Love and rockets: We need to figure out how to have sex in space for human survival and well-being

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Simon Dubé, PhD candidate, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Erobotics & Space Sexology, Concordia University Dave Anctil, Chercheur affilié à l’Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l’intelligence artificielle et du numérique (OBVIA), Université Laval Judith Lapierre, Professor, Faculty…

Solar eclipse looks otherworldly in 'Golden Ring' astrophotography shot

An otherworldly photograph of a solar eclipse took top prize in this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.  The highly sought-after award is given by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in England. The winning photographer, Shuchang Dong of China, captured the shot during an annular solar eclipse from the Ali region of Tibet on June…

Disney to reboot 'Flight of the Navigator' with Bryce Dallas Howard at the helm

Disney is to remake the 1986 sci-fi adventure movie “Flight of the Navigator” in a female-led reimagining with Bryce Dallas Howard set to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  In the original movie, a 12-year-old boy, David (Joey Cramer), goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. However, in the eight years…

Photos: Astrophotographers capture stunning views of the night sky for 2021 contest

Far Eastern star legends: the princess and the herdsman

Whenever I give star talks, either under the artificial sky of a planetarium or from a dark, rural location where the actual nighttime firmament can be seen in all of its glory, I recite to my audience words that were penned by the 19th-century American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: “If the stars should appear…

Brilliant dashcam fireball videos help scientists find 3 meteorites in Slovenia

By diligently tracing dashcam footage from a particularly spectacular fireball seen over central Europe in February 2020, a team of scientists identified the possible source of the space rock. The fireball, which appeared on Feb. 28 and 10:30 a.m. local time, was recorded by a handful of cameras spread across Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria and…

Landsat 9, NASA's most powerful Landsat satellite ever, is 'go' for launch on Monday

NASA has cleared its newest powerful Earth-observing satellite for a launch into orbit from the California coast on Monday (Sept. 27). The satellite, called Landsat 9, is on track to lift off from the Vandenberg Space Force Base atop an Atlas V rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance. Liftoff is targeted for 2:12 p.m.…

Cyberpunk guru William Gibson's rejected 'Alien 3' script scores a new novelization (exclusive excerpt)

Representing one of cinematic history’s greatest “What If” stories, cyberpunk godfather William Gibson (“Burning Chrome,” “Neuromancer”) once penned a provocative draft for “Alien 3” that was never used by the studio. 20th Century Fox eventually went with a stitched together script using ideas from David Twohy and Vincent Ward & John Fasano for director David…

How many satellites are orbiting Earth?

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Supriya Chakrabarti, Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell It seems like every week, another rocket is launched into space carrying rovers to Mars, tourists or, most commonly, satellites. The idea that “space is getting crowded” has been around for a few…

SpaceX's Starlink broadband satellites could be used for GPS navigation

SpaceX’s Starlink satellites may be used for navigation and global positioning in addition to their core function of broadband Internet, a new research study suggests. Engineering researchers external to SpaceX found a way to use the Starlink constellation signals for navigation similar to the capabilities provided by global positioning satellites (GPS), which are used in…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch internet satellite to serve Alaska in 2022

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket just got another passenger. The powerful Falcon Heavy is now scheduled to loft Astranis’ first commercial communications satellite to orbit next spring, Astranis representatives announced Thursday (Sept. 23).  The satellite — which will beam internet service down to Alaskans from geostationary orbit, about 22,200 miles (35,730 kilometers) up — had previously…

The sun has spots. Here's what we've learned about them so far.

Of all of the features associated with our sun, sunspots are by far the most conspicuous.  Long before the invention of the telescope, the Chinese Chronicles recorded numerous sightings of dark areas on the face of the sun, apparently seen when the sun’s light was significantly dimmed by clouds and haze, especially around sunrise or…

Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, SpaceX, ULA win Space Force contracts for rocket technology projects

Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance were selected to participate in Space Force development projects to advance rocket engine testing and launch vehicle upper stages.

Op-ed | Can we backhaul our way to space?

If the market grows large enough, a dedicated lunar-to-LEO tanker industry could evolve – which might never happen if the infrastructure for supplying space facilities with lunar water had to be paid for up front and from scratch, before any water was delivered.

A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city, possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist and Special Projects Director at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program and South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina As the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called…

Moonshots, private space stations and more: NASA chief Bill Nelson on the future of human spaceflight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — NASA Administrator Bill Nelson is confident the agency’s human spaceflight future is bright, despite the inherent difficulty of the endeavor and some challenging international issues.  “NASA is an agency of overcomers,” Nelson told Space.com at the 36th annual Space Symposium, which took place here last month. The space agency is on…

Soar into space aboard this inspiring trailer for 'Among The Stars,' a new Disney Plus docuseries

Human eyes have been firmly fixed on the heavens these days, with SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 mission taking private citizens for a three-day spin around planet Earth, Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasting to the edge of space, followed by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin  aboard the New Shepard rocket for an 11-minute suborbital…

Ancient impact that formed Earth's moon was likely a one-two punch

The gigantic impact that created the moon was actually a one-two punch, a new study suggests. Scientists think that the moon, our planet’s only natural satellite, was born in violence, coalescing from the material blasted into space after a Mars-size body named Theia slammed into the proto-Earth more than 4.4 billion years ago. But there…

NASA's Perseverance rover cameras capture 'mission-critical' views of Mars — and an epic selfie

NASA’s Perseverance rover has compiled a variety of photos since landing at its new home on Mars in February, offering a more comprehensive view of the Red Planet and its ancient past.  The six-wheeled robotic explorer, which landed on the surface of Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, is equipped with a total of 23 cameras…

UN secretary-general criticizes “billionaires joyriding to space”

The secretary-general of the United Nations lumped space tourism alongside corruption and loss of freedoms as part of a “malady of mistrust” facing the world, another sign of the backlash in some quarters to private human spaceflight.