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Astronomers explain origin of elusive ultradiffuse galaxies

On the left, one of the ultra-diffuse galaxies that was analyzed in the simulation. On the right, the image of the DF2 galaxy, which is almost transparent. Credit: ESA/Hubble. As their name suggests, ultradiffuse galaxies, or UDGs, are dwarf galaxies whose stars are spread out over a vast region, resulting in extremely low surface brightness,…

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin targeting Aug. 25 for next spaceflight

Home News Spaceflight Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle launches on an uncrewed mission in December 2019. The company’s next New Shepard flight is targeted for Aug. 25, 2021. (Image credit: Blue Origin) Blue Origin is targeting Aug. 25 for the next flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, company representatives announced today (Aug. 18). The…

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Blue Origin sues NASA over SpaceX Moon contract

Side view of the crater Moltke taken from Apollo 10. Credit: Public Domain Blue Origin, the space company owned by Jeff Bezos, is suing the US government over its decision to award a massive Moon exploration contract to its competitor SpaceX, it said in a statement Monday. The company has filed a suit with the…

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Here’s why Blue Origin thinks it is justified in continuing to protest NASA

Blue Streak — Bezos: ” The thing that slows things down is procurement.” Eric Berger – Aug 16, 2021 10:15 pm UTC Blue Origin has chosen to continue fighting NASA’s selection of SpaceX to build a Human Landing System as part of the Artemis Moon Program. The company filed suit in the US Court of…

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sues NASA over denied moon lander contract

Home News Spaceflight Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is now suing NASA over its HLS contract decision. (Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Blue Origin is now suing NASA in its latest attempt to push back against the agency’s decision to award SpaceX its moon lander contract. Jeff Bezos’ space company has made quite a few complaints about…

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Blue Origin sues NASA over plan to go with SpaceX for Artemis moon mission

Jeff Bezos gives a thumbs-up after returning from space on July 20, 2021.  Blue Origin Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filed a complaint Monday in federal court against NASA. The lawsuit escalates Blue Origin’s protest that NASA unjustly granted a lunar landing contract earlier this year to Elon Musk’s…

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Blue Origin BE4 Engine Likely Slipping to 2022

In 2014, Blue Origin said the BE-4 engine would be ready by 2017 but it is likely slipping to 2022. ULA need BE-4 for its new Vulcan rocket and Blue Origin needs it for the New Glenn rocket. Blue Origin did not have enough components to build development engines, and this has led to long…

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Blue Origin protested NASA’s SpaceX contract and the GAO finally has a response

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its response to Blue Origin’s and Dynetics’ protests over the lunar lander contract granted by NASA to competitor SpaceX. The protests were filed in late April, resulting in NASA temporarily pausing the lunar lander contract given to SpaceX while the GAO resolved the two formal protests. READ: NASA…

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Blue Origin protest of NASA moon lander choice nixed by government agency

Home News Spaceflight Blue Origin’s protest against NASA’s decision to not hire the company to build its next human moon lander has been shut down by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Earlier this year, NASA awarded SpaceX a contract to build its Human Landing System (HLS), or the moon lander that will carry astronauts to…

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Blue Origin takes its first passengers to space

This time, there was a blastoff.   Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and three other civilians watched the sky turn from blue to black this morning as the company’s reusable rocket and capsule system New Shepard passed the Kármán line, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.   Around 9:25 a.m. US Eastern time, Bezos and his fellow passengers landed…