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Blue Origin successfully tests escape system in latest New Shepard launch

FARNBOROUGH, England — Blue Origin conducted a successful test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle July 18 that…

Aston Martin takes to the skies with first aircraft concept

Aston Martin aims to bring luxury private transport to the sky with its Volante Vision Concept aircraft – a flying 

MIT’s ‘Orbit Weaver’ Turns Astronauts into Spiders

Moving around in microgravity is tough, but a new MIT Media Lab device takes a…

Star Trek technobabble: The science behind the science fiction

Star Wars is all action. You know, X-wings and lightsabers and fully armed and operational battle stations. Star…

Electric satellite propulsion company raises $10 million

CINCINNATI — A Silicon Valley startup developing electric propulsion systems for satellites has raised $10 million and added the…

Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life

One of the nearest exoplanets to Earth may be a decent abode for life. Ross 128b — which lies just 11…

Crew Dragon completes thermal vacuum tests ahead of first test flight

CINCINNATI — The first SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has completed a series of tests at a NASA center that…

Scientists Invented AI Made From DNA

Researchers made a neural network out of DNA that can recognize handwritten numbers. Last Wednesday, researchers at…

Kepler in safe mode amid concerns spacecraft is running out of fuel

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has paused science observations upon receiving indications that the spacecraft may be finally running…

NASA awards contract to study flying drones on Venus

In the coming decades, NASA and other space agencies hope to mount some ambitious missions to other planets in…

Renderings of SpaceX clawboat’s huge net upgrade is a taste of what’s to come

After several close-but-no-cigar attempts at snatching a Falcon 9 payload fairing out of the air, SpaceX’s iconic recovery vessel Mr…

Mars is on its way closer to Earth — and you can see it for yourself

The last time the Red Planet got this close was back in 2003 If you’ve taken a look at…

Are we alone? The question is worthy of serious scientific study

Are we alone? Unfortunately, neither of the answers feel satisfactory. To be alone in this vast universe is a…

World UFO Day 2018: How close have we actually got to finding aliens, and what would they be like?

Exciting data has emerged from Mars and Enceladus, but extra-terrestrials will likely be tiny bacteria not intergalactic space travellers As…

NASA plans to publicly test its quiet supersonic technology this year

The space agency has announced that it will conduct public tests of its quiet supersonic technologies around Galveston, Texas, in…

NASA planning revisions to commercial crew test flight schedule

RENTON, Wash. — With official dates for commercial crew test flights looming, NASA officials have indicated a revised schedule,…

Harlan Ellison Passes Away at 84

Acclaimed science fiction author Harlan Ellison has passed away in his sleep at the age of 84, according to 

SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket

Upper stage flying an experimental, long-coast after primary mission. Friday am update: The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on schedule…

Boeing unveils design for hypersonic passenger plane

Boeing has revealed a concept design for a hypersonic aircraft that could reach most locations in the world within one to three…

SpaceX Launching Cargo Mission to Space Station Early Friday: Watch Live

SpaceX will launch a new resupply mission to the International Space Station early Friday (June 29), and you can watch the…

China’s hypersonic military projects include spaceplanes and rail guns

The nation is focusing its research and development on tech that moves faster than the speed of sound. As President…

Russia’s Proton rocket, which predates Apollo, will finally stop flying

Technical problems, rise of SpaceX are contributing factors. The Russian-manufactured Proton rocket has been flying into space since before humans…

New model predicts that we’re probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe

The Fermi Paradox remains a stumbling block when it comes to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Named…

Blue Origin plans to start selling suborbital spaceflight tickets next year

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and start selling…

A Black Hole Has Been Shredding a Star Twice the Size of the Sun for 10 Years

Astronomers have been watching the full fallout of a tidal disruption event for years.

8 perfect astronaut selfies

Earth selfies are so two centuries ago. If you want to impress us, you’ve got to take your picture from…

SpaceX just sold the US Air Force the cheapest enormous rocket it’s ever bought

SpaceX has won its first contract to launch a classified military satellite on its Falcon Heavy rocket, beating out…

The proposed Space Force isn’t the first time the United States has tried to militarize space

In 1966, the Air Force sent an uncrewed space station into orbit If Donald Trump’s Space Force idea actually comes…

Why Are Astronauts Moonwalking on the Bottom of This Giant Pool?

With government leaders and space organizations aiming to send astronauts back to the moon, how do astronauts train to work…

Former astronaut criticizes lunar gateway plans

WASHINGTON — A former NASA astronaut used an appearance at a National Space Council meeting June 18 to argue…

Habitability of the young earth could boost the chances of life elsewhere

The conditions on the early Earth have long been a mystery, but researchers from NASA and the University of…

NASA astronauts must sculpt freakishly strong arms to work in space

Here’s how former space station commander Peggy Whitson trained …

This Flying Space Droid Wants to Make Friends with Astronauts

The world’s first flying, autonomous, artificially intelligent (AI) astronaut assistant will soon get to work in space. Meet CIMON,…

Our DNA Might Be the Most Valuable Thing in a Trade Deal With Aliens

Or, how to avoid a “Mars Attacks”-style bloodbath when we eventually encounter extraterrestrials. While…

NASA’s Opportunity rover is sleeping through a massive dust storm on Mars

The storm appeared on June 1—a haze of dust kicked up by winds blowing across…

Astronomers find source of stars’ mysterious microwaves

Mysterious streams of microwaves that come from far across the galaxy have been traced to immense clouds of spinning…

SpaceX proposing expansion of Florida launch processing facilities

WASHINGTON — SpaceX plans to significantly expand its footprint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a sign that its Falcon…

A New Way to Find Alien Civilizations: Look for Their Satellites

An astrophysicist was able to define a new signature of an extraterrestrial civilization by studying telecommunication…

Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars

The finding has significant implications for whether life once existed on Mars. After more than four decades of searching for…

Climate Change Killed the Aliens, and It Will Probably Kill Us Too, New Simulation Suggests

Did climate change already kill all the aliens we’ve been searching for? According to astrophysicist Adam Frank, it’s certainly a…

NASA is sending a spacecraft to investigate the ‘bubble’ that protects our solar system

Don’t look at the Sun during an eclipse. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses if you…

Small asteroid on collision course with Earth discovered only hours before impact

Boulder-sized asteroid was detected by telescope 8 hours before disintegrating in atmosphere over Botswana An asteroid on a collision course…

How Big Are We in Relation to Space?

When you hear the phrase “life-sized,” what comes to mind? Most people think of things comparatively-sized to themselves, but…

The Moons of Some Giant Alien Planets Could Host Life

Researchers have identified more than 100 giant exoplanets that may have potentially life-hosting moons.

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet

Earlier this year, astronomers stumbled upon a fascinating finding: Thousands of black holes likely exist near the center of our…

Arabsat Falcon Heavy mission slated for December-January timeframe

WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch with a commercial satellite is scheduled to occur around the end of the…

Here’s What NASA’s ‘Toasty’ Camera Saw As It Melted After a SpaceX Launch

When a SpaceX rocket launches, it’s awesome. But when a SpaceX rocket launch sparks a brush fire that melts…

Extremely Large Telescope: The Biggest Eye on the Sky

In the mountains of Chile sits the site of what will become the largest optical telescope in the world….

Second SpaceShipTwo makes second powered test flight

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane performed a successful test flight May 29, bringing the company one step…

Astronaut Don Peterson, made first shuttle spacewalk, dies at 84

Astronaut Donald Peterson, who trained for a classified military space station program before becoming one of the first people…

NASA’s Space AI Hunts Exoplanets, Not Humans — Yet

When it comes to artificial intelligence, NASA and other space agencies are nowhere near building a “Terminator” in space….

Alan Bean, astronaut who walked on the moon, dies at 86

Alan Bean, a Navy test pilot and astronaut who walked on the…

ISS crew schedules delay need for commercial crew

LOS ANGELES — New International Space Station crew assignments announced by NASA May 24 will give the agency a…

SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin science spacecraft

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 still sporting soot from its last…

Ariane chief seems frustrated with SpaceX for driving down launch costs

“I cannot tell my teams: ‘Goodbye, see you next year!’” The France-based Ariane Group is the primary contractor for the…

Weird Space Rock Provides More Evidence for Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet…

Space Jams! Astronauts and Cosmonauts Rock Out at the International Space Station

An out-of-this world jam band is orbiting 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the

Study offers pessimistic outlook for commercial space stations

WASHINGTON — As NASA formally requests proposals for studies on the commercialization…

Here’s the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station This Weekend

This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will…

Astronauts Are Taking a Spacewalk Outside the Space Station Today: Watch Live

Two NASA astronauts will work in space today…

Here’s China’s plan to compete with SpaceX and Blue Origin

Private companies want to launch reusable space rockets in 2020. China has plans to launch reusable space rockets to compete…

A ‘Mars on Earth’ Helps Scientists with Their Search for Alien Life

Scientists are using alien environments on Earth to improve our abilities to

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to

SpaceX Aborts 1st Launch of Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket at the Last Minute

The highly anticipated debut of SpaceX’s new

SpaceX’s New Falcon 9 Rocket Block 5 Debuts Today: How to Watch Live

The newest iteration of SpaceX‘s workhorse

Human waste used to make ‘Marmite-like’ food for astronauts

‘Microbial goo’ could feed people on lengthy space missions to

NASA missions press ahead despite budget uncertainty

WASHINGTON — As House appropriators prepare to take up a spending bill that funds

Lunar Meteorite Discovery Suggests There’s Hidden Water on the Moon

Moganite, which requires the presence of

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is returning to Earth today (May 5) with more…

NASA launches InSight spacecraft bound for Mars

Lander will be tracked by mini satellites before it begins probing red planet’s ‘inner space’

NASA’s Launching a Lander That Will Dig on Mars

Mars InSight will be the first

What its like to live in Nasa’s new spacecraft

In 1959, when Nasa’s original seven astronauts first saw their tiny single-man…

SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft may not become operational until 2020

“The contractors have had difficulty executing aggressive schedules.” A new report provides some insight into the challenges that

Heat Shield for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Cracks During Test

The heat shield for NASA’s…

New Shepard flies again, bringing suborbital space tourism closer

Blue Origin has not released a price for the spaceflight experience. Blue Origin flew its

Watch Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin launch its space tourism rocket

Blue Origin plans to launch its reusable, suborbital rocket

Projectile Cannon Shows Asteroid Impacts May Have Made Earth a Watery Planet

Using a high-powered cannon, researchers demonstrated that asteroids can deliver more water to

US Cargo Spaceship Set for Departure from International Space Station

After delivering more than 5,800 pounds of science investigations and cargo for NASA, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set…

Asteroid Miners’ Arkyd-6 Satellite Aces Big Test in Space

Some of Planetary Resources’ asteroid-mining tech just passed a major space test. The Washington-based company’s tiny Arkyd-6 satellite has completed…

No Way Out? Aliens on ‘Super-Earth’ Planets May Be Trapped by Gravity

“Super-Earth” planets are giant-size versions of Earth, and some research has suggested that they’re more likely to be habitable…

Netflix film examines why NASA shunned women astronauts in early days

Since then, NASA has begun to redeem itself by taking steps toward gender parity. This June, the world will mark…

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including…

SpaceX to Launch NASA’s Exoplanet-Hunting Spacecraft Today: How to Watch Live

After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18)…

SpaceX Rocket Is Ready to Launch NASA’s Next Planet-Hunting Telescope

SpaceX is gearing up to launch NASA’s next big exoplanet hunter on Monday (April 16), now that a successful test-fire…

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness. NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the…

SpaceX wants to replace long-haul flights with rocket travel in the next 10 years

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is obsessed with flying to Mars. We know this, because he’s said his company 

NASA Just Dropped Its Most Detailed Video Tour of the Moon Yet

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, high-resolution imagery of our closest neighboring world is more…

Clandestine X-37B Space Plane Surpases 200 Days in Orbit

The US Air Force’s unpiloted and reusable craft is likely to be testing dual-use technologies that might be used…

Why Extraterrestrial Life May Be More Unlikely Than Scientists Thought

Phosphorus is an essential element for life — but that there was enough of it for life to start…

NASA BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF ITS NEW QUIET SUPERSONIC PLANE

NASA has a lot of experience when it comes to developing supersonic…

A New Luxury Hotel Is Opening…In Space

When a new luxury hotel opens, there might be some “oohs” and…

First four images from Virgin Galactic’s successful new test flight

We’ve had our first glimpse of Virgin Galactic‘s new

72 Mysterious Cosmic Flashes Puzzle Astronomers

Seventy-two unusual cosmic events have astronomers scratching their heads.  Scientists conducting a survey for supernovas — the dramatic explosions that end…

Farthest star ever seen captured by astronomers

Star was imaged using the Hubble telescope in 2016, when it…

Tiangong-1 reenters over South Pacific

WASHINGTON — China’s Tiangong-1 module, whose…

Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Expected to Crash in the Next 24 Hours

It’s almost crash time for China’s falling space station Tiangong-1. As school bus-sized space station began what should be…

Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a bunch of Iridium satellites

SpaceX is shooting for the stars again. This time

How to follow along as China’s doomed space station falls to Earth

This weekend, a derelict Chinese space station will plummet to Earth. While the station — named Tiangong-1 — will mostly…

Why Is China’s Space Station Falling to Earth in the First Place?

Space trackers are watching the skies closely this week for the end of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab, which will…

SpaceX launch last year punched huge, temporary hole in the ionosphere

Rocket launches act somewhat like a small volcano eruption. Contrary to popular belief, most of the time when a

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