How to watch SpaceX launch the private Intuitive Machines moon lander IM-1 on Feb. 14 live online
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a new private lunar lander to the moon for the company Intuitive Machines and NASA this week, and you can watch it live online in a series of free webcasts. Intuitive Machines’ first Nova-C lander mission, …
The Milky Way’s black hole is shaping spacetime into a football
The supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is spinning so fast that it is warping spacetime into an oval shape reminiscent of an American football (or a rugby ball for any non-American readers!. The finding comes from a careful …
Intuitive Machines moon lander to carry tiny NASA cameras to study lunar surface (video)
The Intuitive Machines’s IM-1 Nova-C moon lander is currently set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) at 12:57 a.m. EST (0557 GMT).
Polaris Dawn private astronaut mission slips to mid-2024
WASHINGTON — A private astronaut mission that will feature the first spacewalk from a Crew Dragon spacecraft has suffered another delay, this time to at least the middle of this year. The Polaris Program, a series of private astronaut missions backed …
Saturn’s Death Star-looking moon may have vast underground ocean
Astronomers have found the best evidence yet of a vast, young ocean beneath the icy exterior of Saturn’s Death Star lookalike mini moon. The French-led team analyzed changes in Mimas’ orbit and rotation and reported Wednesday that a hidden ocean 12 to …
Wachusett students get ‘once in a lifetime’ experience connecting with NASA astronauts
RUTLAND ‒ NASA astronauts Andy Mogensen and Loral O’Hara paid a special virtual visit to Wachusett School District students from space on Friday. Mogensen and O’Hara answered prerecorded questions from sixth graders at Central Tree Middle School.
Countdown begins for April’s total solar eclipse. What to know about watch parties and safe viewing
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The sun is about to pull another disappearing act across North America, turning day into night during a total solar eclipse. The peak spectacle on April 8 will last up to 4 minutes, 28 seconds in the path of total darkness — twice as …
Understanding Astronauts’ Microbiomes: A Key to Successful Deep Space Missions
Emerging as a critical field of study in this domain is the research on the human microbiome and its adaptation to the space environment, especially for ensuring the success of long-term missions, such as those to Mars.
Space photo of the week: Bruce McCandless II floats untethered as the 1st ‘human satellite’ in history
Who it is: Bruce McCandless II, a NASA astronaut, testing the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) during space shuttle mission STS-41-B · When it was taken: Feb. 7, 1984 · Where it is: Low Earth orbit · Why it’s so special: · Related: …
Say goodbye to NASA’s adorable Mars helicopter Ingenuity
The space agency announced Thursday that the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper named Ingenuity can no longer fly because of rotor blade damage. While it remains upright and in contact with flight controllers, its $85 million mission is officially over, …