SpaceX Starship SN8 prototype exploded on touchdown (video)

SpaceX’s Starship prototype exploded while attempting to land on Wednesday after an otherwise successful test launch from the company’s rocket facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The Starship rocket destroyed in the accident was a 16-story-tall prototype for the heavy-lift launch vehicle being developed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private space company to carry humans and…

Watch the Arecibo Observatory’s collapse

The National Science Foundation has released remarkable footage of the Arecibo Observatory’s 900-ton platform falling into the 1,000-foot wide (305 meters) dish below. A drone happened to be performing an up-close investigation of the cables that hold the platform above the dish as they snapped. Videos released Thursday by NSF show both the drone footage…

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Is Midway to Mars

The agency’s latest rover only has about 146 million miles left to reach its destination. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission has logged a lot of flight miles since being lofted skyward on July 30 – 146.3 million miles (235.4 million kilometers) to be exact. Turns out that is exactly the same distance it has…