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Risk, Reward, Regulation and Space Tourism

Risk, Reward, Regulation and Space Tourism

. By Thomas L. Knapp Writing at Quartz, Tim Fernholz notes that early space tourists “won’t benefit from the tight regulation we’ve come to expect in everything from air transport to private automobiles.” Although the Federal Aviation Administration enjoys approval authority over launches, the Commercial Space Act limits government interference in post-launch space flight. That’s […]

Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow

Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow

The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow. Two new instruments are scheduled to make their way to the station Feb. 18 on the SpaceX Dragon capsule. The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III instrument will monitor the […]

Scientists spotted a supernova just hours after it exploded

Scientists spotted a supernova just hours after it exploded

Its dying gasps could reveal what makes stars go out with a bang Ofer Yaron Artist illustration of the supernova SN 2013fs, located in a nearby galaxy. Talk about going out with a bang. Stars that are about 10 times more massive than the Sun tend to die in colossal explosions called supernovae. Scientists aren’t […]

‘Dominated By America’: How Trump Wants To Send NASA Back To The Moon And Mars

‘Dominated By America’: How Trump Wants To Send NASA Back To The Moon And Mars

President Donald Trump is planning to return U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2020 and go onto Mars soon after, according to leaked internal documents. The documents say Trump wants NASA to launch a “rapid and affordable” lunar mission to the moon by 2020, build privately operated space stations and assist “the large-scale economic development […]

Today’s rarest space rocks were once the most common

Today’s rarest space rocks were once the most common

Unfortunately for us, meteorites still come in all shapes and sizes Don Davis, Southwest Research Institute Asteroid Collision A collision 466 million years ago gave rise to many of the meteorites falling today. The history of our solar system is a history of collisions. Massive, world-shattering collisions. Evidence of these collisions rains down on us […]

Rocky Exoplanet Baked And Sterilized By Its Host Star

Rocky Exoplanet Baked And Sterilized By Its Host Star

  Lola Gayle, search STEAM Register In November 2015, pills astronomers announced the discovery of a small planet, slightly bigger than Earth, located just 39 light-years from Earth. The newfound planet, known as GJ 1132b, orbits a red dwarf star only one-fifth the size of our Sun. GJ 1132b circles its star every 1.6 days […]

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit View

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit View

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the […]

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

Fast Facts: › Big canyons on Mars hold thousands of seasonal dark streaks examined in a new study of such features, ed which might be signs of liquid water. › The seasonal streaks at many locations are unlikely to result from underground water reaching the surface. › Salts drawing water vapor from the atmosphere might […]

Juno arrives at Jupiter: ‘It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science’

Juno arrives at Jupiter: ‘It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science’

After traveling through the solar system for nearly five years, NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter on Monday night and began orbiting the mysterious planet at 8:53 p.m. PDT, a mere 1-second deviation from its intended schedule. Upon hearing the tone that signaled Jupiter’s entry into orbit, the mission control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

Cosmic Wonders – Stellar Sparklers

Cosmic Wonders – Stellar Sparklers

While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, case a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster populated with many young stars that are less than 2 million years old, a blink of an eye […]

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