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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…

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 …

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Talent

Complex critters are pretty clever. I’ve enjoyed watching David Attenborough and his “Planet Earth II,” in which he shows…

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…

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…

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….

Sleeping in Space: Coping with Darkness & Light

Getting a good night’s sleep on Earth is hard enough as…

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

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

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

Who’s Out There?—Anyone of Interest?

Two articles in Science News April 28 and May 12, 2018, focus on what we have learned about the 5000…

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

How NASA Prevents Outbreaks in Space

Space travel has once again captured the imagination of the public. With recent stunts like

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…

International Space Station

What is the Future of Space-Based Research?

The curiosity in humans gives us the desire to learn, to explore, and to understand. These qualities…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? EM-1 M

Last time out, we dipped into some of the more diverse projects NASA has been delving into…

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)…

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Complexity and Getting Going

It’s too easy to assume that life is inevitable, given a watery planet and a friendly warm sun. It…

Did Scientists Find a Galaxy Lacking Dark Matter?

Looking up at the night sky is an amazing way to get in touch with the universe, but even…

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…

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

20 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Times

Is there such thing as a sci-fi movie an…

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…

SpaceX & the Future of Travel

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious. Though known more…

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…

Information Systems & Data Recovery in Space

Have you ever wondered about the intersection of data recovery, information systems, and data science in astronomy…

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

These Are the New Experiments Heading to the International Space Station

NASA announced which new experiments will be sent to the space station aboard an upcoming

Deep-Space Radiation May Be Getting More Dangerous for Future Astronauts

“The radiation dose rates from measurements obtained over the last four years exceeded trends from previous

THE FIRST SPACEX BFR SHOULD MAKE ORBITAL LAUNCHES BY 2020

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Chemicals

On the early Earth, marine aerosols could come in two sizes—bacterial and viral—which might…

IF WE DO HEAR SIGNALS FROM ALIENS, THEY’RE PROBABLY LONG GONE

NASA Twins Study Confirms Effects of Long-Term Space Flight

Scott Kelly spent 340 days aboard the

Stephen Hawking dead at 76

Best-known theoretical physicist of his time wrote international bestseller

Elon Musk debuted a trailer “for the next part of the human story” at SXSW

People arrived excited about a giant marketing installation; they left looking to the stars. AUSTIN, Texas—”We can’t just come to…

Why people still worry about the falling Chinese space station — despite the low odds

In 2016, China announced that its first human station, Tiangong-1, would make…

Science Teachers at National Conference to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Atlanta will…

William Shatner Wants You to Send Your Name to the Sun on NASA’s Historic Solar Probe

Your name could soon zoom through the sun’s superheated outer atmosphere, just like

Should We Open Some Sealed Apollo Moon Samples?

The Apollo 17 mission in December 1972 surveyed…

Massachusetts Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

Students from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth) will…

How Much Trash Is on the Moon?

The moon has a lot of junk on it, including a gold olive branch, a flag kit, several lunar…

World’s Biggest Plane Taxis Closer to Takeoff

The hefty, double-bodied Stratolaunch airplane — its wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters) is the widest in the world…

The moon is getting its own 4G mobile phone network

In what is sure to make E.T. happy, the moon will get its first

China’s hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

The double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour

Does Titan’s Hydrocarbon Soup Hold A Recipe For Life?

NASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere of vinyl cyanide ASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere…

Is Space the Final Frontier for Experimental Medicine?

Approximately 1.8 million miles above the earth, Elon Musk’s red roadster is…

SpaceX Barely Missed Catching a Rocket Nose Cone with Giant Net on a Boat

The net-equipped boat came up a bit short in its quest to pluck a falling payload fairing — the…

SpaceX aims to launch a satellite and catch a payload fairing

These fairings will separate from the rocket at about three minutes after launch. SpaceX had to scrub the Wednesday launch…

Aerospace Company to Launch Private, Inflatable Space Stations

Bigelow Aerospace announced plans for sending soft-bodied modules that are compressed during launch but expand once they reach space. [caption…

The Little Rover That Could

NASA’s Opportunity rover is the longest surviving rover on Mars. On Saturday, February 17, it experienced…

NASA certifies Falcon 9 for science missions

WASHINGTON — NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science…

Who’s Out There?—Danger?

In Scientific American January 2018,

Road Tripping Across the Universe

Science fiction is often cited as one of the catalysts for discovery. Depictions of…

Scientists Hope to Answer the Question: What Is Dark Matter?

Physicists have been making incredible breakthroughs in physics for a while now. At CERN, they smash particles together at…

A Solar Storm Is Approaching Earth

A moderate solar flare early this week has generated charged particles that will light up the atmosphere — and…

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