Trappist-1 planets may have formed from chunks of melting ice

Trappist-1 planets may have formed from chunks of melting ice After its discovery, Trappist-1 instantly became one of the most interesting stars in the Milky Way, with seven Earth-sized planets including three in the life-supporting "habitable zone." But, why did the planets form in such uniform Earth-like size… Source: Engadget Link: Trappist-1 planets may have […]

SpaceX re-launches a Dragon capsule for the first time

SpaceX re-launches a Dragon capsule for the first time SpaceX is no longer limited to reusing rockets — it's reusing capsules, too. The private spaceflight outfit has launched a refurbished Dragon cargo capsule (namely, one last used in September 2014) as part of a resupply mission to the International… Source: Engadget Link: SpaceX re-launches a […]

The world’s largest aircraft prepares for testing

The world’s largest aircraft prepares for testing We last heard about the Stratolaunch in August 2015, when Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems announced plans for test flights with the massive airplane meant to help launch satellite-bearing rockets more efficiently. Those… Source: Engadget Link: The world’s largest aircraft prepares for testing

Stars can turn into black holes without a supernova

Stars can turn into black holes without a supernova As a rule, astronomers believe that stars have to explode in a supernova before they collapse into black holes. That violent death is always the cue, right? Not necessarily. Researchers have spotted a massive star 22 million light years away, N69… Source: Engadget Link: Stars can […]

Construction starts on the world's largest optical telescope

Construction starts on the world's largest optical telescope After several years of planning and no shortage of financial anxiety, construction has officially started on the Extremely Large Telescope. Contractors are now building the main structure and dome of the Chile-based observer ahead of its initial ser… Source: Engadget Link: Construction starts on the world's largest […]

The search for a habitable second Earth

The search for a habitable second Earth Contact with extraterrestrial life would be an epochal event. Even the discovery of a simple alien organism would be transformative, giving us unprecedented insight into how life forms on Earth and other planets. Yet, there's exactly zero proof that… Source: Engadget Link: The search for a habitable second […]

Launch your loved one’s remains into orbit for only $2,500

Launch your loved one’s remains into orbit for only ,500 Believe it or not, you'll soon be able to send the remains of a loved one into space for the low price of $2,500. Elysium Space, the self-described "memorial spaceflight" company, has just announced a partnership with SpaceX to launch annual flights… Source: Engadget Link: […]

We're Ignoring Women Astronauts' Health At Our Peril

We're Ignoring Women Astronauts' Health At Our Peril WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s 7pm, and the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, which was packed with investors, aerospace tycoons, and scientists just hours ago, has dwindled to a dedicated few. It’s a very different crowd than the folks who came earlier in the day to watch Buzz Aldrin […]

NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned for safety

NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned for safety It's an exciting time for spaceflight, for sure. Both NASA and SpaceX have plans in place to send rockets and humans into our solar system. Elon Musk's company wants to use the moon as a pit stop on its way to Mars, and NASA […]

A 'Lost' Neptune-Like Planet Has Finally Been Found

A 'Lost' Neptune-Like Planet Has Finally Been Found Its gotta be hard to be an exoplanet these days, living in the shadow of the everyones new favorite system, TRAPPIST-1. But the reality is, there are tons of exoplanets that deserve our loveaccording to NASA, as of last month, 3,472 exoplanets have been confirmed. Many more […]

Alien Planets Have No Respect for Their Moons

Alien Planets Have No Respect for Their Moons Though NASA has confirmed 3,440 planets outside our solar system, no one has ever been able to confirm an exomoon. While we know theyre out there, huddling around their respective planets, new research could clue us into why we havent been able to find one yetand it […]

NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey

NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey Someone at Boeing has been on a serious Kubrick kick, as evidenced by the new spacesuits it made for Boeing Starliner astronauts. The blue suits, which were revealed today, combine a retro flare with a modern feel. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: NASA's […]

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid… Source: Engadget Link: Obama's […]

Saturns Death Star Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo

Saturns Death Star Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo This is easily one of the best pictures ever captured of Mimas, revealing intricate surface features and shadows cast across its iconic impact crater. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Saturns Death Star Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo

Catch Up on the Biggest Scientific Discovery of 2016 in Nine Minutes

Catch Up on the Biggest Scientific Discovery of 2016 in Nine Minutes A lot of cool science happened in 2016, but the obvious holy shit! moment came when physicists announced theyd confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: […]

Desperate NASA Asks Public What to Do With Astronaut Poop

Desperate NASA Asks Public What to Do With Astronaut Poop We can put a man in space, but once hes there, NASA still has no idea what to do with his shit. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Desperate NASA Asks Public What to Do With Astronaut Poop

Astronomers have found the roundest object in the universe

Astronomers have found the roundest object in the universe The sun may look round from our viewing angle but it — like most stars — aren't as spherical as they seem. It's actually 10 kilometers wider at its equator than it is at its poles. This is due to stars' rate of spin and variances […]

White House initiative pushes for more tiny satellites

White House initiative pushes for more tiny satellites Miniature satellites are increasingly a big deal, and for good reasons: they're not only less expensive and easier to deploy than the giant satellites of old, but can cover wider areas. And the White House wants to give them a helping hand. It's la… Source: Engadget Link: […]

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

The Morning After: Weekend Edition Letter from the Editor Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in… Source: Engadget Link: The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Orbital's Antares launches cool science experiments to space

Orbital's Antares launches cool science experiments to space NASA and Orbital ATK had to put off Antares' comeback until the next day due to a glitch, but everything went well the second try. The rocket finally blasted off to space carrying a Cygnus spacecraft with supplies for the ISS, as well as a bunch of […]