Disney's Space 220 restaurant has hidden nods to NASA history

Space 220, Disney’s new immersive restaurant offering guests a chance to dine in Earth orbit, opened this week after a five-year countdown. The new addition to the Mission: SPACE pavilion in Epcot Center at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida blends state-of-the-art technology with a fine dining menu, providing an eating experience like nothing…

Smallsat specialist OrbAstro busy building downstream dreams

OrbAstro, a space-as-a-service startup with visions of flying “tiny satellites in large flocks,” is gearing up to launch its first half-dozen smallsats in 2022 — including its just-announced first micro satellite.

'Star Trek Fleet Command' warps from mobile to PC (with new exclusives)

The hit mobile game, “Star Trek Fleet Command” is boldly going where it has never gone before as its creator Scopely and Viacom CBS have made the game available for PC. The purpose of the game is to explore, expand, exploit and exterminate, meaning that players can explore star systems in the Star Trek universe,…

Next commercial Falcon Heavy mission to launch debut Astranis satellite

Astranis said Sept. 23 that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch its first commercial satellite in a direct-inject mission to geostationary orbit in spring 2022.

La Palma volcano eruption's infernal beauty visible from space in astronaut and satellite photos

New astronaut and satellite images of an active volcano on the island of La Palma reveal the frightening beauty of the eruption, as well as its dangerous proximity to humans.  Lava began gushing out of the Cumbre Vieja crater on the island, which is located off the coast of northwestern Africa and governed by Spain,…

Op-ed | Sound space industry regulation matters for the 4th Industrial Revolution

What role is there for space and satellite industries in Industry 4.0? Plenty.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens review

There are four main aspects a lens should have for astrophotographers that want to capture wide-field photographs: a useful focal length, a wide aperture to let in the light, good optical clarity, and flexibility. The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens ticks every box and more. Its wide aperture of f/2.8 is perfect to…

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens review

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is crazy-sharp and makes taking astro images even easier thanks to its simple design and five stops of image stabilization

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens review

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is crazy-sharp and makes taking astro images even easier thanks to its simple design and five stops of image stabilization

How binoculars work

Learning the ins and outs of how your binoculars work is a bit like finding your way around the night sky: a little time spent learning what all the things are will make for a much more pleasant experience. Your binoculars are essentially a pair of tubes or barrels joined by a hinge, containing some…

Best Star Wars costumes: Halloween, cosplay, and fancy dress outfits

The best Star Wars Halloween costumes aren’t hidden a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – they’re right here, ready to fuel your spooky-season celebrations with a healthy helping of force powers, blasters, and lightsabers. With nine main films, two spin-off flicks, and a host of TV shows, cartoons, comics, games, and…

Rocket Lab to launch Astroscale inspection satellite

Rocket Lab will launch an Astroscale mission to rendezvous with a spent rocket stage in low Earth orbit, a prelude to eventually deorbiting the stage.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens review

When it comes to wide-angle zoom lenses, there are few available that match up to the renowned Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens. Building upon the superb quality of its predecessor, the Mk III version offers an improved AF system and top-quality optics to exploit today’s high resolution camera sensors.  Essential Info Type: Wide-angle…

Texas abortion ban could take an unexpected toll on the space industry

Texas’ new anti-abortion law could have an unforeseen side effect: upending the space industry. On Sept. 1, a new abortion law went into effect in the state of Texas; a near-total ban that prohibits all people from seeking, receiving or performing abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy. The law could overturn Roe v. Wade,…

NASA's InSight Mars lander detects 3 biggest marsquakes to date

NASA’s InSight lander has detected its three most powerful marsquakes yet, potentially giving scientists an even clearer picture of the Red Planet’s interior. InSight spotted 4.2- and 4.1-magnitude temblors on Aug. 25, then picked up another roughly 4.2-magnitude quake on Sept. 18 that lasted for nearly 90 minutes, NASA officials announced on Wednesday (Sept. 22).…

Congress to NASA: What comes after the International Space Station?

The specter of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program loomed large as congressional representatives sought details about the agency’s plans for orbital spaceflight after the International Space Station. Questions of how long the station — already over 20 years old — can last and how international and industry partnerships might drive activity in low Earth orbit…

'Space Explorers' receives Emmy for 360-degree virtual reality space station experience

A virtual reality-themed International Space Station series just got an Emmy. “Space Explorers: The ISS Experience” garnered creators Felix & Paul Studios, in association with Time Studios, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program. The four-part series aired in 2020 including exclusive footage of eight astronauts working aboard the orbiting complex. The series was shot…

Stellina Smart Telescope Makes Astrophotography a Breeze: Review

A swanky new telescope offers a whole new way to observe the cosmos. With automated controls and a smartphone app instead of an eyepiece, the Stellina smart telescope takes all the hassle out of skywatching — but it comes at a hefty price.  Stellina is a fully automated astrophotography telescope about the size of a…

Would Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Holdo Maneuver actually work?

Whatever your thoughts on Rian Johnson’s 2017 “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, there is one scene that most agree is ‘simply awesome’. Admiral Holdo, who stays behind on the rebel ship Raddus, launches the vessel at lightspeed into an enemy Star Destroyer, cutting it in half in a gorgeous black and white silhouette. It easily…

Court filing outlines Blue Origin’s case against NASA SpaceX lunar lander award

Blue Origin is seeking to overturn NASA’s award of a lunar lander contract to SpaceX by arguing that SpaceX’s proposal failed to meet requirements for reviews that made it “unawardable.”