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SpaceX completes crucial tests of its Crew Dragon parachutes

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links SpaceX has demonstrated that its latest Mark 3 Crew Dragon parachutes will work even if things don’t go quite to plan. On Twitter, the company showed off a short video clip of a payload landing with only three of four parachutes deployed, and said it has successfully tested the system […]

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Russia is making more Soyuz spacecraft to help NASA’s ISS missions

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky While the US wants to reduce its dependence on Russian rockets, Russia itself is expecting to help for a while yet. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin recently ordered the construction of two more Soyuz MS spacecraft, one of which will help NASA deliver astronauts to the International Space […]

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Study casts doubt on the chances of life on watery alien planets

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Carl Court/Getty Images Scientists searching for habitable planets often see the presence of water as a key sign, but they might not want to raise their hopes too high. A recently published study has indicated that there was no clear evidence of extremophiles (life that can survive extreme conditions) in […]

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner capsule launch abort test at 9AM ET

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Boeing Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule is about to take a step closer toward taking people to orbit, and you can watch this step unfold first-hand. NASA and Boeing are streaming live coverage of the Starliner’s pad abort test on November 4th at 9AM Eastern. Like similar tests, the New Mexico […]

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Scientists find a hidden black hole using new detection method

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Science Photo Library – MARK GARLICK via Getty Images How do you see something that’s invisible? As reported by Space.com, a team of scientists has come up with a new way to spot dim black holes by looking at how they influence light given off by stars around them. Black […]

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Samsung’s ‘SpaceSelfie’ balloon crashed in someone’s yard

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Samsung Samsung is learning first-hand about the risks of using high-altitude balloons for promotional stunts. A Michigan couple found the phone maker’s “SpaceSelfie” balloon (meant to pitch the Galaxy S10) in their yard after it crashed to Earth on October 26th. The vessel didn’t hurt anyone or damage property, but […]

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NASA’s InSight probe is still struggling to crack the surface of Mars

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA It’s been a rough few weeks on Mars for NASA’s InSight lander. After overcoming a major hurdle and getting its drill running again a few weeks ago, a new problem has arisen – its heat probe has popped right out of the soil. In March this year, a part […]

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Air Force’s X-37B space plane lands after record 780 days in orbit

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links US Air Force There was no doubt that the US Air Force’s X-37B was going to break its own record for time spent in orbit, but it’s now clear by how much. The mysterious Boeing-made space plane has landed at Kennedy Space Center after 780 days in orbit, comfortably surpassing […]

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NASA’s VIPER rover will look for water ice on the Moon

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter Before NASA takes humanity back to the Moon, it’ll first send a golf cart-sized robot to the lunar south pole where the crewed Artemis mission will also land. The machine, called Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover or VIPER, will look for water ice in the region and […]

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SpaceX’s next Crew Dragon test could happen next week

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links PHILIP PACHECO via Getty Images SpaceX is reportedly gearing up for the next test of its Crew Dragon capsule. A static fire test (a simulated launch with a rocket engine secured to the ground) is set to take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida November 2nd, according […]

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