood is the director of the Space Enabled research group at MIT’s Media Lab, and she was part of a team that just published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Climate, showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking—specifically on how Beninese groups are tackling the hyacinth problem with data from satellites, drones, and sensors in the lake.

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

The good news is that microplastics may be reflecting a tiny bit of the sun’s energy back into space, which would actually cool the climate ever so slightly.

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

On a foggy day in March, a prototype of SpaceX’s giant silver rocket known as Starship, dubbed Serial Number 11 or SN11, was supposed to reorient itself vertically while landing and deftly touch down on a pad at the company’s launch site near Boca Chica, Texas, a couple miles from the Mexico border.

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency’s newly released report highlights five areas of focus, including planning for climate risks as new missions move forward, adapting infrastructure as much as possible, and ensuring access to space, which could be disrupted if, say, a flooded road delayed the delivery of rocket fuel to a launchpad.

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

To aid creative reuse of lunar resources, Greig and her colleagues propose a technology called ablative arc mining, which would slurp up water ice and the kinds of metals that could be used as building materials.

SpaceX's Inspiration4 Returns After 3 Days in Orbit

SpaceX's Inspiration4 Returns After 3 Days in Orbit

After spending three days about 360 miles above the ground, the all-civilian crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 have returned to Earth.The crew kept busy while orbiting the Earth 15 times a day: Isaacman kept track of the spacecraft’s systems and kept in touch with mission control.

Is Becky Chambers the Ultimate Hope for Science Fiction?

Is Becky Chambers the Ultimate Hope for Science Fiction?

Rosemary “leaned in,” Chambers writes in a pivotal scene, “running a smooth fingertip along the length of one of Sissix’s feathers.” When I tell Chambers that a (straight, male) colleague of mine, who read the book, doesn’t believe humans would actually want to have sex with giant lizards, she is appalled.For a long time, Chambers didn’t think “it was a real book,” she says.

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

On the Florida coast, at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the SpaceX team is readying the historic Inspiration4 mission for liftoff.The Inspiration4 crew have a five-hour launch window that opens at 8:02 pm Eastern on Wednesday night.

The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into the Light

The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into the Light

This new research, led by Deborah Domingue at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, and Yasuhiro Yokota at Kochi University in Japan, sheds light on Ryugu’s complex structure, revealing it to be a dark, weathered pile of rubble tumbling in space, different from anything seen on the surface of the Earth.

The Artful Escape Is Psychedelic Perfection

The Artful Escape Is Psychedelic Perfection

Never have I played a game like the intro to a Parliament record: Partying on the mothership / I am the mothership connection / Gettin' down in 3-D / Light year groovin'.Funk isn’t a perfect comparison for The Artful Escape, a game specifically about rock ‘n’ roll and a young prodigy’s journey to guitar stardom.

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

We start every game like a newborn giraffe struggling to stand; a well-designed tutorial mitigates the time wasted on unproductive stumbles.“The real story of a game is teaching how to play it,” says Désilets.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

12 April 2021, Rome - European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet was named Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador today, the International Day of Human Space Flight.

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

In mid-March, NASA researchers announced that they’d found an unknown life-form hiding aboard the International Space Station.As part of an ongoing research project into the microbial life of the ISS, astronauts onboard in 2015 and 2016 swabbed down various parts of the station and sent home the wipes they used.

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

“We use a lot of metaphors through mechanics,” says Josef Fares, founder of It Takes Two developer Hazelight Studios.Like aspirational long-term relationships, there’s a satisfying mix of old and new, tradition and novelty, expected and unexpected.But Cody and May are not in a successful long-term relationship.

It’s Finally Time to Take Out the Space Trash

It’s Finally Time to Take Out the Space Trash

Could the solution to eliminating dangerous space junk be a mini-fridge-sized spacecraft equipped with a big magnet, or maybe an orbiting tug that sends out a swarm of tentacles to trap a spent rocket?

NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

The sun’s magnetic fields are massive, but within its inner layers, their forces are channeled and controlled by the pressure of the superheated plasma, convecting its heat outward like a boiling pot of tomato soup.

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

It feels like a nightmare scenario for airplane passengers: You take a look out the window in between mini-pretzel bites to see an engine cloaked in flames, shedding pieces of metal mid-flight from 10,000 feet in the air.

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars

The Lockheed engineers had been working on this project for years, and today, Scholz and his team could finally watch it be put to use.

The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

Embedded on the rover is a small microphone that, if all goes well, will record the sounds of the descent and, later, the martian environment itself, something no Mars probe has yet achieved.NASA Just Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars.

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

The company continues to expand its presence in other Bay Area cities, and Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook still saw a use for all of its current and planned space.

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

Silicon Valley sees the creation of virtual worlds as the ultimate free-market solution to a political problem.To play Alyx, those headsets need to be wired to a high-end gaming PC.

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

Under the existing standard, some veteran astronauts might have been excluded from longer-term space missions because they are bumping up against lifetime radiation limits.But NASA doesn’t have much data on the health effects of radiation from space on its astronauts.

Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

By having a version that lived in Minecraft Simon Denny’s Mine reached a lot more people than it would have if it just existed in a gallery space.

How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel ?

How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel ?

You would need six coordinates to fully plot the state space for an orbiting object.So, it's pretty much impossible to know how the state vectors for an orbiting object will change over time.