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Bus-sized asteroid to pass close to the earth: NASA

As interstellar traffic goes, this is a close one. According to a report in The Independent, an asteroid the size of a mini-bus is set to fly past Earth in the coming hours. The object, known as 2020 SW, will fly just 13,000 miles above…

Sea launch puts nine Jilin-1 satellites into orbit

Perseverance is paying off for the Chinese space industry, which is growing by leaps and bounds — especially in the area of remote sensing satellites. Just three days after losing a high-resolution satellites due to an apparent problem with its upper stage, China pressed on,…

Europe to Build Spacecraft for Planetary Defense Test to Deflect Asteroid

Humanity will for the first time have the chance to find out if we can deflect an asteroid, the European Space Agency (ESA) said—knowledge that could be useful in the future should an asteroid be on a collision course with Earth. ESA on Tuesday awarded…

NASA lands on a middle path to nuclear fusion

Earlier this year, a team of scientists based at NASA’s Glenn Research Center reported on a novel, promising method for generating nuclear fusion reactions in solid-state materials they termed “lattice confinement fusion.”  The experimental results and theoretical analysis were published in separate articles in the…

Boeing faces ethics review in lunar lander bid

Problems with the Boeing 737 MAX. Problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. And now … problems over a lunar lander bid? According to Aerospace Technology, the aviation manufacturing giant — its reputation already in tatters — has reportedly agreed to an independent ethics probe over…

Scientists Find a Possible Sign of Life on Venus

After the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the night sky, gleaming like a tiny diamond in the darkness. The planet is so radiant because of its proximity to Earth, but also because it reflects most of the light that falls across its atmosphere,…

NASA wants Moon dust, and they want it now

Here’s the deal — NASA wants 500g of dust. And, they will pay a hefty price for it, as per the contract. You just have to go and get it. Here’s the catch — they want it from the Moon, and quick … by 2024.…

Northrop Grumman launch honors astronaut Chawla

When the NG-14 Cygnus spacecraft lifts off its launchpad atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 29, it will mark a special moment. The American commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the…

Toyota’s Lunar Cruiser could one day explore the moon

Owners will tell you that Toyota’s venerable FJ-Series Land Cruiser has a reputation for off-road 4×4 prowess in any kind of terrain or weather conditions — but what about off-planet adventures? Back in 2019, Toyota and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced plans for…

Mask Up and Shut Up

COVID-19 researchers have rightly extolled the virtues of masks, hailed the necessity of ventilation, and praised the salutary nature of outdoor activities. But another behavioral tactic hasn’t received enough attention, in part because it makes itself known by its absence. That tactic is silence. Yes,…

Your Tote Bag Can Make a Difference

My newly adopted home state is on fire again: Scorching heat and lightning strikes have sparked dozens of fires across California, burning an area the size of Rhode Island. Iowa is reeling from a deadly derecho. The mountain west is suffering through a severe drought.…

NASA Researcher Arrested for Allegedly Concealing Ties to China

On August 24, the Justice Department announced that a Texas A&M University (TAMU) professor has been arrested and charged in connection with hiding his funding from China while working as a researcher for NASA. Cheng Zhengdong, 53, a professor of engineering at TAMU for years,…

Feds: Texas A&M Prof Lied About Ties to Communist China

Federal authorities allege that Texas A&M Professor Zhengdong Cheng lied to his employers about his relationship with the communist Chinese government. Cheng, who has also served as a NASA researcher, was reportedly found to have undisclosed ties to a Chinese university. 0…

X-15 retrospective: A jet, a spaceplane and a glider

“It gave you the greatest speed, the greatest excitement, the greatest terror. We haven’t built anything since that flies within the atmosphere like the X-15.”— X-15 pilot Bill Dana Bold, black and blazing fast, the North American X-15 was flown by an elite team of…

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