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SpaceX rocket, Starlink satellites launch from pad 39A – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Starlink 4-18 mission launched SpaceX’s next batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live ” alt=””/> SpaceX’s third Starlink satellite deployment mission in five days launched … Read more

Rocket Launches May Be Polluting Our Atmosphere in New Ways

SpaceX, Blue Origin, and a host of other private companies helped make 2021 the year with the most space launches in history, but scientists say this mad dash to space could be causing further damage to our atmosphere. The number of launch attempts has doubled in the last decade. And after counting all of the … Read more

Ingenious Underwater Drone Can Transition to Flight in Less Than a Second

Robots have traditionally been purpose-built to perform a single, very specific task, but researchers from Beihang University are taking a much different approach with a new robotic drone that can operate underwater just as easily as in the air, and it features a clever, nature-inspired trick to maximize its range. When you think of robots, … Read more

Physicists figured out how launching a Falcon 9 changes the atmosphere

With the cost of launching a rocket into space falling, the number of rocket launches is, well, taking off. Last year, governments and companies across the world successfully launched 133 rockets into orbit, breaking a record that stood for 45 years. But there’s a catch. Breaking free from Earth’s gravity requires a rocket to release … Read more

Solar Orbiter spies a ‘hedgehog’ during close pass of the sun

The spacecraft, which flew by the sun on March 26, has returned a treasure trove of new images and insights after coming within one-third of the distance from the sun to the Earth. Solar Orbiter’s heat shield reached about 932 degrees Fahrenheit (500 degrees Celsius), but functioned as expected and protected the spacecraft during its … Read more

NASA, Boeing ready for long-delayed, high-stakes Starliner test flight – Spaceflight Now

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft was hoisted on top of ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket May 4 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Credit: United Launch Alliance Running years late, Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule program is poised for a crucial unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station set for launch Thursday, a do-over of an abbreviated 2019 … Read more

First Direct Visual Evidence That the Object in the Center of the Milky Way Is Indeed a Black Hole

This is the first image of Sagittarius A * (Sgr A *), the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). It is the first direct visual evidence of the presence of this black hole. Credit: EHT Collaboration Astronomers reveal the first image of the[{” attribute=””>black hole … Read more