Discovery

March 20, 2019

How Do Scientists Build Spacecraft?

On March 2, 2019, SpaceX launched its Crew Dragon capsule for the first time. This spacecraft, once it has passed all its tests, will hopefully carry […]
March 19, 2019

Spaceflight is activating herpes in astronauts

The longer astronauts spend in space, the more likely they are to have viruses like herpes, chickenpox and shingles reactivate, according to new NASA research. The […]
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 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 8, 2019

SpaceX Dragon demo capsule leaves station for Earth

America’s new commercial astronaut capsule will complete its demonstration flight on Friday with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. The SpaceX Dragon vehicle has left the […]
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 […]
March 1, 2019

More work ahead for Crew Dragon after test flight

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — As SpaceX prepares to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first test flight, the company and NASA acknowledge there’s still […]
February 28, 2019

NASA unlikely to return Mars samples in the 2020s

WASHINGTON — Despite a new emphasis on a streamlined, “lean” sample return architecture, a NASA official says it’s unlikely that suite of missions will be able […]