Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Apr 28, 2016

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said Thursday, after spending a month trying to save it. The ultra-high-tech Hitomi — or eye — was launched in February to find X-rays emanating from black holes and ...

Apr 28, 2016

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. have held on military space launches for more than a decade. The Global Positioning System ...

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

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Work is proceeding quickly on China’s planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious space program said Friday. Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking ...

Apr 7, 2016

Monster black holes may lurk all around us: study

Astronomers have stumbled upon a supermassive black hole in an unexpected corner of the universe, implying these galactic monsters are much more common than once thought, a study said Wednesday. The giant, with an estimated mass 17 billion times that of our sun, was ...

Apr 3, 2016

Russian cargo ship docks successfully with space station

The Russian unmanned cargo ship Progress docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, resupplying the crew with food and fuel, Russia’s mission control center said. The docking procedure “took place at the scheduled time,” the Russian TASS news agency quoted mission control as ...