The 10-minute flight from a tiny town in Texas to the edge of space is the second successful launch in a matter of weeks for the fledgling commercial space industry.
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Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA volunteer meteorite-hunter made an incredible discovery in March this year while scouring an English field and pleading to the spirit of his late father for assistance.Derek Robson found one of the oldest, rarest space rocks in humanity’s possession partially buried in a horse’s muddy hoofprint. This 4.6-billion-year-old hunk of olivine and phyllosilicates had apparently fallen to Earth a few weeks earlier after traveling from some
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The longest-lived leaves in the plant kingdom can be found only in the harsh, hyperarid desert that crosses the boundary between southern Angola and northern Namibia. A desert is not, of course, the most hospitable place for living things to grow, let alone leafy greens, but the Namib Desert — the world’s oldest, with parts receiving less than 2 inches of precipitation a year — is where Welwitschia calls home. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times In Afrikaans, the plant is
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A 62-mile-wide mega comet is predicted to pass by, not hit, Earth in 2031.
The International Space Station consists of 16 linked habitats, strung with solar arrays, space debris shielding, and a robotic arm, all spread over an area about the size of a football field. Only the rapid response of flight controllers in Moscow and Houston, and of the 10 astronauts onboard, kept the $1 billion space lab on course. “We proceeded to do headstands and cartwheels,” Zebulon Scoville, a flight director on duty in Houston during the episode, said in a tweet.
NASA and Boeing have delayed the Starliner's second uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.
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The federal government Friday rejected an appeal by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get in on NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon by using rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA in April awarded the $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander to the more established SpaceX, which also offered a cheaper price than the bids from Blue Origin and Dynetics Inc., a subsidiary of Leidos. The two losing companies appealed the contract to the Government Accountability Office on the grounds that there should have been multiple contracts and that the proposals weren’t evaluated correctly, but the agency rejected their request.
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Boeing is ready to try flying its spaceship to the space station for NASA once again, after failing its first attempt
Last time the Starliner spacecraft tried to fly to the International Space Station, software issues came up. Now Boeing is set to try again.
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Scientists have seen light from behind a black hole for the first time ever. The astronomers' discovery proves Einstein's predictions right over a century later.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. government watchdog on Friday sided with NASA over its decision to pick a single lunar lander provider, rejecting a protest filed by Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc. The companies had challenged the $2.9 billion award to Elon Musk's SpaceX for the lander, arguing NASA was required to make multiple awards. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it "denied the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX."
Gene therapies were once touted as a lifetime cure for crippling, costly inherited disorders. If that happens, patients could find themselves unable to receive the treatment again because they have developed antibodies to the engineered viruses that deliver most gene therapies. Ring Therapeutics hopes it can provide gene therapies with a second act.
With climate change fueling high temperatures across the Arctic, Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on Wednesday with enough melting to cover the U.S. state of Florida in 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water, scientists said. It was the third-biggest ice loss for Greenland in a single day since 1950. The rapid melt followed warm air being trapped over the Arctic island by a change in atmospheric circulation patterns, scientists said, noting that there could be more ice lost.
Wonders All Around, exhaustively researched and written by McCandless's son, Bruce III, explores McCandless the elder's trials and tribulations during NASA's formative years and his laser-focus on enabling astronauts to zip through space unencumbered by the mass of their ships.
Scientists have just published a study on what they believe is an 860-million-year-old sponge fossil that marks the world's oldest known animal. The post 860-Million-Year-Old Fossil May Be from Oldest Known Animal appeared first on Nerdist.
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A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position. The space station lost control of its orientation for 47 minutes on Thursday, when Russia's Nauka science lab accidentally fired its thrusters a few hours after docking, pushing the orbiting complex from its normal configuration. The station’s position is key for getting power from solar panels and for communications with space support teams back on Earth.
Scientists working to bring back the functionally extinct northern white rhino announced they had successfully created three additional embryos of the subspecies, bringing the total to 12.
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You will be able to remember recent tasks and activities more often, according to a new study.
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Space tourists fly at their own risk - nobody is regulating their safety. Experts say ticket-holders are accepting their role in an 'experiment'
There are currently no regulations for Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic when it comes to public safety, air traffic, and environmental pollution.
The ISS was pushed out of position after engines on a new Russian module unexpectedly fired up.
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Elon Musk's brain-chip company Neuralink has raised $205 million, and says its tech will help quadriplegic people control phones and laptops with their minds
Musk's brain-chip startup Neuralink said the money, including from Google's VC arm, would help quadriplegic people control their digital devices.
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A reasonable amount of caffeine helps propel me through my daily grind, boosting my mood and productivity. (An unreasonable amount of caffeine, meanwhile, turns me into a teeth-chattering luchador, sprinting through my apartment until I collapse and take a four-hour nap.) Turns out that we humans aren’t alone in our caffeine habit: bees benefit from a little buzz, too, per a recent Scientific American article.