Monthly Archives: September 2015

Spaceflight buys SpaceX rocket for satellites

In the first deal of its kind, Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s buying a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will be set aside exclusively for launching other people’s small satellites into orbit. The first dedicated rideshare launch is due to go into … Continue reading

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Carbon X Prize could turn CO2 into $20 million

Can you turn carbon dioxide emissions into gold? How about biofuel? The Carbon X Prize competition is offering $20 million for the best strategies to make use of CO2. Past X Prizes have rewarded high-tech achievements in private-sector spaceflight and super-efficient automobiles. There … Continue reading

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‘Orbit-first’ Mars plan goes public: Will it fly?

The nonprofit Planetary Society has laid out a detailed blueprint for sending astronauts to the Martian moon Phobos in 2033 and then touching down on Mars itself beginning in 2039. The blueprint released Tuesday is based on a “Humans Orbiting Mars” workshopthat … Continue reading

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NASA vet sees ‘endless’ frontier for space biz

Former NASA official Lori Garver’s resume is filled with highlights from politics and government service – going back to John Glenn’s presidential campaign – but when it comes to America’s space program, her heart’s with commercial ventures. “The opportunities in commercial space … Continue reading

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DNA art honors genetic pioneer Francis Crick

The granddaughter of genetic pioneer Francis Crick joined 20 other artists to create a series of 7-foot-high sculptures inspired by DNA’s double helix – and now those sculptures are going on the auction block to benefit cancer research. Portland artist Kindra … Continue reading

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Dark Martian streaks linked to liquid water

For years, scientists have puzzled over dark streaks that appear and disappear on the surface of Mars – and now they’re confident enough to assert that the streaks are caused by trickles of salty water. Their findings, published Monday in Nature … Continue reading

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Make the most of the supermoon eclipse

Sunday’s super-sized total lunar eclipse is special for a couple of reasons, but it’s extra-special for places like Seattle, where the timing is perfect for family viewing. “I love it when these astronomical events are at a good time,” said … Continue reading

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