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Japanese spacecraft ‘bombs’ asteroid in scientific mission

April 21st, 2019 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Artist’s impression of Hayabusa2 The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working to confirm that its experiment to bomb the asteroid Ryugu was successful. Today at 11:36 am Japan time, JAXA’s unmanned Hayabusa2 deep space probe deployed the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor), which is designed to blow a hole in the surface of Ryugu to […]

Japan just bombed an asteroid in our solar system, for science

April 13th, 2019 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

  Japan’s space agency said it successfully dropped a small bomb on an asteroid on Friday as part of its mission to better understand the history of the Solar System. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft detonated the copper explosive, also known as the Small Carry-on Inspector (SCI), on the Ryugu […]

NASA will pay you $19,000 to stay in bed — and be spun in a centrifuge

April 4th, 2019 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

Some study participants will be spun in a short-arm human centrifuge that generates artificial gravity. Like to lounge in bed? We might have your dream job. NASA wants Earth-bound volunteers to test how artificial gravity might help keep astronauts healthy in space. NASA and the European Space Agency will pay you $19,000 to lie in […]

A 30 million page library is heading to the moon to help preserve human civilization

March 16th, 2019 at 1:58 am » Comments Off

Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Feb. 21, 2019. The massive archive is aboard Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft. When Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft launched toward the moon last week, it was carrying a mysterious cargo. Mission planners called it a time capsule but hinted that that wasn’t the […]

Would you want to stay in a space hotel?

March 15th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Aurora Station plans to become the first hotel in space. But how likely is it we’ll be able to holiday in orbit around the Earth? It was intended to set the travel world on fire: Aurora Station, the world’s first in-orbit hotel. The official announcement took place last April during the Space 2.0 Conference in […]

Should we gamify citizenship?