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SpaceX's Starship won't launch on 1st orbital test flight this month

The first orbital test flight of SpaceX's Starship deep-space transportation vehicle won't get off the ground this month.

Pentagon space chief condemns 'irresponsible' launch of Russian inspector satellite

The Pentagon is speaking out against Russia's launch of a spy satellite believed to be shadowing one of its American counterparts closely in the same orbit.

A 'potentially hazardous' blue-whale-size asteroid will zip through Earth's orbit on Friday

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of a blue whale is set to zip past Earth on Friday (Aug. 12).

'STEVE' descends on North America after surprise solar storm

A surprise solar storm bashed Earth on Aug. 7 and 8, triggering an appearance of the mysterious glowing phenomenon called STEVE.

Did North Korea lie about its big ICBM test launch?

The first launch of North Korea's powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this spring apparently didn't go well after all.

SpaceX Starlink satellites face Russia space debris 'squalls' in orbit: report

An Aug. 6 close encounter saw hundreds of Starlink satellites get uncomfortably close to debris generated in a Russian anti-satellite test in November 2021.

Probing the Red Planet: Finding past life at Jezero Crater

Perseverance Mars rover is gathering up samples of Martian rock and soil that could help tease out an answer concerning past life on Mars.

Violent supermassive black hole with twisting jet may help Milky Way observations

The Event Horizon Telescope has imaged the powerful near-light-speed jet of a blazar, and found it to be twisted.

Celestron Powerseeker 127 EQ review

The flagship of Celestron's entry-level telescope range, the Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ's five-inch aperture and equatorial mount make it tempting to beginner astronomers.

Star Trek movies, ranked worst to best

Journey into the strange new worlds of the Star Trek movies, ranked worst to best. Live long and get some popcorn.

Saturn at opposition: See the Lord of the Rings at its best this month

On Sunday night (August 14th), Saturn arrives at opposition, when it lies on the opposite side of the sky from the sun.

Save £400 on the Celestron Advanced VX 8 Edge HD telescope

This Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is the complete night sky-viewing package and you can now save £400 on it.

Webb Telescope Shatters Distance Records, Challenges Astronomers

Distant galaxies in Webb images suggest we need to rethink star and galaxy evolution in the early universe.

The post Webb Telescope Shatters Distance Records, Challenges Astronomers appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

X-Men movies in order: Chronological & release order

22 years, 13 movies, and a whole load of time travel shenanigans later, we’re still trying to figure out how to watch the X-Men movies in order.

Anti-satellite weapons: History, types and purpose

With the satellite network being a key component of modern life on Earth, space is now a major battleground for countries looking to get ahead of their competitors.

Big new Chinese rocket lofts 6 experimental satellites on debut launch (video)

The solid-fueled Lijian 1 rocket, also referred to as ZK-1A, lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on July 27, carrying six satellites into orbit on its debut flight.

Scientists spot baby alien planet that might be forming moons

Scientists using a powerful telescope array spotted gas and a possible young exoplanet in a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a distant star.

Astronomers plan to fish an interstellar meteorite out of the ocean using a massive magnet

Astronomers are planning a fishing trip to land an extraterrestrial interloper on Earth: a small meteorite from another star system that crashed into the Pacific Ocean in January 2014.

The James Webb Space Telescope makes stunning images thanks to these engineering solutions

A group of engineers was tasked with designing a space telescope that would change the way we see our universe. Just one problem: much of the technology they would need didn't exist.

Falcon 9 rocket deploys SpaceX’s 3,000th Starlink internet satellite

This long exposure photo shows SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket streaking into the sky over the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday night. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography

Fifty-two satellites are on the way to join SpaceX’s Starlink internet network after a sky-lighting blastoff from the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday night, a mission that included the 3,000th spacecraft to launch for the Starlink constellation.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 10:14:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0214:40 GMT Wednesday). The rocket’s nine Merlin 1D main engines flashed to life and the Falcon thundered into a moonlit sky over Florida’s Space Coast, heading northeast to line up with an orbital plane in SpaceX’s Starlink network.

The rocket accelerated through the speed of sound about one minute into the flight, then continued downrange until the Falcon 9’s first stage shut off its nine Merlin engines just shy of the two-and-a-half minute point of the mission. The 15-story-tall first stage separated from the Falcon 9’s upper stage, then pulsed cold gas thrusters and extend titanium hypersonic grid fins to prepare for the searing plunge back into the atmosphere.

A restart of three of the Merlin main engines slowed the rocket down as it descended into thicker air, then a final landing burn with the center engine allowed the booster to brake for touchdown on a drone ship parked in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles east of Charleston, South Carolina.

Landing of the first stage on the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” completed the booster’s third flight to space. The Falcon 9 first stage, designated B1073 in SpaceX’s inventory, debuted in May and notched a second flight in June.


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