SpaceX’s steel Starship glows during Earth reentry in first high-quality render – Teslarati
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SpaceX’s steel Starship glows during Earth reentry in first high-quality render – Teslarati

SpaceX has silently published the first known detailed render of its new stainless steel Starship’s design on the cover of Popular Mechanic’s April 2019 issue, showing the next-generation orbital spacecraft reentering Earth’s atmosphere in a blaze of glowing metal and plasma. Despite the fact that the render seems to only be available in print and…

Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time – Gizmodo
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Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time – Gizmodo

The new dark vortex on Neptune (top) along with the associated bright methane clouds. This composite image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in September and November 2018.Image: NASA/ESA/GSFC/JPLLate last year, astronomers detected the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to chronicle the formation of this swirling storm…

Will NASA sideline its Boeing-built rocket for an upcoming Moon mission? – CNN
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Will NASA sideline its Boeing-built rocket for an upcoming Moon mission? – CNN

New York (CNN Business)In the face of more frustrating delays with the rocket Boeing is building for NASA, the space agency will decide how to launch an upcoming Moon mission.NASA is expected to announce this week whether it will sideline its long-overdue rocket, Space Launch System, and instead use commercial launch vehicles. The space agency…

Dream Chaser passes latest NASA development milestone – SpaceFlight Insider
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Dream Chaser passes latest NASA development milestone – SpaceFlight Insider

Derek Richardson March 24th, 2019 An artist’s rendering of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser above the International Space Station. Image Credit: Nathan Koga / SpaceFlight Insider Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser cargo space plane recently passed another milestone in its development to be the third commercial cargo freighter for the International Space Station. According to…

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy shown launching NASA Orion spacecraft in fan render – Teslarati
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy shown launching NASA Orion spacecraft in fan render – Teslarati

A spaceflight fan’s unofficial render has offered the best look yet at what SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy could look like in the unlikely but not impossible event that NASA decides to launch its uncrewed Orion demonstration mission on commercial rockets. Oddly enough, the thing that most stands out from artist brickmack’s interpretation of Orion and Falcon…

A supermoon, surprising asteroids and a fossil treasure trove: This week in space and science – CNN
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A supermoon, surprising asteroids and a fossil treasure trove: This week in space and science – CNN

(CNN)This week, a supermoon dazzled skywatchers, two asteroid missions shared their initial and surprising results and 518 million-year-old fossils were found in China. Astronomers also witnessed a space cannonball and discovered how bombastic meteors can be when they explode in the Earth’s atmosphere. And on Friday, NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain performed a…

Boeing delays key spaceflight test following report that NASA warned it to address safety concerns – Daily Mail
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Boeing delays key spaceflight test following report that NASA warned it to address safety concerns – Daily Mail

Boeing delays key spaceflight test by three months following report that NASA warned it to address design and safety concernsBoeing is pushing back first uncrewed flight of Starliner to August, from April This also means its first crewed test will be delayed, likely until NovemberNASA previously warned company it needed to address design, safety issues By Reuters…

Paleontologists report world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex – Phys.org
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Paleontologists report world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex – Phys.org

Home Other Sciences Archaeology & Fossils March 22, 2019 March 22, 2019, University of Alberta The towering and battle-scarred ‘Scotty’ reported by UAlberta paleontologists is the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. Credit: Amanda Kelley University of Alberta paleontologists have just reported the world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and…

Rocket Report: SpaceX scraps costly tooling, Vandenberg lull, Starliner slip – Ars Technica
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Rocket Report: SpaceX scraps costly tooling, Vandenberg lull, Starliner slip – Ars Technica

Let’s do launch — “We realized that it is difficult to develop a large rocket entirely on our own.” Eric Berger – Mar 22, 2019 11:00 am UTC Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. Welcome to Edition 1.41 of the Rocket Report! This week we definitely have an international flavor, with news about…

Almost Ready: SpaceX has work to do before Dragon is ready to carry crew – SpaceNews
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Almost Ready: SpaceX has work to do before Dragon is ready to carry crew – SpaceNews

This article originally appeared in the March 11, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Among the thousands of spectators who watched the Falcon 9 launch of the first Crew Dragon spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in the early morning hours of March 2, few had greater interest in the mission than Bob Behnken and Doug…