SpaceX’s historic launch succeeds on its second attempt

  • May 30, 2020
A new era of American spaceflight began Saturday as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket broke through Earth’s upper atmosphere carrying veteran astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley atop a pillar of flame. This marks both the first time that a commercial…

Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight

  • May 30, 2020
Four decades after Tesla and Edison waged their “War of Currents,” a similar struggle unfolded in the skies overhead as a pair of daring entrepreneurs — Hugo Eckener, protege of Count von Zeppelin, and Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American World Airwa…

Eight US companies will manufacture NASA’s COVID-19 ventilator

  • May 29, 2020
Last month, the FDA rushed a NASA-designed ventilator through its fast-track Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) program in hopes that it might be used to treat COVID-19 patients. Caltech, which manages NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), offered t…

SpaceX’s first crewed mission to the ISS is scrubbed for today

  • May 27, 2020
We came this close to ushering in a new era of American spaceflight, one that combines the experience and capabilities of both private and public aerospace programs. But the weather simply wouldn’t cooperate. At roughly T-16 minutes, NASA scrubbed We…

Watch NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts (updated)

  • May 27, 2020
This afternoon NASA astronauts will take off from US soil for the first time since NASA’s space shuttle program ended in 2011. The launch is historic for another reason too. It will be the first time NASA launches astronauts in a SpaceX spacecraft, a…

How to reverse-engineer a rainforest

  • May 25, 2020
2020 might be the year we all faced a pandemic. But 2019 was the year the earth burned. In Australia, the world watched in horror as bushfires destroyed 10.3 million hectares, marking the continent’s most intense and destructive fire season in over 4…

Recommended Reading: COVID-19 and AI health care

  • May 23, 2020
COVID-19 will accelerate the AI health care revolutionKai-Fu Lee, WiredThe coronavirus pandemic will cause us to rethink major aspects of everyday life around the world, but it may also expedite the use of artificial intelligence in health care. Sino…

SpaceX crewed mission is a ‘go’ for launch next week

  • May 23, 2020
The historic launch that would take NASA astronauts to the ISS from US soil has been cleared for launch next week despite the coronavirus pandemic and the departure of the agency’s human spaceflight lead. It’ll be the first time astronauts will take…