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  • SpaceX Said to Fire Employees Involved in Letter Rebuking Elon Musk
    by Ryan Mac on 2022-06-17 in Private Spaceflight, Labor and Jobs, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Musk, Elon, Shotwell, Gwynne

    In an email, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president, said the letter had made other employees “feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied.”

  • SpaceX Workers Raise Concerns About Elon Musk’s Tweets
    by Ryan Mac on 2022-06-16 in Musk, Elon, Sexual Harassment, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Private Spaceflight

    The employees said that the chief executive’s behavior online was “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment.”

  • As the Large Hadron Collider Revs Up, Physicists’ Hopes Soar
    by Dennis Overbye on 2022-06-14 in Space and Astronomy, Large Hadron Collider, Higgs Boson, Physics, Magnets and Magnetism, Dark Matter (Astronomy), Neutrinos, CERN, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, your-feed-science, upstart2022

    The particle collider at CERN will soon restart. “There could be a revolution coming,” scientists say.

  • How to Wash Your Hair in Space
    by Malia Wollan on 2022-06-14 in Water, Space and Astronomy, Hair

    Water is limited. If globules escape, gently scoop them back to your head.

  • SpaceX Wins Environmental Approval for Starship Mars Rocket Launch
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-06-13 in Rocket Science and Propulsion, Private Spaceflight, Mars (Planet), Conservation of Resources, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Federal Aviation Administration, Gulf Coast (US), Boca Chica (Tex), upstart2022

    The Federal Aviation Administration placed conditions on the flights, but ruled that a more extensive environmental impact statement that would have caused delays was not required.

  • Valery Ryumin, Who Set Endurance Record in Space, Dies at 82
    by Sam Roberts on 2022-06-11 in Ryumin, Valery V, Deaths (Obituaries), Discovery (Space Shuttle), Soyuz Project, Space and Astronomy, Space Stations, Russia, Records and Achievements

    A Soviet cosmonaut, he spent 362 days in flight on three missions. He returned 18 years later on a U.S. shuttle to the Mir space station.

  • Asteroid Samples May ‘Rewrite the Chemistry of the Solar System’
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-06-10 in Asteroids, Ryugu, Meteors and Meteorites, Hayabusa2, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Space and Astronomy, Solar System, Research, Science (Journal)

    The flecks of rock were brought back to Earth by the Japanese space mission Hayabusa2 in December 2020.

  • NASA Plans to Join U.F.O. Research Efforts
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-06-09 in National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Extraterrestrial Life, Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO), Space and Astronomy, United States Politics and Government

    The truth is out there, and now America’s space agency will add its resources to the study of unidentified aerial phenomena.

  • Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them.
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-06-04 in Asteroids, B612 Foundation, Space and Astronomy, Lu, Edward T, Telescopes and Observatories, Solar System, Earth, Research, Computers and the Internet, Photography, National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

    Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth.

  • Elon Musk Tells Tesla and SpaceX Workers to Return to Office 40 Hours a Week
    by Ryan Mac on 2022-06-02 in Musk, Elon, Tesla Motors Inc, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Coronavirus Return to Office, Telecommuting, Working Hours, Workplace Environment, Workplace Hazards and Violations

    In emails to workers at SpaceX and Tesla, Mr. Musk said they were required to spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in the office.

  • Pale Blue, Deep Blue: How Uranus and Neptune Get Their Colors
    by Jonathan O’Callaghan on 2022-05-31 in Space and Astronomy, Uranus (Planet), Neptune (Planet), Color, Methane, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets

    While the giant, icy worlds are similar in many ways, a thinner, more active haze makes Neptune more blue than Uranus.

  • When Is the Next Manhattanhenge? 2022 Dates, Times and Where to Watch
    by Shannon Stirone on 2022-05-31 in Manhattan (NYC), Sun, Summer (Season), Space and Astronomy, Content Type: Service, Seasons and Months

    Everything is coming into alignment for some of the city’s best sunsets of the year.

  • How to Watch Tau Herculids, a Potential New Meteor Shower
    by Adam Mann on 2022-05-30 in Meteors and Meteorites, Content Type: Service

    A comet’s breakup three decades ago could produce a seldom-seen meteor storm on Monday night. Or it could be a complete dud.

  • Live Video: Boeing’s Starliner Lands on Earth
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-05-26 in Space and Astronomy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, International Space Station, Boeing Company, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Private Spaceflight

    The largely successful journey of the capsule could set up a flight for NASA with astronauts aboard before the year’s end.

  • Shards of the Planet Mercury May Be Hiding on Earth
    by Jonathan O’Callaghan on 2022-05-23 in Mercury (Planet), Meteors and Meteorites, Asteroids, Solar System, Research, France

    New research explains how meteorites called aubrites may actually be shattered pieces of the planet closest to the sun from the early days of the solar system.

  • NASA Begins Countdown for End of InSight Mars Mission
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-05-18 in Mars (Planet), Mars InSight (Spacecraft), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, Earthquakes, Solar Energy, Batteries, Geology

    The InSight spacecraft, which carries a seismometer and studies the red planet’s insides, is expected to cease functioning by the end of the year.

  • The Milky Way’s Black Hole Comes to Light
    by Dennis Overbye on 2022-05-13 in Event Horizon Telescope, Black Holes (Space), Milky Way Galaxy, Sagittarius A*, Astrophysical Journal Letters, your-feed-science

    The Event Horizon Telescope has once again caught sight of the “unseeable.”

  • How Space Tourism Is Skyrocketing
    by Debra Kamin on 2022-05-07 in Private Spaceflight, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Balloons (Aeronautics), Axiom Space Inc, Blue Origin, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Space Perspective Inc, Virgin Galactic, World View Enterprises Inc

    From zero-pressure balloon trips to astronaut boot camps, reservations for getting off the planet — or pretending to — are skyrocketing. The prices, however, are still out of this world.

  • NASA Sees ‘Otherworldly’ Wreckage on Mars With Ingenuity Helicopter
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-04-28 in Mars (Planet), Perseverance (Mars Rover), Rocket Science and Propulsion, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Eclipses, Space and Astronomy, Engineering and Engineers, Geology, Research

    The debris was part of the equipment that helped the Perseverance mission safely land on the red planet in 2021.

  • Astronomers and Space Enthusiasts on Their Favorite Exoplanets
    by Becky Ferreira on 2022-04-05 in Stars and Galaxies, Planets, Extraterrestrial Life, Telescopes and Observatories, Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    NASA recently announced that it had detected more than 5,000 exoplanets, so we asked astronomers, actors and an astronaut to share their favorite worlds orbiting distant stars.