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September 19, 2017

Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. It sent back data until the last possible moment, struggling against the atmospheric forces that would […]
September 18, 2017

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Craft Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth yesterday (Sept. 17) after a nine-month stay at the International Space Station. At 10:16 a.m. EDT (1416 GMT), the Dragon […]
September 17, 2017

The History of the Orion Spacecraft

We’ve been regularly sending men and women into space since the Space Shuttle program began with the launch of STS-1 in 1981. While this was a […]
September 16, 2017

NASA’s Cassini probe has broken apart in Saturn’s atmosphere — ending its 20-year journey 14

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been vaporized. The probe dove into Saturn’s upper atmosphere this morning, and NASA lost the vehicle’s signal at 7:55AM ET, indicating it […]
September 14, 2017

Who’s Out There–It’s a Puzzlement

There is a significant disagreement about where life most likely came to be on Earth: 1) in deep sea alkaline hydrothermal vents or 2) in drier […]
September 13, 2017

Three New Crew Members Arrive at International Space Station

After a six-hour flight, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 10:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 12, where they […]
September 11, 2017

Cassini: Saturn probe to set up death plunge

The international Cassini probe at Saturn will execute the course correction on Monday that will put it on a path to destruction. The spacecraft is set […]
September 9, 2017

Virgin Galactic nearing powered SpaceShipTwo test flights

WASHINGTON — The chief executive of Virgin Galactic said Sept. 7 that the company’s second suborbital spaceplane was “at the edge” of beginning powered test flights, […]
September 8, 2017

NASA Sets Plan for New Horizons Spacecraft’s Next Superclose Flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will get three times closer to its next flyby target than it got to Pluto in July 2015, if all goes according […]