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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 3, 2019

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule successfully docks to the ISS for the first time

Just a day after launching to orbit, SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon capsule automatically docked to a port on the International Space Station this morning — a critical […]
March 2, 2019

SpaceX launches its new Crew Dragon capsule for the first time, paving the way for passenger flights

But the Crew Dragon’s mission is far from over Early Saturday morning, SpaceX successfully launched its new Crew Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida — the […]
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 […]
February 27, 2019

Europe unveils design of reusable rocket that looks a lot like a Falcon 9

“I have no problem saying we didn’t invent anything.” Late last week, the European rocket maker Ariane Group and the French space agency CNES announced the […]
February 26, 2019

The Challenges of Returning to Regular Life After Life in Space

In December 2018, Virgin Galactic made headlines by becoming the first “space tourism” company to reach the mesosphere, about 51 miles above the Earth’s surface. The […]
February 25, 2019

The clearest images of Ultima Thule reveal a strange-looking object

There are some interesting details to glean here. Twenty-six minutes after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, the long-range camera aboard […]
February 24, 2019

Dragon aces final NASA review, now set for test flight on March 2

“We expect to learn some things.” On Friday, key NASA officials gathered in a large meeting room at Kennedy Space Center. Here, for decades, NASA managers […]