How to watch NASA’s spacecraft crash into an asteroid on Monday

How to watch NASA’s spacecraft crash into an asteroid on Monday

At this moment, millions of kilometers from Earth, a lonely spacecraft is hurtling toward its doom. One day, its sacrifice may save countless lives. The first-ever mission of its kind, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is crashing a low-cost “impactor” into an asteroid on Monday. The venture is the first step in developing a … Read more

Orbital Reef Space Station to Feature in Hollywood Film

Orbital Reef Space Station to Feature in Hollywood Film

Orbital Reef, a yet-to-be-constructed space station from Blue Origin and Sierra Space, will appear in the forthcoming sci-fi movie titled HELIOSwhich is set in the year 2030. Science fiction films have seen an increased interest in portraying the scientific facets of their worlds more accurately, from the hyperrealistic black hole of Interstellar to the NASA-approved … Read more

How to Watch NASA’s ‘Kinder, Gentler’ SLS Tanking Test

How to Watch NASA’s ‘Kinder, Gentler’ SLS Tanking Test

SLS at Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Photo: NASA After replacing faulty seals that resulted in the second scrubbed SLS launch attempt on September 3, NASA is ready to proceed with a full-scale cryogenic tanking test of its megarocket on Wednesday, which you can watch live right here. The tanking test starts … Read more

NASA’s DART Deploys Camera Probe Ahead of Asteroid Impact

NASA’s DART Deploys Camera Probe Ahead of Asteroid Impact

Description of DART (left) and LICIACube (right). Image: Italian Space Agency DART won’t survive its mission to deflect an asteroid, but the recently deployed LICIACube—a tiny probe equipped with cameras—will document the encounter in gory detail. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) is the space agency’s first demonstration of a defense strategy to protect against … Read more

NASA’s CAPSTONE Probe Is Still In Jeopardy, Despite Progress

NASA’s CAPSTONE Probe Is Still In Jeopardy, Despite Progress

Artist’s depiction of CAPSTONE.Image: NASA A series of technical issues following a third successful course correction maneuver are threatening to sideline NASA’s CAPSTONE mission. Controllers say they’re making progress with the tiny cubesat, but they’re not ready to attempt a recovery operation just yet. The 55-pound (25-kilogram) satellite ran into difficulties either during or after … Read more

Our Earliest Close-Ups of the Planets Versus Today’s Best Shots

Our Earliest Close-Ups of the Planets Versus Today’s Best Shots

Left: Pioneer 10’s view of Jupiter in March 1973. Right: Webb Telescope’s view of Jupiter in July 2022. Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy Schmidt For centuries, astronomers were limited to ground-based observations of the planets, but now we use spacecraft to capture close-up views of our neighboring worlds. Excitingly, … Read more

NASA’s CAPSTONE Moon Probe Is in More Trouble Than We Realized

NASA’s CAPSTONE Moon Probe Is in More Trouble Than We Realized

Artist’s depiction of CAPSTONE.Image: NASA Controllers with the CAPSTONE mission are attempting to regain control of the Moon-bound probe, which is currently tumbling, experiencing temperature issues, and unable to use its solar panels to fully recharge its batteries. In an update issued on Monday, Advanced Space described it as a “dynamic operational situation.” The company … Read more

Large Satellite Could Be Bad for Astronomers Observing Skies

Large Satellite Could Be Bad for Astronomers Observing Skies

A huge satellite is about to take flight, spreading its giant antenna array to potentially block astronomers’ views of the cosmos. AST SpaceMobile’s BlueWalker 3 is scheduled for launch on Saturday to test the company’s broadband network technology, but the prototype satellite is extremely bright and could interfere with celestial observations. BlueWalker is scheduled to … Read more

NASA’s DART Spacecraft Sends First Image of Didymos Asteroid

NASA’s DART Spacecraft Sends First Image of Didymos Asteroid

DART will slam into Dimorphos on September 26, which is a minor-planet moon of the asteroid Didymos.Image: NASA JPL DART Navigation Team NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft is finally within sight of its target. In 17 days, the probe will crash head-on into Dimorphos, a natural satellite of the asteroid of Didymos. The … Read more

SpaceX Starship Prototype Shoots Superhot Debris, Causing Fires

SpaceX Starship Prototype Shoots Superhot Debris, Causing Fires

Brush firees appeared shortly after the Starship static fire test on Thursday, September 8, 2022.screenshot: NASASpaceflight SpaceX performed a static fire test of a prototype Starship rocket on Thursday, in which all six raptor engines were engaged. The eight-second test appeared to go well, save for the problematic brush fire that ensued. Starship prototype 24 … Read more