Tag: Space

Mike Pence’s space council is big on business, small on science

Yesterday evening, Vice President Mike Pence announced the candidates asked to serve on the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group. Members will have to be officially selected by the Administrator of NASA (a position which remains open)……


Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch its internet satellite payload (updated)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is blasting into the skies today carrying Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite, which will spend five and a half years carrying out radar and imaging work for the Spanish government and businesses. The launch, which uses a first stage bo……


Bigelow forms command center for its expandable space stations

Bigelow Aerospace has big plans for its future expandable space stations, so it has formed a whole new company for them. Called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), the new private space company will oversee the marketing and customer service, as w……


NASA’s Opportunity rover sees its 5,000th day on Mars

This weekend, NASA’s Opportunity rover spent its 5,000th day on Mars. While that is a feat in and of itself, it’s even more impressive when you consider that it was only planned to last 90 Martian days, or sols. Both Opportunity and its compan……


SpaceX delays its satellite internet launch to February 21st

Sorry, folks, you’ll have to wait a while longer before SpaceX’s satellite internet launch takes place. With hours to go, SpaceX has delayed the liftoff from its February 17th target to 9:17AM Eastern on February 21st. According to the compa……


Website follows journey of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster through space

Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster may have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but you can still follow its path through the Solar System. Satellite guru Ben Pearson’s unofficial Whereisroadster.com website is tracking the EV based on NASA data and his……


Defunding the ISS might just help get us to Mars

There’s good news for NASA in the Trump administration’s proposed FY2019 budget and some bad. On the one hand, the space agency would receive a minor funding boost — NASA itself would get $19.9 billion, a 1.3 percent increase over 2017, while……


Cryptocurrency mining is hampering the search for alien life

It turns out that high-end graphics cards are fantastic for mining non-bitcoin cryptocurrencies, which has led to a global shortage of GPUs. Gamers are livid at the lack of supply, especially as prices skyrocket on secondary markets. But they’……


Watch Starman and its Tesla get swallowed by the darkness of space

Starman is drifting farther and farther away from us, that a lot of the telescopes that have been tracking its journey will soon no longer be able to see it. The Virtual Telescope Project, which has been keeping an eye on the spacefarer and it……


SpaceX is launching its broadband satellites into orbit this weekend

Following the success of its Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX is gearing up for its next mission: sending satellites into orbit so they can beam down internet access to earth. The company isn’t making a lot of noise about it just now, but from this letter i……