The US has tried to make its stance very clear for companies, but there has been international debate about how to handle property rights in space for decades. Since 1967, the United States has been part of an international agreement called the Outer Space Treaty, which provides guidelines for how countries should explore space. The treaty states that countries cannot lay sovereign claim over a body in space, so the US cannot claim the Moon as a territory, for instance. But as interest in mining space resources has grown over the last few decades, the US has held the position that if you can extract something from space, it’s yours. … [Read more...] about NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies
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Blue Origin even included two research payloads on Saturday's flight: the "Box of Rocks" experiment from the Southwest Research Institute will test how rocky debris settles in microgravity, while the University of Central Florida's "Collisions into Dust" experiment aims to better understand how large bodies interacted with dust in the early Solar System. This marks the beginning of Blue Origin's plan to use New Shepard as a reliable testbed for suborbital science experiments. … [Read more...] about Why Blue Origin’s latest launch is a huge deal for cheap space access
Laika, a stray dog scooped off the streets of Moscow, launched on the Soviet Union's Sputnik 2 mission in November 1957, just a month after Sputnik 1's liftoff opened the space age. The 11-lb. (5 kilograms) mixed-breed quickly died of overheating and circled Earth as a corpse until April 1958, when Sputnik 2 fell back into the atmosphere and burned up. … [Read more...] about Laika and her crew: ‘Space Dogs’ documentary explores Moscow through a stray’s eyes
Despite Chou's grand promises, the prototype headset was similar to other units I've tried. While XRSpace aimed to make the goggles smaller and sleeker than rival products, the orange plastic headset still was bulky. My eyes watered like crazy after using it for about 10 minutes, and I couldn't imagine wearing it for hours -- let alone all day. XRSpace says it has improved the headset since I used it last fall, including adding better padding and creating a white version. Still, no one could describe the look as "cool." … [Read more...] about This VR startup wants to use 5G to blow up social distancing
Putting so many satellites into orbit raises a number of potential concerns, including the proliferation of "space junk." While SpaceX's Starlink satellites are designed to fall out of orbit and burn up in Earth's atmosphere over time, the presence of so many spacecraft in orbit at once increases the possibility of collisions, which would generate huge swarms of debris. These swarms would then pose a potential threat to other satellites in orbit. … [Read more...] about Countries around the world want a Space Force — but why?