SpaceX is preparing to launch a much larger rocket for the first time in November. The company's Falcon Heavy is "the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor or two," says CEO Elon Musk. It'll be capable of bringing larger payloads to space.
The first satellite from Ghana to ever reach space was carried beyond Earth by SpaceX a couple months ago. A cubesat from a team at Ghana's All Nations University was aboard one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets in June and it was delivered to the International Space Station.
Scientists in the US have used CRISPR, a gene editing tool, to alter human embryos for the first time. During the trial, they used the technology to correct a genetic mutation that'd normally result in a heart defect. The test was carried out successfully by Shoukhrat Mitalipov.
NASA is continuing development of a quiet supersonic jet that'll make the same amount of noise as a car driving on a highway. The space agency has begun accepting bids for a 94-foot demo version of the aircraft. It tunnel-tested the aircraft last month.
In preparation for China's first manned journey to the Moon, four postgraduate volunteers will live in a sealed laboratory for 200 days. The lab facility is meant to replicate the conditions that'll be encountered when people are sent to space. Their stay began on Sunday.
After two delays that prevented SpaceX from carrying out a Falcon 9 mission on Sunday and Monday, the company may try again tonight. SpaceX typically hasn't encountered multiple delays of this sort. The first was triggered by an issue with the rocket's computer guidance system.
Renewable energy was the exclusive power source for all of China's Qinghai region from June 17 to June 23. That region received all of its power from solar, wind, and hydropower for a week, demonstrating how far renewables have come. Chinese is testing the viability of the tech.
SpaceX's busy weekend of launches was entirely successful. The company launched and recovered two rockets during a 48-hour period, a first for any company in the industry. On Friday, SpaceX used a Falcon 9 for its BulgariaSat1 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered at least 10 more potentially habitable Earth-sized planets, which are part of a batch of 219 planet candidates. The findings were announced at the Ames Research Center, with NASA noting the data has big implications.
Google has modified the technology on some of its Street View vehicles to collect detailed pollution data in parts of the US. It's been working on the project for years and it's finally opening up access to some of its collected data. Scientists can request access.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed a plan to reach and explore Mars' moons by 2024. Its "Martian Moons Exploration" mission involves sending robotic spacecraft to Phobos and Deimos. Tools on-board the spacecraft will investigate the moons.
SpaceX's latest mission to bring internet delivery satellites from Immarsat into orbit has seen a successful launch. The company's Falcon 9 rocket had a successful take off and the mission has so far gone according to plan. This is the Falcon 9's largest payload.
Germany broke a local record during the last weekend of April by getting 85% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. That electricity came from wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric. Germany's coal-based power stations basically stopped working.
After using the Falcon 9 for its first national security mission on behalf of the US military, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its rocket system. SpaceX landed the rocket on land in Florida following the mission on May 1. This is the tenth time it has landed a rocket.
The first launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), a heavy rocket that could one day bring humans to Mars, has been pushed back to 2019. It was last said to be headed for a late 2018 launch. It'll be quite a few years before a flight to Mars takes place.
One of the initiatives underway at Facebook's Building 8, a facility based around moonshots, is a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that'll quickly decode speech based on brain activity. The system could transfer thoughts into words on a computer or mobile device.
Space agencies in China and Europe are speaking about building a moon base. Those discussions were confirmed by Pal Hvistendahl of the European Space Agency (ESA). The agencies are thinking through a "moon village" that'd contain humans and facilitate missions.
Saturn's moon Enceladus has all of the core ingredients required for life and a habitable environment, NASA has found. As part of the Cassini mission, NASA has learned the moon contains carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur in some areas.
A secret team within Apple is working on noninvasive sensors that can continuously monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes. CNBC reports Apple had been working on the project for five years and it's already begun feasibility trials. This tech could improve diabetes care.
SpaceX spent "less than half" of what it normally would on the first-stage of a Falcon 9 by relaunching one of its recovered rocket last week. Although reducing expenses is known to be a benefit of reusing rockets, SpaceX hasn't fully revealed the difference in price.