After Math: Tesla recalls, Steam streams and COVID checks

  • January 17, 2021
As tech journalists (as well as their laptop fans) begin to recover and recuperate from the first all-digital CES, let’s take a quick look at some other headlights from this past week. chameleonseye via Getty Images NHTSA wants Tesla to recall 158,0…

NASA says 2020 tied 2016 for the warmest year on record

  • January 14, 2021
Depending on what group of scientists you ask, 2020 was either tied or second only to 2016 as the warmest year on record. Measuring against a baseline of mean temperatures between 1951 to 1980, NASA concluded that the average global temperature of th…

NASA smallsat concepts will study galaxy evolution and exoplanets

  • January 9, 2021
NASA has chosen to investigate more smallsat and balloon mission concepts for exploring the cosmos, and this time the goals are particularly ambitious. The first smallsat, Aspera, will study galaxy evolution by monitoring the ultraviolet light from h…

Solar Orbiter probe makes its first Venus flyby

  • December 27, 2020
The ESA-NASA Solar Orbiter probe is quite busy on its way to the Sun. Space.com notes the spacecraft has completed its first flyby of Venus, collecting info about the hellish planet as it swung by around 7:39AM Eastern. There won’t be photos when tel…

Watch SpaceX’s first operational Crew Dragon mission at 7:27PM ET

  • November 15, 2020
There were some delays, but SpaceX and NASA are (hopefully) ready to make Crew Dragon a regular part of American spaceflight. The two are expected to launch the capsule’s first operational mission, Crew-1, at 7:27PM Eastern, with NASA TV offering liv…

NASA confirms OSIRIS-REx has secured its asteroid sample

  • October 29, 2020
After a process that took a couple of days, the OSIRIS-REx mission has stowed away the sample of regolith that it snatched from an asteroid last week. Shortly after ,the team discovered that small particles appeared to be leaking from the collector h…

NASA works to secure the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample

  • October 23, 2020
Earlier this week the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached out and took a small bite from the asteroid Bennu. Now the team behind the spacecraft reports they may have been a little too successful. Their goal was to grab at least 60 grams of its surface mate…