China’s Tiangong-1 space station burns up in Earth’s atmosphere above the Pacific Ocean


China’s Tiangong-1 space station is officially no more.

According to multiple agencies tracking the space station’s movements, 34-foot-long spacecraft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at 8:16 p.m. ET above the southern Pacific Ocean.

While a few of the charred bits of Tiangong-1 — which translates to Heavenly Palace — may have made it all the way to the ground, it’s still unclear exactly where they may have landed. In all likelihood, the bits of space debris wouldn’t have landed in a populated area.

UPDATE: #JFSCC confirmed #Tiangong1 reentered the atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean at ~5:16 p.m. (PST) April 1. For details see @US_Stratcom @usairforce @AFSpaceCC @30thSpaceWing @PeteAFB @SpaceTrackOrg

— 18 SPCS (@18SPCS) April 2, 2018 Read more…

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China's Tiangong-1 space station might be back on Earth in time for 'The Walking Dead'


The Tiangong-1 should complete its fiery journey back to Earth sometime on Sunday night.

The Chinese space station has been circling the planet in a gradually degrading orbit since it was decommissioned in late 2016. It is now expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere — and mostly burn up in the process — sometime before 12:00 a.m. ET.

In fact, the latest estimate as of Sunday morning — from noted astronomer Jonathan McDowell — points to a significantly earlier re-entry, sometime during the 6:00 p.m. ET hour.

Currently 8.5 hours till the reentry window starts. Tiangong-1 orbit 151 x 159 km. Just passed over Washington DC and now heading out over the Atlantic

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Being a space reporter on April Fools' Day is truly the worst


Every year on April Fools’ Day, reporters in newsrooms around the world brace themselves. While we’re usually a pretty skeptical bunch, April 1 brings out the worst in us. 

We don’t believe anything anyone tells us on this one day of the year, and rightfully so. It’s a holiday that literally just celebrates people lying, and brands have been in on the act for years, leading to some really bad moments for journalists the world over. 

That said, each April Fools’ Day, there’s usually one person pulling more of their hair out than anyone else in the newsroom. 

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Netflix sends an iPhone in space as a part of its Hack Day event

Netflix introduced the Hack Day back in 2014. It is an internal company event in which any Netflix employee can participate. The event has one goal in mind and that’s letting employees have fun while hacking around, creating interesting projects in the process. As a part of this year’s Hack Day, a group of Netflix employees has send an iPhone in space, while the device is playing an episode of “Star Trek: Discovery”. And it’s all recorded by a GoPro camera. Sweet.
Netflix’s Hack Day has been producing some quite peculiar results as of late, like the …

Elon Musk's 'Starman' is our new space hero


He drives a cherry red Tesla Roadster. In space. While listening to David Bowie. He is … STARMAN and he’s cooler than all us Earthlings. 

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched its unique test cargo into space Tuesday afternoon, successfully sending the Roadster and our dear Starman “driver” off for an unprecedented adventure. The much-anticipated launch demonstrated that SpaceX’s beefed-up rocket can lift heavier craft into space for future missions to the moon and Mars.

View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around

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The one big question I had during SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launch: Who is Space Bae?


Elon Musk’s SpaceX did the unimaginable on Tuesday — it successfully completed its first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company’s most powerful rocket ever. And while many questions remain about what the launch means for SpaceX, there is one question we can’t stop obsessing over: 

Who Is Space Bae?

Hashtag who-is-space-bae?#FalconHeavy

— MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) February 6, 2018

During the Falcon Heavy launch telecast, SpaceX invited a host of engineers to take us behind the scenes at Cape Canaveral, with each engineer providing more info about the company’s groundbreaking test flight. One of those hosts was a fine (pronounced “fione“) human who I have dubbed Space Bae, because that’s what he is. A bae. Who is teaching us about space. While looking like an absolute snack.  Read more…

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The International Space Station's crew is having a very merry Christmas


‘Twas Christmas Day and all over the place,
People were celebrating, even in space.
The halls were all decked, the stockings were hung,
And for all that we know, even carols were sung.

Two-forty miles up, above Santa’s sleigh,
Was the International Space Station’s own holiday.
Gifts came on a rocket that was launched up from Earth,
Bringing cosmonauts and astronauts plenty of mirth.

On that zero-g station with their hearts all a-flitter,
Astronaut Vande Hei shared this photo on Twitter.

Merry Christmas from the International Space Station!

— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) December 25, 2017 Read more…

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Space Station astronauts watched 'The Last Jedi' from orbit 240 miles above Earth


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi while in orbit about 240 miles above Earth on Saturday. 

A picture posted to Twitter from NASA astronaut Mar. T. Vande Hei shows five of the six current occupants of the station gathered around a screen, watching what appears to be a scene from the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. 

Although Vande Hei doesn’t specify that the movie is The Last Jedi, pointed out that the image on the screen appears to show X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, played by the actor Oscar Isaac. Isaac played the same role in The Force Awakens, but we’re pretty sure this is a scene from the newest film.  Read more…

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T-Mobile intros the LG V30+, 128 GB of storage space and premium headsets included

Previously sold only by Sprint and US Cellular, the LG V30+
(or V30 Plus) is now ready to be released on T-Mobile – which, of course, is
already offering the regular LG V30.


T-Mobile will officially launch the LG V30+ on November 17
– that’s also the day when the carrier starts selling the rugged Samsung Galaxy
S8 Active. According to T-Mobile, the V30+ will be available in limited
quantities, costing $850 outright, or $130 down and $30 per month over 24
months. This makes the new handset $50 more expensive than the regular V30.


There are only two differences between the LG …