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NASA’s second mobile launcher is too heavy, years late and weighs $1 billion

Enlarge / A comparison of the initial variant of the Space Launch System rocket (left), with the upgraded variant, as well as the original and new mobile launch towers. NASA BIG Three years ago, NASA awarded a cost-plus contract to engineering firm Bechtel to design and build a large mobile launch tower. The 118-meter tower …

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Merging Neutron Stars and Emerging Particle Tracks

New insights into neutron star matter: combining heavy ion experiments and nuclear theory

Artist’s rendering showing the simulation of the merger of two neutron stars (left) and the traces of emerging particles visible during a collision of heavy ions (right) which creates matter under similar conditions in the laboratory . Credit: Tim Dietrich, Arnaud Le Fevre, Kees Huyser; background: ESA/Hubble, Sloan Digital Sky Survey Combination of heavy ion …

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Rocket Report: Four Falcon Heavy launches this year; meet the Wand-one

Enlarge / A French startup has named its rockets Baguette-one and Orbital-Baguette-1. HyPrSpace Welcome to Rocket Report 4.46! This report will come to you a day early because I will be on vacation for a while, long enough that there will be no newsletter next week. We will see. As for the events I might …

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No SpaceX Falcon Heavy payload safe as NASA Psyche mission announces delay

SpaceX’s first dedicated Falcon Heavy launch for NASA has been delayed for seven weeks after spacecraft engineers discovered a software anomaly during pre-flight processing. Named after the exotic metallic asteroid it is designed to explore, NASA’s Psyche spacecraft completed its journey from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to launch facilities at NASA’s Kennedy …

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