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Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren't the only head honchos with their heads in the skies, so to speak. Virgin Group's somehwat eccentric Richard Branson is also eyeing the space travel trade. Today, his Virgin Galactic company took one step closer to that dream after the VSS Unity flew its second, rocket-powered supersonic flight. And, of course, the "spaceplane" and its pilots landed on a runway safely and in one piece, paving the way for supersonic travel in the near future.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origins to pay the way for Amazon in Space

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origins to pay the way for Amazon in Space

Elon Musk can have his Mars. Jeff Bezos wants the Moon instead. Actually he wants the moon and everything that will go back and forth in between. At the International Space Development Conference last Friday, the Amazon CEO laid out his grand vision for all his space travel investments. And while part of it includes setting up lunar settlements, his ultimate, and almost unspoken, goal is to reduce the cost of carrying cargo to and from Earth, the Moon, and other space stations. In other words, Amazon Space Prime.

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The Density Cusp: Black Holes discovered en masse

The Density Cusp: Black Holes discovered en masse

A team of researchers have discovered evidence of thousands of black holes near the center of our galaxy. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Chuck Hailey of Columbia University in New York and crew pointed to a large number of X-ray binaries near the center of the Milky Way in a study published this week. They call their discovery a "density cusp" because of the amount of stellar-mass black holes in one relatively small space. Once you roll in near that arena, chances are you aren't going to be rolling back out.

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Blue Origin New Shepard’s 8th flight reaches highest altitude

Blue Origin New Shepard’s 8th flight reaches highest altitude

Most will probably be familiar with SpaceX for its much publicized rocket launches and landings, but it isn't the only one in that, er, space. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is has also been launching and landing rockets and even has quite a lead on SpaceX when it comes to rocket reuse. The company has just recently conducted its eighth mission, with a successful landing, of course, that also marks the highest altitude the rocket has ever reached since the initial mission in 2015.

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Planet X and this April’s apocalypse: Great sci-fi potential

Planet X and this April’s apocalypse: Great sci-fi potential

Today we're going to discuss why the theory of a Planet X apocalypse is both ridiculous and an awesome idea for a sci-fi movie. The most recent call for the end of life on our planet comes from one madman who's out to sell a lot of books. And his name is not L. Ron Hubbard. This prediction begins with Planet X, otherwise known as Nibiru, which no telescope nor any other instrument of science has ever been able to detect before.

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End of the universe predicted to the day

End of the universe predicted to the day

The Higgs Boson subatomic particle may yet be the end of all human life. Not necessarily because the scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider made a life-ending mistake smashing all the atoms - but because of an outside force. To put it all very simply: We've got a whole lot of time left on our hands before the universe is obliterated.

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TIANGONG-1 is falling to Earth, but don’t worry!

TIANGONG-1 is falling to Earth, but don’t worry!

TIANGONG-1 will soon re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and fall to the surface of our planet. The impact of this space craft was calculated to be anywhere between 42.8 degrees North and 42.8 degrees South in latitude. The movement of this space craft into our atmosphere is an uncontrolled entry. Nobody knows exactly where this craft will crash - but DON'T WORRY!

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Why Stephen Hawking avoided end-times talk in Japan

Why Stephen Hawking avoided end-times talk in Japan

This week Professor Stephen Hawking produced a lecture on the beginning of time, available free on the internet. In this lecture, he mentioned an event in his recent history in which he was asked to exclude part of a talk he'd been scheduled for. The part he'd been asked to exclude was on the possibility and timing of the end of the universe as we know it.

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SpaceX next launch: PAZ satellite for HD photos of Earth

SpaceX next launch: PAZ satellite for HD photos of Earth

Vandenberg Air Force Base announced this week that they were prepared for the next SpaceX rocket launch. The next launch will take place at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex-4, Lompoc, CA, and it'll take place on Saturday, February 17th, at 6:17 AM Pacific Time. Onboard this SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be the PAZ satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain, and a set of smaller payloads with massive potential.

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Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where

Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where

Next week our solar system will deliver unto us a Super Blue Blood Moon. As such, we've got to get you prepared to view it. "For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West," said program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Gordon Johnston. The event will begin at 5:30 Eastern Time on January 31st, and if that's a deterrent for you, turn back now! Turn away from this the glorious happening!

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Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

While Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its sights on the grand colonization of Mars, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s ambitions are a bit more down to Earth, almost literally. While both have reusable rockets in their crosshair, Blue Origin has space tourism as its intermediate goal. And it has just taken one step closer to that dream. Not only did it launch the New Shephard for the seventh time, and successfully landed it, Blue Origin also launched, and landed, its Crew Capsule 2.0, touted to have the largest windows in space.

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Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk just held a press conference revolving around his "multiplanetary species" campaign and, while a large part of his presentation recapped SpaceX's adventures and misadventures, the ambitious luminary didn't fail to impart some extraordinary plans as well. By now, it is no secret that he plans to set up camp on Mars and even on the moon. But it seems that Musk's dream of making life multiplantery will also come back full circle to make life here on Earth just as spectacular.

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