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Virgin Galactic Ends 2016 with Second SpaceShipTwo Glide Flight

...If there are no major setbacks in the glide test program, Virgin Galactic will likely begin powered test flights later in 2017. ..
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How Realistic Is the Interstellar Ship from 'Passengers'?

..."We're not trying to extend the human lifetime," Bradford said, so the technology that SpaceWorks is pursuing is different from what is shown in "Passengers." But in other respects, the movie shows essentially the same thing his company strives for. ......
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Swat team: scientists track humongous number of flying bugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Counting the number of bugs whizzing high overhead annually may seem all but impossible, but researchers in Britain have completed the most comprehensive tally ever conducted. And the headcount they came up with was almost un-bee-lievable....
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NASA to Test Parachute-Like Exo-Brake Tech to Return Stuff from Space

A novel technology that could allow for accurate, guided landing of payloads returning to Earth from the International Space Station will soon undergo testing in orbit....
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Undersea mystery: seahorse genetic secrets unveiled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unlocked some of the genetic secrets of the weird and wondrous seahorse including its exotic eccentricity of male pregnancy....
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Vega Rocket Launches Turkish Earth-Observation Satellite

WASHINGTON — Arianespace lofted Turkey’s Göktürk-1 Earth-observation satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit Dec. 5 aboard a Vega rocket, marking the eighth success for the European light-lift vehicle....
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Galactic 'Spiderweb' Has Unusual Feeding Habits

Like a spider devouring prey from its web, a mature young galaxy is devouring the recycled gas that surrounds it, rather than snacking on its neighbors....
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Trump Names Insider to Lead NASA Transition

WASHINGTON — The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump has named a congressional staffer and former NASA official to the "landing team" overseeing transition planning for the space agency....
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Stephen Hawking Puts An Expiry Date On Humanity

Stephen Hawking believes that humanity has less than a thousand years on Earth before a mass extinction occurs, the leading theoretical physicist said during a speech Tuesday at Oxford University Union, U.K....
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Night delight: 'supermoon' to grace Earth's skies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades will be on display in the coming days, promising Earth-bound sky-watchers a celestial "supermoon" spectacle....
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