NASA's new Jupiter image is stunning
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NASA’s new Jupiter image is stunning

Some 484 million miles from coronavirus-beleaguered Earth lies the gas giant Jupiter, and its stormy, magnificent atmosphere. One of the latest images NASA’s Juno spacecraft sent back to Earth shows a view of the planet’s churning northern region. Juno captured it on Feb. 17, during a “close” swing by Jupiter …

NASA's iconic 'worm' logo will adorn the Falcon 9 Crew Dragon rocket
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NASA’s iconic ‘worm’ logo will adorn the Falcon 9 Crew Dragon rocket

When Space X’s Crew Dragon craft carries its first complement of astronauts to the International Space Station later this year, it will do so with NASA’s iconic “worm” logo emblazoned on the side of its Falcon 9 rocket. NASA administrator Jim Bridens… Continue Reading…

The space in between: The stratosphere
Aerospace

The space in between: The stratosphere

Tess Hatch Contributor Share on Twitter Tess Hatch hopes to travel to space, in the meantime she is a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing in frontier tech. More posts by this contributor The evolving airspace ecosystem Space is open for business We have airplanes and drones in our …

OneWeb confirms layoffs and potential launch schedule delays amid reported bankruptcy considerations
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OneWeb confirms layoffs and potential launch schedule delays amid reported bankruptcy considerations

Satellite operator OneWeb has confirmed that its workforce has been reduced via layoffs, after TechCrunch learned that it reduced its workforce by as much as 10% this week. The company did not confirm the total size of the layoff, but provided a statement to TechCrunch regarding the current state of …

NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused
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NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has been sharing regular updates about how his agency is approaching the rapidly changing global coronavirus pandemic situation. This week, NASA escalated its response multiple times due to changing circumstances, including changing the state of working conditions at all of its facilities across the country. On …

Japanese spacecraft fired cannonball into asteroid
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Japanese spacecraft fired cannonball into asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball into Ryugu, an 850 meter-wide near-Earth asteroid. The 2 kilogram “Small Carry-on Impactor,” a bit larger than a tennis ball, hit the asteroid at approximately 7,200 kilometers/hour and blew out a 14.5 meter wide crater with a depth …

Rocket Lab gets NASA certification for official smallsat launches
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Rocket Lab gets NASA certification for official smallsat launches

Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle has received Category 1 certification from NASA, meaning it is authorized for use on more important missions, opening up a whole new revenue stream for the growing launch provider. The certification was largely based on the success of “This One’s for Pickering” in late 2018, …

SpaceX will launch Intelsat’s next satellite using a re-used Falcon 9 in 2022
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SpaceX will launch Intelsat’s next satellite using a re-used Falcon 9 in 2022

Intelsat has tapped SpaceX for the launch of its Intelsat 40e spacecraft, a high-throughput communications satellite that will join the company’s existing geostationary network. The satellite is being built by Maxar, Intelsat announced last month, and will be carried to its target orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket using a …

Rocket Lab to acquire satellite hardware maker Sinclair Interplanetary
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Rocket Lab to acquire satellite hardware maker Sinclair Interplanetary

Rocket Lab is acquiring Sinclair Interplanetary, a manufacturer of spacecraft hardware based in Toronto that has provided hardware for more than 90 satellites sent to orbit to date, including for Astro Digital, BlackSky, ALE and Rocket Lab itself. Sinclair also worked on The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2, which is an …

Physicist Freeman Dyson's alien megastructure legacy
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Physicist Freeman Dyson’s alien megastructure legacy

In 1960 during the early days of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson, who died last month, wrote an article titled “Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation” for the journal Science. He posited that “if extraterrestrial intelligent beings exist and have reached a high level …