August 18, 2017

Cassini Enters Final Phase of Its 13-Year-Long Orbit of Saturn

On Monday the probe made the first of five passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere, initiating the last phase of its “grand finale.” After orbiting Saturn for […]
August 17, 2017

The Epic Journey of Both Voyager Spacecraft

We dream of going to the stars, but the reality is that we haven’t made it any farther than our own moon. We’re reaching for Mars […]
August 16, 2017

NASA is about to find out if a supercomputer can survive a year in space

On Monday, at 12:31 p.m. Eastern time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on a resupply flight for the International Space Station, and among its […]
August 15, 2017

SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground

The six rockets that have attempted land landings have all touched down just fine SpaceX has landed yet another one of its Falcon 9 rockets after […]
August 14, 2017

SpaceX to Launch NASA Cargo, Try Rocket Landing Today

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the last brand-new Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) Monday (Aug. 14), and you can watch […]
August 13, 2017

Tour an Astronaut Habitat for Mock Space Missions

Ever wonder how astronauts will live on other worlds? Welcome to the Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA, a habitat at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in […]
August 12, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Problems and Hope for Life on M Dwarfs

Christopher Crochett in Science News June 29, 2017 summarizes the possibilities and problems for life on planets near M dwarf stars, the “…darlings in the search […]
August 11, 2017

Vinyl cyanide found on Titan—aliens, have at it

The compound might be suitable for cell membranes. One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Or in this case, one space telescope’s extra data is another […]
August 10, 2017

After NASA review, experimental plasma rocket on track for 100-hour test

Now, the company is firing VASIMR for about five minutes at a time. Almost everyone recognizes that if humans are truly to go deeper into the […]