"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

— New York Times


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10 tips for planning your 2026 solar eclipse trip

Thu, 07/04/2024 - 10:00am
Check out these 10 top tips for planning your eclipse experience to make sure you get the most out of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 12, 2026.
Categories: Astronomy

Save $120 this July 4 on the DJI Mini 3 fly more combo

Thu, 07/04/2024 - 9:10am
Act fast: This short-lived July 4 drone deal sees you get $120 off a brilliant DJI Mini 3 fly more drone bundle that includes a remote control, a bag, spare propellers and more.
Categories: Astronomy

'Space Cadet' applies humor to NASA astronaut selection, says film director (interview)

Thu, 07/04/2024 - 9:00am
Right now, NASA astronauts are helping to review thousands of applications to join their ranks. Chances are none of the submissions are from the likes of Tiffany "Rex" Simpson in "Space Cadet."
Categories: Astronomy

NASA astronauts send Fourth of July message to Earth from ISS (video)

Thu, 07/04/2024 - 8:00am
The six NASA astronauts currently living on the International Space Station beamed a message down to Earth to celebrate the United States' 248th birthday.
Categories: Astronomy

Happy 4th of July! Infant star creates red, white and blue fireworks in new JWST image

Thu, 07/04/2024 - 6:00am
Just in time for Independence Day, the James Webb Space Telescope has imaged a red, white and blue fireworks display, courtesy of an infant star at the heart of a dense cloud of gas and dust.
Categories: Astronomy

Streaks in space! ISS astronaut's incredible timelapse photos highlight ghostly solar panels and lovely star trails

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 5:00pm
NASA astronaut Matthew Dominick has spent some of the last few months experimenting with long exposures in space photography. The images give a rare glimpse of life on the move in orbit.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX targeting July 31 for launch of historic Polaris Dawn astronaut mission

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 4:30pm
SpaceX is targeting July 31 for the launch of the four-astronaut Polaris Dawn mission, which will feature the first-ever private spacewalk.
Categories: Astronomy

How 'Star Wars: The Acolyte' created a fresh new look for the Jedi (exclusive interview)

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 4:00pm
An exclusive interview with "The Acolyte's" costumer designer, Jennifer Bryan, on how the series came up with its new look.
Categories: Astronomy

Under the moon's surface, magnetized lava may create 'lunar swirls'

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 3:00pm
Mysterious swirling patterns seen on the moon's surface may be linked to underground magma activity, a new study suggests.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX to launch NASA gamma-ray space telescope in 2027

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 2:00pm
NASA picked SpaceX's Falcon 9 to be the rocket ride for its COSI gamma-ray space telescope, which is targeted to lift off in August 2027.
Categories: Astronomy

'It's heart-forward:' Q&A with 'Star Trek: Prodigy' creators about Season 2 (exclusive)

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 1:00pm
An interview with Kevin and Dan Hageman about "Star Trek: Prodigy" Season 2.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronaut ice cream turns 50: freeze-dried treat still popular (even if it never flew)

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 12:00pm
Perhaps the most popular example of space food that possibly never was, astronaut ice cream is now 50 years old. The crunchy, room-temperature treat was first sold to the public in 1974.
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NASA announces Artemis 2 moon mission backup astronaut — Andre Douglas will support 2025 lunar liftoff

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 11:53am
NASA astronaut Andre Douglas has been named the backup astronaut for three astronauts on NASA's round-the-moon mission. Douglas was certified for liftoff earlier this year.
Categories: Astronomy

Earth's upper atmosphere could hold a missing piece of the universe, new study hints

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 11:00am
Mysterious dark matter could slosh over our planet like a wave. If it does, it may produce telltale radio waves in Earth's atmosphere, new theoretical research suggests.
Categories: Astronomy

We could terraform Mars with desert moss — but does that mean we should?

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 10:00am
A desert-dwelling moss could survive the extremes of a Martian environment and bounce back every time.
Categories: Astronomy

Mystery of dead stars' glitching 'heartbeats' could have a twisted solution

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 9:00am
The 'heartbeats' of rapidly spinning neutron stars are usually highly regular, but occasionally, the spin of these dead star pulsars 'glitches.' Now, a 'twisted' model could explain this mystery.
Categories: Astronomy

China launches communications satellite on 30th mission of the year (video)

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 8:00am
A Long March 7A rocket launched the ChinaSat-3A spacecraft on June 29, boosting China's geostationary communications satellite fleet.
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China's Shenzhou 18 astronauts prep for 2nd spacewalk (video)

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 6:00am
China's Shenzhou 18 astronauts are getting ready to take another spacewalk outside the Tiangong space station.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX launches 20 Starlink satellites from Florida early on July 3 after delay (video)

Tue, 07/02/2024 - 5:00pm
SpaceX launched yet another batch of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida in the wee hours of Wednesday morning (July 3).
Categories: Astronomy

Scientists finally found 2 of the Milky Way's missing satellite galaxies. What could this mean for astronomy?

Tue, 07/02/2024 - 4:00pm
Astronomers have found two of the Milky Way's missing satellite galaxies, a step toward earning a better understanding of dark matter.
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