Pregnancy in space: studying stem cells in zero gravity may determine whether it’s safe

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Joanna Bridger (opens in new tab)Director of the Center for Genome Engineering and Maintenance (CenGEM), Professor of Genome Organisation, Brunel University LondonEmmanouil Karteris (opens in new tab)Reader in Biomedical Sciences, Brunel University … Read more

Atlas 5 rocket set to roll to launch pad today at Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

United Launch Alliance plans to haul an Atlas 5 rocket to its launch pad Monday at Cape Canaveral on the eve of a planned blastoff with two commercial television broadcasting satellites for SES, owner of one of the largest fleets of geostationary communications spacecraft. The Atlas 5 rocket is set to roll out from the … Read more

Firefly reaches orbit in successful demonstration launch from California – Spaceflight Now

Four kerosene-fueled Reaver engines power Firefly’s Alpha rocket off the launch pad in California on Oct. 1. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now Firefly Aerospace said its privately-developed Alpha small satellite launcher achieved “100% mission success” on a test flight from California early Saturday, adding another provider to the growing roster of commercial companies that … Read more

NASA rules out launch of Artemis 1 moon rocket before mid-November – Spaceflight Now

NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket rolls into High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building on Sept. 27 to take shelter from Hurricane Ian. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA said Friday that officials have ruled out launching the agency’s first giant Space Launch System moon rocket and Orion spacecraft before mid-November, following the rocket’s return … Read more

Super-Earths are bigger, more common and more habitable than Earth itself – and astronomers are more than the billions discover they think are out there

Astronomers think the most likely place to find life in the galaxy is on super-Earths, like Kepler-69c, seen in this artist’s rendering. (Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-CalTech) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Astronomers now routinely discover planets orbiting … Read more

Gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy solve an astronomical puzzle

(Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. A glowing blob known as “the cocoon,” which appears to be inside one of the enormous gamma-ray emanations from the center of our galaxy dubbed … Read more

Preps resume for SpaceX crew launch after Hurricane Ian – Spaceflight Now

From left to right: Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, NASA commander Nicole Mann, and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina arrives at Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 1 to prepare for launch to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky The next multinational crew scheduled to ride a SpaceX rocket and capsule to the … Read more

‘Andor’ is an intelligent, enthralling sci-fi that should make other studios take note

The new live-action “Star Wars” spin-off, limited series “Andor (opens in new tab)” is finally upon us, with the first three episodes now available to watch on Disney Plus (opens in new tab). And it has certainly got folk talking, not only enthusiastically chatting about how good the show looks, both in terms of production … Read more