Discovery

April 13, 2016

Hawking backs interstellar travel project

Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than […]
April 12, 2016

NASA troubleshoots Kepler spacecraft from 75 million miles away

NASA experienced a close call this weekend with its planet-seeking Kepler space telescope. On April 7th, during a scheduled contact, mission operations engineers discovered that Kepler […]
April 12, 2016

French astronaut: Yuri Gagarin’s exploit to remain in human memory forever

Michel Tognini was the third Frenchman to go into space after Jean-Lou Chretien and Patrick Baudry PARIS, April 12. /TASS/. The exploit of the world’s first […]
April 11, 2016

THIS IS THE DEFINING IMAGE OF THE COMMERCIAL SPACE AGE (SO FAR)

TWO PRIVATE SPACECRAFT ARE NOW ATTACHED TO THE SPACE STATION; MORE WILL FOLLOW See that? That’s an image of the International Space Station in orbit from […]
April 10, 2016

Kepler mission declares spacecraft emergency

PHOENIX — Spacecraft controllers are working to restore control of NASA’s Kepler astronomy spacecraft after it entered an “emergency mode,” disrupting science observations, the mission’s manager […]
April 10, 2016

WHY SPACEX'S ROCKET LANDING ON A DRONE SHIP IS A BIG DEAL

There couldn’t have been a more perfect launch than yesterday’s. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing, and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off […]
April 9, 2016

SpaceX reusable rocket lands on ocean platform

The US aerospace company SpaceX has successfully landed a resusable rocket on an ocean platform, after four previous attempts failed. Mission controllers cheered as the Falcon […]
April 8, 2016

HOW FUNGUS AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY COULD SAVE ASTRONAUTS ON MARS

Clay Wang brought his kids to the California Space Center a few years ago to show them the Space Shuttle. But as he looked up at Endeavour and […]
April 8, 2016

SPACEX IS READY TO TRY ANOTHER DRONESHIP LANDING

SpaceX has a pretty good track record when it comes to launching stuff into into space (an explosion last summer notwithstanding). It’s less good at landing those rockets […]