Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

The cameras that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong used were left on the moon, so Rise had to rely on archival NASA photos to understand the camera’s design.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

This 300-year-old storm used to be huge—so big it could hold nearly four Earths, although over the past few decades it has been shrinking and no one knows why.

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

It’s a far cry from the spacious beds we have on Earth, but it’s still better than the shared sleeping compartment on the space shuttle, which Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut, describes as “a big slumber party.” The trick, Massimino says, was to remember to strap your sleeping bag to the wall so your body wouldn’t drift around during the night.

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

The spacecraft was carrying the foundation’s first lunar library, a DVD-sized archive containing 30 million pages of information, human DNA samples, and thousands of tardigrades , those microscopic “water bears” that can survive pretty much any environment—including space .But when the Israelis confirmed Beresheet had been destroyed, Spivack was faced with a distressing question: Did he just smear the toughest animal in the known universe across the surface of the moon.

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three. NGC 3169 is a spiral galaxy, and the angle at which Hubble catches it gives us a good perspective on what’s happening there.

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

So, to supplement the data gleaned from satellites and space probes, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently created a glowing, doughnut-shaped plasma, a respectable 10 feet in diameter, that behaves like a miniature version of the solar wind.

Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight

Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight

Telescopes like Chandra can spot x-ray light coming from massive stars, much larger than our Sun, that are active for only a few million years, sputtering out gas and dust into space.

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News. SpaceX unleashed the rocket that may carry humans to Mars, Equifax might owe you $125, and we've got a show for you to binge. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Zellner says the best way to settle the lunar cataclysm debate will be to visit craters where samples aren’t likely to have been contaminated by the Imbrium impact, such as the south pole or the far side of the moon.

So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A hanging story-chad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. has had ratings consistently low enough to make the prospect of its renewal every year a kind of comic-book cliffhanger.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

There’s an entire lab at the Johnson Space Center dedicated to the culinary arts, where NASA chefs—ahem, food tech­nologists —spend their days designing meals that strike the right balance between taste and nutrition.

A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

According to Koenigsmann, the explosion occurred during a test of the Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort system, which is used to jettison the capsule from the rocket if something goes wrong during launch.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

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.

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars. This comet run-in was surprising to astronomers because the general thought was that impacts like these didn’t happen in the outer solar system this long after the formation of the solar system.

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is like the Brigadoon of the solar system: an idyllic moon with an ice-covered ocean that may hide some form of life, even though plans to send a spacecraft there keep receding farther and farther away into the Jovian mists.

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

But it’s never dreamed up ion propulsion, a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors. But that’s a ways off, because at the moment the four-thruster machine can produce a bit more thrust than it needs to get its weight off the ground.

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

On July 20, I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing with my mother, an astronomer at Princeton University and the former chief scientist of NASA ’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Motherboard reports week that in the golden age of Myspace, employees had access too and abused an administrative tool called Overlord.

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun. We’re turning the space oddities up to 11 this week, peeping at galaxy mergers, asteroid photobombs, and more.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

The couple were both enrolled in the Martian Medical Analogue and Research Simulation, a continuing-education course for medical professionals who wanted to learn about health care in space by pretending to practice medicine in pretend space .Here's how that marital rift came to pass: About seven miles outside of Hanksville, Utah, a man stood inside a grain-silo-like building that he and the crew called the Hab. On the other side of the door stood his wife.

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.

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News. SpaceX is taking on its most complicated mission yet; an illegal Airbnb ring has been unearthed in New York City; and WIRED wants to free you from streaming subscription hell.

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.

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