Beijing rocket blamed for ‘strange spiral’ in Pacific Northwest sky

Space 06/23/21, 23:24

An unusual shape in the West Coast sky is the result of mainland Chinese astronautical activity. People living across the Pacific Northwestern region reported a spinning spiral in the sky on June 18, 2021. Some witnesses compared the shape to the inter-dimensional portal from Marvel Studios's "Doctor Strange" superhero movie. A spiral appears ...

NASA gives media a peek at Mars 2020 Rover’s progress

Space 12/28/19, 18:53

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), on Friday, Dec. 27, gave members of the press special access to the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory “clean room.” This is the space where NASA Mars 2020 team members were doing the finishing touches on the Mars 2020 rover. Mars 2020 Flight System Manager Ray ...

US Senators consider challenges in NASA’s Artemis program

Space 07/18/19, 12:46

U.S. senators gathered on Wednesday, July 17, in Washington to consider obstacles, as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Chief Jim Bridenstine spelled out some of the challenges facing its Artemis moon program. Bridenstine started by mentioning NASA’s achievements. "We want to continue doing these stunning achievements and go further ...

NASA says US will return to moon as stepping stone to Mars

Space 06/18/19, 16:09

As rivals such as China and Russia continue space exploration and development, including development of military capabilities in space, it has become imperative for the United States to stay ahead of the world. A significant portion of the future economy will also be connected to and part of travel to ...

Astronomers spot ‘Forbidden’ planet in ‘Neptune Desert’

Space 05/31/19, 11:42

A group of international astronomers said they have spotted a “Forbidden” planet closely orbiting a star. The newly discovered world is three-times the size of Earth and 920 light-years away from our planet. This exoplanet was found in the Neptune Desert, a zone previously thought to be hostile to gaseous Neptune-like ...

China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

Space 01/03/19, 05:53

China's burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. Three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and more recently China — have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is ...

Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night for super sky show

Space 12/13/18, 02:56

Geminid meteor shower, one of the best displays of "shooting stars" and a close space snowball flyby, could make for some epic nights of skywatching this week. The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular nighttime sky shows of the year. When debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon burns ...

NASA Conducts Quiet Sonic Boom Tests Near Texas Gulf Coast

Tech 11/07/18, 11:11

GALVESTON, TEXAS — NASA is monitoring how residents near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms from an experimental aircraft that could reduce commercial flight times by half. The Houston Chronicle reports that the space agency on Monday launched a two-week research project on quiet supersonic research flights near Galveston. NASA is ...

China’s 1st private rocket fails after launch

Science 10/28/18, 22:13

The first attempt by a private Chinese company to send a rocket into space has failed. Beijing-based Landscape said late Saturday that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally but something went wrong with the final of the three-stage rocket. It was the first three-stage rocket built by ...

NASA X-ray Space Telescope back online after brief shutdown

Space 10/15/18, 22:17

One of NASA's space telescopes is back in business after a two-day shutdown. NASA said Monday that the Chandra X-ray Observatory came back online Friday. Chandra's trouble occurred less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope was sidelined. In both cases, the problem was in the pointing system. Officials say a ...

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