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The 2020 hurricane season was one of the most active on record, and 2021's is shaping up to be as well, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Many spacecraft near Earth rely on signals from navigation satellite constellations like GPS.


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Landsat 9 mission for NASA lifted off on Sept. 27 at 11:12 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base.


Designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), Landsat 9, the latest satellite in the Landsat series was successfully launched today aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket.


Inside the Vertical Integration Facility near Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Centaur stage for NASA's Lucy mission is lowered onto the Atlas V first stage on Sept. 16, 2021.


Engineers at the University of Cincinnati are developing new ways to convert greenhouse gases to fuel to address climate change and get astronauts home from Mars.


Engineers have successfully shown how water and oxygen can be extracted by cooking up lunar soil, in order to support future Moon bases.


Nuclear thermal propulsion, which uses heat from nuclear reactions as fuel, could be used one day in human spaceflight, possibly even for missions to Mars. Its development, however, poses a challenge.


Not everyone would celebrate the new year camping out in the Rocky Mountains during some of the longest, coldest nights of the winter.


ESA has confirmed a contract signature with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to be the main customer for their Lunar Pathfinder satellite launching in 2024 that will provide communications services around the Moon.


Satellite data providers ConstellR and ScanWorld are set to combine their respective thermal infrared and hyperspectral imagery expertise to deliver high-value Earth Observation data to enable a wide range of sustainable agricultural applications.


Thomas Pesquet: Kibo and the two Dragons. Got a rare shot of two Dragons docked to one module, actually I think it might be the first picture like this - although this sight will certainly become more frequent.


The pressure vessel is the primary structure for Orion's crew module, joined together using state-of-the-art welding by technicians from lead contractor Lockheed Martin.


NASA has selected five U.S. companies to help the agency enable a steady pace of crewed trips to the lunar surface under the agency's Artemis program.


On September 2nd, Firefly Aerospace Inc., an emerging provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space service, conducted the maiden flight of its Alpha launch vehicle from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.


NASA is building optical communications technologies into its networks, using infrared laser links to offer missions higher data rates than comparable radio frequency systems.


New ways of tackling the threat that space junk in our skies poses are being explored by University of Warwick scientists, as they pioneer new research that could help the UK fulfil its ambition to become a responsible spacefaring nation.


Space is changing fast. ESA wants to open up space to start-ups, new companies, new actors - basically to everyone.


NASA and SpaceX are continuing plans to launch Crew-3 astronauts to the International Space Station as early as Sunday Oct. 31, and targeting the return home of Crew-2 astronauts in the early-to-mid November timeframe.


Agriculture is both a major contributor to climate change, and one of its first victims. Coincidentally, agriculture is also a key lever to enable a smooth transition to a more sustainable world - but that will require data-driven decisions.


Swarms of small satellites could communicate amongst themselves to collect data on important weather patterns at different times of the day or year, and from multiple angles. Such swarms, using machine learning algorithms, could revolutionize scientists' understanding of weather and climate changes.


Nanoracks, the world's leading provider of commercial access to space, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Space AgTech company, StarLab Oasis.


When SpaceX CRS-23 launched to the International Space Station on August 29, it carried with it a milestone for the University of Colorado Boulder: the 80th mission to fly a payload from BioServe Space Technologies.


NASA is asking American companies for additional input on approaches and solutions for a vehicle to transport Artemis astronauts around the lunar South Pole later this decade.