Jonathan McDowell

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; analyst of the space program who blogs about it at Jonathan’s Space Report

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed on Friday during a test flight.

SpaceShipTwo Investigation

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed on Friday during a test flight.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched an unmanned rocket on Friday that blew-up moments after takeoff. It was just one rocket-related mishap to occur in the past few days.

Frustrated Space Efforts

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched an unmanned rocket on Friday that blew-up moments after takeoff. It was just one rocket-related mishap to occur in the past few days.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Could American astronauts get to the International Space Station using a big trampoline? That’s the suggestion tweeted by Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin.

News from Space

Could American astronauts get to the International Space Station using a big trampoline? That’s the suggestion tweeted by Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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