Trump’s NASA Nominee, Jim Bridenstine, Confirmed by Senate on Party-Line Vote

“Someone in that position needs to set a strong ethical tone, from the top, about the proper use of taxpayer dollars,” Mr. Schwellenbach said in an interview. Continue reading the main story “This is an old story, no there there,” said Sheryl Kaufman, Mr. Bridenstine’s communications director. “The accusations have been fully refuted by members of the Board of Directors of the museum both in 2012 and again in September 2017.” Opponents also painted Mr. Bridenstine as a denier of climate change. In a 2013 speech in the House of…

Watch NASA Launch TESS, Its Latest Planet Hunter

There’s a great world next door. Let’s go. The search for alien worlds and perhaps alien life will take another step outward on Monday when TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is launched into orbit around the Earth. TESS will spend at least two years scrutinizing the entire sky for exoplanets — planets around other stars — within about 300 light years from here. The worlds next door. When is the launch and how can I watch it? The launch is presently scheduled for 6:32.07 p.m. EDT on Monday. It…

China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station Has Fallen Back to Earth Over the Pacific

A second station, Tiangong-2, remains operating in orbit, and over the next few years, China plans to build a larger one For objects as large as Tiangong-1, 0 percent to 40 percent of the mass will make it all the way to Earth’s surface without burning up. But the station is far from being the largest object launched by humans to re-enter the atmosphere. The Russian Mir space station, with a mass equal to 15 Tiangong-1s, was the largest, but the Russians successfully guided it to a harmless end over…

Elon Musk Joins #DeleteFacebook With a Barrage of Tweets

“What’s Facebook?” Mr. Musk replied to Mr. Acton. Then Mr. Musk announced he would shut down the SpaceX and Tesla pages. He said the Tesla Facebook page “looks lame anyway.” Definitely. Looks lame anyway. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018 The posts, which sent the Twittersphere into a virtual frenzy, escalated a public feud between Mr. Musk and Mr. Zuckerberg. Mr. Musk has often urged people to be cautious of embracing technology such as artificial intelligence because of the consequences it might bring, once saying that it could become…