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Lies Trump Reality

At this point, it’s painfully clear that Donald Trump is incapable of telling the truth. Listening to him talk is actually rather amazing; just by the laws of statistics he should randomly say something accurate just once, at least by accident. Yet, here we are. On Friday, May 27, 2016, Trump was in Fresno, California to give a stump speech. Show More Summary

ExoMars Domino Effect

A difficult but necessary decision by ESA and Roskosmos to postpone the launch of the ExoMars rover from 2018 to 2020 raises a question about the fate of other planetary exploration programs in the pipelines of both space agencies.

Ride Along With a SpaceX Rocket Back to Earth

On Friday (May 27, 2016) SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the THAICOM 8 satellite into orbit. The launch went off right on time (after a one-day delay due to an unusual reading from the upper stage on the Thursday launch attempt),...Show More Summary

BEAM expanded and pressurized: Your news, commentary and tweet roundup

BEAM is expanded and pressurized! The International Space Station's newest module, which will serve as a technology demonstrator for in-space expandable habitats, was fully filled with air this afternoon.

On Its Second Try, NASA Adds Space to Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station pumped air into an inflatable compartment that could be a forerunner to habitats on Mars and the moon.

Rosetta scientists find key ingredients for life in comet

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky Scientists have discovered exciting new evidence that life on Earth may have been delivered by comets from deep space. Repeated detections of a biologically important amino acid have been made by Europe’s Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Show More Summary

Come See Me at Star Trek: Mission New York

On Sept. 8, 1966, NBC aired the first regular episode of a new TV show called Star Trek. It had a bit of a rocky beginning, and had a rocky end three years later. But like Spock himself it would be resurrected and go on to become a major...Show More Summary

NASA to Try Again to Inflate a Balloon-like Pod for the Space Station

After a failed attempt, NASA will again pump air into the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or Beam, which will be a new room for astronauts.

Three-peat! SpaceX sticks another drone ship landing

SpaceX continued its impressive string of first stage recoveries today, sticking a Falcon 9 drone ship landing during the successful launch of THAICOM 8, a communications satellite.

With retry scheduled tomorrow, NASA and Bigelow say BEAM will work—it's just a question of when

NASA will try again tomorrow to expand BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. During a press teleconference this afternoon, officials said they were confident the module was going to expand—it's just a question of when.

A Physics Outsider Says NASA Asteroid Scientists Are All Wrong. Is He Right? (Spoiler: No)

People love a good “David versus Goliath” story, especially when David is an outsider, a lone voice against a big government agency that he’s accusing of being incompetent and wasting money. The problem with that narrative is that sometimes...Show More Summary

Lunar Farside Landing Plans

Phil Stooke describes a research trip to the Regional Planetary Image Facility at the USGS in Flagstaff, where he discovered Jack Schmitt's proposed plans for a farside landing site for Apollo 17.

Three bright planets: Portraits from the Pyrenees

It's a great time to go outdoors and look at planets. I have three glorious planetary portraits to share today, sent to me by amateur astronomer Jean-Luc Dauvergne.

Ep. 414: Navigating Far

In our last episode, we talked about what it’ll take to navigate across the Solar System. In this episode we scale things up and speculate how future civilizations will navigate to other stars and even other galaxies.

Space station module expansion called off after BEAM doesn't budge

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace weren't able to get the space station's newest module up and running this morning. Another attempt could come as early as Friday.

A Silhouette of Cold, Dusty Galactic Fingers 

I’ve said it before, and no doubt I’ll have many opportunities to say it again: If you like big, splashy, gorgeous astronomical photos, it’s hard to beat a ridiculously magnificent grand design spiral galaxy. And if you like ridiculously...Show More Summary

New work with 35-year-old data: Voyagers at Ganymede and Saturn

The Voyager data set is a gift to Earth that keeps on giving. This week, I've seen three great new images processed from this old data set.

Tomorrow morning, watch a new space module inflate—er, expand

NASA is set to fill a new space station module called BEAM with air Thursday morning. But does BEAM inflate, or expand?

Update: Mysterious Martian Plumes May Be From a Solar Storm and Not an Impending Invasion

In early 2012 a mystery literally erupted on Mars. Well, above it. Amateur astronomers viewing the Red Planet from Earth noticed weird features on the limb of the planet (the edge as seen from Earth) in March and April 2012. They appeared...Show More Summary

The House Makes its Counteroffer on NASA’s Budget

Commerce, Justice, and Science—the House of Representatives’ subcommittee that oversees NASA spending—just released details on how they would fund the space agency in 2017. Overall, the news for the space program is very good.

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