Watch this gecko smash headfirst into a tree—and still stick the landing | Science

PHOENIX—Imagine slamming your head into a wall at a Lamborghini’s top speed, and you’ve got a good sense of what it’s like for a gecko to smack headfirst into a tree as it hurtles from branch to trunk. “The landing looks quite brutal,” says Lara Ferry, an integrative biologist who studies animal morphology at Arizona … Read more

SpaceX launches 105 small satellites into orbit, nails rocket landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched its second rocket of the year Thursday morning (Jan. 13) as one of its veteran boosters carried 105 small satellites into orbit before landing back on Earth. The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off into a clear blue sky at 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT) from Space Launch … Read more

Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck on sticking the landing for final ‘The Expanse’ novel, ‘Leviathan Falls’ (exclusive)

The end of a beloved novel series is always a melancholy occasion, and so it is with the ninth and final entry for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck’s (under the pen name James S.A. Corey) multi-layered military space opera, “The Expanse.”  After ten years of intense research, plot construction, worldbuilding, and character development, the … Read more

SpaceX aces 100th rocket landing after Dragon cargo ship launch to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its 31st rocket of the year early Tuesday (Dec. 21), sending a used Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station  before nailing the company’s 100th landing.  A new two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Launch Complex 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 5:07 a.m. EST … Read more