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

    March 14, 2017 10:17 AM 27

    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 31

    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 23

    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

  • Lost and found: NASA tracks down missing lunar spacecraft

    March 10, 2017 1:26 PM 38

    It made history as India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft. Then it vanished. Nearly a decade later, NASA has located two unmanned spacecraft orbiting the moon, including India's Chandrayaan-1, which went quiet in 2009. Scientists used a new ground radar to locate the spacecraft -- one active and one dormant -- orbiting the moon, NASA said Thursday

  • SpaceX to send first tourists around the moon next year

    February 28, 2017 8:29 AM 60

    Two paying passengers are to travel using spaceship under development for Nasa SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year using a spaceship under development for Nasa astronauts and a heavy-lift rocket yet to be flown, the launch company have announced. The launch of the first privately funded tourist flight

  • SpaceX Says it Will Fly 2 People to Moon Next Year

    February 28, 2017 2:03 AM 60

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the company's founder and chief executive officer — announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from NASA's legendary moon pad. Two people

  • Can SpaceX actually fly humans around the moon in 2018? (+video)

    February 28, 2017 1:06 AM 44

    On Monday, the private spaceflight company, which has yet to fly humans to space, announced plans to send a crewed spacecraft around the moon late next year. February 27, 2017 —Two private citizens have booked a trip around the moon scheduled for 2018, according to a SpaceX announcement Monday afternoon. Yes, you read that right. The commercial spaceflight

  • Can SpaceX really fly humans around the moon in 2018? (+video)

    February 28, 2017 12:38 AM 42

    On Monday, the private spaceflight company, which has yet to fly humans to space, announced plans to send a crewed spacecraft around the moon late next year. February 27, 2017 —Two private citizens have booked a trip around the moon scheduled for 2018, according to a SpaceX announcement Monday afternoon. Yes, you read that right. The commercial spaceflight

  • TRAPPIST-1: System with 7 Earth-Size Exoplanets

    February 23, 2017 7:16 AM 37

    The ultracool star TRAPPIST-1, located about 40 light-years from Earth, hosts at least seven exoplanets, most likely rocky worlds the size of Earth and smaller. The star boasts not only the largest number of Earth-like worlds in a single system known to date, but also the most planets that could host liquid water on their surfaces. Of the seven planets

  • Searching for Life on 7 Nearby Alien Worlds: How Scientists Will Do It

    February 22, 2017 11:22 PM 43

    The hunt for signs of life on seven nearby exoplanets will likely begin just a few years from now. An international research team announced today (Feb. 22) that seven roughly Earth-size alien worlds orbit the small, dim star TRAPPIST-1, which lies just 39 light-years from Earth. (For perspective: Our Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light-years wide. The closest