NASA’s Viper moon rover gets its ‘neck’ and ‘head’ installed for mission later this year

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NASA”s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) has earned its “neck” and “head,” aka its “mast,” meaning it now stands proudly at 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall.  The photo below,  taken in a clean room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center earlier this month, shows progress on quite the impressive robot. It is expected to take … Read more

What would happen if the moon disappeared?

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The moon has been bound to Earth for the vast majority of its 4.5 billion-year dance around the sun. Astrophysicists speculate that the moon’s origin lies in an ancient collision, when a Mars-size object smashed into our planet, sending vast amounts of debris into space. The resulting materials coalesced through gravity to form what we … Read more

Boeing Starliner astronauts conduct dress rehearsal ahead of May 6 launch (photos, video)

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Even in quarantine, the first NASA astronauts to fly aboard Boeing Starliner are still practicing their mission just a week before launch. NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and pilot Suni Williams finished a big dress rehearsal on Friday (April 26) for their mission aboard Boeing Starliner, known as Crew Flight Test (CFT). Training continues for … Read more

‘Flash Gordon’ returns to escape from a prison planet in new comic series

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A mainstay in science fiction culture and an influential touchstone since its genesis as a Sunday comic strip back in 1934, creator Alex Raymond’s “Flash Gordon” crashed the scene 90 years ago as a rival to the already established newspaper space adventures of Buck Rogers. Through decades of matinee serials, radio programs, comic books, graphic … Read more