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  • Dr. Peggy Whitson set to shatter another NASA record

    April 7, 2017 12:08 AM 18

    Later this month, she will have spent more time in space than any previous US astronaut. Whitson was scheduled to return to Earth when Expedition 51 ends in June, but Roscosmos is reducing their crew to only two cosmonauts for Expedition 52 so Whitson will stay on board to ensure the space station has a full crew of six through the September. "This is great

  • SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in historic leap

    March 31, 2017 2:55 AM 32

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk had tried to fly a booster that had soared before on an orbital mission. He was at a loss for words after

  • NASA, Epic Games Partner to Create Mixed Reality Space Station for Astronaut Training

    March 28, 2017 5:33 AM 21

    NASA has partnered with real-time visualisation platform Epic Games' Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space Station (ISS) that can provide an 'out of this world' environment for its astronauts and engineers, a media report said on Monday. Unreal Engine's applications are designed to allow people to work in environments that are practically

  • Earth Hour 2017 Date, Time, and Everything Else You Need to Know

    March 24, 2017 9:06 AM 24

    This year, Earth Hour will be celebrated on March 25, and will start at 8:30pm (the event is not celebrated simultaneously across the world, and the lights are turned off at 8:30pm local time). Earth Hour 2017 participants should turn off non-essential lights at their homes for an hour. To show solidarity for the event and promote it among their friends

  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns Home, Spectacular Scene Caught On Camera

    March 20, 2017 1:09 PM 29

    The SpaceX Dragon supply capsule returns to Earth after its 10th mission from the International Space Station (ISS). On Sunday, the SpaceX Dragon ended a 1-month mission to the ISS. The 12-foot-wide unmanned spaceship survived up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit during re-entry. Luckily, its ablative heat shield did not break into pieces before even landing

  • SpaceX Dragon capsule returns with space station science, lands in Pacific Ocean

    March 19, 2017 10:18 PM 26

    LOS ANGELES — A SpaceX capsule is back on Earth with a full load of space station science samples. The Dragon cargo ship parachuted into the Pacific on Sunday off the Southern California coast. Astronauts set it free from the International Space Station 5½ hours earlier. The Dragon flew to the space station a month ago from the same Florida launch pad used for NASA's

  • ULA set for 2nd Space Coast launch this week

    March 17, 2017 3:41 PM 26

    For the second time this week, a rocket is scheduled to take off from the Space Coast. United Launch Alliance plans to send one of its Delta IV rockets into space Saturday. If successful, it would be the second of the week after SpaceX launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets into space early Thursday morning. The Delta IV will take off from Launch Complex

  • High winds scrub SpaceX launch from Florida; Next window set for Thursday

    March 14, 2017 10:17 AM 22

    High winds forced SpaceX to cancel this morning’s Falcon 9 rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center. “Standing down due to high winds; working toward next available launch opportunity,” the company posted on Twitter. The launch window was scheduled to open at 1:34 a.m., but on Monday the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron, which is based on the coast

  • SpaceX May Launch EchoStar 23 Satellite Early Thursday: Watch It Live

    March 14, 2017 6:06 AM 24

    This story was updated at 2 a.m. EST Tuesday (March 14) after SpaceX scrubbed that day's launch attempt due to bad weather. SpaceX may launch a commercial communications satellite in the wee hours of Thursday morning (March 16), and, if it does, you can watch the liftoff live. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 23 satellite was scheduled

  • Here's the best way to clean your computer or laptop without damaging it

    March 10, 2017 7:29 PM 20

    So, do that. Get rid of any gunk that’s stuck in your keyboard using compressed air. Then you can spray your microfiber cloth — here’s my imaginary microfiber cloth — with your electronics cleaner. There it is. Tap it off on the back of your hand. Too much moisture on a cloth, especially around electronics, very bad thing. Oh, and another rule — never