India’s liquid mirror telescope ready to observe the night sky

India's liquid mirror telescope ready to observe the night sky

The International Liquid Mirror Telescope in its building in the Himalayas.Photo: John Surdej High in the Himalayas, a new telescope is installed to observe the night sky. The craft has a 4-meter (13-foot) lens, but here’s the kicker: it’s made of liquid mercury, a material rarely used for astronomical imaging. Called the International Liquid Mirror … Read more

SpaceX mounts spacecraft booster on Texas launch tower

SpaceX mounts spacecraft booster on Texas launch tower

SpaceX’s massive Super Heavy booster stage now stands (very) high on the company’s launch pad in sin Texas, pending a series of final tests and verifications. The company is eager to launch the fully-stacked Starship rocket for flight testing as early as July, but a number of regulatory hurdles still stand in the way. The … Read more

Docked Cygnus spacecraft successfully maneuvers ISS in test

Docked Cygnus spacecraft successfully maneuvers ISS in test

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus freighter. Photo: Nasa NASA breathes a sigh of relief after a successful demonstration in which a docked Cygnus freighter was temporarily converted into a booster engine for the International Space Station. The favorable test suggests that NASA has the means to adjust the space station’s orbit if Russia decides to leave the … Read more

Small NanoAvionics satellite uses GoPro for selfie in space

Small NanoAvionics satellite uses GoPro for selfie in space

A view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from low Earth orbit (shown at 8x normal speed). GIF: NanoAvionics/Gizmodo Proprietary space cameras are expensive, limited and difficult to develop. Small satellite maker NanoAvionics recently steered clear of any development hassles and opted for something off-the-shelf instead. The company used a GoPro Hero 7 mounted on a … Read more

Mars Spacecraft Finally Upgrades From Windows 98 Era Software

Mars Spacecraft Finally Upgrades From Windows 98 Era Software

An illustration of the Mars Express spacecraft launched in 2003.Drawing: ESA The era of dial-up internet, AOL Instant Messenger and Myspace may be on Earth, but on Mars the early years of the Internet are still alive. A Martian spacecraft runs on software designed over 20 years ago in a proprietary environment based on Microsoft … Read more

NASA will launch the CAPSTONE mission on Monday, June 27

NASA will launch the CAPSTONE mission on Monday, June 27

A tiny satellite is about to set the stage for something much grander: a full-fledged lunar space station. NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite is scheduled to launch Monday and then travel to a unique lunar orbit as part of a guidance mission for the Artemis programwhich seeks to return humans to the Moon later this decade. CAPSTONE … Read more

Probable crash site of mysterious space junk spotted on the far side of the Moon

Probable crash site of mysterious space junk spotted on the far side of the Moon

The newly formed twin crater, spotted on the far side of the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Observations made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have allowed scientists to pinpoint the location where a mysterious object – likely an abandoned rocket body – crashed into the Moon several months ago. The crash site … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers evidence of ancient water

NASA's Curiosity rover discovers evidence of ancient water

For the past 10 years, the Curiosity rover has scoured the Martian terrain, searching for clues to potentially habitable past of the planet. Recently, the car-sized robot passed through a transition zone, moving from an area that once had lakes on the surface to one that signifies drier conditions for the Red Planet. from NASA … Read more

NASA’s InSight Dust-Choked Lander Likely Won’t Make It To Year’s End

NASA's InSight Dust-Choked Lander Likely Won't Make It To Year's End

NASA announced in May than its InSight Mars lander, a spacecraft that has spent nearly four years investigating Mars geology and seismic activity – would likely be cease scientific operations in mid-summer and shut down all operations by the end of the year, due to low power levels. Now the agency plans to expand Knowledge … Read more

What we know about NASA’s supposedly ‘successful’ mega-rocket launch rehearsal

What we know about NASA's supposedly 'successful' mega-rocket launch rehearsal

NASA’s Space Launch System on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: Nasa NASA enveloped yesterday saw its fourth wet dress rehearsal of the Space Launch System, during which ground crews achieved a number of key test objectives. That said, an unresolved hydrogen leak prevented full completion of the test, in a … Read more