Monthly Archives: February 2017

Watch a ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse on the Web

Skywatchers in South America and Africa will be seeing an unusual “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse on Sunday, and the rest of us should be able to look over their shoulders online. But you might have to get up before … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert dons Boeing’s spacesuit

Let history record that America’s first late-night astronaut is … Stephen Colbert? In a pre-recorded bit due to be broadcast tonight on CBS’ “Late Show,” Colbert wears the spacesuit designed for crews on Boeing’s Starliner space taxi and does his … Continue reading

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How robots and humans get along at Boeing

Automation isn’t just a job for the robots: It takes flesh-and-blood workers to make robotic manufacturing work, as shown in a new video about the machines that set fasteners on Boeing’s 777 jets. Boeing’s Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, works with … Continue reading

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Star-studded cast watches SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane glided through its third free-flying test run today, and although it hasn’t yet lit up its engine, there was a high-powered crowd to fuel the excitement at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. The company’s … Continue reading

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‘Life’ draws upon worst-case space scenarios

A real-life organism provides the inspiration for the alien monster at the center of “Life,” a horror movie that’s set on the International Space Station. But you’d never guess which one. Would you believe … slime mold? “We used that as … Continue reading

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World View shows off its Stratollite scheme

World View Enterprises declared its Tucson headquarters and its hybrid balloon technology to be ready for prime time today, in the wake of a pathfinder mission that captured satellite-type imagery from a stratospheric height of nearly 77,000 feet. “This technology, … Continue reading

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Peace pact reached over Pluto’s map

It’s taken a year and a half, but the International Astronomical Union and the science team behind NASA’s New Horizons mission have finally struck a deal for naming the features on Pluto and its moons. The agreement, announced today, will … Continue reading

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