Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight for NASA, joins TODAY from Kennedy Space Center to talk about SpaceX launching an all-civilian crew into space Wednesday night. “I think this is a major milestone in human space flight,” he says.
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Phil Walter/GettyCaptain Kirk is truly headed to space... at 90. William Shatner is set to board Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard rocket next month, according to TMZ, becoming the oldest man to ever fly into space. The 15-minute flight, and the run-up to it, are being filmed for a documentary that’s currently being shopped to a number of outlets, with one deal reportedly in negotiations.It’s unknown who else will be aboard the mission, and it’s unclear how much the Star Trek star had to pay t
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Amateur divers find an 'incredible' treasure trove of gold coins from the Roman Empire while cleaning up trash on the seabed
The brothers-in-law were snorkeling with masks and flippers when they uncovered one of the greatest sets of Roman gold coins found in Europe.
NASA administrator Bill Nelson says he can’t firm up plans to return Americans to the moon by 2024 until a lawsuit against the space agency, brought by Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin, is resolved. The suit contends that NASA should not have chosen Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build a lander that will carry astronauts to the lunar surface. Specifically, the suit hinges on “flight readiness reviews,” or FRRs, which are comprehensive briefings about every aspect of a space mission.
Days after completing his historic ride into space as part of the first all-civilian crew to reach Earth orbit, billionaire e-commerce mogul and mission commander Jared Isaacman is back at home, and unexpectedly back in quarantine. "I came back to Earth with a house full of COVID," Isaacman, 38, said in an interview from his home in Easton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, five days after he and his Inspiration4 crewmates safely splashed down in the Atlantic. Isaacman said his wife, their two daughters, aged 5 and 7, and his in-laws all came down with COVID-19 upon their return from Florida, where the family stayed in the days immediately before, during and after the spaceflight and were apparently exposed to the virus.
The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command today announced awards totaling $87.5 million to support prototype commercial projects relating to next-generation rocket testing and enhancements to make upper stages more resilient. The awards were made under the aegis of the National Security Space Launch program using the Space Development Corps’ Space Enterprise Consortium, which facilitates engagement involving the Pentagon space community, industry and academia. The awards include: $24.35 milli
Scientists have found evidence that humans reached the Americas earlier than previously thought.
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Both Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have been vocal regarding their plans to use outer space to offset climate change issues on Earth.
Inspiration4, the first civilian-only space flight, operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, could open the door for commercial space flights. After three days spent in Earth’s orbit, four crewmates — Jared Isaacman, 38, Sian Proctor, 51, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, and Chris Sembroski, 42 — safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida on Sept. 18. Although Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic’s (SPCE) Richard Branson previously took their own rocket rides, they did not enter orbit.
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One week after getting her first COVID-19 vaccine shot, Bernadette Ann Bowen said she started her period one day early. Then, Bowen, a 31-year-old Ph.D. student at Bowling Green State University, said she experienced some of the worst menstrual cramps of her life. After Bowen saw people on TikTok discussing similar changes in their menstrual cycles after being vaccinated, she said she was "stricken with fear" over what could happen when she received her second dose of the vaccine.
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Northwestern University engineers are taking a page from "Ant-Man," creating a flying structure smaller than an ant with a winged microchip.
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Preliminary research finds that even mild cases of COVID-19 leave a mark on the brain – but it's not yet clear how long it lasts
The new findings, although preliminary, are raising concerns about the potential long-term effects of COVID-19. Yuichiro Chino via Getty ImagesWith more than 18 months of the pandemic in the rearview mirror, researchers have been steadily gathering new and important insights into the effects of COVID-19 on the body and brain. These findings are raising concerns about the long-term impacts that the coronavirus might have on biological processes such as aging. As a cognitive neuroscientist, my pas
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There are now numerous opportunities to cash in on the space race, but that doesn't make all of the companies going public worth your money. Rocket Lab (NASDAQ: RKLB) quickly gained altitude after going public at the end of August through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), but more recently, the satellite launcher's stock has been heading for a splashdown. Rocket Lab was founded in 2006 and has been servicing the aerospace industry since 2018, when its Electron rocket made its first orbital launch and deployed customer satellites for Earth imaging, weather monitoring, and ship tracking.
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The new study showed the moon's influence on sleep duration and quality, with some participants in a multi-year experiment seeing shorter rest on nights during the waxing period compared to what was observed during the waning interval.
A new study suggests an asteroid exploded above the ancient city of Tall el-Hammam 3,600 years ago, possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom. The post Ancient Asteroid Explosion May Have Inspired Story of Sodom appeared first on Nerdist.
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Why a COVID-19 origin task force is disbanding
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Elon Musk and Grimes have changed the status of their relationship. "We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms," the SpaceX founder told Page Six. "It's mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in L.A. She's staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room."
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William Shatner will fly aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin for a 15-minute space flight next month. He would become the oldest person to go into space.
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"In this case it's a competition for the female to see which male is actually suitable to mate with. It seems in particular at this time of the year, the hormone levels are high in the males and so there is increased aggressive behavior towards each other," said Griffith University marine scientist and whale researcher Dr. Olaf Meynecke, who has spent the last 12 years researching the behavior and wellbeing of humpback whales."They were going in circles, and it actually attracted a number of dolphins as well because of all that vocalizing and the movement of the water, the dolphins found it quite entertaining."He said normally humpback whales stay in smaller pods of two or three unless feeding, but this phenomenon can happen during their southern migration and mating period.In this case he said the energy-intensive 'heat run' went on for at least three hours and even attracted some dolphins.From about September, humpback whales return to Antarctica from the warmer northern waters where they raise their young.
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Blue Origin plans to blast William Shatner into space on its New Shepard rocket in October, reports say
William Shatner has yet to confirm that he's travelling to space with Blue Origin, but sources told TMZ the trip will be filmed for a documentary.
Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.