Monthly Archives: May 2019

NASA picks its first companies for moon deliveries

NASA has chosen three commercial ventures that haven’t yet launched anything into space to deliver science experiments to the moon’s surface, starting next year. Today’s awards are the first to be announced under the terms of the space agency’s Commercial … Continue reading

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Sci-fi ‘Fall’ blends high tech and high fantasy

Are we living in a simulation? Is there an afterlife? And if not, what would it take to create one? Seattle science-fiction author Neal Stephenson knits together ideas as old as the Bible and as up to date as Elon Musk’s … Continue reading

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Lego launches lunar lander, astronauts included

That’s one giant heap of Lego bricks: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Lego Group is unveiling a 1,087-piece building set that recreates the mission’s Eagle lunar module. The Lego Creator Expert NASA Apollo … Continue reading

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Spacewalkers pay tribute to Russian pioneer

Two Russian cosmonauts took care of a host of scientific and maintenance choreson the exterior of the International Space Station, including cleaning windows from the outside, during a spacewalk that lasted just a minute over six hours. They also wished the world’s … Continue reading

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Bill Gates touts European clean-energy fund

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is celebrating the official launch of Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe, an investment fund that aims to boost clean-energy innovation in Europe to the tune of 100 million euros. That translates to $112 million at the current rate … Continue reading

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Blue Origin lays out idea for space station

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has laid out a plan for building a commercial habitat for future space travelers and sending it into Earth orbit atop its New Glenn rocket. The concept is one of a dozen studies … Continue reading

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Apollo anniversary inspires new blast of books

In the 50 years since Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong left humanity’s first bootprint on the moon, that “one small step” has launched one giant load of books. Basketfuls of books about space are now hitting store shelves — not … Continue reading

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Starlink satellite sightings spark awe and angst

SpaceX’s unorthodox card-dealing launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites has led to into an unusual viewing opportunity for skywatchers — and an occasion to wonder about the impact of such mega-constellations on the natural night sky. After a couple of days of … Continue reading

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Origami inspires high-tech shock absorbers

Can origami protect football players and reusable rockets? Researchers have shown how the ancient art of paper-folding can soften the shock of an impact, whether it’s cracking into a helmet or touching down on a landing pad. The technique, described … Continue reading

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SpaceX reports raising a billion dollars

On the heels of a successful 60-satellite launch, SpaceX says it has raised more than $1 billion for its Starlink satellite internet venture and its super-heavy-lift Starship rocket development effort. The higher-than-expected investments were reported today in two amended filings with the Securities and … Continue reading

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