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NASA's LRO Snaps Mosaic of Lunar Crater Deeper Than the Grand Canyon
NASA's LRO Snaps Mosaic of Lunar Crater Deeper Than the Grand Canyon

24 Sep 2023, 05:20 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / At some point in the distant past, an assuredly vast piece of unknown space debris impacted the Moon at the modern-day site of Shackleton Crater. U

 
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Drag Races Through Coronal Explosion, Lives to Collect Data
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Drag Races Through Coronal Explosion, Lives to Collect Data

20 Sep 2023, 16:55 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / A careful study of the data the Parker Solar Probe collected during the incident seems to comport with a research paper published in 2003.

 
Pulsar Fusion Wants To Build the World's First Nuclear Fusion Rocket Engine, Is It Legit?
Pulsar Fusion Wants To Build the World's First Nuclear Fusion Rocket Engine, Is It Legit?

18 Sep 2023, 19:14 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / It might be difficult not to write off Pulsar Fusion's operation as little more than weapons-grade ambition. But their founder and CEO seems dead set.

 
JWST Detects Molecule on Exoplanet That’s Only Made by Life, Is It the Smoking Gun?
JWST Detects Molecule on Exoplanet That’s Only Made by Life, Is It the Smoking Gun?

18 Sep 2023, 16:50 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / By non-astrophysicist standards, K2-18 b is a peculiar exoplanet. One roughly 8.6 times the size of Earth by the latest measurements.

 
NASA Finishes Oxygen Production Experiment on the Surface of Mars: No, It’s Not Alchemy
NASA Finishes Oxygen Production Experiment on the Surface of Mars: No, It’s Not Alchemy

14 Sep 2023, 16:30 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Of course, 122 grams of oxygen might not sound like anything impressive. But before you downplay the scale of the achievement, consider this.

 
FAA Wraps Up SpaceX Starship Explosion Investigation, Demands Corrections Are Made
FAA Wraps Up SpaceX Starship Explosion Investigation, Demands Corrections Are Made

10 Sep 2023, 20:14 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / In their report, the FAA cited several different factors that directly contributed to the first test-worthy Starship vehicle to turn into a fireworks display.

 
Martin Marietta's Spacemaster Shuttle Concept Was Bonkers, Comes to Life on YouTube
Martin Marietta's Spacemaster Shuttle Concept Was Bonkers, Comes to Life on YouTube

8 Sep 2023, 20:47 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Martin Marietta had every intention of building a fleet of Spacemaster orbiters had the program gotten the green light from NASA over other companies.

 
Pragyan: The Plucky Indian Moon Rover That Deserves Your Respect
Pragyan: The Plucky Indian Moon Rover That Deserves Your Respect

5 Sep 2023, 02:35 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / A product of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Chandrayaan-3 mission was far from the first attempt at an Indian presence in deep space.

 
NASA's LRO Spots Crater Where Russia's Luna 25 Probe Went Splat
NASA's LRO Spots Crater Where Russia's Luna 25 Probe Went Splat

2 Sep 2023, 17:51 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Using impact-site coordinates published by Roscosmos themselves, NASA's LRO could pinpoint and precisely pinpoint the location of Russia's doomed lunar probe.

 
India Beats Russia to the Moon, Chandrayaan-3 Probe Lands at the Lunar South Pole
India Beats Russia to the Moon, Chandrayaan-3 Probe Lands at the Lunar South Pole

23 Aug 2023, 14:23 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / The Chandrayaan-3 probe was launched out of Satish Dhawan Space Centre off the Bay of Bengal on Jul 14th of this year and had been scouting since Aug 5th.

 
Russian Space Agency Humiliates Itself, Luna 25 Crashes Into the Moon
Russian Space Agency Humiliates Itself, Luna 25 Crashes Into the Moon

20 Aug 2023, 17:39 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / For the moment, the follow-up Luna 26 mission flown in tandem with the Chinese Chang'e 7 Lunar Polar Orbiter is set to launch in 2027

 
Northrop Grumman Successfully Tests First Rocket Engine Designed To Lift Off From Mars
Northrop Grumman Successfully Tests First Rocket Engine Designed To Lift Off From Mars

16 Aug 2023, 08:44 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Approved in September 2022, the NASA-ESA Mars Sample Return mission is far and away the most complex, advanced, and intricately sophisticated space mission.

 
NASA's STEREO-A Probe Buzzes By Earth After 17 Years Studying the Sun
NASA's STEREO-A Probe Buzzes By Earth After 17 Years Studying the Sun

14 Aug 2023, 19:53 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Based in large part on the observations made by the STEREO probes, NASA scientists hope to estimate the next peak of the solar maximum cycle is about to hit.

 
Not Going Anywhere: Boeing Starliner First Crewed Launch Delayed Until at Least March 2024
Not Going Anywhere: Boeing Starliner First Crewed Launch Delayed Until at Least March 2024

8 Aug 2023, 15:42 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / For the moment, March of 2024 is the absolute earliest point that Boeing expects Boe CFT to launch. But further delays aren't out of the question.

 
Step Aside Stratolaunch, the Conroy Virtus Had the Same Idea 45 Years Ago
Step Aside Stratolaunch, the Conroy Virtus Had the Same Idea 45 Years Ago

4 Aug 2023, 11:43 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / It's likely because John Conroy was so forward-thinking in his aircraft designs that Scaled Composites could take the same basic idea and modernize it.

 
Lockheed Martin's DRACO Nuclear Spacecraft Will Be Insane, Set To Orbit By 2027
Lockheed Martin's DRACO Nuclear Spacecraft Will Be Insane, Set To Orbit By 2027

2 Aug 2023, 17:17 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Reducing transit time is vital for human missions to Mars to limit a crew's exposure to radiation," declared Kirk Shireman.

 
Oopsie: Voyager 2 Probe Loses Communication With Earth After Maneuvering Error
Oopsie: Voyager 2 Probe Loses Communication With Earth After Maneuvering Error

30 Jul 2023, 20:13 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / For the moment, NASA has announced a temporary pause in communication attempts between mission control and the Voyager 2 mission.

 
It’s Time To Admit It, the Ingenuity Mars-Copter Is the Greatest Aircraft To Ever Fly
It’s Time To Admit It, the Ingenuity Mars-Copter Is the Greatest Aircraft To Ever Fly

13 Jun 2023, 00:06 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / By just about every conceivable metric, Ingenuity is the embodiment of every achievement made in aeronautical engineering made by pioneers the world over

 
Delays With SpaceX's Starship Might Sandbag NASA's Planned Lunar Landing
Delays With SpaceX's Starship Might Sandbag NASA's Planned Lunar Landing

8 Jun 2023, 22:58 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / In the meantime, NASA has already begun handing out service contracts for non-SpaceX vehicles to take on Moon-landing like Blue Origin's Blue Moon

 
Over-Budget, Over-Time, Totally Worth It: Why NASA’s "Ride-or-Die" With the SLS Rocket
Over-Budget, Over-Time, Totally Worth It: Why NASA’s "Ride-or-Die" With the SLS Rocket

1 Jun 2023, 04:01 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Most folks would have said that humans, in all likelihood, would never step foot on another heavenly body again 25 years ago. But look at things now.