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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches secret Zuma mission into orbit

SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches secret Zuma mission into orbit

SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket and stuck the landing again to reuse the first stage of the rocket. This mission had a bit of cloak and dagger associated with a secret Zuma mission atop the
SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches secret Zuma mission into orbit

SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches secret Zuma mission into orbit

SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket and stuck the landing again to reuse the first stage of the rocket. This mission had a bit of cloak and dagger associated with a secret Zuma mission atop the
Deformable Mirrors Could Help Astronomers See Exoplanets Directly

Deformable Mirrors Could Help Astronomers See Exoplanets Directly

A new technology discussed at the American Geophysical Union's annual conference could help us spy on smaller planets like the Earth-sized Proxima Centauri b. The post Deformable Mirrors Could Help
A portrait of Earth and the Moon from 3 million miles away

A portrait of Earth and the Moon from 3 million miles away

Sometimes you need to step back to see the big picture, and if your subjects are 249,000 miles apart, you need to step waaay back. Luckily, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is moving rapidly away from us and
Did NASA’s Mars rover just find ancient Martian fossils?

Did NASA’s Mars rover just find ancient Martian fossils?

If you're one of the many casual science observers hoping that mankind will one day discover evidence that life once thrived on Mars, 2017 was a very, very exciting year for you. From derelict alien
NASA’s Juno just sent back a photo of Jupiter that looks too insane to be real

NASA’s Juno just sent back a photo of Jupiter that looks too insane to be real

NASA's Juno spacecraft has been hanging around Jupiter for a while now, sending back some of the most jaw-dropping photos that mankind has ever captured, but its latest snapshot might be its most
SpaceX apparently lost the classified Zuma payload from latest launch

SpaceX apparently lost the classified Zuma payload from latest launch

SpaceX’s latest rocket may have launched successfully – but the mission didn’t end as a win. The Zuma payload it was carrying, a mysterious classified piece of cargo for the U.S. government believed
Billion-dollar spy satellite 'Zuma' lost in failed SpaceX mission

Billion-dollar spy satellite 'Zuma' lost in failed SpaceX mission

A secret American spy satellite code-named Zuma didn't reach orbit in Sunday's failed SpaceX rocket launch. The cost of the missing U.S. government asset, which officially doesn't exist and officially
SpaceX reportedly lost its mysterious Zuma payload

SpaceX reportedly lost its mysterious Zuma payload

While SpaceX successfully relanded the most recent Falcon 9 it launched -- Elon Musk even tweeted about it -- its top secret payload apparently met a different fate. According to The Wall Street
SpaceX says its rocket performed exactly as intended in Zuma launch

SpaceX says its rocket performed exactly as intended in Zuma launch

Following reports from Monday that the Zuma spacecraft, a mystery payload SpaceX launched for client Northrop Grumman on behalf of the U.S. Government, was lost seemingly during the second stage
Speculation Rampant as Secretive Zuma Spy Satellite Declared a 'Total Loss'

Speculation Rampant as Secretive Zuma Spy Satellite Declared a 'Total Loss'

Contradictory accounts are emerging in the wake of the apparent failure of the Zuma mission—a secretive multibillion-dollar spy satellite that was launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida this
SpaceX says its rocket didn’t malfunction during the Zuma launch

SpaceX says its rocket didn’t malfunction during the Zuma launch

Sunday night, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the mysterious Zuma payload -- a satellite made by Northrop Grumman for an unnamed US government agency. The launch itself was more secretive
SpaceX to run a static test fire of Falcon Heavy this week

SpaceX to run a static test fire of Falcon Heavy this week

SpaceX is planning to perform a static test fire of its massive Falcon Heavy rocket later this week, the company revealed today in a statement from company President and COO Gwynne Shotwell. Now that
See Jupiter Looking Downright Gorgeous in These New NASA Photos

See Jupiter Looking Downright Gorgeous in These New NASA Photos

NASA's Juno spacecraft has taken stunning photos of the gas giant
"It’s Never Aliens—until It Is"

"It’s Never Aliens—until It Is"

In 2017, the big mainstream stories of "near-hits" (aka "near-misses") in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence included episodic dimming of a star caused by possible "alien megastructures," a
Secret government satellite’s fate remains a secret

Secret government satellite’s fate remains a secret

Just call it Schrödinger's rocket launch. A classified government mission launched to space atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket may or may not be functioning in orbit after its Sunday night launch from

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will test its 27 engines on January 10th

We've been talking about SpaceX's new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, for years now, so it's exciting to see that the launch vehicle inching closer to its maiden voyage. Last week, the rocket was raised to

Is SpaceX's Covert Zuma Payload Missing in Action?

After months of delays, SpaceX's clandestine Zuma mission finally launched on Sunday. But the satellite on board may not have made it to its destination.
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