Is Kennedy Space Center ready to withstand the power of Starship?

SpaceX's flagship new rocket is an absolute monster of a space vehicle. It blasted its launchpad to pieces on its maiden test flight – and Kennedy is now scrambling to prepare for a launch schedule that's unprecedented in mass and sheer frequency.

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Most distant black hole discovered, but it’s “impossibly massive”

Astronomers have discovered the most distant – and therefore earliest – known black hole. Hiding in a galaxy called GN-z11, this black hole is bigger than should be possible given the age of the universe.

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Peregrine launch sees US on way to the Moon after five decades

The first US Moon landing mission in 52 years is on its way after Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One (PM1) lifted off this morning from Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida atop a ULA Vulcan rocket at 2:18 am EST.

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Planet Tylos weather forecast: Hellish hurricane today, iron rain tonight

Hubble has helped astronomers measure changes in the weather on an exoplanet. Forecasts for the planet Tylos predict a gigantic hurricane today with a top of over 3,000 °F (1,650 °C), followed by a strong chance of showers of molten iron tonight.

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Exoplanet water-detection strategy now possible, say researchers

Researchers from MIT and the University of Birmingham (UB) believe that they've cracked the formula for detecting habitable planets using currently available technology. It all has to do with an exoplanet's levels of carbon dioxide and ozone.

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Space Perspective shows off test version of tourist-carrying space capsule

When someone says they're planning on using a balloon to take tourists to the edge of space, you may wonder if they'll ever get past the conceptual stage. Space Perspective has gotten past it, by building a physical test model of its Neptune capsule.

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NASA beams cute cat video back to Earth from deep space

NASA has taken cat videos to a whole new level, with its Psyche Deep Space Optical Communications experiment beaming a 15-second high-definition clip of a playful tabby across 19 million miles (31 million km) of space to Earth.

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Solar wind vanishes completely, causing Mars’ magnetosphere to swell

The solar wind is constant in the solar system – except on Christmas Day 2022 when it suddenly vanished completely. The event was detected by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars, which found that the Red Planet’s magnetosphere tripled in size in response.

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