Water vapor — and maybe even rain — found on distant world twice the size of Earth
An artistic rendering of K2-18b. Image by Alex Boersma Water vapor has been found in the atmosphere of a distant planet that’s just over twice the size of Earth. It’s the smallest world yet found with water in its surrounding atmosphere, and it’s possible that it even…
World’s biggest airplane takes flight for the first time ever
Photo: Stratolaunch Systems The world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time ever on Saturday morning. Built by rocket launch company Stratolaunch, the 500,000-pound plane with a 385-foot wingspan lifted off shortly after 10AM ET from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California….
Amazon will launch thousands of satellites to provide internet around the world
Amazon plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit in order to provide internet to “unserved and underserved communities around the world.” The so-called Project Kuiper initiative first came to light after GeekWire spotted that Kuiper Systems LLC recently made three sets of…
Rocket Lab sets date for first commercial launch of its Electron rocket
It’s business time for ‘It’s Business Time’ Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket takes off from New Zealand during its second test flightImage: Rocket Lab US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab is officially open for business and has scheduled its very first commercial launch for later this month….
China’s spiraling space station will plunge to Earth in about a week
Tiangong-1’s final countdown After a couple years of anticipation, China’s first human space station — Tiangong-1 — will drop out of its orbit in about a week and plunge into Earth’s atmosphere. The European Space Agency has pinpointed the vehicle’s reentry date to sometime between March 30th…