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  • SpaceX Highlights From Crew Dragon and NASA Astronaut Return
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-08-03 in Behnken, Robert L, Hurley, Douglas G, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Private Spaceflight, Motion Sickness, International Space Station, Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola (Fla)

    Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico in the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

  • Private Boats Enter SpaceX Splashdown Area, Raising Concerns
    by Neil Vigdor and Allyson Waller on 2020-08-03 in Boats and Boating, Space and Astronomy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Gulf of Mexico, Bridenstine, James F (1975- ), Behnken, Robert L, Hurley, Douglas G

    “We need to do a better job next time” of securing the area, the NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said.

  • NASA Astronauts Safely Return to Earth: ‘Thank You for Flying SpaceX’
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-08-03 in National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Hurley, Douglas G, Behnken, Robert L, Space and Astronomy, Private Spaceflight, United States Politics and Government, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola (Fla), Public-Private Sector Cooperation

    Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth in the first water landing by an American space crew since 1975.

  • SpaceX Crew Dragon Departs, Carrying NASA Astronauts Toward Home
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-08-02 in National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Hurley, Douglas G, Behnken, Robert L, Space and Astronomy, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Private Spaceflight, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, International Space Station, Gulf of Mexico

    Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are getting ready to splash down after two months in orbit.

  • NASA Mars Launch 2020: Highlights From Perseverance Rover’s Journey
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-30 in Space and Astronomy, Mars (Planet), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Perseverance (Mars Rover)

    The third and final mission to the red planet of the month lifted off on Thursday.

  • Why NASA Picked Jezero Crater for the Perseverance Rover
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-30 in Mars (Planet), Perseverance (Mars Rover), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Geology, Space and Astronomy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Grotzinger, John P, Smith, Bradford A, Names, Geographical, Science and Technology, Research, Nevada, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Jezero crater, the destination of the Perseverance rover, is a promising place to look for evidence of extinct Martian life.

  • Coming of Age on Mars
    by Dennis Overbye on 2020-07-30 in Mars (Planet), Extraterrestrial Life, Space and Astronomy, Books and Literature, Earth, Planets, Curiosity (Mars Rover), Geology, Solar System, Science and Technology, Deserts, Microbiology, Johnson, Sarah Stewart, The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World (Book)

    In a new book, planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson recalls how the Red Planet drew her to become a scientist.

  • Too Much Mars? Let’s Discuss Other Worlds
    by Rebecca Boyle and David W. Brown on 2020-07-30 in Mars (Planet), Space and Astronomy, Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Venus (Planet), Jupiter (Planet), Saturn (Planet), Solar System, Perseverance (Mars Rover), Rocket Science and Propulsion, Science and Technology

    Two veteran space journalists discuss why so much attention and budget seems to be directed to the red planet.

  • Bringing Mars Rocks to Earth: Our Greatest Interplanetary Circus Act
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-30 in Mars (Planet), Perseverance (Mars Rover), Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Geology, Research, European Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    NASA and the European Space Agency plan to toss rocks from one spacecraft to another before the samples finally land on Earth in 2031.

  • Virgin Galactic Unveils Comfy Cabin for Jet-Setting to the Edge of Space
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-28 in Space and Astronomy, Virgin Galactic, Private Spaceflight, Travel and Vacations, Rocket Science and Propulsion, New Mexico

    Passengers able to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a seat can escape gravity for a few minutes.

  • China’s Mars Tianwen-1 Launch Will Answer a ‘Heavenly Question’
    by Steven Lee Myers on 2020-07-28 in Mars (Planet), China, Space and Astronomy, Politics and Government, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Xi Jinping, Tianwen-1 (Mars Mission)

    A goal of the Tianwen-1 launch is to catch up with decades of American success on the red planet, all in one mission.

  • Rene Carpenter, Astronaut’s Wife Who Broke NASA Mold, Dies at 92
    by Katharine Q. Seelye on 2020-07-24 in Carpenter, Rene (1928-2020), Deaths (Obituaries), Carpenter, Scott (1925-2013), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The Right Stuff (Book), Space and Astronomy

    The last living member of the Mercury 7 couples who helped define America’s early space program, she went on to become a writer and television host.

  • No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public
    by Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean on 2020-07-24 in Classified Information and State Secrets, United States Defense and Military Forces, Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO), Space and Astronomy, Defense Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, United States Navy, Elizondo, Luis, Reid, Harry, Rubio, Marco

    For over a decade, the program, now tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, has discussed mysterious events in classified briefings.

  • U.A.E. Sets Its Sights on Mars With Launch of Hope Orbiter
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-23 in Hope (spacecraft), Mars (Planet), United Arab Emirates, Space and Astronomy, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Science and Technology, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Japan, Emirates Mars Mission

    The launch of the Hope orbiter was delayed because of weather. The mission’s goal is to make contributions to research on the red planet. But the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.

  • Mars Mission From United Arab Emirates Embarks on 7-Month Journey
    by The New York Times on 2020-07-22 in Hope Orbiter, Emirates Mars Mission, Mars (Planet), United Arab Emirates, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Japan

    Lifting off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, it is the first of three missions headed to the red planet this summer.

  • Closest Pictures Ever Taken of Sun Show Tiny Campfire Flares
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-17 in Sun, Solar System, European Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Research, Solar Orbiter (Spacecraft)

    Images of the new phenomenon were captured by Solar Orbiter, a joint European-NASA mission to study the sun.

  • NASA Delays James Webb Telescope Launch Date, Again
    by Dennis Overbye on 2020-07-16 in James Webb Space Telescope, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Telescopes and Observatories, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    The universe will have to wait a little longer.

  • Comet NEOWISE: How to See It in Night Skies
    by Adam Mann on 2020-07-15 in Comets, Space and Astronomy, Solar System, Content Type: Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Enjoy it while you can. The frozen ball of ice won’t return to the inner solar system for 6,800 years.

  • Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall
    by Dennis Overbye on 2020-07-10 in Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Dark Matter (Astronomy), Gravitation and Gravity, Milky Way Galaxy, Astrophysical Journal, Tully, R Brent, Pomarede, Daniel, your-feed-science

    Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”

  • Scrutinizing SpaceX, NASA Overlooked Some Boeing Software Problems
    by Kenneth Chang on 2020-07-08 in Boeing Company, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Private Spaceflight, Space and Astronomy, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Computers and the Internet

    The agency identified the causes of mishaps in orbit during an uncrewed test flight of its Starliner spacecraft in December.