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Outer space, or simply space, is the expanse that exists beyond the Earth and between celestial bodies. Outer space is not completely empty—it is a hard vacuum containing a low density of particles, predominantly a plasma of hydrogen and helium, as well as electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields, neutrinos, dust, and cosmic rays. The baseline temperature of outer space, as set by the background radiation from the Big Bang, is 2.7 kelvins (−270.45 °C; −454.81 °F).

3 crew leave China’s space station for Earth after 90 days

” Three astronauts who lived for 90 days on China’s space station departed Thursday in preparation for returning to Earth. The national space agency said Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo boarded the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and undocked from the …

NASA Confirms Thousands of Massive, Ancient Volcanic Eruptions on Mars

“Some volcanoes can produce eruptions so powerful they release oceans of dust and toxic gases into the air, blocking out sunlight and changing a planet’s climate for decades. By studying the topography and mineral composition of a portion of …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars’ History

“NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region. After collecting its first sample, named “Montdenier,” Sept. 6, the team collected a second, “Montagnac,” from the …

Refueling Satellites in Space

“Lockheed Martin is adding another tool to its innovative workbox of pioneering on-orbit satellite servicing capabilities with an investment in Orbit Fab’s Gas Stations in Space™ refueling technology. Orbit Fab, a San Francisco-based space-industry startup, has developed end-to-end refueling …

SpaceX launches four civilians into orbit on historic Inspiration4 flight

“SpaceX made history tonight as it launched a crew of private citizens on a jaunt around Earth. For an added bonus, the rocket landed on its drone ship, marking the company’s 92nd booster recovery. The mission, called Inspiration4, blasted …

Take a 3D Spin on Mars and Track NASA’s Perseverance Rover

“Two interactive web experiences let you explore the Martian surface, as seen by cameras aboard the rover and orbiters flying overhead. It’s the next best thing to being on Mars: Two online interactive experiences let you check out Jezero …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock

“Perseverance will obtain additional imagery of the sample tube before potentially completing the process of collecting its first scientifically-selected Mars sample. Data received late Sept. 1 from NASA’s Perseverance rover indicate the team has achieved its goal of successfully …

Astra rocket fails to reach space during test launch for US military

“The third try wasn’t the charm for Astra. The California Bay Area startup attempted its third orbital test flight today (Aug. 28), sending its two-stage Launch Vehicle 0006 skyward from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska’s Kodiak Island …

China eyes ‘ultra-large spacecraft’ spanning miles in US$2.3m crewed mission push

“A mega spacecraft assembled in orbit is among projects that Chinese researchers have been invited to study, as the country expands plans for future space exploration and long-term crewed missions. The National Natural Science Foundation of China has called on …

FAA grounds Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft during investigation of Branson flight issues

“The Federal Aviation Administration grounded Virgin Galactic on Thursday, as the federal regulator investigates the company’s previous spaceflight that carried founder Richard Branson. “Virgin Galactic may not return the SpaceShipTwo vehicle to flight until the FAA approves the final …