Boeing’s Starliner capsule to return home from

As it approaches the thick inner shell of the Earth’s atmosphere, the spacecraft will ignite its thrusters in a fiery blaze of heat and speed before deploying parachutes to slow its descent. It’s expected to land in a puff of sand in a remote area of ​​the New Mexican desert, called White Sands, which has … Read more

Physicists just rewrote a foundational rule for nuclear fusion reactors that could unleash twice the power

Future fusion reactions inside tokamaks could produce much more energy than previously thought, thanks to groundbreaking new research that found a foundational law for such reactors was wrong. The research, led by physicists from the Swiss Plasma Center at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL), has determined that the maximum hydrogen fuel density is about … Read more

Scientists discover fossil of massive flying ‘Dragon of Death’

A scale reconstruction of the Thanatosdrakon amaru, or Dragon of Death — the largest pterosaur ever found — after discovery of some of the species remains by scientists in Argentina. Photo courtesy National University of Cuy May 24 (UPI) — Scientists have uncovered the remains of one of the largest pterosaurs on record, researchers announced … Read more

390 million-year-old fish-like creature revealed to be one of our earliest ancestors

A 390 million-year-old, fish-like creature with four limbs is probably not who you’d expect to find in your family tree. But a new study has shown that the creature, called Palaeospondylus gunni, could be one of our earliest ancestors. Fossils of the eel-like creature are abundant in Caithness, Scotland, having first been discovered there in … Read more

NASA captures ‘Sharkcano’ eruption where mutant sharks swim near an underwater volcano

You’ve probably heard of Sharknado, but have you heard of a Sharkcano? The Kavachi volcano in the Solomon Islands is an underwater volcano that was dubbed a sharkcano after a 2015 expedition discovered sharks living within it. Now, NASA has shared new satellite images of the latest sharkcano eruption, which happened this month. NASA just … Read more

NASA says “something weird is going on” with the cosmos

In a recent press release containing new images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration said that something weird was going on in outer space. No, really, that’s what they said: In recent years, thanks to data from Hubble and other telescopes, astronomers found another twist: a discrepancy between the … Read more

NASA is building a mission that will refuel and repair satellites in orbit

Illustration of OSAM-1 (bottom) grappling Landsat 7. Credit: NASA NASA is planning a mission to demonstrate the ability to repair and upgrade satellites in Earth orbit. The mission, called OSAM-1 (On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing-1), will send a robotic spacecraft equipped with robotic arms and all the tools and equipment needed to fix, refuel or … Read more

SpaceX rideshare launch on tap today, followed by booster landing – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Transporter 5 mission will launch 59 small payloads from customers around the world. Follow us on Twitter. SFN-Live Fifty-nine small satellites and hosted experiments are awaiting launch Wednesday at … Read more

Watch Live as Boeing’s Starliner Undocks from ISS

Starliner during the ISS docking procedure on May 20. Photo: NASA Johnson Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner has been cleared to depart the International Space Station, setting the stage for the final act in this important end-to-end demonstration of the system. You can watch all of the live action right here. Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) is … Read more