Monthly Archives: December 2018

Year in Space: From launch pad to beyond Pluto

Launches, launches, launches! 2018 was a big year for liftoffs, particularly for SpaceX and its billionaire CEO, Elon Musk. The past year also saw a number of notable trips to interplanetary destinations, including the Martian surface and two asteroids. What’s … Continue reading

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A virtual-reality virgin finally takes the leap

BELLEVUE, Wash. — My wife was a VR virgin. Tonia Boyle isn’t exactly a thrill-seeker. Skydiving, bungee jumping and zipline rides have never been her cup of tea. But when it came to taking a virtual-reality risk at Portal VR’s newly opened … Continue reading

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Juno probe delivers holiday treats from Jupiter

Santa Claus isn’t the only one bearing gifts from the north pole at this time of year. NASA’s Juno orbiter also delivered a sackful of presents over the holidays, but from the pole of a different planet: Jupiter. Every 53 … Continue reading

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How technology made 1968’s ‘Earthrise’ possible

It’s been 50 years to the day since Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders’ “Earthrise” photo changed our world forever, but that mission to the moon and back wouldn’t have happened the way it did if it weren’t for a giant … Continue reading

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Former Boeing exec takes over the Pentagon

President Donald Trump says Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, will take charge of the Pentagon on Jan. 1 in the wake of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ shocking resignation. Trump announced Shanahan’s shift to the post of … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches first next-gen GPS satellite

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sent a next-generation GPS satellite into orbit today for the U.S. Air Force, marking a couple of firsts — as well as a “last.” It’s the first GPS III spacecraft to reach space, marking the start of … Continue reading

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Trump signs bill to boost quantum computing

President Donald Trump today signed legislation ramping up quantum computing research and development. The National Quantum Initiative Act (H.R. 6227) authorizes $1.2 billion over five years for federal activities aimed at boosting investment in quantum information science, or QIS, and supporting a … Continue reading

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