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SpaceX successfully completes Crew Dragon engine tests without an explosion

Sponsored Links SpaceX SpaceX has successfully completed a round of Crew Dragon tests, which previously ended in an explosion. The space company attempted a similar set of static fire engine tests on April 20th, but it admitted a few days later that the Crew Dragon capsule it used was destroyed. It blamed the explosion on …

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How to safely watch Mercury pass in front of the Sun today

Sponsored Links Steve Dent/Engadget Mercury is about to take a rare trip between the Sun and the Earth, giving viewers around the world a rare and dramatic glimpse of the solar system’s innermost planet. The transit will take about five and half hours and start at around 7:35 AM ET, according to NASA. If you’ve …

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Boeing’s lunar lander pitch promises ‘fastest path’ to the moon

Sponsored Links Boeing Boeing wants to make one of the Artemis program lunar landers that will take humans to the surface of the moon. The aerospace company has submitted a proposal to NASA for an integrated Human Lander System (HLS), which it says will be designed to reach the moon in the “fewest steps” possible. …

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner capsule launch abort test at 9AM ET

Sponsored Links Boeing Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule is about to take a step closer toward taking people to orbit, and you can watch this step unfold first-hand. NASA and Boeing are streaming live coverage of the Starliner’s pad abort test on November 4th at 9AM Eastern. Like similar tests, the New Mexico dry run will …

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Scientists find a hidden black hole using new detection method

Sponsored Links Science Photo Library – MARK GARLICK via Getty Images How do you see something that’s invisible? As reported by Space.com, a team of scientists has come up with a new way to spot dim black holes by looking at how they influence light given off by stars around them. Black holes swallow light, …

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NASA’s VIPER rover will look for water ice on the Moon

Sponsored Links NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter Before NASA takes humanity back to the Moon, it’ll first send a golf cart-sized robot to the lunar south pole where the crewed Artemis mission will also land. The machine, called Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover or VIPER, will look for water ice in the region and will collect samples …

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SpaceX hopes to offer satellite internet to customers by mid-2020

Sponsored Links AP Photo/John Raoux SpaceX has Starlink internet satellites in orbit, but when is it going to offer honest-to-goodness service? You may have to wait a little while. Company President Gwynne Shotwell told a media roundtable that SpaceX hoped to offer Starlink broadband to US customers in mid-2020. Service will depend on putting enough …

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A star died violently and left behind this ‘fluffy’ ball

Sponsored Links Stars die all the time, but the untimely passing of SN 1572, also known as Tycho’s Supernova, is possibly the most famous. That’s because it’s relatively close to us in the Milky Way’s Cassiopeia constellation, so when it exploded in the year 1572, it became the second-brightest object in the night sky for …

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NASA demos spacesuits for its Moon and Mars missions

Sponsored Links NASA Today, NASA revealed the two spacesuits that it will use for its Project Artemis. It shared a video of a spacesuit engineer wearing a bulky, red-white-and-blue suit that will be used for work on the Moon and another spacesuit engineer rocking a thinner, orange suit. The latter is what the crew will …

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Northrop’s satellite refueling spacecraft launches on October 9th

Sponsored Links Northrop Grumman Space junk is hard to completely avoid when satellites can only carry so much fuel, but that might not be a problem for much longer. Northrop Grumman and NASA are launching a “first-of-its-kind” refueling vessel, the Mission Extension Vehicle, aboard a Russian rocket on October 9th. The inaugural MEV-1 will dock …

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