Monthly Archives: April 2018

NASA’s Rossi X-ray probe makes a quiet exit

A month after the breakup of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab, another spacecraft went to its fiery doom today with far less fanfare. Orbital assessments from the U.S. military’s Joint Space Operations Center indicate that NASA’s Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer made its atmospheric re-entry at roughly … Continue reading

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Boeing confirms $4.25 billion acquisition of KLX

The Boeing Co. says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire KLX Inc., a Florida-based aerospace parts distributor, as part of its drive to boost its global services business. Today’s announcement comes just a few days after The Wall Street Journal reported that … Continue reading

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Pluto’s champions tell the tale of an epic mission

It took nine years for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to get to Pluto, and laying the groundwork for that history-making space mission here on Earth took nearly twice as long. The drama and intrigue surrounding New Horizons during those decades, as chronicled … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos strikes a fashion pose for Blue Origin

If being Amazon’s CEO ever gets tiresome for Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest human, he could always turn to a career modeling Western wear. Bezos demonstrated that today after the successful test flight of his Blue Origin venture’s New Shepard suborbital … Continue reading

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Blue Origin sends suborbital rocket to new heights

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture notched another record today when it sent its New Shepard suborbital spaceship on its highest-ever round trip to space. It was the eighth uncrewed test flight for the New Shepard program, and … Continue reading

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NASA reworks moon rover mission amid outcry

An influential group of advisers on lunar exploration says NASA is canceling its Resource Prospector mission to explore the moon’s surface in the 2020s — and urged the agency’s newly sworn-in administrator, Jim Bridenstine, to reverse the decision. In response, NASA pledged today that … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos gets set for Blue Origin test launch

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin space venture is targeting the next test flight of its New Shepard suborbital spaceship for Sunday. Word of the launch came today in a tweet. And yes, there will be streaming video. Get the full … Continue reading

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