SpaceX will launch a new X-ray space telescope for NASA Thursday. Here's how to watch live.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch a new space observatory for NASA overnight and you can watch the action live online.  The private spaceflight company will launch the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) on one of its previously flown Falcon 9 rockets. The frequent flier is scheduled to blast off at 1:00 a.m. EST…

Will Smith explores planet Earth in new 'Welcome to Earth' series from Disney Plus, Nat Geo (exclusive clip)

Will Smith is in for a wild ride.  Today (Dec. 8), National Geographic’s new series “Welcome to Earth” drops on Disney Plus, showcasing Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith in his latest role: explorer. In the series, Smith teams up with different scientists and explorers who take on incredible, nail-biting adventures across the globe. The six-episode…

Hasbro unveils Star Wars The Black Series figures ahead of The Book of Boba Fett's release

Ahead of the release of “The Book of Boba Fett,” Hasbro is releasing two six-inch Black Series figures of characters from the hotly anticipated TV show: Boba Fett and Fennec Shand. The Book of Boba Fett is the latest addition to the “Star Wars” franchise from Disney Plus (which you can get up to six…

Record-breaking alien planet spotted circling massive, superhot star duo (photo)

A newfound alien world may force scientists to rethink some of their ideas about planet formation. An exoplanet 11 times more massive than Jupiter resides in b Centauri, a young binary star system about 325 light-years from Earth, a new study reports.  The planet, known as b Centauri b, is among the heaviest ever found.…

Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM review

The Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM offers a staggering 10x zoom for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, and it manages to do so in a satisfyingly portable package.  Although superzooms like this are nothing new, lenses with such a vast focal range have traditionally been designed for cameras with a small sensor. On full-frame DSLRs,…

Blue Origin launch with GMA host Michael Strahan delayed to Saturday by high winds

Weather has delayed Blue Origin’s third crewed launch by at least 48 hours, pushing off liftoff of “Good Morning America” (GMA) anchor Michael Strahan and five other individuals. The launch is now set for Saturday (Dec. 11), rather than Thursday (Dec. 9), due to windy conditions at Launch Site One in Van Horn, Texas. “The…

Manfrotto Advanced Hybrid backpack III review

Manfrotto is no stranger to creating versatile professional photography equipment. Founded in the mid 20th century and named after Italian photographer Lino Manfrotto, its products were initially created to offer lower cost, lighter weight alternatives to traditional, cumbersome studio equipment. Key specs Weight: 2.6 lbs Internal dimensions: 27x15x42cm External dimensions: 28x19x43cm Camera insert dimensions: 19×11.5x21cm…

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, two crewmates arrive at International Space Station

Three people just arrived at the International Space Station — and two of them are space tourists. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, video producer Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin made contact with the orbiting lab Wednesday (Dec. 8) at 8:40 a.m. EST (1340 GMT).  The trio left Earth just six…

The best cities for flying a drone (and one you should definitely avoid)

Planning your next holiday? Our guide to the best cities for flying a drone could help you pick your next destination, as all of these locations combine plenty of drone-friendly areas with photographic views. They’re ideal spots if you’ve got one of the best drones packed in your holiday bag and want to make good…

GHGSat to launch three spacecraft on Falcon 9

GHGSat, a Canadian company planning a constellation of satellites to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, announced Dec. 8 it will launch its next three satellites on a Falcon 9 in mid-2022.

Soyuz launches Japanese private astronauts to ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft launched Dec. 8 carrying two Japanese private astronauts and a Roscosmos cosmonaut on the first flight in more than a decade for space tourism company Space Adventures.

Here's how the universe could end in a a 'false vacuum decay'

This is the way the world ends: not with a bang, but with a quantum vacuum decay of the ground state of the universe to its true minimum. The universe underwent radical phase transitions in the past. These transitions eventually led to the division of the four fundamental forces of nature and the panoply of…

Rocket Lab launching two Earth-observation satellites today: Watch live

Rocket Lab will launch two satellites tonight (Dec. 8), and you can watch the action live. A Rocket Lab Electron launcher carrying two commercial Earth-observation spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from the company’s New Zealand site Wednesday during a 125-minute window that opens at 6:45 p.m. EST (2345 GMT; 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 9…

See the total solar eclipse of 2021 from nearly 1 million miles away in this stunning photo

The only total solar eclipse of 2021 was one few could see and this new photo from a spacecraft nearly 1 million miles from Earth shows why.  The photo, taken by NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR), tracked the solar eclipse as the moon’s shadow passed over a remote stretch of Antarctica and the south…

Drone tips: Where can I fly my drone?

Whether you’re a beginner who’s just starting out, or a seasoned pilot who owns one of the best drones around, it pays to have a good list of places where you can fly your favorite gadget.  To help you out, we’ve listed six places below that are great for drone pilots, and three you should…

What we want to see from the Alien TV show

Noah Hawley’s Alien TV series, which will debut exclusively on Hulu, is still a way off, but fans are eager to hear more from this take on the famous sci-fi horror franchise. Many of us expected Disney to put the IP on ice after their Fox takeover, but it appears that telling new stories set…

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa lifts off for space station on Russian Soyuz

A Japanese billionaire has embarked for a short stay on the International Space Station to experience life in space before flying to the moon. Yusaku Maezawa, who earlier booked a lunar flight with SpaceX, lifted off with his production assistant Yozo Hirano and veteran cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos on…

Former JSC director Mark Geyer passes away

Mark Geyer, former head of the Johnson Space Center and manager of the Orion program, died Dec. 7 of cancer.

Tomorrow.io to grow weather constellation through SPAC deal 

Tomorrow.io said Dec. 7 it stands to raise up to $420 million for its planned network of weather satellites by merging with Pine Technology Acquisition Corp., the latest special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to invest in the space industry.

NASA returns Hubble Space Telescope back to full science operations

Hubble is back in business. The Hubble Space Telescope is once again fully operational after a glitch took its science instruments offline. Yesterday (Dec. 6), NASA’s Hubble team recovered the observatory’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the last of the telescope’s instruments to be taken online after the recent issues, the agency announced today (Dec. 7). …