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Space & Technology

Christmas Star: The ‘great’ conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

Skywatchers are in for an end-of-year treat. What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction easily visible...

NASA, ESA choose astronauts for SpaceX Crew-3 mission to ISS

NASA and the European Space Agency have selected three astronauts to serve as crew members for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space...

For 30th anniversary, Hubble releases images of 30 celestial gems

The Hubble Space Telescope turned 30 this year, and for the occasion, it’s sharing a present with you. NASA has just released dozens of...

NASA, Boeing target new launch date for next Starliner flight test

NASA and Boeing now are targeting March 29 for the launch of Starliner’s second uncrewed flight test to the International Space Station as part...
Space Force

Two famed bases re-designated to highlight Space Force connection

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base, both in Florida, were formally re-designated Dec. 9, 2020, as facilities central to the...
SpaceX

SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight, crash-lands

SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas on Dec. 9, but the...

NASA, Boeing complete Starliner parachute tests

NASA and Boeing have completed Starliner’s last parachute balloon drop test ending a reliability campaign that will help strengthen the spacecraft’s landing system ahead...

Blue Origin BE-7 engine testing further demonstrates capability to land on...

Blue Origin’s BE-7 engine program continues its testing at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. This week, the program accomplished the fourth thrust chamber test of...

Chang’e spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth

A Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon Dec. 1 to bring back lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the...

Hardware has Orion’s parachutes ‘covered’ for Artemis I mission

Affixed to the top of Orion for the Artemis I mission is the shiny, newly installed forward bay cover. This critical piece of hardware will protect the top...