NASA's daring Lucy asteroid mission is ready to launch

NASA’s newest asteroid mission, a spacecraft targeting space rocks that orbit ahead of and behind Jupiter, is ready to begin its journey. Called Lucy, the mission is scheduled to launch on Saturday (Oct. 16) at 5:34 a.m. EDT (0934 GMT) aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in…

Space Force recruiters pitch military service to warriors and dreamers

Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas, commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service, said the Space Force met its goal last year of recruiting nearly 400 guardians. Next year the target has been raised to 500.

China just put its next-generation spaceship on display

China’s next-generation crewed spacecraft, which launched on a demonstration flight last year, has been unveiled to the public eye.  The once-flown capsule is on display at the Airshow China 2021 in Guangdong Province’s Zhuhai City. The space capsule, which launched on a Long March 5B rocket in May 2020, is larger than the country’s Shenzhou…

VC firm Embedded Ventures signs cooperative agreement with U.S. Space Force

Embedded Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in space startups, has signed a multi-year agreement with the U.S. Space Force.

William Shatner moved to tears by space launch with Blue Origin

William Shatner’s flight to space moved him to tears.  The actor, best known for his role as Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” series, was overcome with emotion after launching to space and back today (Oct. 13) on a suborbital mission with Blue Origin aboard the company’s New Shepard vehicle.  “What you…

Life on Venus may never have been possible

Venus may not be such a tantalizing target for alien hunters after all. In recent years, researchers have increasingly come to regard Venus, the second rock from the sun, as a potential abode for life. For example, modeling studies have suggested that ancient Venus had big oceans and a clement climate that might have persisted…

Nikon D3500 review

Nikon D3500: Key Specs Type: Digital Single Lens Reflex Sensor: DX Crop Sensor 24.2 mp Lens mount: DX-format Nikon F Mount with AF contacts ISO range: 100 – 25600 Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex Video capability: 1080p at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24p Weight: 0.8 lbs body only Size: 4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8…

Blue Origin launches William Shatner and crew of 3 to the final frontier and back

VAN HORN, Texas — William Shatner has boldly gone where no 90-year-old has ever gone before.  The famed “Star Trek” actor and three other private crewmembers launched into space today (Oct. 13) on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, marking the second time that Blue Origin has successfully launched a crewed suborbital mission on its…

Blue Origin launches second crewed New Shepard mission

Blue Origin launched Star Trek actor William Shatner and three others into space on a brief suborbital flight Oct. 13, the second crewed flight of the company’s New Shepard vehicle.

Deep Blue Aerospace conducts 100-meter VTVL rocket test

Chinese private launch Deep Blue Aerospace completed a 100-meter level launch and landing test with its Nebula M1 VTVL test stage Wednesday.

Best Nerf Guns: Nerf Elite, Mega, Fortnite and Halo blasters

Few toys rival the foam-tipped firepower of the best Nerf guns when it comes to outdoor fun. Whether played with friends or against friendly foes, Nerf guns let you take up arms and unleash mayhem on the other team, safe in the knowledge that the only thing likely to be hurt in the ensuing fracas…

Ancient meteorites preserve building blocks of early solar system

Scientists are shedding light on the mysterious origins of ancient meteorite grains using a new analysis method. These grains, which are older than the solar system itself, formed in ancient stars that died before our sun‘s birth. Similar stars still exist in the universe and the analysis of these presolar grains provides an interesting glimpse…

What if the universe had no beginning?

In the beginning, there was … well, maybe there was no beginning. Perhaps our universe has always existed — and a new theory of quantum gravity reveals how that could work. “Reality has so many things that most people would associate with sci-fi or even fantasy,” said Bruno Bento, a physicist who studies the nature…

Scientists capture image of bizarre 'electron ice' for the first time

Physicists have taken the first ever image of a Wigner crystal — a strange honeycomb-pattern material inside another material, made entirely out of electrons. Hungarian physicist Eugene Wigner first theorized this crystal in 1934, but it’s taken more than eight decades for scientists to finally get a direct look at the “electron ice.” The fascinating…

Australia to provide rover for future NASA lunar lander mission

NASA and its Australian counterpart have agreed to cooperate on a future robotic lander mission where Australia will provide a small rover as part of a test of resource utilization technologies.

How realistic is Ant-Man’s quantum science?

Premiering in 2015 with Paul Rudd as the titular shrinking superhero, Marvel’s Ant-Man brought some more of the science-driven powers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man’s abilities include shrinking down to once thought impossible sizes with the use of a specialized suit, commanding ant species, and being able to grow to giant sizes. The majority…

Canon EOS M200 camera review

The Canon EOS M200 has an unenviable position in the consumer camera market. Sporting a now fairly standard 24MP sensor and a 3-inch touchscreen, it’s an entry-level mirrorless model pitted against rivals such as the Sony a6100 and Canon’s own DSLR, the Canon 250D, as well as constant competition from smartphone cameras. It also lacks…

Blue Origin will launch William Shatner into space today! Here's how to watch it live.

VAN HORN, Texas — William Shatner and three other passengers will launch into space today (Oct. 13) on the second crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, and you can watch all the action live online. The New Shepard rocket-capsule combo will lift off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One, near the West Texas…

Blue Origin's Audrey Powers is 'proud and humbled to fly' in space

For Audrey Powers of Blue Origin, a launch into space this week will fulfill a lifelong dream. Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, will ride a New Shepard spacecraft on a suborbital trip Wednesday (Oct. 13) along with “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen, and Glen de…

Solar storm hits Earth, bringing northern lights to New York

A solar storm hit Earth and brought with it a spectacular light show visible as far south as New York. A massive solar flare, or coronal mass ejection (CME), was spotted on the sun Saturday (Oct. 9) on its Earth-facing side and the flare hit our planet yesterday (Oct. 11). This event comes as Earth…