Sarah Fecht
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, made history in November when it landed its New Shepard rocket gently on the ground of the company's Texas test site.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016

Apollo 11's lunar landing and specifically Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon was, arguably, the biggest television event of the 20th century. Knowing the impact a live broadcast would have on the world, Deke Slayton went so far as to push NASA to include an erectable antenna on the LM so Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wouldn't have to wait for a tracking station to come within range before stepping outside. NASA's live broadcast of Apollo 11's landing was nearly a decade in the making, and required some stunning feats of engineering.

Sarah Fecht
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Space // 

A large garbage fire in Mumbai has been burning for days. The noxious smoke is choking the city with 21 million residents, and it's not going to be easy to put the fire out. It's a big fire, and big deal. But the bajillion headlines saying the fire is "so big you can see it from space" are kind of annoying.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Space // 

Private spaceflight is starting to look a lot more like a viable business.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Space // 

Pluto is pretty much covered in water ice. We've known that for a while now. In fact, the very first image that NASA's new New Horizons spacecraft sent back during its close flyby of the dwarf planet last summer showed huge mountains suspected to be composed of water ice.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Space // 

China's Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover landed on the moon in December 2013. It was the first time a manmade craft touched down on the lunar surface in nearly 40 years, making China the third country to do so.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Space // 

If the next Gold Rush is in space, Luxembourg wants to become the new California. The wealthy little country in Western Europe announced yesterday that it intends to set up legal and financial incentives to encourage the space mining industry. It's hoping to become a hub for space mining activity, reaping the economic rewards that could result.

 
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