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After 15 Years, NASA Officially Ends Opportunity Mission on Mars

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s Opportunity rover far exceeded all expectations, but it’s finally time to say goodbye. The agency confirmed today that the mission has officially ended. After months of trying to make contact with Opportunity following a planet-wide dust storm, NASA is calling it quits. This is not a time to be sad, though. Opportunity was only

SpaceX Seeks FCC Approval for 1 Million Earth-Based Satellite Uplinks

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Private spaceflight firm SpaceX has been publicly planning to deploy a network of “Starlink” satellites to offer broadband internet for several years, but all the details have been on the space-based end. Now, a subsidiary company called SpaceX Services has asked the FCC for authorization to deploy up to a million ground transmitters to communicate

Engineers Are Using AI to Predict How New, Unknown Materials Will Perform

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Materials engineering is critical to the modern world in ways we almost never stop to think about. Understanding how solid structures behave at the nanoscale level is critical to modern advances in many fields, including semiconductors. Researchers working at MIT and in Russia and Singapore are using AI to predict how strain will impact material

NASA Finds Second Impact Crater Under Greenland Ice Sheet

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Greenland’s ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world, so scientists are naturally interested in how it’s changing with the climate and what’s under there. Recent studies of the ice sheet with radar revealed something unexpected: an impact crater. What’s more unexpected than an impact crater? A second impact crater. NASA

Musk Says Tickets to Mars Could Cost Just $500,000

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. No amount of money will buy you a ticket to Mars right now, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the cost of relocating to another planet could be $ 500,000 in the not-too-distant future. If you decide you don’t like it on Mars, no problem; you can come back to Earth for free. Musk cautions

Mars One Is Dead, but It Was Doomed From the Start

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We haven’t heard much lately from Mars One, the company that promised to send people to colonize Mars as part of a reality TV show. It’s looking like we won’t hear from it again, either. An eagle-eyed space enthusiast has spotted a bankruptcy filing from a Swiss court confirming Mars One is no more. Mars

New Photos Reveal Ultima Thule Is a Pancake Stuck to a Dented Walnut

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When New Horizons beamed back its first images of Ultima Thule, the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) and most distant object ever explored by humans, scientists and the press excitedly noted that it appeared to be an ancient contact binary composed of two spherical shapes compressed at their point of mutual contact. It looked, to many

Best Cars of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. CHICAGO — The massive 2019 Chicago Auto Show wows the competing North American shows with its ginormous exhibition space and public-days attendance (probably) topping 1 million. New-car introductions were as likely to be mid-life refreshes as all-new models. All that changes next year when the Detroit show follows, and not precedes, Chicago. There were significant

SpaceX Pushes Crewed Dragon Test Back to March 2

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA kicked off the Commercial Crew Development Program in 2010 to support the development of new crewed spacecraft. Here we are, almost a decade into the program and on the verge of a manned launch. It’s taken a long time to get here, and it may be a little longer still. SpaceX has announced yet

NASA Loses Contact With Mars CubeSats, as Expected

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Unlike most interplanetary missions, NASA’s InSight lander didn’t make the journey to Mars alone. The MarCO (Mars Cube One) satellites headed into space on the same rocket, and the shadowed InSight all the way to its encounter with Mars. These tiny satellites were not essential to InSight, but they performed their intended functions perfectly. Now,