There’s new on-board footage of Sir Richard Branson’s successful flight with Virgin Galactic. And while Branson and Jeff Bezos face criticism for not using their money to help people back on Earth, the two space billionaires are hoping to make space tourism more affordable.
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The Galileo Project, led by Harvard University, is seeking to confirm the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and technology.
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After resolving multiple problems, Russian flight controllers cleared the way for Thursday's arrival of the new Nauka lab module.
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Flight 10 is a significant milestone: Ingenuity has now flown twice as many times as NASA engineers originally planned.
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Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protect us from harmful space radiation, but passengers bound for Mars will lose that protection. For example, radiations from energetic particles ejected from the sun behave very differently than cosmic rays from outside our galaxy. Enough to be of concern, according to Athanasios Petridis, a physicist from Drake University in Des Moines.
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The 'potential silver lining' to a breakthrough COVID-19 infection
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Jeff Bezos is offering to cover billions in costs if NASA remedies its 'mistake' and gives Blue Origin the chance to compete with SpaceX again for a moon-lander contract
Blue Origin said NASA had been "unfair" when it gave a contract to SpaceX. Now Jeff Bezos wants his space company to have a second chance.
SEATTLE (Reuters) -Fresh off his trip to space, billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2 billion in NASA costs if the U.S. space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon. NASA in April awarded rival billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX https://www.reuters.com/technology/spacex-wins-us-contract-spacecraft-send-astronauts-moon-washington-post-2021-04-16 a $2.9 billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024, rejecting bids from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics.
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As a Caltech professor apologizes for damaging an ancient Native American petroglyph site, a movement grows against scientific intrusion.
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Gravity feels like it's pulling everything toward Earth, but why? AdventurePhoto/E+ via WikimediaCommons Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to email@example.com. Why does gravity pull us down and not up? - Gracie, age 9, Brookline, Massachusetts Gravity is the reason things with mass or energy are attracted to each other. It is why apples fall toward the ground and planets orbit stars. Magnets attract
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Fauci says it's 'negligent' not to fund research at Wuhan lab, suggests collaboration with China continue
Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that it would’ve been “negligent” for the National Institutes of Health not to fund bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and declined to commit not to collaborate with Chinese government scientists in the future, insisting that “we have always been careful.”
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Covid cases have fallen for a sixth day in a row, despite scientists previously predicting that the number of infections could rise to a peak of up to 250,000. The daily reported infections for Monday were just 24,940, a drop of 14 per cent since Sunday and down 15,000 cases since the same time last week. Figures suggest all regions are now seeing declines, with big decreases in previously high areas such as the north east of England, where daily cases have fallen by two thirds since the peak on
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A Virgin Galactic ticket holder who met Blue Origin passenger Wally Funk at parties said the 82-year-old had 'the energy of 6,000 labradors'
Caroline Freeland, who bought a Virgin Galactic space ticket, said she met 82-year-old Wally Funk at astronaut parties and talks.
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The La Niña climate pattern is a natural cycle marked by cooler-than-average ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean. What you need to know.
Reusable rocket startup iRocket has entered into a new partnership with NASA in its quest to reach commercialization in just two years. The partnership will give iRocket access to testing facilities and engineering support, chiefly at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Access to NASA facilities also means access to test stands — crucial infrastructure that provides controlled conditions for engine testing.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Blue Origin, is offering to knock up to $2 billion off the cost of developing a lunar lander and to self-fund a pathfinder mission in exchange for a NASA contract. The specific contract in question relates to developing a lunar lander for the Human Landing System program, which aims to return humans to the moon for the first time since the Apollo days. NASA announced in April 2020 that Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were chosen for the initial phase of the contract, and it was thought that the competition would likely be whittled down to two final companies to build lunar landers.
Hydroponic farming used to be an answer to a problem few were aware of. Before global warming, growing food demands, care for the environment and water use became hot-button topics around the globe, most were utterly content with traditional farming methods. AgriFORCE Growing Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGRI) has been ahead of the curve and continues to set the pace in nontraditional farming alternatives. Vancouver, British Columbia-based AgriFORCE has dedicated its extensive intellectual property to
DeepMind, an Alphabet Inc. subsidiary, has developed a searchable database that will soon contain the structure of every protein known to science. The post Google’s DeepMind Releases Structure of Every Known Protein appeared first on Nerdist.
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After years of searching for elusive 'exomoons', astronomers have discovered a planetary nursery that looks to be forming several of them.
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The Dutch teen on Jeff Bezos' space flight had this surprise for the billionaire...(SOUNDBITE) (English) 18-YEAR-OLD PHYSICS STUDENT, OLIVER DAEMEN, SAYING: "I told Jeff I never bought something on Amazon and he was like: 'oh, wow, it was a long time ago (the last time) I heard someone say that.’”18-year-old Oliver Daeman became the world’s youngest space travellerwhen he accompanied Amazon founder Jeff Bezoson a 10-minute trip beyond Earth’s atmosphereafter another candidate bidding $28 million cancelled at the last minute(SOUNDBITE) (English) 18-YEAR-OLD PHYSICS STUDENT, OLIVER DAEMEN, SAYING:"I have always been interested in it and I have always followed Blue Origin and SpaceX and all the big players and then this came along. I always wanted to go to space, that was my ultimate, ultimate goal and I knew I was going to get there one way or another. But I never thought it was going to be this soon."Also on the Blue Origin flight was Bezos' brother, Markand 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, the oldest person to go to space