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The First Space Force Mission

On Thursday, March 26th at 4:18 pm Eastern time, ULA fired off the Atlas V from Cape Canaveral on its first mission for the newly established Space Force. Supercluster was there.

March 30, 2020

Every Rocket Launch, All Over The World, In Your Pocket

The Supercluster launch tracker is now available for iOS and Android. Get mission info, countdowns, livestreams, viewing locations and customized launch alerts

March 30, 2020

Spreading Our Ashes Through The Cosmos

The story of Celestis, a company that offers a different kind of memorial — launching the ashes of your deceased love ones into space. Featuring Celestis CEO Charles Chafer.

March 20, 2020

Fighting to Preserve Human History on the Moon

Could space tourism pose a threat to the Apollo landing sites?

March 17, 2020

Listening for Aliens with Laser Light

In the shadow of Mount Hopkins, four giant, segmented mirrors stare at the night sky.

March 10, 2020

From NASA's Archives: The Crash in the Desert

In late 1984, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration intentionally crashed a remote-controlled Boeing 720 passenger jet (filled with crash-test dummies) in the Mojave Desert.

February 28, 2020

Bill Nye Loves LightSail 2

Solar Sail technology fascinated Bill Nye for decades. Now, with Planetary Society, he is helping to make it a reality.

February 24, 2020

Saying I Do Among the Stars

A literally star-studded wedding might sound romantic, but it’s not without its legal challenges.

February 14, 2020

Star Trek’s Most Significant Legacy: Diversity

Star Trek has changed the pop culture landscape in many ways since it first aired in 1966. It’s hard to pinpoint any other franchise that has so fundamentally impacted our world.

February 11, 2020

'90s Disaster Movies Might Actually Save The Planet

The year before Armageddon came out, Hale-Bopp whizzed past earth. I remember standing barefoot on the deck behind our ranch-style house in the suburbs, watching the comet's glow.

January 29, 2020

The Cold War Plan to Build Earth's Largest Telescope

There is little evidence the Sugar Grove telescope ever existed. The only clues that construction ever began are a few steel struts rising from an anonymous concrete pad.

January 13, 2020

How to Catch a Fish From Space

Satellite fishing maps take much of the guesswork out of the where-to-go-to-find-fish equation.

December 17, 2019

NASA Enlists Brave Rodent Avatars to Further Space Travel

SpaceX flew 40 Mice to the ISS for NASA. The group will help us further understand the effects of space travel on human physiology and biology.

December 04, 2019

The Handshake in Space

The amazing story of the Apollo Soyuz Test Project, the first time the USA and Soviet Union worked together on a cooperative mission in outer space.

December 02, 2019

Habitable Worlds Require Prime Galactic Real Estate

In the 1970s astronomers started asking “Why is our Solar System in this part of the Milky Way, and not somewhere else?”

November 27, 2019

Demystifying Space Force

A closer look at the latest addition to America's armed forces ― which, no, will not resemble Star Trek.

November 18, 2019

The Battle For Mauna Kea

Ancient Hawaiian law prohibited anyone but tribal leaders from ascending Mauna Kea. But today you'll see hardhats, bulldozers, and protesters decrying the desecration of native land.

November 07, 2019

Ruins of The Space Coast

America’s rocket launch program began at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the 1950s. We were given the chance to visit these launch sites and explore 60+ years of the base's rich history.

October 29, 2019

Studying the Cosmic Dark Ages With Parts From Your Hardware Store

Shining a light on the Cosmic Dark Ages, with plumbing parts and chicken wire.

October 21, 2019

The Road to Mars Passes Through Boca Chica

Boca Chica, Texas exists in some nexus between the United States, Mexico, and now, Mars.

October 01, 2019

Elon Musk Reveals Starship in Boca Chica, Texas

Elon Musk reveals a Starship prototype in Texas: a massive rocket, seemingly inspired by the Tintin cartoons from the 1950s, that SpaceX will use to launch humans to deep space.

September 27, 2019

Your Travel Guide to Raiding Area 51

It's probably not a great idea to launch a citizen's raid on Area 51. However, if you do, don't leave home without the Supercluster Area 51 Guide.

September 20, 2019

How to Explore The Cosmos from Your Own Backyard

You don’t need government funding to take a great photo of the cosmos.

September 13, 2019

How Star Trek Predicts Our Future

A discussion on the mythology of Star Trek and its impact on human space exploration.

September 06, 2019

The Supercluster Podcast: Water Bears Might Now Occupy the Moon

Tardigrades––tiny but extremely tough creatures––were snuck aboard the Beresheet Israeli lunar lander and may have survived their crash landing on the moon.

August 27, 2019

Can Intelligent Machines Find Intelligent Aliens?

When aliens call, will artificial intelligence pick up the phone?

August 20, 2019

The Supercluster Podcast: Last Week in Space 08/09

This week: Supercluster's Robin Seemangal is down at Cape Canaveral with contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to recap a busy week of launches around the world.

August 12, 2019

This Cape Canaveral Startup is Attempting to Revolutionize Rocketry

A few miles drive from NASA Kennedy Space Center, the world’s premier space port, a young company is quietly attempting to revolutionize rocketry.

August 06, 2019

Meet the Visionary Behind Launcher, Brooklyn's Hidden Rocket Startup

A fateful visit to Kennedy Space Center would eventually inspire Max Haot to pursue space exploration.

July 25, 2019

Last Week in Space: Apollo 50th Edition

This week: Our Chief of Content Robin Seemangal is joined by Supercluster contributor and launch expert Chris Gebhardt to discuss the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch.

July 24, 2019

The Supercluster Podcast: Why Everyone is Talking About UFOs

In the past 18 months UFO theories have passed from tin-hat support groups to the hallowed pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. Why?

July 17, 2019

Celebrities & Pop Culture Are Suddenly Obsessed With Space. Why Now?

Stars, planets, and the thought of exploring them has taken a leading role in everything from film and apparel to internet and celebrity culture. But why, and why now?

July 15, 2019

When We Blast Our Dead Loved Ones to Space

There is a growing trend toward space-based memorial services. Startups are competing to send the remains of our loved ones to the edge of space, the moon, or endless earth orbit.

July 14, 2019

The Supercluster Podcast: Last Week in Space 7/12

This week: NASA gets a huge leadership shakeup while Arianespace suffered a loss of its Vega rocket and payload during a launch from French Guiana. 

July 12, 2019

How Dolphins on LSD Shaped the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

We thought dolphins on acid could help us talk to aliens.

July 07, 2019

Documentary: Life in Pine Bush, A Century of UFO Sightings

We travel to the town of Pinebush, NY, UFO capital of the world, to search for signs of life.

July 03, 2019

Meet the Amateur Astronomers Hunting for Spy Satellites

Inside the global network of astronomers searching the skies for classified government satellites.

June 27, 2019

The Human Effort to Sail the Cosmos on Sunlight

Carl Sagan dreamt of navigating the cosmos on sails pushed by gusts of sunlight, streaming out from our star. 

June 25, 2019

The Supercluster Podcast: Falcon Heavy and the New Space Coast

On a special edition of The Supercluster Podcast, our Chief of Content Robin Seemangal travels down to Cape Canaveral, Florida to prepare for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy STP-2 launch.

June 24, 2019
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