Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hubble sees more hints of Europa’s water plumes

It’s not aliens. And it’s not exactly surprising, despite NASA’s advance billing. But new evidence of water plumes emanating from Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter, have added to the excitement over a proposed mission that could sample the water for signs … Continue reading

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Elon Musk tweets sneak peeks at Mars plan

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In advance of this week’s big reveal, SpaceX’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, is dropping hints about the scale of his plans to send colonists to Mars. Musk is scheduled to talk about what used to be known as … Continue reading

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India launches BlackSky Pathfinder satellite

A satellite that’s meant to blaze a trail for Seattle-based BlackSky Global’s Earth-imaging constellation rose into orbit tonight atop India’s four-stage PSLV-C35 rocket. BlackSky’s Pathfinder 1 was among eight satellites launched from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota at 8:42 p.m. PT Sept. 25 … Continue reading

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Quantum study sparks questions about time

Why do we remember the past, but not the future? It seems like a silly question, but for some scientists, it’s a deep mystery wrapped up in physics and perception. The mystery takes another twist in a study appearing in the same … Continue reading

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Pluto’s ocean may go deeper than Earth’s

Scientists have been saying for months that Pluto could have a salty, sloshing ocean beneath its icy surface, but now they’ve worked out just how deep it could go. The answer? As deep as 60 miles, or nine times the … Continue reading

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SpaceX says tank breach may have caused blast

SpaceX says an investigation into the launch pad explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its satellite payload has turned up evidence of a “large breach” in the supercooled helium system for the oxygen tank on the rocket’s second stage. Today’s … Continue reading

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Balloons rise up on the strato-frontier

Drones, satellites and rocket planes are all well and good for high-flying missions, but sometimes the best craft for the job is a balloon. Google’s Project Loon, for example, is enlisting machine learning to pilot its experimental data-beaming balloons through the … Continue reading

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