July 9, 2017

Pence says NASA to reorient towards human spaceflight

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence said July 6 that the U.S. space program would refocus on human spaceflight, including missions to the moon and Mars, […]
July 8, 2017

XCOR Aerospace lays off remaining employees

WASHINGTON — XCOR Aerospace, a company developing rocket engines and a suborbital spaceplane, has laid off its remaining employees but is continuing efforts to raise funding […]
July 7, 2017

The surface of Mars is probably too toxic for bacteria to survive

But the search for life on the red planet isn’t over yet. Mars is not a very welcoming place. It’s cold, there’s hardly any atmosphere, and its […]
July 6, 2017

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to peer into the depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

We’re getting our closest view ever of the 10,000-mile-wide storm. Humankind has been ogling Jupiter’s Great Red Spot through our telescopes for more than 300 years. […]
July 4, 2017

4th July in Space: How Will the Astronauts Celebrate?

Today (July 4), people all across the U.S. will celebrate Independence Day with cookouts, flags and fireworks. On the International Space Station, things will be a […]
July 2, 2017

Space for Humanity seeks 10,000 citizen astronauts

SAN FRANCISCO — To date, only 536 people have traveled to space and the vast majority have been men from a handful of nations. Dylan Taylor, a […]
July 1, 2017

Did Life on Earth Come From Outer Space?

A look at the scientific evidence for panspermia. Where did life come from? It remains one the biggest questions in biology, and has preoccupied scientists for […]
June 30, 2017

Vector raises $21 million for small launch vehicle development

WASHINGTON — Vector, one of a number of companies developing small launch vehicles in response to growing small satellite demand, announced June 29 that it closed […]
June 29, 2017

The Search for the Next Large Asteroid That Might Slam Into Earth

On June 30 — International Asteroid Day — skywatchers are raising awareness about “humanity’s greatest challenge”: the lack of defense measures against a large collision with […]