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Satellite to Go Boom

Satellite to Go Boom

DirecTV is rushing to move one of its satellites to a higher orbit due to the likelihood it will go boom, pow, kablam, rattle-rattle-bang, Space News reported on Wednesday.

Backup High Power Model 702 satellite Spaceway-1 weighs around 13,400 pounds (6,080 kilograms) and was previously used to directly broadcast high-definition TV “from its orbital slot at 102.8 degrees west longitude,” Space...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Jan 21, 2020 at 03:01.

Lexus Designers Draw Up Some Sweet Moon Whips

Lexus Designers Draw Up Some Sweet Moon Whips

Even if NASA does somehow end up making its 2024 Moon landing deadline , it still has another big problem to reckon with: How to get its astronauts around in style. Because let’s face it, Boeing’s bare-bones moon buggy of yesteryear is so mid-century gouache.

To save us from any accidental, extraterrestrial fashion faux pas, Lexus designers drew up some sleek new concepts for 21st-century...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 18, 2020 at 06:30. 6 comments

Elon Musk: A New Life Awaits You in the Off-World Colonies—for a Price

Elon Musk: A New Life Awaits You in the Off-World Colonies—for a Price

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has previously conceded that many of the people whom he desires to send to Mars must be prepared to risk death in the process , has sweetened the deal with the hint of some indentured servitude.

On Thursday evening, Musk answered some questions on Twitter regarding his prototype Starship spacecraft —a vehicle which he claims will, one day, ferry colonists to Mars as...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jan 17, 2020 at 05:45. 21 comments

Happy 25th Birthday, Voyager, the Star Trek of My Heart

Happy 25th Birthday, Voyager, the Star Trek of My Heart

As a three-year-old—and also a Brit—I was not particularly paying attention when, 25 years ago today, Star Trek: Voyager began its sojourn out of the Delta Quadrant on UPN. My path to discovering it, and Star Trek at large, was appropriately a bit more circuitous.

I can’t remember when exactly I first saw Voyager, but I can remember the moment—it was a Saturday afternoon watching TV, flicking...

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Jan 13, 2020. 22 comments

SpaceX’s First Private Billionaire Passenger Launches Search for Girlfriend to Take on Trip Around the Moon

SpaceX’s First Private Billionaire Passenger Launches Search for Girlfriend to Take on Trip Around the Moon

When SpaceX revealed the name of its first private passenger to fly around the moon , Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, it wasn’t that much of a surprise. Being a billionaire helps when paying for the ticket, after all. However, Maezawa appears determined to control the narrative of his trip, and he wants one thing to be very clear: It isn’t just about going to the Moon, it’s about going...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 04, 2020. 8 comments

An Astronaut Aboard the ISS Had to Be Treated for a Perilous Blood Clot

An Astronaut Aboard the ISS Had to Be Treated for a Perilous Blood Clot

The list of bad things that can happen to you in space has gotten longer. A new paper this week details how an astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS) developed a potentially serious blood clot, the first ever documented in space.

According to the paper, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, the unnamed NASA astronaut was two months into a planned...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Dec 30, 2019.

Tech Ghouls, Yoda Theories, and One Dumb Wikipedia War: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Tech Ghouls, Yoda Theories, and One Dumb Wikipedia War: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This is it, everyone. 2020 begins this week. A new year, a new decade, a new physical form to inhabit . . .

Anywho, let’s see what the Gizmodo team got up to this past week. We talked about how Apple’s iPad needs some time to really find itself , the dumbest Wikipedia editing face-off of the decade, and how you too, dear reader, can apologize out of both sides of your mouth like a genuine...

Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Dec 03, 2019. 6 comments

Watch the Making of Ad Astra's Most Shocking Scene

Watch the Making of Ad Astra's Most Shocking Scene

In Ad Astra, there’s a scene in which Brad Pitt’s character and his crew find a seemingly abandoned ship floating off into space . Obviously, the ship is hiding a secret—and how that secret was realized on-set is almost as shocking as the secret itself.

Ad Astra is being released for digital download tomorrow, and we’ve got an exclusive clip from one of the digital-only special features. It’s...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 27, 2019. 5 comments

Deepfake Art Project Reimagines Nixon’s Speech Had Apollo 11 Gone Horribly Wrong

Deepfake Art Project Reimagines Nixon’s Speech Had Apollo 11 Gone Horribly Wrong

A prepared speech that President Richard Nixon thankfully never had to make has been brought to life in an art project that poses the question: Can a deepfake rewrite history?

As Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins traveled towards the Moon in July 1969, President Richard Nixon had a speech ready just in case the mission ended in disaster. The undelivered...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Nov 25, 2019. 13 comments

Disney Is Basically Just Trying to Make Real X-Wings For Galaxy's Edge Now

Disney Is Basically Just Trying to Make Real X-Wings For Galaxy's Edge Now

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is at the cutting edge (heh) of reality imitating fiction , with Disney spending massive sums of money on converting a little pocket of its park to looking, feeling, tasting , and smelling like it’s really a part of the Star Wars universe, only with many more opportunities to give Disney your money.

But this next endeavor, as reported by TheForce.net, is taking...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Nov 18, 2019. 6 comments

The Expanse's Season 4 Trailer Shows Us a Brave New World With Dangers at Every Turn

The Expanse's Season 4 Trailer Shows Us a Brave New World With Dangers at Every Turn
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The Expanse’s fourth season drops on Amazon Prime in just a few weeks meaning that after months of being cryptic about what’s to become of the Roci crew on the strange, new Earth-like planet Ilus, the studio’s finally dropping the kinds of trailers that give you some solid...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 15, 2019. 2 comments

Astronauts' Exercise Programs Could Help Cancer Patients Endure Chemotherapy

Astronauts' Exercise Programs Could Help Cancer Patients Endure Chemotherapy

In a new paper this week, researchers are making a novel argument: Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and astronauts in space suffer similar health problems—including bone and muscle loss—and as such could benefit from similar training regimens.

Author Jessica Scott, a senior scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center who’s studied how spaceflight affects the human body, said the genesis...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Nov 14, 2019. 14 comments

How the 2010s Changed Physics Forever

How the 2010s Changed Physics Forever
Decade's EndDecade's EndGizmodo, io9, and Earther look back at our passing decade and look ahead at what kind of future awaits us in the next ten years.Prev Next View All

This decade marked not just one but a series of turning points in the history of physics.

The 2010s were an incredible decade for new knowledge, but more importantly, this decade’s discoveries—and the resounding lack...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Nov 14, 2019. 6 comments

'Arrokoth' Is a Great Name for This Weird, Lobey Space Rock

'Arrokoth' Is a Great Name for This Weird, Lobey Space Rock

The New Horizons team announced yesterday that MU69's official name would be “Arrokoth.”

Folks, that’s a good name.

You may know this rock as the oddly shaped object in the distant Kuiper Belt we first got a good look at earlier this year. It was the target of the New Horizons mission after its flyby of Pluto. First discovered in Hubble Space Telescope data in 2014 by astronomer Marc Buie,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 12, 2019. 10 comments

Fireball Lights Up the Skies Over St. Louis During Northern Taurid Meteor Shower

Fireball Lights Up the Skies Over St. Louis During Northern Taurid Meteor Shower

Make a wish: Cameras in St. Louis, Missouri caught what appeared to be a meteor falling from the skies on Monday night, KSDL and KMOV reported.

Both stations reported that local residents saw a flash of light and loud noise at about 8:55 p.m. local time (9:55 p.m. ET). Twitter user David Vergel posted footage from an EarthCam aimed at the city’s iconic Gateway Arch of the object streaking...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Oct 29, 2019. 6 comments

How to Make a Black Hole in a Science Lab

How to Make a Black Hole in a Science Lab
Fake WeekFake WeekThis week, Gizmodo explores fakes, copies, simulations, and what is really “real” anyway.Prev Next View All

Nearly 50 years ago—before Interstellar, A Brief History of Time, and certainly the Event Horizon Telescope —postdoctoral researcher William Unruh was attempting to explain black holes to a crowd at an Oxford University colloquium. There were no reference points with...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Oct 28, 2019. 5 comments

Samsung's 'Space Selfie' Satellite Plummets From Sky Onto Michigan Horse Farm

Samsung's 'Space Selfie' Satellite Plummets From Sky Onto Michigan Horse Farm

A satellite that Samsung used for a PR stunt in which it sent a selfie of model and actor Cara Delevingne into space has crash-landed on a farm in Gratiot County, Michigan.

“This baby fell out of the sky and landed in our yard,” Nancy Mumby-Welke said in a video she recorded of the fallen device. “It’s never boring on the Welke farm. Thank god there’s no horses out or it didn’t hit the...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 04, 2019. 6 comments

Ad Astra's Existential Crisis Got Me Playing...Destiny Again?

Ad Astra's Existential Crisis Got Me Playing...Destiny Again?

A strange thing happened to me after I walked out of James Gray’s Dad Issues (in Spaaaaaaaace ) saga, Ad Astra—something I’ve not even remotely thought about doing for near enough a year. I sat at my PS4, thoughts about the film still jangling around in my head in process, and I booted up a game in search of a feeling. I played Destiny 2.

Well, not immediately. I had to download way too many...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 30, 2019. 20 comments

Elon Musk Unveils His Gigantic Starship Prototype, Says It'll Be Flying Within Months

Elon Musk Unveils His Gigantic Starship Prototype, Says It'll Be Flying Within Months

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the towering Mk1 prototype of his Starship space vehicle on Saturday evening in Boca Chica Village, Texas, announcing that the craft will be ready to fly within the next few months.

According to the New York Times, Musk claimed that within one or two months the 164-foot-tall, 200-ton Starship prototype could commence an unmanned test flight...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Sep 27, 2019. 3 comments

These Three Supermassive Black Holes Could One Day Join Forces

These Three Supermassive Black Holes Could One Day Join Forces

Scientists have spotted the best evidence yet of a trio of supermassive black holes in apparently merging galaxies, a new paper reports.

Theories of the universe’s evolution predict that galaxies, and the enormous black holes at their centers, evolve over time by merging with one another. But scenarios where three supermassive black holes exist in the center of large galaxies are hard to come...

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