June 3, 2019

SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey

To survive on Mars, and return, SpaceX would gladly allow others to assist. Earlier this month, the principal Mars “development engineer” for SpaceX, Paul Wooster, provided […]
June 2, 2019

This distant Neptune-like planet really shouldn’t exist

A ‘Forbidden planet’ defies odds and thrives under inhospitable conditions. It’s time for us to get acquainted with the “Forbidden Planet.” No, not the 1956 sci-fi […]
June 1, 2019

NASA picks three companies to attempt Moon landings in 2020 and 2021

At least two of the three missions will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket. NASA has begun to make good on its promise to use commercial […]
May 31, 2019

NASA still aiming for 2020 first launch of SLS

WASHINGTON — NASA believes it is still possible to perform the first launch of the Space Launch System before the end of 2020 even if the […]
May 29, 2019

UFOs exist and everyone needs to adjust to that fact

The term “UFO” automatically triggers derision in most quarters of polite society. One of Christopher Buckley’s better satires, “Little Green Men,” is premised on a George […]
May 28, 2019

Space-Based Medical Research for Public Health

Space exploration has opened up new horizons, bringing probes to Mars and the far reaches of the galaxy. But the implications of space travel also hit […]
May 27, 2019

A ball of space mud just pelted Earth—and scientists couldn’t be happier

Space science is always about what’s going on ‘out there’. Sometimes, astronomers must pay attention to what’s falling to Earth, too. That’s precisely what Arizona State […]
May 26, 2019

Boeing completes tests of Starliner thrusters

WASHINGTON — Boeing has completed ground testing of the thrusters for its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, nearly a year after a setback in earlier testing […]
May 24, 2019

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites, begins constellation buildout

WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched the first 60 satellites for an internet constellation that could ultimately number 12,000 on a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday night. The rocket […]