SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house. The Dragon capsule also is delivering holiday goodies for the six station residents. SpaceX recovered the new booster on a barge just off the coast in the Atlantic several minutes following liftoff so it could be reused.
Troves of new data from a NASA probe's close encounters with the sun are giving scientists unique insight about the solar wind and space weather more generally as the spacecraft zooms through the outermost part of the star's atmosphere. Researchers on Wednesday described the first published findings from the Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft launched in 2018 to journey closer to the sun than any other human-made object. The findings, offering fresh details about how the sun spawns space weather, are reshaping astronomers' understanding of violent solar wind that can hamper satellites and electronics on Earth.
NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe, is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star. NASA's Nicola Fox compared this unexpected switchback phenomenon to the cracking of a whip. "They're striking and it's hard to not think that they're somehow important in the whole problem," said Stuart Bale of the University of California, Berkeley, who was part of the team.
Boeing has delayed its first test flight of its Starliner crew capsule to the International Space Station. NASA said Tuesday that the two-day postponement was caused by problems with ground equipment at the Cape Canaveral pad. Both the Starliner and United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket are healthy, officials said.
Nasa has credited a 33-year old Indian engineer and computer programmer with helping it pinpoint the debris of India's unmanned exploratory lunar spaceship that crashed on the moon in September. The Vikram moon lander was scheduled to make a 'soft landing' on the moon's South Pole on 7 September but the vehicle crash landed some 370 miles from its designated location due to a technical error. Some weeks later Nasa announced the discovery of the lander and its "associated debris field" but was unable to precisely locate it. The US space agency ascribed its success in detecting debris of the Vikram moon lander to Shanmuga Subramanian, a technical architect at Lennor India...