New Barbie Signature Role Model Samantha Cristoforetti celebrates women in space.

Mattel’s new ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Barbie doll was sent on a zero-g parabolic flight to mark World Space Week and its theme this year of “Women in Space.” (Image credit: ESA/Mattel)

Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), made her debut as part of the fashion doll line three years ago, but only as a couple of one-off models for display. Now, Cristoforetti’s Signature Role Model Barbie…

Many cameras captured the tragic events and aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States. One camera, though, had a vantage point and human connection like no other, high above the planet onboard the International Space Station.

One of the photos Expedition 3 commander Frank Culbertson took of the smoke rising from New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, using the Kodak DCS 460c Nikon digital camera. (NASA)

That camera is now on display for the first…

Yes, you heard that right! SpaceX has a new mini-bakery! But it’s not feeding all the hungry SpaceX engineers working on the Starship at their Boca-Chica site. Instead, they make their heat shield tiles here.

SpaceX Van outside of the mini-bakery in Florida

As Starship prepares for its first orbital flight, the thermal protection system will play a…

Aditya Krishnan Mohan

I write about the latest tech, space tech, rockets and computer programming.

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