Science

April 11, 2016

THIS IS THE DEFINING IMAGE OF THE COMMERCIAL SPACE AGE (SO FAR)

TWO PRIVATE SPACECRAFT ARE NOW ATTACHED TO THE SPACE STATION; MORE WILL FOLLOW See that? That’s an image of the International Space Station in orbit from […]
April 10, 2016

Kepler mission declares spacecraft emergency

PHOENIX — Spacecraft controllers are working to restore control of NASA’s Kepler astronomy spacecraft after it entered an “emergency mode,” disrupting science observations, the mission’s manager […]
April 10, 2016

WHY SPACEX'S ROCKET LANDING ON A DRONE SHIP IS A BIG DEAL

There couldn’t have been a more perfect launch than yesterday’s. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing, and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off […]
April 9, 2016

SpaceX reusable rocket lands on ocean platform

The US aerospace company SpaceX has successfully landed a resusable rocket on an ocean platform, after four previous attempts failed. Mission controllers cheered as the Falcon […]
April 8, 2016

HOW FUNGUS AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY COULD SAVE ASTRONAUTS ON MARS

Clay Wang brought his kids to the California Space Center a few years ago to show them the Space Shuttle. But as he looked up at Endeavour and […]
April 8, 2016

SPACEX IS READY TO TRY ANOTHER DRONESHIP LANDING

SpaceX has a pretty good track record when it comes to launching stuff into into space (an explosion last summer notwithstanding). It’s less good at landing those rockets […]
April 5, 2016

ALIEN PLANETS WITH SUPER SALTY OCEANS COULD BE HABITABLE

Imagine a world that’s just like Earth, except for the salt content of the oceans. That tiny change could cause the poles of the planet to […]
April 4, 2016

Blue Origin releases video from third launch and landing of New Shepard

Remember when Blue Origin made history by vertically landing a rocket after launching it into space? Remember when they reused that same rocket and then landed it again? Well, […]
April 3, 2016

Blue Origin flies New Shepard on suborbital test flight

WASHINGTON — Blue Origin successfully flew its New Shepard suborbital vehicle for the third time in four and a half months April 2 as the company […]