Discovery

May 3, 2017

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?

Hello again. Last time out, we took a brief look at three of the main hurdles we will need to overcome to cross the gulf of […]
May 2, 2017

SpaceShipTwo tests feather system on latest glide flight

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic said May 1 it successfully tested the system on its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle that permits a safe reentry on the vehicle’s latest […]
May 1, 2017

Spy Satellite Launched by SpaceX for First Time

The National Reconnaissance Office satellite (designated NROL-76) was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket on May 1, 2017. This is the first military payload launch by […]
April 28, 2017

A spacecraft just flew between Saturn and its rings for the first time ever

NASA’s Cassini is approaching its final days NASA’s 20-year Cassini mission is finally coming to a close. After years of orbiting around the Saturn system and […]
April 27, 2017

SpaceX prepares for its first big NRO launch

WASHINGTON –  Preparations are underway for SpaceX’s first big launch for the National Reconnaissance Office, a classified mission slated to lift off early Sunday from Florida. […]
April 26, 2017

Whose is bigger? How all the Mars-bound rockets stack up

Like everything else in the 1960s, NASA’s Saturn V rocket set a mark for extreme. At 363 feet tall, with 7.5 million pounds of liftoff thrust, […]
April 25, 2017

What it would actually take to get to Mars by 2020

Today, during a phone call with astronaut Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station, President Trump joked that he hoped NASA would land astronauts on Mars […]
April 24, 2017

Mysteries of Crown-like Structures on Venus’ Surface Unveiled in New Study

On Venus, plumes of superheated rock from near the planet’s core may rise up intermittently, destroy patches of the planet’s surface and create unique crown-shaped geologic […]
April 23, 2017

Do you have what it takes to go to space? Retired astronauts weigh in on the gruelling recruitment process

MONTREAL — Retired Canadian spaceman Bob Thirsk asks himself a couple of simple questions when sizing up people who tell him they want to become an […]