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Uplift Central Coast Coalition Launches To Advance Space And Aeronautics Across A Six-County Region

Uplift Central Coast Coalition Launches To Advance Space And Aeronautics Across A Six-County Region

A trail-blazing coalition spanning six counties has come together to advance space and aeronautics across the Central Coast and create an aerospace technology corridor bridging the centers of industry to the north and south. This effort paints a cohesive and vibrant vision for the future of the region by leveraging existing assets and new investment […]

Three – No, Four – Cheers For Space-Travelling Billionaires!

Three – No, Four – Cheers For Space-Travelling Billionaires!

On July 11, 2021, Sir Richard Branson and three employees of his private space venture, Virgin Galactic, traveled 53.5 miles over Earth in a voyage taking just over one hour. A little over a week later, Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard rocket lifted off on a short mission past the Kármán Line, 66.5 miles above Earth. The […]

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape. The drive served as a mobility test that marks just one of many milestones as team members check out and calibrate every system, subsystem, and instrument on Perseverance. Once the rover begins pursuing […]

Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST). Packed with groundbreaking technology, the […]

NASA Shares Incredible Image of Jupiter’s Polar Cyclones That Looks Like ‘Pepperoni Pizza’

NASA Shares Incredible Image of Jupiter’s Polar Cyclones That Looks Like ‘Pepperoni Pizza’

BY MICHAEL WING NASA’s Juno space probe is on a multi-year mission to explore the origins and evolution of the gas giant Jupiter—it’s serious science. But Instagrammers have shared some rather unserious observations of Juno’s highly detailed infrared image posted on the space agency’s Instagram page. You could say their comments are way out to lunch—but way out for pizza would be more […]

Giant Star That’s Acting Strange Could Explode Soon, Scientists Say

Giant Star That’s Acting Strange Could Explode Soon, Scientists Say

KYLE HOOTEN CONTRIBUTOR   The Constellation Orion may look very different soon if astronomers are right about the giant star Betelgeuse which marks the starry hunter’s right shoulder. Betelgeuse was once in among the top 10 brightest stars in the night sky, but since October it’s been dimming so much that it’s no longer even in the top […]

NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space

NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space

After successfully launching Thursday night, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. A Northrop Grumman Stargazer L-1011 aircraft took off at 8:31 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air […]

A Supermassive Black Hole At Our Galaxy’s Center Flared Out, Astronomer Says

A Supermassive Black Hole At Our Galaxy’s Center Flared Out, Astronomer Says

MATT M. MILLER CONTRIBUTOR   The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy emitted a bizarre flash of light, an astronomer studying the phenomenon said. The flash likely occurred around May 13, and was uncharacteristic of the normal celestial behavior of the black hole, Sagittarius A, at the center of the […]

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner. Since its arrival in December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped the entire […]

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. The in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly technologies could be important for America’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. The contract is the […]

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