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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.

Chinese Theme Park Will Take Visitors Close To Space

Kuang-Chi is developing a $1.5 billion theme park in China that will include a system for bringing visitors to the stratosphere. The company says its pressurized passenger capsule, known as the Traveller, can head to 15 miles above Earth's surface, providing an impressive view.

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.

China Reveals Its Mars Rover Ahead Of 2020 Mission

An image of the rover China will use to research Mars has been released by the country. China plans on launching the rover in July or August of 2020. The rover weighs 441 pounds, has six wheels, uses four solar panels, and will explore the northern hemisphere of Mars.

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.