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March 18, 2019

SpaceX preparing to begin Starship hopper tests

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — SpaceX could begin initial tests of a prototype of the company’s next-generation Starship vehicle as soon as this week, Elon Musk said […]
March 17, 2019

Moon dust kept sealed for 50 years will finally reveal its secrets

NASA has been understandably stingy with the last of its pristine samples. Through six different Apollo missions, astronauts brought back to Earth 842 pounds of rocks and […]
March 14, 2019

NASA Releases Opportunity Rover’s Final Panoramic View of Mars

Opportunity spent its final months building this panorama of its location, which is now its gravesite. When NASA’s Opportunity rover was declared dead in February, the […]
March 13, 2019

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Prepares for His First Spaceflight (for a Second Time)

NASA astronaut Nick Hague is in the unusual position of having to prepare a second time for his first spaceflight. He and two fellow crewmembers will climb aboard […]
March 12, 2019

Some exoplanets tilt too much, and it’s pushing everyone apart

Orbits are getting a bit less mysterious. The explosion of exoplanet discoveries in the last decade has boosted our hopes of finding another world like Earth […]
March 11, 2019

Rocket Lab Launch of DARPA Satellite Slips

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab’s first launch of the year, which was scheduled for late February, has been pushed back to the second half of March because of the […]
March 10, 2019

ArianeGroup says Ariane 6 enters crucial development phase as French auditor warns against SpaceX

WARSAW, Poland — ArianeGroup says this year will be decisive for the Ariane 6 rocket as the program is close to having all its propulsion qualified, […]
March 9, 2019

SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashdown Marks Success of First NASA Commercial Crew Flight Test

NASA passed a major milestone Friday in its goal to restore America’s human spaceflight capability when SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returned to Earth after a five-day mission […]
March 4, 2019

Soon, hundreds of tourists will go to space. What should we call them?

Astronauts or astro-nots? Perhaps within a matter of a months, a handful of customers will board a spacecraft and fly above Earth’s atmosphere to float for […]