President Biden congratulates Intuitive Machines on historic moon landing

The company that pulled off the first American moon landing in more than half a century just got a shout-out from the country’s commander in chief. U.S. President Joe Biden congratulated Intuitive Machines on the historic touchdown of its Odysseus moon lander, which occurred on Thursday (Feb. 22) near the lunar south pole. The landing was…

Ingenuity Mars helicopter snapped rotor blade during hard landing last month (video, photo)

There’s no way Ingenuity could fly through this. Ingenuity, the 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) helicopter that journeyed to Mars with NASA’s Perseverance rover, was grounded for good after suffering a hard landing during a Jan. 18 flight. New observations by Perseverance show just how rough that touchdown was and make it easy to understand why Ingenuity…

It's alive! JAXA's SLIM moon lander sends home new photos after surviving frigid lunar night

Japan’s SLIM lander is alive after a long sleep on the moon. SLIM, short for “Smart Lander for Investigating Moon,” responded to a command from Earth after hibernating for nearly a month. Part of that downtime fell during the cold of the moon’s two-week night, mission officials announced early Monday (Feb. 26) on X, formerly…

Intuitive Machines expects early end to IM-1 lunar lander mission

Intuitive Machines said Feb. 26 it expects to communicate with its Odysseus lunar lander, tipped on its side on the lunar surface, for only one more day, a much shorter timeline than previously expected. The post Intuitive Machines expects early end to IM-1 lunar lander mission appeared first on SpaceNews.

Zombie star earns metal scar while chewing its own planets: 'Nothing like this has been seen before'

A dead star devouring its own planets like a rampaging cosmic zombie has been scarred by planetary debris. The imprinted metal scar sits on the surface of this white dwarf star; this type of stellar remnant will be left over when the sun dies as well, and shows there is “life after death” for planetary…

Gravitational anomalies reveal seamount 3 times the height of world's tallest building

Researchers have discovered four gigantic seamounts towering above the seafloor surrounding South America after detecting “gravitational anomalies” given off by the massive underwater mountains. The tallest rises more than 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the seafloor, making it three times taller than the world’s tallest building. Scientists aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Falkor (too) research…

Intuitive Machines' Odysseus moon lander beams home 1st photos from lunar surface

It has been four days since the first private moon landing took place, an event shrouded in a variety of emotions. We’ll get into that in just a bit. First things first, a few hours ago, we got some brand new footage of the feat — as well as a sad but inevitable update on…

NASA's asteroid-impacting DART mission completely changed the shape of its target

Scientists have discovered that the target asteroid of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) may have been reshaped by the impact. A new investigation into the collision’s aftermath revealed that the asteroid, which is the smaller component of a binary asteroid system, exhibits a loose “rubble-pile” composition. DART slammed into the moonlet Dimorphos, which orbits…

Brash new 'Borderlands' trailer takes fans to the abandoned planet of Pandora

Firing on all cylinders right out of the gate by delivering the same sort of wild motley crew antics seen in Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, and accented with loud bursts of intense color and a rebellious attitude, a new trailer for Lionsgate’s live-action video game-based “Borderlands” film has finally arrived. This flashy…

See February's Full Snow Moon light up the night sky around the world (photos)

February’s full moon, the Snow Moon, rose over Earth on Saturday, Feb. 24, with skywatchers braving the frosty weather to catch stunning images of the second full moon of 2024. The Snow Moon is the smallest of 2024, with it appearing around 10% smaller in the night sky due to the fact that the moon’s…

The mathematically perfect exoplanet system — a perfect place to search for alien tech

Late last year, astronomers discovered a fascinating star system only 100 light-years away from us. Its six sub-Neptune planets circle very close to their host star in mathematically perfect orbits, piquing the interest of scientists searching for alien technology, or technosignatures, which they argue would offer compelling evidence of advanced life beyond Earth. To be…

NASA's OSIRIS-APEX asteroid probe wakes up after surviving close pass by the sun

OSIRIS-APEX is back online. Since last December, the NASA space probe had gone on a two-month hiatus as it glided 25 million miles (40.2 million kilometers) closer to the sun than it was designed to operate on its way to encounter a space rock named Apophis. The OSIRIS-APEX spacecraft inched the closest to the sun…

Tony Frazier takes the helm at LeoLabs

Tony Frazier, who led Maxar Technologies’ Earth Intelligence business, takes the helm March 1 of space mapping firm LeoLabs. The post Tony Frazier takes the helm at LeoLabs appeared first on SpaceNews.

Crew-8 set for March 1 launch to space station

NASA and SpaceX are proceeding with a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station later this week, part of a busy schedule of missions to the station this year. The post Crew-8 set for March 1 launch to space station appeared first on SpaceNews.

The Milky Way's enormous, star-studded 'Radcliffe Wave' is literally waving

In the Milky Way, not far from our sun, lies a colossal chain of gas clouds. It’s called the Radcliffe Wave. Some 800 million stars live within the Radcliffe Wave, and the wave’s star-forming gas is even now seeding hundreds of millions more. As you may imagine, the astronomers who discovered the Wave named it…

China’s 2024 space plans include 100 launches and moon sample return mission

China is planning a national record 100 orbital launches in 2024, according to the country’s main space contractor. The post China’s 2024 space plans include 100 launches and moon sample return mission appeared first on SpaceNews.

What is the big rip, and can we stop it?

Imagine a future where the universe, all too soon, tears itself apart. Eventually, space-time is torn asunder, rendering the universe uninhabitable.  Imagine a future where the universe, all too soon, tears itself apart. First come the clusters, with their galaxies pulled away from each other. Then, the galaxies dissolve. Then the star systems and the…

Space Force bucks fixed-price trend for nuclear command satellites 

Acquisition executive Frank Calvelli said the Space Force will award cost-plus contracts for the upcoming Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications System The post Space Force bucks fixed-price trend for nuclear command satellites  appeared first on SpaceNews.

Japan’s SLIM moon lander stages unexpected revival after lunar night

Japan’s space agency made contact with its SLIM moon lander Sunday, despite the spacecraft not being expected to function after lunar night. The post Japan’s SLIM moon lander stages unexpected revival after lunar night appeared first on SpaceNews.

SpaceX, NASA 'go' to launch Crew-8 astronaut mission to ISS on March 1

SpaceX and NASA are officially go to launch their next astronaut mission to International Space Station (ISS) this week, with its four-person crew arriving at their Florida launch site on Sunday (Feb. 25).  Called Crew-8, the upcoming SpaceX mission will launch four astronauts into orbit on the Dragon capsule Endeavour and Falcon 9 rocket from…