SpaceX has dealt with its fair share of setbacks as it works toward crewed NASA flight certification. One of the company’s Dragon 2 spacecraft exploded during testing last year, but SpaceX managed to address that potential flaw surprisingly quickly. Now, the company’s launch timeline could be undone by a seemingly minor failure during an otherwise successful mission. NASA and SpaceX are currently examining the loss of an engine during the March 18th Starlink satellite launch, and the outcome could delay the first crewed launch yet again. The March 18th Falcon
NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is finally taking shape. The rover finally has a name — Perseverance, and engineers have wrapped up testing on the rover’s flying companion. The Mars Helicopter just spun its blades on Earth for the last time. When next it spins up, it’ll be on the red planet. NASA did not design the Mars 2020 mission or Perseverance rover around the Mars Helicopter, but it’s making the trip nonetheless. The helicopter is a technology demonstration, not an integral part of the mission. However, it could pave the
The chronically delayed James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is looking at another setback, but this time it’s completely out of NASA’s control. The agency has announced it will pause work on the telescope immediately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The launch is still currently on the books for approximately one year from now, but any this delay will likely push the launch back yet again. This also calls into question the timeline for other projects like the Perseverance Mars rover. The first hints of a new delay came during
We used to think of Mars as a bone dry husk of a world. While there is some evidence of occasional flowing water on the surface, most of the planet’s water is long gone. We can still reconstruct some of Mars’ liquid past with the help of rock samples in the form of Martian meteorites. A team from the University of Arizona analyzed a pair of such objects and determined that Mars may have had two distinct water reservoirs, and that could change how we understand planetary formation. Scientists may
NASA has scaled back work on the James Webb Space Telescope in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the Northrop Grumman team took a big step toward getting it into space last month. In an early March test, engineers deployed the telescope’s multi-segment mirror in its final configuration for the first time. It’s quite a sight to behold, but we might have to wait longer than expected to see it in action. The Webb telescope is currently in a cleanroom at Northrop Grumman Space Systems in Redondo Beach, California.
With apps like TikTok and Byte offering people creative ways to piece together short videos, it’s no secret the format is becoming more popular by the minute. That’s why VSCO, the photo-editing app, has officially launched its latest multimedia tool called Montage. With Montage, you can use your own content to stitch together different scenes for a collage-like video. To add to each scene, you can also tack on or layer in different shapes, adjust the opacity of colors, flip or mirror images, and more. Let’s just say if you
The App Store has no room for coronavirus apps. So reports CNBC, which notes that Apple is rejecting apps related to the virus unless they were “submitted by a recognized institution.” What qualifies as a recognized institution isn’t exactly clear, but we imagine groups like the World Health Organization would be in the clear. The App Store developer guidelines make no mention of recognized institutions, either. We reached out to Apple to confirm the report, but received no immediate response. The move by the tech giant appears to be aimed
Finding your soulmate is priceless. Sure. But do you have to use a paid site to find a real relationship? Does a monthly fee really weed out people who aren’t taking the process seriously? This wasn’t really an issue before 2012, but the Tinder-led surge of 30-second profiles and instant access to all single folks within 10 miles gave sites with tedious personality analyses and upscale subscriptions a run for their money — literally. Vox said what we’re all really thinking: “At what point in the completely nightmarish process of
The new Family Safety Mode allows parents to access the Screen Time Management feature.
Anyone who’s been doing the online dating thing for a while knows that there’s hookup culture and then there’s long-term relationship dating culture. Most online dating sites have a mix of both, and after living with online dating as an increasingly ubiquitous option for the past 20 years, the general public (mostly) sees dating sites as a super normal means to find casual dates or a hookup. But what if you’re looking for a serious relationship or even something long-term? What if you just don’t want to be alone on