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Space

Scientists find new discoveries with Parker Probe

Published on 12/08/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Launched in 2018, the Parker Solar Probe recently finished 24 passes through the sun’s previously unseen corona, providing new information. The main findings highlight a dynamic solar wind and unexpectedly flipping magnetic fields.

University deleted life on Mars press release

Published on 11/24/2019 @ 1 AM EST

According to a now-deleted press release, William Romoser said: “there has been and still is life on Mars.” This came after the entomologist professor’s claim to have found evidence of insect-like creatures on the planet’s surface. A PDF of the research is still available.

SpaceX starship has trouble in test

Published on 11/21/2019 @ 8 AM EST

During a pressure test in Texas, the top of SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 blew off. Elon Musk says the tests for the prototype rocket are a “manufacturing pathfinder,” referring to the fact that other rockets are already in production.

Experts say SpaceX satellites are bad for space

Published on 11/17/2019 @ 1 AM EST

While the FCC granted permission for the launch of 30,000 Starlink satellites, astronomers say it could make their jobs harder. James Lowenthal, an astronomer at Smith College, says “it potentially threatens the science of astronomy itself.”

SpaceX completes successful engine tests

Published on 11/14/2019 @ 10 AM EST

The Crew Dragon tests in Cape Canaveral were a success with no explosions or fires, unlike the previous tests in April. The test included burns of the 16 Draco thrusters and eight SuperDraco engines.

SpaceX launches to cost 1% of NASA launches

Published on 11/11/2019 @ 10 AM EST

According to Elon Musk, his company will launch the Starship for around $2 million. Announced at the U.S. Air Force Space Pitch Day, this number is minuscule compared with NASA's launches, which average $152 million. The Starship rocket is built to hold 100 passengers, launching them into orbit.