NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short

NASA said the ‘hot-fire’ test of the RS-25 engines that will power the Artemis lunar missions shut down prematurely NASA conducted a test firing of the engines for its giant Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket on Saturday but they shut down earlier than planned, the space agency said. The “hot-fire” test at the Stennis […]

Watch NASA test the world’s most powerful rocket ever on Saturday

NASA is going to light up the most powerful rocket it’s ever built Saturday (Jan. 16), though it won’t go anywhere. The test, scheduled for sometime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST, will be the first test of the core of the Space Launch System (SLS). That’s the rocket NASA hopes will one day […]

NASA will soon fire up the most powerful rocket ever built

NASA plans to ignite the most powerful rocket it’s ever built on Jan. 17 according to a statement from the agency. It will be the first firing of the Space Launch System (SLS), the long-awaited (and delayed) rocket ship that NASA plans to use for non-commercial human space flight. It’s the centerpiece of NASA’s Artemis […]

An epidemic of overdiagnosis: Melanoma diagnoses sky rocket

WHO H. Gilbert Welch MD, MPH, Senior Investigator, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; co-author of a new Sounding Board article published in The New England Journal of Medicine. WHAT Melanoma of the skin is now the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Diagnoses of melanoma are six times […]

China’s new Long March-8 rocket makes first flight

The Long March-8 series is part of China’s endeavours to develop reusable rockets, potentially lowering mission costs and paving the way towards commercial launch services China’s new carrier rocket, the Long March-8, made its maiden flight on Tuesday, the country’s space agency said, the first phase of a strategy to deploy launch vehicles that can […]

SpaceX launches classified US spy satellite, sticks rocket landing to cap record year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a clandestine U.S. spy  satellite into space for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)  Saturday (Dec. 19) , marking its 26th rocket of the year. The mysterious payload, called NROL-108, lifted off from Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at  9 a.m. (1400 GMT) , during a planned […]

Mysterious minimoon circling Earth is actually a 1960s rocket booster

A mysterious minimoon temporarily orbiting Earth isn’t a chunky space rock, but a 1960s rocket booster, NASA reported Wednesday (Dec. 2). Researchers had an inkling that the minimoon might be human-made, but it wasn’t until this week that they confirmed it, after analyzing its composition from afar at NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF).  In fact, […]

Blastoff! Cosmonaut snaps amazing photos of Soyuz rocket launch from space

Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner photographed a Soyuz rocket launching three colleagues to space on Oct. 14, 2020. (Image credit: Roscosmos) A cosmonaut in orbit caught stunning photos of three astronauts launching on a record-setting jaunt to the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner has been in orbit since April, one of three astronauts living […]

Fake asteroid? NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket

This Sept. 20, 1966 photo provided by the San Diego Air and Space Museum shows an Atlas Centaur 7 rocket on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA’s leading asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, speculates that asteroid 2020 SO, as it is formally known, is actually a Centaur upper rocket stage that propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 […]