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The Best Place to Make Undersea Cables Might Be … in Space

The Best Place to Make Undersea Cables Might Be … in Space

ZBLAN is different. It’s not for NASA. Discovered in the 1970s, ZBLAN is a strange and fickle material. A type of glass composed of heavy metal fluorides instead of the usual silica, it has absorption and scattering properties that could make it a good fit […]

Scientists Find Water Vapor on the Most Habitable Exoplanet Yet

Scientists Find Water Vapor on the Most Habitable Exoplanet Yet

“This is data that we acquired and in some ways we had done all the work,” Benneke says. “The UCL team decided to just take our data and write their own publication of this. It’s not illegal or anything, but it’s bad practice.” On Tuesday, […]

A New Water Vapor Discovery in Space, SFO Delays, and More News

A New Water Vapor Discovery in Space, SFO Delays, and More News

Scientists made a groundbreaking exoplanet discovery, San Francisco is experiencing major flight delays, and we take a look back at how people communicated on September 11, 2001. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup […]

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday. The landing proceeded as expected until the final braking phase, at which point the lander began to deviate from its expected trajectory. When Vikram […]

A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

India has lost contact with its lunar lander, Apple finally speaks out after an iPhone hack, and an electric dump truck has taken over the internet. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as […]

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Is Ready to Touch Down Near the Moon’s South Pole

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Is Ready to Touch Down Near the Moon’s South Pole

For the last two weeks, India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has been lowering its orbit around the moon as it prepares for India’s first attempt at a lunar landing. On Monday, the Vikram lunar lander separated from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, in the last major maneuver before the […]

Trump Tweeted a Sensitive Photo. Internet Sleuths Decoded It

Trump Tweeted a Sensitive Photo. Internet Sleuths Decoded It

On Friday afternoon, President Trump tweeted a photo of a charred launchpad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran, which had just experienced its third launch failure of the year. Iran’s launch accident became public on Thursday after the satellite imaging company Planet released […]

How America’s Spooks Seek to Spy on Distant Satellites

How America’s Spooks Seek to Spy on Distant Satellites

On August 30, 2017, a video appeared online showing footage of every satellite operator’s worst nightmare: an anomaly. It’s the word space types use when they mean a bad thing, especially one they perhaps don’t understand and may want to downplay. In the video, an […]

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth’s Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth’s Orbits

For the low, low price of $2.25 million, SpaceX will put your small satellite on a big Falcon 9 rocket and shoot it to orbit with a bunch of similarly small satellites. It’s part of a new initiative called the SmallSat Rideshare Program, and with […]

A Tugboat in Space, Microplastics In Your Water, and More News

A Tugboat in Space, Microplastics In Your Water, and More News

Space tug boats could soon be a thing, you’ve been drinking and inhaling microplastics, and public library computers are under attack. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign […]