November 14, 2019

SpaceX tests Crew Dragon abort thrusters

WASHINGTON — SpaceX successfully tested Nov. 13 the thrusters used as part of the abort system for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, nearly seven months after a […]
November 13, 2019

The Curiosity rover detects oxygen behaving strangely on Mars

Since it landed in Gale Crater in 2012, the Curiosity rover has been studying the Martian surface beneath its wheels to learn more about the planet’s […]
November 12, 2019

Rare Mercury Transit, the Last Until 2032, Thrills Skywatchers Around the World

The tiny planet Mercury scooted across the sun’s face today (Nov. 11) for the last time until 2032, and skywatchers around the world had the chance to witness […]
November 11, 2019

SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites for Megaconstellation Today. Here’s How to Watch

The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch 60 Starlink internet satellites to join its growing megaconstellation in orbit today (Nov. 11) and you can watch it live online. […]
November 10, 2019

Why Astronomers Worry About the Brightness of SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Megaconstellation

SpaceX is planning to launch the second installment of its Starlink megaconstellation on Monday (Nov. 11), and astronomers are waiting to see — well, precisely what they will […]
November 8, 2019

Astronaut preparing for ISS mission with reduced crew

WASHINGTON — A NASA astronaut flying to the International Space Station next spring could be the only American on the station for an extended period because […]
November 7, 2019

Can We Genetically Engineer Humans to Survive Missions to Mars?

We might one day combine tardigrade DNA into our own cells. Will we one day combine tardigrade DNA with our cells to go to Mars? Chris […]
November 6, 2019

Discovering Extraterrestrial Life Would Be Slow and Uncertain

No, no, no — huh, maybe. Zoom in? Hmm. Go back. Eh, I’m not sure. Maybe we can get a better angle? Scientists have spent long […]
November 5, 2019

Boeing Tests Starliner Spacecraft’s Launch Abort System for Rocket Emergencies

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crewed vehicle aced a crucial safety test this morning (Nov. 4) in the New Mexico desert. Called a pad abort test, the drill checked the […]