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Blue Origin Unveils First Orbital Rocket Design

Blue Origin will launch its first orbital rocket, called the New Glenn, by the end of this decade. The rocket is named after John Glenn, the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth. It's going to be larger than its primary competitors, including SpaceX's Falcon Heavy.

SpaceX Preparing To Relaunch First Rocket

SpaceX has put together a mission for its first recycled rocket. The company is going to launch a satellite from Luxembourg's SES in the fall from a facility in Cape Canaveral. That launch will use SpaceX's fourth successfully recovered rocket, which is one of six.

Proxima B Is The Closest Earth-Like Exoplanet

The discovery of a potential Earth-like exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri, which was leaked earlier this month, has been confirmed by scientists in Europe. Proxima b is in a zone that could allow it to contain water and potentially even life. It's 4 light-years away.

Sphere Levitated Using Sound Waves

High-pitch frequencies undetectable by humans have been used to levitate a sphere by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ultrasonic sound waves successfully levitated a 2-inch solid polystyrene sphere.

New Earth-Like Planet Soon To Be Revealed

Scientists are planning to unveil a new Earth-like planet that may have conditions favorable for life, reports Der Spiegel (Germany.) The exoplanet is in Alpha Centauri and it orbits a star known as Proxima Centauri. Because of its distance from its star, it may have water.

Deep Space Industries To Reach An Asteroid By 2020

Deep Space Industries (DSI) plans to launch the first private mission to an asteroid by 2020 and it will establish the first private base on a space object when that asteroid passes Earth. According to the space mining company, it'll land a 110-pound spacecraft on an asteroid.