Space

Review: At the Edge of Time

At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds by Dan Hooper Princeton Univ. Press, 2019 hardcover, 248 pp., illus. ISBN 978-0-691-18356-5 US$24.95 In a speech near the end of last month’s International Astronautical Congress in Washington, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine talked about the science that can be done in and around the Moon, including science ...

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‘SCE to Aux’: Remembering Apollo 12’s Hair-Raising Ride to the Moon, 50 Years Ago (Part 1)

In drizzle and with ominous thunderstorms and lightning in the area, Apollo 12 takes flight on 14 November 1969, 50 years ago this month. Photo Credit: NASA Look up “1969” on Wikipedia and the image that appears time and again is related in some way, shape or form to Apollo 11, which saw astronauts Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz ...

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SpaceX Test Fires Crew Dragon’s Abort Engines, Paves Way to In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX conducted a successful full-duration static fire test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system again on Nov 13, 2019, and will now work with NASA to review the data & proceed towards their next major flight test milestone before putting astronauts onboard; an in-flight abort during a rocket launch itself, to validate Dragon’s launch escape capabilities. Photo: SpaceX SpaceX just ...

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NASA Joins ESA’s ‘ARIEL’ Mission to Study Atmospheres of Hot Exoplanets

Artist’s concept of the ARIEL spacecraft on its way to Lagrange Point 2 (L2). Image Credit: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered so far – just over 4,000 now actually – with thousands more expected to be found in the near future. But these worlds are very far away, so it is a difficult task to ...

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Review: Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future by Alice Gorman MIT Press, 2019 hardcover, 304 pp., illus. ISBN 978-0-262-04343-4 US$27.95 It’s hard in the space industry these days to escape discussions of orbital debris. There’s plenty of hand-wringing about the growing amount of debris, tracked and untracked, in orbit, and how the situation might be exacerbated by ...

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