'Fly Me to the Moon' trailer mixes real-life Apollo history with moon landing hoax

If you are even a casual space history enthusiast, watching the new trailer for the upcoming movie “Fly Me to the Moon” might leave you thinking that it is an entire work of fiction. And for the most part, you would be correct. As the trailer reveals and Columbia Pictures and Apple Original Films’ synopsis…

HALO Space unveils capsule design for stratospheric space 'glamping'

LONDON — Stratospheric balloon company HALO Space plans to offer aspiring space travelers the space tourism equivalent of glamping. Instead of tight space suits and stomach-churning G-forces typically attached to a rocket flight, the company’s pressurized capsule, attached to a helium-filled balloon, will offer comfy swivel seats, giant windows and a selection of fine cuisine.…

Space Force challenged by budget stagnation 

In the upcoming budget cycles the Space Force needs to align its words with its actions and follow through on making tough choices The post Space Force challenged by budget stagnation  appeared first on SpaceNews.

One of the universe's most 'extreme' dead stars just sprang back to life unexpectedly

The universe’s most extreme stars just got a little bit more unexpected and mysterious.  Scientists were astounded when they witnessed a “dead” neutron star with one of the most powerful magnetic fields in the cosmos unexpectedly spring back to life. The reactivation of this highly magnetic neutron star or “magnetar” doesn’t conform to the current…

Office of Space Commerce selects locations for TraCSS operations centers

The Office of Space Commerce will set up operations centers in Colorado and Maryland for its civil space traffic coordination system. The post Office of Space Commerce selects locations for TraCSS operations centers appeared first on SpaceNews.

'Space Shuttle Columbia: The Final Flight' documentary set to conclude on CNN

Forty-three years to the day after the space shuttle Columbia landed from its first mission, CNN is set to conclude airing a four-part series on the orbiter’s ill-fated last return to Earth. “Space Shuttle Columbia: The Final Flight,” a new documentary co-produced by BBC and Mindhouse Productions, looks back at the winged spacecraft’s 28th mission,…

SpaceX to launch a Falcon 9 rocket first stage for a record 20th time tonight

SpaceX is set to break its rocket-reuse record yet again. A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch 23 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Friday (April 12) during a three-hour window that opens at 9:22 p.m. EDT (0122 GMT on April 13). It will be…

Star Trek vs Star Wars Debate at 39th Space Symposium: Who Won?

A clash of the fandoms occurred at the Space Symposium, with Team Star Wars claiming a contentious victory over Team Star Trek. The post Star Trek vs Star Wars Debate at 39th Space Symposium: Who Won? appeared first on SpaceNews.

No, you didn't see a solar flare during the total eclipse — but you may have seen something just as special

During the recent total solar eclipse, you may have glimpsed what looked like explosive solar flares bursting from the sun after its fiery corona briefly came into view. But it turns out this was not the case.  However, what you or others may have seen was equally impressive and just as beautiful.  On Monday (April…

Fallout and the Space Age: The franchise's connections and nods to the final frontier

The world of Fallout is set in an alternative universe that diverged after World War II and generally reflects mid-20th-century-style science fiction (the World of Tomorrow) as well as the advancements of the Atomic Age, eventually becoming a retrofuturist vision of Earth before global thermonuclear war happens in the year 2077. But what about its…

Sierra Space wants to drop cargo from orbit to anywhere on Earth in 90 minutes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co  — Sierra Space unveiled a radical new concept for on-demand cargo delivery from Earth orbit. The company aims to land critical supplies anywhere on the planet within 90 minutes of when it was requested. Sierra Space says the concept could enable soldiers on the battlefield or in remote areas to acquire much-needed supplies…

China’s Queqiao-2 relay satellite ready to support lunar far side sample mission

The Queqiao-2 satellite has completed function and performance tests in lunar orbit, clearing China to launch its upcoming lunar far side sample return mission. The post China’s Queqiao-2 relay satellite ready to support lunar far side sample mission appeared first on SpaceNews.

DJI Avata 2 drone review

Key specs Weight: 13.30 oz / 377 g Dimensions: 7.28 x 8.34 x 2.52 in / 185 × 212 × 64 mm Battery: 2420 2150 mAh / up to 23 minutes Charger type: Type-C to Type-C PD Cable / Three Battery Charging Hub Modes: Normal, Sport, Manual (Manual only with FPV Controller 2) Video transmission…

Scientists identify origin of the 'BOAT' — the brightest cosmic blast of all time

Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scientists have finally solved the mysterious origins of the “BOAT,” possibly the biggest cosmic explosion since the Big Bang. The brightest gamma-ray burst of all time (hence the acronym the Brightest Of All Time), aka the BOAT, seems to have been launched by a supernova explosion that accompanied…

LeoLabs zeroes in on anomalies in satellite operations

A LeoLabs visualization tool shown at the 39th Space Symposium tracks maneuvers performed by satellites that change their orbits frequently and those that don’t. The post LeoLabs zeroes in on anomalies in satellite operations appeared first on SpaceNews.

Muon Space banks on Space as a Service

While constructing its own climate-monitoring constellation, Silicon startup Muon Space was won contracts worth more than $60 million to design, build and operate 10 remote-sensing satellites for customers. The post Muon Space banks on Space as a Service appeared first on SpaceNews.

My formal 2024 solar eclipse apology

Since April 8, when I witnessed a total eclipse of the sun, I’ve been feeling progressively more melancholy. It isn’t because I was underwhelmed, or because my vantage point wasn’t ideal, or because of some depressing epiphany I had while watching the moon turn our planet’s star into a wispy white halo. I’ve actually been…

Achoo! Baby star 'sneezes' tell astronomers a lot about their development

Every new parent knows the cold anxiety that grips them when their baby sneezes for the first time. That’s when a litany of possible issues and ailments probably begin to irrationally race through your mind. Researchers now know baby stars also “sneeze,” but these infinitely more powerful post-natal sneezes launch gas, dust, and magnetic energy. In…

JPL chief Laurie Leshin on science, Mars and budget infighting

Laurie Leshin spoke with SpaceNews about JPL’s path forward and steps to retain and bolster the revered laboratory’s capabilities. The post JPL chief Laurie Leshin on science, Mars and budget infighting appeared first on SpaceNews.

Space investors question the merits of vertical integration

The benefits of buying space companies to pursue vertical integration are becoming less apparent in the current economic climate.  The post Space investors question the merits of vertical integration appeared first on SpaceNews.