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Weather postpones SpaceX's first astronaut launch from Florida  REUTERS · 7 hours
SpaceX, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket company, was forced by foul weather to scrub a planned launch on Wednesday... more
Weather scrubs SpaceX commercial crew launch  SPACE NEWS · 8 hours
The first human orbital spaceflight from the United States in nearly nine years came within 17 minutes of launch May 27 before weather conditions... more
Weather delays SpaceX's first astronaut launch from Florida  REUTERS · 8 hours
SpaceX, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket company, was forced by foul weather to scrub a planned launch on Wednesday... more
'Go for launch': SpaceX, NASA set for milestone mission  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station—the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade and a first for the commercial sector—was set to... more
Historic SpaceX launch postponed because of stormy weather  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds... more
'Go for launch': Space X, NASA set for landmark mission  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station—the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade and a first for the commercial sector—was... more
2 U.S. astronauts board SpaceX rocket for historic launch  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
With thunderstorms threatening a delay, two NASA astronauts climbed aboard a SpaceX rocket ship Wednesday for liftoff on a history-making flight that was seen as a giant leap forward for... more
Terrestrial bacteria can grow on nutrients from space  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
As inevitable fellow travellers on the bodies of astronauts, spaceships, or equipment, terrestrial microorganisms will undoubtedly come into contact with extraterrestrial environments. Researchers now describe how bacteria can survive on an 'extraterrestrial... more
2 U.S. astronauts arrive at launch pad for SpaceX launch  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
With thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes threatening a delay, two NASA astronauts climbed aboard a SpaceX rocket ship Wednesday for liftoff on a history-making flight that was... more
Solving the space junk problem  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
Aging satellites and space debris crowd low-Earth orbit, and launching new satellites adds to the collision risk. The most effective way to solve the space junk problem, according to a new study, is not to capture debris or... more
Bob and Doug, the best friends on historic SpaceX-NASA mission  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, the astronauts set to launch into orbit on a SpaceX rocket Wednesday, are both former military pilots, both recruited by NASA in 2000,... more
SpaceX crewed flight is 'go for launch': NASA chief  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
SpaceX's historic first crewed launch was set to proceed as scheduled Wednesday, NASA announced at midday, but some uncertainty remained over weather conditions just over four hours before takeoff. more
Commercial crew astronauts accept risks of test flight  SPACE NEWS · 12 hours
The astronauts who will fly the first Crew Dragon mission say they understand and accept the risks of a new... more
NASA chief "all in" for Tom Cruise to film on space station  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
NASA is rolling out the International Space Station's red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit. more
SpaceX on cusp of launching astronauts, back on home turf  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
SpaceX was on the cusp of launching NASA astronauts into orbit Wednesday, a first for a private company and a giant leap forward for the booming business of... more
NASA-NOAA satellite sees Tropical Storm Bertha organizing  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
The second tropical storm of the North Atlantic Ocean hurricane season has formed off the coast of South Carolina. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Bertha as... more
Terrestrial bacteria can grow on nutrients from space  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
In the past decade, there has been renewed thinking about human missions to the moon and perhaps even to Mars. Inevitably, terrestrial microorganisms on the bodies of astronauts, spaceships or equipment will... more
NASA taps Airbus for commercial satellite data buy  SPACE NEWS · 13 hours
NASA intends to gain access to Earth observation data gathered by Airbus Defense and Space satellites through the Commercial Smallsat... more
SpaceX will launch NASA astronauts for the 1st time today. Here's what to expect.  LIVE SCIENCE · 14 hours
SpaceX's first-ever crewed mission, a test flight called Demo-2, is scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT today (May 27)... more
A new scheme for satellite-based quantum-secure time transfer  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have recently introduced a new satellite-based quantum-secure time transfer (QSTT) protocol that could enable more secure communications between different satellites or other... more
The costly collateral damage from Elon Musk's Starlink satellite fleet  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
A colossal chess game of immense consequences is being fought in outer space, right now. On March 18 and April 22 2020, two rockets from SpaceX, owned by billionaire Elon... more
Virgin Orbit analyzing data to find cause of rocket failure  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Virgin Orbit engineers were analyzing data Tuesday to find out what caused the maiden flight of its air-launched satellite booster to fail. more
SpaceX's moment of triumph arrives as astronauts ready for US launch  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
A new era in space begins Wednesday with the launch by SpaceX of two NASA astronauts into space, a capability that for six decades symbolized the... more
NASA catches the extra-tropical ending of Mangga  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
By Sunday, May 24, Tropical Cyclone Mangga had already transitioned to an extra-tropical storm and was affecting the southwestern coast of Australia. more
Designing a flexible material to protect buildings, military personnel  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Stealth technology, the idea of reducing the ability of the enemy to detect an object, has driven advances in military research for decades. Today, aircraft, naval ships and submarines, missiles... more
Roccor completes key tests of Link 16 satellite antenna  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
Roccor has completed radio frequency testing of the antenna scheduled for launch later this year on the satellite... more
SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has... more
MAVEN maps electric currents around mars that are fundamental to atmospheric loss  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Five years after NASA's MAVEN spacecraft entered into orbit around Mars, data from the mission has led to the creation of a map of... more
Weather better for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
With the weather looking up, SpaceX and NASA officials vowed Tuesday to keep crew safety the top priority for the nation's first astronaut launch to orbit in nearly a decade. more
The detective aboard NASA's Perseverance rover  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Mars is a long way from 221B Baker Street, but one of fiction's best-known detectives will be represented on the Red Planet after NASA's Perseverance rover touches down on Feb. 18, 2021. SHERLOC, an instrument on... more
Mission controllers maintain the service  ESA · 2 days
Video: 00:04:00 With most European states in lockdown because of COVID-19, ESA has continued to operate its space missions. Scientific, exploration, Earth observation, climate and technology... more
Musk's SpaceX set for debut astronaut mission, renewing NASA's crewed launch program  REUTERS · 2 days
Entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in... more
European Service Module 3  ESA · 2 days
Video: 00:04:15 The Artemis programme is bringing humans back to the Moon. It depends heavily on NASA's Orion spacecraft that consists of a crew module and the European... more
Third European Service Module for mission to land astronauts on the Moon  ESA · 2 days
It’s official: when astronauts land on the Moon in 2024 they will get there with help from the European Service Module. The European Space... more
Solving the space junk problem  nanowerk · 2 days
Internationally agreed upon fees to put satellites in orbit could boost value of the space industry. more
Branson's Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast... more
Weather primary concern for Demo-2 launch  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA and SpaceX officials said after a final pre-launch review they had no major issues about the upcoming Demo-2 commercial crew launch beyond one... more
Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane  REUTERS · 2 days
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company aborted its first attempt to launch a rocket into space from... more
Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit Co. fails first rocket launch attempt  REUTERS · 2 days
Billionaire mogul Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company aborted its first attempt to launch a... more
Virgin Orbit first launch attempt fails  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne failed to reach orbit in its first launch attempt May 25, with the mission “terminated” moments after the rocket’s release from... more
Solving the space junk problem  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Space is getting crowded. Aging satellites and space debris crowd low-Earth orbit, and launching new satellites adds to the collision risk. The most effective way to solve the space junk problem, according to a new study, is not... more
Russian military satellite launch spawns space-junk fireball over Australia (video)  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Russia launched a military satellite to orbit on Friday (May 22), and the mission generated plenty of drama in the downward direction as well. more
Video: One billion stars and counting—the sky according to Gaia's second data release  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Launched in 2013, ESA's Gaia satellite has been scanning the sky to measure the positions, distances and motions of more than one... more
Image: Hubble sees stellar glitter in a cosmic void  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Unlike a spiral or elliptical galaxy, the galaxy KK 246 looks like glitter spilled across a black velvet sheet. KK 246, also known as ESO 461-036, is a dwarf irregular... more
Beta Cephei-type pulsations detected in V453 Cygni  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), astronomers have detected Beta Cephei-type pulsations in an eclipsing binary system known as V453 Cygni. The finding, detailed in a paper published May 15 on arXiv.org, could... more
NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S.—aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff" capsule. more
Calling for ideas for next Earth Explorer  ESA · 3 days
As part of ESA’s continuing commitment to realise cutting-edge satellite missions to advance the scientific understanding of our planet and to show... more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 3895  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 3895. NGC 3895 resides some 161 million... more
China space programme targets July launch for Mars mission  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious plans for a Mars mission which will include landing a remote-controlled robot on the surface of the red planet, the company... more
Milestones of US human spaceflights  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Here are key milestones in the history of crewed US spaceflights, which resume on May 27 with the first transport of US astronauts to the International Space Station for nine years. more
Rocketman (and woman): Elon and Gwynne, the pair who made SpaceX  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.—commonly known as SpaceX—is slated to send two astronauts into space on Wednesday. Despite not yet being 20 years old, the company has... more
SpaceX overcame parachute, thruster problems in Crew Dragon development  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
To get a new, state-of-the-art crewed spacecraft ready to carry astronauts, SpaceX and NASA had to overcome problems... more
SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations—and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the... more
SpaceNews Webinar | Back to the Moon: Private Partnerships for Lunar Landers  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust and Editor-in-Chief Brian Berger lead a live panel discussion about NASA's use of public-private partnerships to develop lunar... more
1st test launch by Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit postponed  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit postponed its first space launch Sunday due to a technical problem. more
SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship—all of it white with black trim. more
Trump to attend Demo-2 launch, but fewer other guests  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
While both the president and vice president plan to attend the Demo-2 commercial crew launch, there will be... more
Virgin Orbit sets expectations for first launch  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Virgin Orbit says that it’s ready for its first orbital launch attempt, scheduled for May 24, while acknowledging potentially long odds of... more
SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew mission passes flight readiness review  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA has given SpaceX approval to proceed with final preparations for the first commercial crew mission with astronauts... more
NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel—the first crewed space flight from US soil in... more
Researchers Map Green Snow Algae Blooms in Antarctica  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Using data from ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and two field campaigns, a team of UK scientists has identified 1,679 blooms... more
NASA's newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX's brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons. more
NASA examines tropical storm Mangga in infrared light  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Aqua satellite used infrared light to provide forecasters with a look at the temperatures of the cloud tops in Tropical Storm Mangga. more
Air deliveries bring NASA's Perseverance Mars rover closer to launch  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Progress continues to speed along as NASA's Perseverance rover readies for its launch this summer. On May 11, the rover team at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in... more
Snow mass estimates now more reliable  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Estimating the amount of seasonal snow is important for understanding the water cycle and Earth's climate system, but establishing a clear and coherent picture of change has proven difficult. New research from ESA's Climate Change Initiative... more
Meet the Experts: Isolation in Antarctica  ESA · 6 days
Video: 00:05:43 Cold, dark, remote, Antarctica is as close to space as you can get on Earth. Humans conduct research in Antarctic bases on... more
Remote sensing industry welcomes revamped regulations  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Satellite imaging companies are embracing long-awaited reforms to commercial remote sensing regulations, although one member of Congress doesn’t think the changes go far enough.... more
Space Development Agency scouting the market for launch services  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
SDA wants information on "potential launch solutions" for its first 30 satellites to be deployed in low Earth... more
NASA Snow campaign wraps 2020 survey  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
As spring and summer temperatures return to the Northern Hemisphere, winter's snow is melting, releasing precious fresh water into Earth's streams, rivers and oceans. This annual change provides liquid water for drinking, agriculture and hydropower for... more
Curiosity Finds Evidence of Mars’ Ancient Ice-Covered Lakes  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Using data from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument on NASA’s rover Curiosity, researchers have found that certain minerals... more
D-Orbit preps for in-orbit transportation business with upcoming Arianespace and SpaceX launches  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Bruno Carvalho, D-Orbit’s vice president of business development, said the company hopes to launch one of its InOrbit Now (ION) propulsive cubesat deployers every... more
NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the... more
Commercial crew launch preparations continue despite leadership shakeup  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
Preparations for the launch of a SpaceX commercial crew test flight with two NASA astronauts on board are continuing despite... more
Snow mass estimates now more reliable  ESA · 7 days
Estimating the amount of seasonal snow is important for understanding the water cycle and Earth’s climate system, but establishing a clear and coherent picture... more
WISE J135501.90-825838.9 is a young, extremely low-mass substellar binary, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have investigated a nearby binary system designated WISE J135501.90-825838.9. The new research reports that the studied... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx ready for touchdown on asteroid Bennu  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
NASA's first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu's surface. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security—Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has targeted Oct. 20... more
NASA telescope named for 'Mother of Hubble,' Nancy Grace Roman  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, who... more
Astronauts arrive for NASA's 1st home launch in decade  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. more
Virgin Orbit ready for first orbital launch attempt  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Virgin Orbit announced May 20 it will make the first flight of its LauncherOne air-launched vehicle as soon as May... more
U.S. Space Command signs space data sharing agreement with Peru  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The agreement was signed last week between Maj. Gen. Javier Tuesta Marquez, of Peru's space agency,... more
Astronauts arriving for NASA's 1st home launch in decade  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA flew to Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. more
Galactic cosmic rays now available for study on Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
To better understand and mitigate the health risks faced by astronauts from exposure to space radiation, we ideally need to be able to test the effects of galactic cosmic rays... more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches post-tropical storm Arthur's end  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the western North Atlantic Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of Post Tropical Storm Arthur. more
NASA satellites covering typhoon Amphan headed for landfall  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA satellites have been providing forecasters with various types of imagery on Typhoon Amphan as it heads toward a landfall near the border of eastern India and Bangladesh on May 20. more
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