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NASA will move its lunar rocket launch pad for repairs

NASA’s big new moon rocket is heading back to the garage for some minor repairs, possibly pushing back its maiden launch until late summer or later. That means NASA is forgoing, for now, trying to complete what it calls a wet dress rehearsal for the rocket — a detailed countdown practice called “wet” because it … Read more

Hubble Space Telescope spots oldest and most distant star known

Starlight, bright star, how far you look tonight. Astronomers on Wednesday announced the discovery of the most distant and oldest star ever seen, a point of light that shone 12.9 billion years ago, just 900 million years after the Big Bang that gave birth to the universe. This means that light from the star has … Read more

Ice volcanoes reshape Pluto and hint at a hidden ocean

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gave humanity its only close-up of Pluto. The spacecraft discovered that the dwarf planet, far from being a featureless, icy orb, was an ostentatious world with epic impact craters, methane ice and nitrogen snow. Two of its mountains, Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, were suspected to be volcanoes. … Read more

Pete Davidson will no longer go to space, according to Blue Origin

“Saturday Night Live” comedian and actor Pete Davidson will no longer travel to the far reaches of space on the upcoming Blue Origin spaceflight, the company announced Thursday night. The company announced this week that its New Shepard rocket would launch on Wednesday March 23, with Mr Davidson and five other passengers. But the launch, … Read more

Pete Davidson will join the next Blue Origin spaceflight

“Saturday Night Live” actor Pete Davidson will travel to the far reaches of space next week on Blue Origin’s next spaceflight, the company announced Monday. Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, announced on Monday that it will launch its fourth flight with human passengers on March 23. Mr Davidson will be one … Read more

Making a Camera for the James Webb Space Telescope

This interview is part of our latest special report on women and leadership, which highlights the women who are making significant contributions to the great stories unfolding in the world today. The conversation has been edited and condensed. Marcia J. Rieke, 70, is the leader of the research group for the Near Infrared Camera, or … Read more

On Mars, a NASA Rover and Helicopter’s Year of Surprise and Discovery

A year ago, NASA’s Perseverance rover was accelerating to a collision with Mars, nearing its destination after a 290-million-mile, seven-month journey from Earth. On Feb. 18 last year, the spacecraft carrying the rover pierced the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 miles per hour. In just seven minutes — what NASA engineers call “seven minutes of terror” … Read more

China Not SpaceX May Be Source of Rocket Slamming Into Moon

On March 4, a human-made piece of rocket detritus will slam into the moon. But it turns out that it is not, as was previously stated in a number of reports, including by The New York Times, Elon Musk’s SpaceX that will be responsible for making a crater on the lunar surface. Instead, the cause … Read more