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7h ago

Jeff Bezos offers to cover $2 billion in NASA costs for lunar lander contract

NASA in April awarded Elon Musk’s SpaceX with a sole $2.89 billion contract to build the next crewed lunar lander under its Human Landing Systems program.
Jeff Bezos gives the “thumbs up” after returning from space on July 20, 2021.
Jeff Bezos gives the “thumbs up” after returning from space on July 20, 2021.
8h ago

Video catches fiery meteor shooting across the night sky over Texas

NASA suggested that the slow speed of Sunday night’s meteor means it was likely that a small piece of an asteroid produced the fireball.
Multiple videos show a fireball, which appears to be a meteor, streaking through the night sky in towns across Texas.
Multiple videos show a fireball, which appears to be a meteor, streaking through the night sky in towns across Texas.
3d ago

The FAA just updated its definition of 'astronaut.' These two billionaires don't qualify.

The space tourism industry is poised to take off, but the FAA recently tightened its rules on who qualifies for commercial astronaut wings.
Image: FILES-US-SPACE-TOURISM-BLUEORIGIN-BEZOS
Image: FILES-US-SPACE-TOURISM-BLUEORIGIN-BEZOS

Bird brain: Why a cockatoo trick in Australia has scientists enthralled

Scientists have documented examples of social learning in birds, and the spread of a trick to open trash bins hints at a distinct advantage for those that easily transmit knowledge.
Image: SCIENCE-AUSTRALIA-ANIMAL-COCKATOOS
Image: SCIENCE-AUSTRALIA-ANIMAL-COCKATOOS

Should you be worried about Covid if you're vaccinated? Experts explain breakthrough cases

As coronavirus cases once again rise in the U.S., experts say breakthrough cases will also go up, but that doesn't mean the vaccines aren't working.
A health worker administers a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at a mobile vaccination clinic in Los Angeles on July 16, 2021.
A health worker administers a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at a mobile vaccination clinic in Los Angeles on July 16, 2021.

In the frugal last meal of a man 2,400 years ago, scientists see signs of human sacrifice

A study of the gut of a well-preserved body from a bog in Denmark has offered new details that researchers say hint at dark rituals.
Image: Preserved body of the Tollund Man
Image: Preserved body of the Tollund Man

'There are no words': Bezos says space mission changed him, reinforces climate change fight

“When you look at the planet, there are no borders,” the Amazon founder said. “It’s one planet, and we share it and it’s fragile.”
Jeff Bezos, second from left, with crew mates, from left, Oliver Damen, 18, Wally Funk, 82, and Mark Bezos at the landing pad after they flew on Blue Origin's inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20, 2021.
Jeff Bezos, second from left, with crew mates, from left, Oliver Damen, 18, Wally Funk, 82, and Mark Bezos at the landing pad after they flew on Blue Origin's inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20, 2021.
6d ago

Amazon's Jeff Bezos makes history with all-civilian suborbital flight

The Amazon founder flew to the edge of space with three others aboard a rocket and capsule developed by his private spaceflight company, Blue Origin. 
Image: Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, Oliver Daemen, Wally Funk
Image: Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, Oliver Daemen, Wally Funk
6d ago

Wally Funk, 82, makes history as oldest person to fly to space

"I've been waiting a long time to finally getting up there," Funk said during a post-launch news conference. "I loved it."
Image: Wally FUnk
Image: Wally FUnk
6d ago

'Best day ever!': Watch highlights from Jeff Bezos launch to edge of space

Watch the best moments from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' successful launch to the edge of space on the New Shepard rocket from his private spaceflight company, Blue Origin.
'Best day ever!': Watch highlights from Jeff Bezos launch to edge of space
'Best day ever!': Watch highlights from Jeff Bezos launch to edge of space
7d ago

Bezos' launch into space could make history in more ways than one

If successful, Blue Origin's launch on Tuesday will be the first unpiloted suborbital flight with a civilian crew.
Image: Jeff Bezos Blue Origin
Image: Jeff Bezos Blue Origin

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