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
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.
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 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.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station pumped air into an inflatable compartment that could be a forerunner to habitats on Mars and the moon.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NASA is set to fill a new space station module called BEAM with air Thursday morning. But does BEAM inflate, or expand?
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
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.