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NASA’s TESS mission on track to start hunting exoplanets in 2017

NASA’s TESS mission on track to start hunting exoplanets in 2017 Ever since it debuted in 2009, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has redefined our understanding of other star systems.Now TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is ticking along on schedule to launch in 2017.

This Week In Space: Lost spacecraft found, Curiosity 360 camera, and a new neighbor orbiting Proxima Centauri

This Week In Space: Lost spacecraft found, Curiosity 360 camera, and a new neighbor orbiting Proxima Centauri Planetary science has made some fun advances this week via NASA, too: Curiosity and Cassini have both been acting like rock stars.Radar measurements and specular analysis confirm it: Titan has surface features just like Earth, but it has a methane cycle where Earth has a water cycle.

SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes on launch pad destroying Facebook communication satellite

SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes on launch pad destroying Facebook communication satellite The spacecraft exploded while still on the launchpad in preparation for a launch this weekend at Cape Canaveral, Florida.Facebook and satellite provider Eutelsat spent $95 million to license satellite’s Ka-band communications array for five years.

NASA delays Orion crew module to 2015, three years after original target

NASA delays Orion crew module to 2015, three years after original target The source of the problem seems to be in coordination with the corporate partners that are the program’s target, most notably Boeing and SpaceX.Note that this report was produced before Thursday’s explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral.

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom It’s still sending us photos from Ceres, well after its planned EOL, and NASA intends to wring out every bit of science it can.Speaking of cold, dark things that are unhelpfully far away and difficult to observe, scientists presented evidence for another planetoid in our solar system, dubbed Planet 9 (from outer space!

The state of the art in applied materials in space, explained

The state of the art in applied materials in space, explained What’s the state of the art in applied materials for space?Broadly, the recipes we use to make new materials have coevolved with manufacturing methods, and the things we’re trying to do with our materials have become much more ambitious.

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft found their lost Philae lander, which ended up crashed on its asteroid, lodged in a crevice sort of like a turtle on its back.Now we can put context to the disoriented, hard-to-interpret images that confused Philae sent us while it was laying in the ditch.

Why did the Falcon 9 blow up? Elon Musk wants your help to find out

Why did the Falcon 9 blow up? Elon Musk wants your help to find out But they were tanking up the Falcon 9 first stage with LOX oxidizer and RP-1 kerosene when something went wrong.“Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation,” said Musk.

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach Several weeks ago, SpaceX suffered another blow to its efforts to make private spaceflight a viable business when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad during a pre-flight test.The explosion resulted in the loss of the rocket and the payload, a satellite that was to be used for Facebook’s internet.

SpaceX test-fires new Raptor rocket engine that could take humans to Mars

SpaceX test-fires new Raptor rocket engine that could take humans to Mars Elon Musk has just posted photos of SpaceX’s new Raptor engine undergoing its first successful test fire.The Raptor engine is intended to take humans to Mars.

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars Before he got into talking about the Interplanetary Transport System, Musk explained why Mars would be the ideal target for human colonization efforts instead of the moon, for instance.By increasing the temperature of Mars, Musk says the atmosphere could be thickened and enriched with oxygen.

Mach diamonds, Mars ambitions, and a shiny new telescope: this week in space

Mach diamonds, Mars ambitions, and a shiny new telescope: this week in space China fired up the largest radio telescope in the world earlier this week.Stress wrinkles in its surface, called scarps, show us where the planet’s surface is cracking and settling fastest.

This week in space: Boeing challenges Musk, Bezos to a ‘Mars-off’ while SpaceX investigates destroyed rocket

This week in space: Boeing challenges Musk, Bezos to a ‘Mars-off’ while SpaceX investigates destroyed rocket “Today, we’re likely going to lose the New Shepard booster,” Ariane Cornell had said on the Blue Origin webcast a bit before liftoff.” She explained that the whole rocket is bristling with accelerometers, which let investigators find out exactly where in the rocket the disturbance began.

Obama’s Mars shot: sending humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s

Obama’s Mars shot: sending humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s Kennedy’s words galvanized the nation and dropped a money bomb on NASA, which realized his vision in 1969.According to President Obama in his new op-ed for CNN, the next frontier is Mars, and we should make a concerted national effort to put men on Mars “by the 2030s.

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue It has been almost two months since a SpaceX rocket exploded during launch preparation, taking a Facebook internet satellite along with it.The company has been hard at work to track down the cause of the failure, and SpaceX now says the explosion was caused by a helium loading issue.

NASA advisory committee raises concerns about SpaceX's fueling practices

NASA advisory committee raises concerns about SpaceX's fueling practices But there’s an advisory committee at NASA that thinks SpaceX has a whole different problem with their fuel handling procedures.To wit: SpaceX intends to fuel its rocket right before launch, with the crew already aboard, and the ISS advisory committee understandably isn’t crazy about that idea.

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX The JWST is the successor to Hubble, and now that it’s done with construction, it’s supposed to launch in 2018.Another advisory committee at NASA has a bone to pick with SpaceX’s launch procedures, too.

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has spent his life pondering big questions about the wider universe.In recent years, he’s turned his attention closer to home, talking about AI, climate change, alien invasion, and other threats to the future of humanity.

SpaceX loses major contract as launch schedule slips to 2017

SpaceX loses major contract as launch schedule slips to 2017 It has been just over three months since a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad, taking its Facebook satellite payload along with it.The Inmarsat S-band satellite was scheduled to go up on a Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral early in 2017.

NASA, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic dominate the news: this week in space

NASA, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic dominate the news: this week in space His legacy as a combat pilot, spaceman, senator, and loving family man will succeed him, along with the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.Godspeed, John Glenn.