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May 19, 2024

SpaceX stacks Starship megarocket ahead of 4th test flight (video, photos)

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Starship could fly again as soon as next month.

May 17, 2024

Toward Unification of Turbulence Framework — weak-to-strong transition discovered in turbulence

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Photo : siqi zhao & huirong yan.

Astrophysicists from the University of Potsdam have made a significant step toward solving the last puzzle in magnetohydrodynamic turbulence theory by observing the weak to strong transition in the space plasma turbulence surrounding Earth with newly developed multi-spacecraft analysis methods. Their pioneering discovery was published today in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Turbulence is ubiquitous in nature. It exists everywhere, from our daily lives to the distant universe, while being labelled as “the last great unsolved problem of classical physics” by Richard Feynman.

May 15, 2024

Bezos’ Rocket Company Will Send Tourists To Space This Weekend For First Time Since 2022

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It’ll be the first manned flight for Bezos’ company since a 2022 malfunction grounded Blue Origin’s New Shepard rockets.

May 15, 2024

A Groundbreaking Scientific Discovery Just Created the Instruction Manual for Light-Speed Travel

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In a first for warp drives, this research actually obeys the laws of physics.

May 15, 2024

Model suggests subluminal warp drives may be possible

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A team of physicists from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Advanced Propulsion Laboratory at Applied Physics, in New York, has developed a model that shows it might be possible to create a subluminal warp drive.

May 14, 2024

Anticipating future discoveries: Scientists explore nontrivial cosmic topology

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We generally assume that when humans are walking or otherwise moving in space, their head faces towards the direction they are traveling in. Nonetheless, travel direction and head direction are distinct factors associated with the processing of different types of spatial information.

May 14, 2024

Lunar Gateway’s Revolutionary Powerhouse: Unveiling High-Tech Power and Propulsion Element

Posted by in categories: solar power, space travel

NASA ’s upcoming Gateway space station, set to orbit the Moon, will rely heavily on its Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) for energy and maintaining its orbit. Currently under development with Maxar Technologies, the PPE uses solar electric propulsion to efficiently power the station. This system, designed to significantly reduce the need for propellant, will be integrated with Gateway’s habitation module and launched to support deep space exploration and future Artemis missions to Mars.

As astronauts live and work on Gateway to enable sustained exploration and research in deep space, their efforts will be made possible by Gateway’s Power and Propulsion Element (PPE). A foundational component of the lunar outpost and the most powerful solar electric spacecraft ever flown, PPE will provide Gateway with power and allow it to maintain its unique orbit around the Moon.

Gateway will be humanity’s first space station in lunar orbit and serve as an essential element of NASA’s Artemis missions. As astronauts live and work on Gateway to enable sustained exploration and research in deep space, their efforts will be made possible by the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE). A foundational component of the lunar outpost and the most powerful solar electric spacecraft ever flown, PPE will provide Gateway with power and allow it to maintain its unique orbit around the Moon.

May 13, 2024

SpaceX Starship’s next launch ‘probably 3 to 5 weeks’ away, Elon Musk says

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We’re likely still a month or so away from the next launch of SpaceX’s Starship megarocket.

That was the timeline Elon Musk offered in a post on X over the weekend, saying Starship’s next test flight is “probably 3 to 5 weeks” away. “Objective is for the ship to get past max heating, or at least further than last time,” the billionaire entrepreneur added.

May 13, 2024

SpaceX’s Top Secret Starship & The Frenzy Push Towards Flight 4

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Perfecting the heat tiles for the Starship is crucial for its re-entry and landing, and SpaceX’s progress in recovering the ship is essential due to the high cost of each launch Questions to inspire discussion What is SpaceX preparing for with the Starship? —SpaceX is preparing for the fourth flight of the Starship, aiming to smooth out any remaining issues and perfecting the heat tiles for re-entry.

May 12, 2024

Giant Structure Lurking in Deep Space Challenges Our Understanding of The Universe

Posted by in categories: cosmology, space travel

A colossal structure in the distant Universe is defying our understanding of how the Universe evolved.

In light that has traveled for 6.9 billion years to reach us, astronomers have found a giant, almost perfect ring of galaxies, some 1.3 billion light-years in diameter. It doesn’t match any known structure or formation mechanism.

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