Carl Franzen
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016

Remember earlier this month when SpaceX succeeded in landing its Falcon 9 rocket first-stage booster on a drone ship out in the Atlantic for the first time ever (and the first time ever by any private company)? That was pretty cool. Now the company has released a new 360-degree video of the historic landing on YouTube. Personally, I still prefer the flat video captured from afar. Watch it here. TGIF!

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016
Space // 

When Boeing's new CST-100 Starliner spacecraft carries its first astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017 or 2018, it's going to ring in a whole new era of American spaceflight. And to prepare for these missions, NASA is training its astronauts on the next generation of controls. And much like the controls from Star Trek: the Next Generation, these new consoles are all touchscreen.

Sarah Fecht
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016

For all that rocket science gets a reputation for being complicated, it all boils down to some simple concepts. You burn stuff, and spew the resulting gases out a nozzle. Those gases coming out at high speeds push the rocket in the opposite direction.

Sarah Fecht
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016
Space // 

It's been a good week for SpaceX. The private spaceflight company just won a major contract to launch a military payload into space--a job that has long been monopolized by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between industry giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016

The worst fears of the astrophysics community came true today, as Japanese space telescope Hitomi (aka ASTRO-H) was officially declared dead.

Carl Franzen
at 10:21 AM Apr 28 2016
Space // 

Here on Earth, we tend to think of methane as a byproduct of gas production and cow farts. On Saturn's moon Titan, it's in liquid form and is the primary ingredient in some big lakes, according to the results of a new study using data gathered from when NASA's Cassini probe flew by the moon between 2007 and 2015. And to help us puny Earthlings better visualize these great methane ponds, NASA released the following video animation of what it's like to fly over Titan's northern hemisphere. Spoiler: it was all yellow.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:21 AM Apr 28 2016

SpaceX just announced it's hoping to land an uncrewed Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, which would make it the first private company to land on another planet. But it's not going alone.

 
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