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nasaSpaceX launching another Block 5 rocket but will add new helium tanks for NASA astronauts

SpaceX is working towards getting the Falcon 9 Block 5 certified for launching astronauts for NASA. SpaceX has built the crew Dragon space capsule. They still need to add new helium tanks to the Block 5. The Block 5 has …

futureUS government should dump SLS and make Turbo rocket instead

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) project will cost about $40 billion from now to 2030 and will produce a chemical rocket about 1000 times more expensive to launch than a SpaceX BFR. SLS will start inferior to the SpaceX Falcon …

nasaGiant next generation space telescope will look at a version that could launch on a SpaceX BFR

NASA had funded a study that would examine SpaceX’s next-gen BFR rocket as an option for launching LUVOIR. The Large UV/Optical/IR Surveyor (LUVOIR) is a concept for a highly capable, multi-wavelength space observatory. On June 1, 2018, NASA HQ instructed …

astronomyCeres has 5-8 times more organic material than previously believed

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Dawn mission suggests that organic matter may exist in surprisingly high concentrations on the dwarf planet’s surface. To get an initial idea of how abundant those compounds might be, the original research team …

elon muskSpaceX will try to use NASA inflatable aeroshell decelerator to enable second stage reuse

NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID, is demonstrating technology for atmospheric entry. LOFTID acts as a giant brake by deploying a large inflatable aeroshell (a deployable structure protected by a flexible heatshield) before entering the …

MarsCuriosity finds complex organic life traces in 3 billion year old mudflats on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests Mars could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red …

amazonBezos will work with NASA, ESA to create moon base

Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin space venture will work with NASA as well as the European Space Agency to create a settlement on the moon. Even if Blue Origin can’t strike public-private partnerships, Bezos will do what needs to …

controversialSonny White at Eagleworks scaling EMdrive experiments to 400 watts

Breakthrough Discuss is an academic conference focused on the question of life in the Universe. More information on the Breakthrough Initiatives is available at https://breakthroughinitiatives.org. Sonny White has a new paper Spacedrives and Conservation Laws Raymond Sedwick University of Maryland, …

MarsNASA Mars Insight Science mission launching in a few days

The NASA Insight Mars mission is targeting a launch within a few days. InSight will study the deep interior of Mars, taking the planet’s vital signs, its pulse and temperature. This makes InSight the first mission to give Mars a …

nasaNASA plans for next generation space telescopes

NASA teams are currently studying next-generation space telescopes for the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics. The next-generation space telescopes will be able to find and analyze of extraterrestrial biospheres and increase sensitivity by up to 1000 times on certain wavelengths. …