Simulations highlight “messy” Mars landings

Researchers aim to update Apollo-era information about rocket-powered landings on dusty celestial bodies like Mars with new supercomputer simulations.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics soil mars spacecraft science-and-technology dust

Machine learning makes building rocket engines easier

"Trial and error" doesn't work for testing whether rocket engines can handle flight. A new machine learning method could make things simpler and safer.

John Holden-UT Austin • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning space spacecraft science-and-technology engines

New engine would use an explosion to blast spacecraft into orbit

Researchers have taken a first step toward the "rotating detonation engine," which could make rockets more fuel-efficient and lightweight.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics space spacecraft featured science-and-technology engines

We have a winner! Team picks Bennu sample collection spot

After several months evaluating data from four candidate sites on the asteroid Bennu, scientists have finally identified the best sample collection spot.

U. Arizona • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: space asteroids spacecraft featured science-and-technology

3 theories why asteroid Bennu is spewing bits

"Among Bennu's many surprises, the particle ejections sparked our curiosity, and we've spent the last several months investigating this mystery."

U. Arizona • futurity
Dec. 10, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space asteroids spacecraft science-and-technology

Grab a bit of asteroid Bennu? Not so fast

The mission to get a bit of the asteroid Bennu's surface back to Earth in 2023 is facing some unexpected challenges. Here are four new findings.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
March 25, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space asteroids spacecraft featured science-and-technology

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