Monthly Archives: October 2016

China snaps selfies of its space lab

China’s Tiangong 2 space lab has a paparazzi traveling alongside it, in the form of a picture-snapping satellite that’s the size of a desktop printer. The satellite, Banxing 2, was released from the lab over the weekend and has already captured … Continue reading

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Elon Musk geeks out over his Mars plan on Reddit

In the weeks ahead, SpaceX plans to pressure-test a prototype carbon fiber tank on an oceangoing barge, to gauge how well the technology will stand up to the oomph that’d be required for trips to Mars. The test is one of … Continue reading

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The inside story behind Jeff Bezos’ Star Trek cameo

When “Star Trek Beyond” comes out on DVD next week, you can freeze-frame on the big-name cameo appearance that zipped past so quickly in the theaters: Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ moment as an alien Starfleet official. If you missed recognizing him, don’t … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos shares big ideas at Museum of Flight

Someday, you’ll be printing out a landing pad to guide an Amazon drone to its delivery, or maybe taking a suborbital space trip on a Blue Origin rocket ship, or marveling over the mechanism of a clock designed to run … Continue reading

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Mars orbiter spots blackened remains of lander

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has caught sight of the blackened spot where a European lander apparently hit the Martian surface, providing the first visual evidence that the Schiaparelli probe did indeed bite the dust. Before-and-after pictures from the orbiter’s low-resolution Context Camera also … Continue reading

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The musical instrument you play with your mind

How many musical instruments can you play without moving a muscle? There’s at least one: the encephalophone, which turns brain waves into tunes with a beat you can dance to. Swedish Hospital neurologist Thomas Deuel will show how it’s done, … Continue reading

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U.S.-Russian trio moves into space station

Three new crew members were welcomed aboard the International Space Station today, just in time to help out with a big moving job. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and his Russian crewmates, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, floated out of their … Continue reading

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