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Ad Astra's Existential Crisis Got Me Playing…Destiny Again?

A strange thing happened to me after I walked out of James Gray’s Dad Issues (in Spaaaaaaaace) saga, Ad Astra—something I’ve not even remotely thought about doing for near enough a year. I sat at my PS4, thoughts about the film still jangling around in my head in process, and I booted up a game …

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SpaceX's Starship halves comes together ahead of a big event

Ten days after we got a peek at the construction of SpaceX's first Starship in Texas, CEO Elon Musk tweeted out a picture of the craft's two halves coming together. It's a timely post, as Musk is planning a press conference Saturday evening with upda… Source: Engadget | SpaceX's Starship halves comes together ahead of …

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Scientists discover water vapor on an exoplanet with a rocky core

Water vapor is common in gas giants; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have H2O floating around in their atmospheres. But water on a rocky planet is exceedingly rare, making the discovery of water vapor — and possibly even rain — on the exopl… Source: Engadget | Scientists discover water vapor on an exoplanet with …

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SpaceX confirms it's almost ready to test its orbital Starship

SpaceX isn't wasting much time now that Starhopper has completed its hover test. The company has filed an FCC communication permissions request that, as Elon Musk confirmed, prepares for test-flying the "orbit-class" Starship. The vehicle will fly mu… Source: Engadget | SpaceX confirms it's almost ready to test its orbital Starship

Boeing is closer to ISS spaceflights after Starliner's final parachute test

Boeing's Starliner capsule has successfully touched down at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range even though it didn't deploy all of its parachutes. The company had to disable two of its over half a dozen parachutes, so it can pass the final and m… Source: Engadget | Boeing is closer to ISS spaceflights after …

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SpaceX postpones first Crew Dragon flight until March 2nd

SpaceX and NASA have set a new target date for the Crew Dragon's first test flight: March 2nd. The capsule was supposed to blast off on top of a Falcon 9 rocket and head to the ISS for the first time on January 7th, but the partners rescheduled it tw… Source: Engadget | SpaceX postpones …

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Russia lost control of an orbiting radio telescope

Russia's astronomy program is facing a significant setback. The country's orbital Spektr-R radio telescope has stopped responding to commands since January 11th. While it's still transmitting signals, the satellite effectively can't be used for fut… Source: Engadget | Russia lost control of an orbiting radio telescope

Researchers may have witnessed the birth of a black hole

Researchers believe they might have an explanation for an incredibly bright event that took place in a distant dwarf galaxy. Scientists observed it last June when the object in question lit up and then faded over the course of 16 days, and it has con… Source: Engadget | Researchers may have witnessed the birth of …

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NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has entered interstellar space

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has exited the heliosphere — the plasma bubble created by the sun that encompasses most of our solar system — and entered interstellar space, making it the second human-made object to do so. Voyager 1 hit this milestone… Source: Engadget | NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has entered interstellar space

NASA and SpaceX reschedule the first crew capsule test flight

We're a few weeks away from the first uncrewed Demo-1 flight test to the Space Station, but NASA and SpaceX have pushed the mission back slightly. According to a post from the Commercial Crew Program, switching the date back ten days from January 7th… Source: Engadget | NASA and SpaceX reschedule the first crew capsule …

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China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover head to the far side of the moon

China launched its Chang'e-4 rover and lander today, which if all goes well, will land on the far side of the moon in the coming weeks. It will be the first surface mission to land on that side of the moon, which can't be seen from Earth. While China… Source: Engadget | China’s Chang’e-4 lander …

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Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

SpaceX is no stranger to reusing rockets at this point, but no Falcon 9 has flown more than twice… well, until now. The private spaceflight firm is launching the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission on December 2nd at 1:31PM Eastern with a… Source: Engadget | Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

For the past few years, SpaceX has been working on its Starlink project, the goal of which is to launch thousands of low-orbiting satellites that will provide high-speed internet to people around the world. In February, the company put two prototype… Source: Engadget | SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

NASA and the ESA release first 8K video from space

NASA and the European Space Agency have teamed up on a new video about astronauts in the International Space Station. But this one is a little different than the videos you've watched in the past because it's the first 8K ultra high definition video… Source: Engadget | NASA and the ESA release first 8K video …

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