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.

What Dust From Space Tells Us About Ourselves

What Dust From Space Tells Us About Ourselves

Recently, Genge has been interpreting messages the space dust carries, not about its origins, but about its destination: Earth at different points in the planet’s history.

Among Us Taps Into Our Obsession With Betrayal

Among Us Taps Into Our Obsession With Betrayal

In September, a small group of friends convinced me to join them in my first few rounds of Among Us. Developer Innersloth’s game had been virtually inescapable at that point, clogging up every newsfeed on all of my social media apps with fan art, memes, and jokes about the cute little space beans.

February’s Gonna Be a Big Month for Mars

February’s Gonna Be a Big Month for Mars

On February 9, the United Arab Emirates’ Hope spacecraft is expected to enter orbit around Mars after a six-month, 300-million-mile journey from Earth.China’s space agency has been quiet about its plans for visiting the Red Planet, but the craft is expected to attempt a landing shortly after it achieves orbit.

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

When space is as empty as possible and can’t possibly lose more energy, it exists in what physicists call a “true” vacuum state.Since they can’t prod actual vacuum bubbles in the multiverse, physicists have sought digital and physical analogs of them.

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

At the time, NASA engineers at Marshall told Pence they were confident the SLS rocket would make its debut flight in 2020, setting up a schedule to allow astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

Today’s launch marked the culmination of nearly a decade of work by engineers at Virgin Orbit , which is one of two rocket companies founded by billionaire Richard Branson .

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

Meanwhile, the spent Centaur rocket continued on its merry way through space and was pretty much forgotten—at least until August of this year, when astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object in a solar orbit that was due to pass close by Earth.

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

While SpaceX has perfected the art of landing its Falcon 9 rockets , its Starship vehicle has a very different and highly challenging flight profile.

For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

As the first spacecraft to visit a carbonaceous asteroid, Hayabusa2 can help determine the provenance of meteorites discovered on Earth and shed some light on the processes that formed the organic compounds in the early solar system.“Are there samples of the organics that we don’t have in our collection because they didn’t survive going through the atmosphere?

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

The Trump administration did no favors with respect to the diplomats responsible for digital issues; it cut the State Department’s overall budget, minimized the importance of its technology work, and pulled the rug out from underneath those working in areas like free internet access and 5G supply chain policy.

Here's Every Good Black Friday Deal on Amazon Devices—So Far

Here's Every Good Black Friday Deal on Amazon Devices—So Far

The New Echo Dot for $29 ($21 off): Amazon recently updated the Echo Dot, and there are two models, this one and the one with a clock (see the next deal).