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Boeing’s Starliner successfully docks to the International Space Station for the first time

Boeing’s Starliner coming in for docking, as seen from the International Space Station | Image: NASA TV This evening, Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, successfully docked itself to the International Space Station — demonstrating that the vehicle can potentially bring humans to the ISS in the future. It’s a crucial...

More accurate wind forecasts can save Americans millions in energy costs

An array of electricity producing wind turbines (aka the San Gorgonio Pass wind farm) are viewed along Interstate 10 on May 11, 2022, near Palm Springs, California. | Photo by George Rose/Getty Images Better wind forecasting can save American consumers millions of dollars a year on their collective utility bills, a new study finds. Wind energy...

NASA engineers trying to figure out strange readings from aging interstellar spacecraft

The engineering team operating the Voyager 1 spacecraft — NASA’s robotic planetary explorer currently zooming through interstellar space — is trying to figure out why the spacecraft is sending back data readouts that don’t match what the vehicle is actually doing. It’s a mystery that does not seem to be putting the Voyager 1 spacecraft in any immediate...

Boeing successfully launches Starliner spacecraft to orbit in do-over test flight

Boeing’s Starliner capsule launches on May 19, 2022 | NASA Nearly two and a half years after its first launch didn’t go to plan, Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, successfully launched to space this afternoon, reaching the right orbit it needed to achieve to rendezvous with the International Space Station tomorrow...

The Department of Energy to dole out $3.5 billion for carbon removal hubs

Intake fans on collector containers at the ‘Orca’ direct air capture and storage facility, operated by Climeworks AG, in Hellisheidi, Iceland, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.  | Arnaldur Halldorsson/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Department of Energy (DOE) just launched a new $3.5 billion program to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and...

Watch Boeing launch its Starliner space capsule in do-over flight

Boeing’s Starliner capsule on the launchpad | (NASA/Joel Kowsky) Thursday afternoon, Boeing is slated to launch its passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, to the International Space Station for the second time without people on board. The mission, called OFT-2, is part of an elaborate dress rehearsal that will help pave the way for...

Boeing’s third launch attempt nears for embattled Starliner spacecraft

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner as it is wheeled out to its launchpad on an Atlas V rocket. | Image: NASA/Joel Kowsky Perhaps this time will be the one Continue reading…

Why tech giants’ cash is a hidden source of greenhouse gas emissions

Climate activists target banks in Germany’s financial capital. Even tech companies that have promised to slash their greenhouse gas emissions have a big climate-related blind spot, according to a new report published by three environmental groups. With their cash and investments, Google, Apple, Meta, and other tech giants are indirectly financing...

Stargazing in the UK is the best it’s been in over a decade

A portrait of Orion and the northern winter Milky Way on a February night in 2020.  | Photo by: Alan Dyer/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Now is the best time to stargaze in the UK since 2011, according to the results of a new citizen science survey led by the countryside charity CPRE. Light pollution in the UK has dropped...

The Pentagon has 400 reports of strange aerial phenomena — but nothing suggests aliens

The House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee’ hearing on UAPs. | Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images The Pentagon’s new task force for tracking unidentified aerial phenomena (or UAPs) has collected roughly 400 reports, an official told Congress in an open hearing on Tuesday....

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