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Black Carbon From Rocket Launches Will Heat the Atmosphere

Black Carbon From Rocket Launches Will Heat the Atmosphere

In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a pair of outspoken scientists reveal how warp drives—the show’s ubiquitous propulsion system used to get travelers around space—can be incredibly environmentally destructive. From then on, the characters take care to limit the damage of their spaceflights. Could a similar scenario now play out in the …

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Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX's Dragon

Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX’s Dragon

The first passenger to fly aboard Boeing’s Starliner will be Rosie the Rocketeer, a mannequin set to blast off to the International Space Station aboard the capsule on Thursday evening. If she makes the trip safely, NASA astronauts will be cleared for future flights on the new spacecraft. A successful uncrewed demonstration will make Boeing …

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