Space station dodges space debris from decades-old Pegasus rocket

The International Space Station dodged a fragment of a decades-old rocket body early Friday morning, continuing a stretch of space debris threats to the orbiting laboratory. On Friday (Dec. 3) at around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT), a Russian cargo ship docked to the International Space Station fired for a little under three minutes to…

U.S. Air Force Secretary Kendall: Short-term funding an ‘unfortunate’ reality for defense programs

Political fights that delay government funding bills are only helping U.S. adversaries, said Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall

NASA awards funding to three commercial space station concepts

NASA issued awards Dec. 2 valued at more than $400 million to three groups of companies to advance development of commercial space stations, keeping those efforts on track to succeed the International Space Station by the end of the decade despite skepticism from the agency’s inspector general.

How would we give aliens directions to Earth?

The universe is inconceivably large and mind-bogglingly old. Given all that time and space, it seems probable that somewhere, sometime, another spark of intelligence flared into existence. But if there are intelligent beings somewhere out there, how on Earth could we connect with them and, assuming we’d like to be friends, how would we give…

NASA visitor complex to open immersive 'Gateway' to deep space in 2022

Before NASA deploys its Artemis Gateway in orbit around the moon, the space agency will launch a different, but related type of “Gateway” at its Florida spaceport — and everyone is invited to come aboard. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced “Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex,” a new public attraction focused on…

NASA awards $415 million for private space stations amid ISS transition questions

NASA just doled out a big chunk of change for the design of private space stations, On Thursday (Dec. 2), the agency announced that it has awarded three funded Space Act Agreements valued at a total of $415.6 million. The money is split almost evenly among three U.S. companies leading each project: Blue Origin ($130…

'Don't Look Up' director Adam McKay talks comets, climate change and total disaster

Director Adam McKay spoke with Space.com about his upcoming movie “Don’t Look Up.” (Image credit: Netflix) Warning: spoilers ahead What would humanity do if a giant space rock were hurtling directly towards Earth? According to director Adam McKay (“The Big Short,” “Anchorman,” “Step Brothers”), we might not even care. In McKay’s latest film, “Don’t Look…

SpaceX breaks annual launch record as it deploys 48 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX deployed 48 more satellites for its Starlink broadband constellation Dec. 2, along with two remote sensing spacecraft for BlackSky in a mission that broke the record for Falcon 9 launches in a calendar year.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 50 satellites to orbit for Starlink megaconstellation, BlackSky

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX just launched the first of four planned Falcon 9 rocket launches this month, with its workhorse rocket carrying a stack of 48 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky Earth observation satellites into orbit, before sticking a booster landing at sea. The previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex…

Total solar eclipse 2021: When, where and how to see it on Dec. 4

The only total solar eclipse of the year takes place on Saturday (Dec. 4), and if you live in the far south of the world you may be able to catch a glimpse. Alternatively, there might be a livestream available if the Antarctic weather holds. Solar eclipses happen when the new moon passes in front…

The bright Comet Leonard will pass a brilliant star cluster tonight and you can watch it live here

A live webcast will track a newly found comet as it passes by a dense collection of stars visible in Earth’s sky. The bright Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), also known as Comet Leonard, will fly by the globular cluster Messier 3 in Canes Venatici on tonight (Dec. 2). Both objects will be visible in binoculars…

Newfound rocky exoplanet has a year less than 8 hours long

A newfound alien world could shed some light on one of the darkest and strangest corners of the exoplanet family tree. The planet, known as GJ 367b, circles a small, dim red dwarf star just 31 light-years from the sun, its discoverers announced in a new study. (For perspective, our Milky Way galaxy is about…

SpaceX to launch its next Starlink fleet and 2 BlackSky satellites tonight. Watch it live!

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch its next stack of Starlink satellites from the East Coast tonight (Dec. 2) as part of a rideshare mission, and you can watch the action live online.  The private spaceflight company will launch a stack of 48 Starlink satellites on one of its previously flown Falcon 9 rockets.…

NASA astronauts on spacewalk replace faulty antenna outside space station

Two NASA astronauts on a spacewalk replaced a faulty antenna outside the International Space Station, restoring one of the ways the orbiting outpost communicates with Earth. Expedition 66 crewmates Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron completed the 6-hour, 32-minute extravehicular activity (EVA) on Thursday, Dec. 2, having installed a spare S-band Antenna Subassembly (SASA) on the…

Rocket Lab's next-gen Neutron rocket will be reusable (and have a 'Hungry Hippo' nose cone)

Rocket Lab’s plans for its biggest rocket yet promise to take reusability to the next level, complete with a ‘Hungry Hippo’ nose cone designed for easier recovery and reuse.  Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck unveiled design details of the new medium-lift booster — the Neutron rocket —in a video briefing today (Dec. 2). It is…

Sky Tonight app review

Sky Tonight comes from Vito Technology, the same people who brought us Star Walk 2, and like that app it provides a view of the night sky and the wonders you can see in it. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether someone had slipped and accidentally released the same app twice. They…

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shares new panoramic view of Red Planet

NASA’s Curiosity rover snapped a stunning new selfie surrounded by expansive, rocky terrain on Mars.  The robotic explorer, which landed on Mars in August 2012, continues to roam Gale Crater in search of evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable. The Curiosity rover is famous for taking selfies along its journey, and its latest…

Rocket Lab updates Neutron design

Rocket Lab released new details Dec. 2 of the design of its Neutron medium-class rocket, a vehicle with a unique design the company says is intended to enable frequent and low-cost reuse.

Arianespace will launch two European navigation satellites on a Soyuz rocket tonight. Watch it live.

Arianespace plans to send two new European Galileo navigation satellites to space tonight (Dec. 2) and you will be able to watch it live online. An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch two navigation satellites into orbit at 7:27 p.m. EST (9:27 p.m. local time at the Guiana Space Center launch site in Kourou, French Guiana,…

VR headsets on Amazon: Save up to $300 with these deals

Cyber Monday and Black Friday have come and gone, but a good scan of megaretailer Amazon will reveal a few deals that are still tucked away online.  VR headset deals at Amazon involve the activation of a coupon, which can save you as much as 10% off the set’s retail price. VR headset coupons for…