Discovery

December 12, 2019

New Shepard sets reusability mark on latest suborbital spaceflight

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle made its first flight in more than seven months Dec. 11 as the company inches closer to flying […]
December 11, 2019

How NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Hunt for Alien Life

The strategy involves matching geochemistry with structure. SAN FRANCISCO — Spotting signs of long-dead life is a tall order for a lonely robot on a faraway […]
December 10, 2019

Blue Origin Will Launch (and Land) a Reusable Spacecraft Today. Watch It Live

Liftoff is set for 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT). Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, will launch a spacecraft filled with science […]
December 9, 2019

Falcon 9 cargo mission for NASA demonstrated long-duration coast required by U.S. Air Force

The Falcon 9 upper stage engine performed a 20.1 second burn after the six-hour coast LOS ANGELES — The upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 mission […]
December 8, 2019

New dates set for commercial crew test flights

WASHINGTON — SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in early January as the launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on an […]
December 7, 2019

Electron launches smallsats in test of rocket reusability

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched several smallsats Dec. 6 on an Electron mission also designed to test technologies to make the rocket’s first stage reusable. […]
December 6, 2019

Astronauts are Going to Attach a “Robot Hotel” to the Outside of the International Space Station

Robotic helpers are becoming an increasingly important element aboard the International Space Station. It is here where robots like the Robonaut, CIMON, FEDOR, Canadarm2, Dextre, and CIMON 2 (which is currently on its way […]
December 5, 2019

NASA’s solar probe reveals stunning results after swooping in close to the sun

Rogue plasma waves and sideways, 100,000-mile-per-hour solar winds abound. The sky is full of stars, but only one sits within our reach. Even as close as […]
December 4, 2019

Space Technology: Education for the Next Generation

Advances in technology have allowed us to push the boundaries of human experience. The last century has seen our trajectory soar, with our imaginations and commitment […]