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This Flying Space Droid Wants to Make Friends with Astronauts

The world’s first flying, autonomous, artificially intelligent (AI) astronaut assistant will soon get to work in space. Meet CIMON,…

A New Way to Find Alien Civilizations: Look for Their Satellites

An astrophysicist was able to define a new signature of an extraterrestrial civilization by studying telecommunication…

Second SpaceShipTwo makes second powered test flight

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane performed a successful test flight May 29, bringing the company one step…

SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin science spacecraft

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 still sporting soot from its last…

Here’s China’s plan to compete with SpaceX and Blue Origin

Private companies want to launch reusable space rockets in 2020. China has plans to launch reusable space rockets to compete…

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to

SpaceX’s New Falcon 9 Rocket Block 5 Debuts Today: How to Watch Live

The newest iteration of SpaceX‘s workhorse

SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft may not become operational until 2020

“The contractors have had difficulty executing aggressive schedules.” A new report provides some insight into the challenges that

Asteroid Miners’ Arkyd-6 Satellite Aces Big Test in Space

Some of Planetary Resources’ asteroid-mining tech just passed a major space test. The Washington-based company’s tiny Arkyd-6 satellite has completed…

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness. NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the…

Clandestine X-37B Space Plane Surpases 200 Days in Orbit

The US Air Force’s unpiloted and reusable craft is likely to be testing dual-use technologies that might be used…

NASA BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF ITS NEW QUIET SUPERSONIC PLANE

NASA has a lot of experience when it comes to developing supersonic…

A New Luxury Hotel Is Opening…In Space

When a new luxury hotel opens, there might be some “oohs” and…

First four images from Virgin Galactic’s successful new test flight

We’ve had our first glimpse of Virgin Galactic‘s new

Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Expected to Crash in the Next 24 Hours

It’s almost crash time for China’s falling space station Tiangong-1. As school bus-sized space station began what should be…

SpaceX & the Future of Travel

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious. Though known more…

How to follow along as China’s doomed space station falls to Earth

This weekend, a derelict Chinese space station will plummet to Earth. While the station — named Tiangong-1 — will mostly…

Information Systems & Data Recovery in Space

Have you ever wondered about the intersection of data recovery, information systems, and data science in astronomy…

Why Is China’s Space Station Falling to Earth in the First Place?

Space trackers are watching the skies closely this week for the end of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab, which will…

These Are the New Experiments Heading to the International Space Station

NASA announced which new experiments will be sent to the space station aboard an upcoming

Deep-Space Radiation May Be Getting More Dangerous for Future Astronauts

“The radiation dose rates from measurements obtained over the last four years exceeded trends from previous

Elon Musk debuted a trailer “for the next part of the human story” at SXSW

People arrived excited about a giant marketing installation; they left looking to the stars. AUSTIN, Texas—”We can’t just come to…

NASA’s Ailing Robonaut 2 Will Return from Space for Long-Overdue Repairs

NASA‘s robotic astronaut, Robonaut 2, is…

NASA Mars Lander Arrives at Launch Site to Prep for May Liftoff

A NASA spacecraft that will probe the deep Martian interior has arrived at its launch site to prep for…

World’s Biggest Plane Taxis Closer to Takeoff

The hefty, double-bodied Stratolaunch airplane — its wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters) is the widest in the world…

China’s hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

The double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour

Is Space the Final Frontier for Experimental Medicine?

Approximately 1.8 million miles above the earth, Elon Musk’s red roadster is…

SpaceX Barely Missed Catching a Rocket Nose Cone with Giant Net on a Boat

The net-equipped boat came up a bit short in its quest to pluck a falling payload fairing — the…

Aerospace Company to Launch Private, Inflatable Space Stations

Bigelow Aerospace announced plans for sending soft-bodied modules that are compressed during launch but expand once they reach space. [caption…

The Little Rover That Could

NASA’s Opportunity rover is the longest surviving rover on Mars. On Saturday, February 17, it experienced…

NASA certifies Falcon 9 for science missions

WASHINGTON — NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science…

Waste Not! Future Astronauts Might Turn Feces Into Food

Penn State researchers have developed a method for breaking down human waste and turning it into a

Meet the BFR, SpaceX’s next big rocket

Spacecraft could put Mars within reach, according to CEO

This may be the moment SpaceX opened the cosmos to the masses

“It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable.” Elon Musk…

Here are four things we learned from Elon Musk before the first Falcon Heavy launch

he SpaceX CEO clears up a few things and theorizes…

SpaceX receives launch license for first Falcon Heavy launch

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a launch license…

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket somehow survived a landing in the Atlantic Ocean

Yesterday, SpaceX launched its second Falcon 9 rocket of the year from Florida, but the company chose not…

Watch SpaceX’s massive Falcon Heavy rocket pass an explosive milestone

We’ve been waiting for so long. SpaceX has…

Shutdown means SpaceX can’t test its Falcon Heavy rocket, creating further delays

The company needs Air Force support As long as the government shutdown continues, SpaceX won’t be able…

The Future of Space Engineering

Did you get a chance to catch the SpaceX launch from Vandenberg AFB on

SpaceX and customers defend Falcon 9 performance after Zuma mission

WASHINGTON — SpaceX reiterated at a

Delays and safety concerns mar NASA’s plans to fly astronauts on commercial spacecraft

SpaceX and Boeing…

Space Fever in Astronauts Could Jeopardize Landing on Mars

Astronauts in space suffer from persistently elevated body temperature, which can reach up…

It’s not official, but sources say the secretive Zuma satellite was lost

“As of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally.” On Sunday night SpaceX launched the Zuma…

Russia pushing to partner with NASA on lunar gateway

Russia is assembling a new group of engineers who will be responsible…

Sorry sci-fi fans, real wars in space not the stuff of Hollywood

Non‐kinetic attacks like jamming and interference are occurring more often. They are cheaper and easier to pull off…

NASA Is Considering Sending a “Dragonfly” Drone to an Alien World

With its vast oceans and methane-filled rivers and lakes, Titan is a prime candidate for the

Cosmic Watch – A Time Traveller’s Delight

Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the Cosmos…

Deep Space and 3D Printing: What Does the Future Hold?

3D printers are becoming more popular and have more innovative improvements due to their wide use among…

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey…

Asgardia Becomes the First ‘Nation’ to Have All of Its Territory In Space

A growing kingdom has to start somewhere—in this case,

The First Asgardian Satellite is Now in Space

If you’ve had dreams of being an Asgardian, you might be one step closer to seeing them come true….

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?

Hello again. Last time out, we looked at a few of the prime candidates NASA is concentrating…

After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters

This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special.

SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says

Interplanetary corporate synergy at its finest Always willing to up the stakes of an already difficult situation,…

NASA approves use of previously-flown booster on next Dragon mission

WASHINGTON — NASA officials said Nov. 29 that they have given their approval, as expected, to

With “Mission 1” complete, Planet turns focus to data analysis

LUXEMBOURG CITY — Having achieved its original goal of taking images of the entire planet every day, Planet is…

NASA’s Next Mars Lander Passes Big Test Ahead of May 2018 Launch

LITTLETON, Colo. — NASA’s next Mars lander just passed a big test ahead of its planned May 2018 launch. The…

SpaceX aims to follow a banner year with an even faster 2018 launch cadence

SpaceX President and

Private Spacesuit Undergoes Zero-G Testing to Prepare for Commercial Flights

Next stop, space? A spacesuit from

NASA Speeds Up Testing of Critical Orion Astronaut-Escape System

A key safety system on NASA’s Orion spacecraft — one that could…

The Dream Chaser spacecraft has completed a successful free flight

“The Dream Chaser had a beautiful flight and landing!” On Saturday, the Dream…

NASA’s next big rocket probably won’t fly until 2020

Though NASA says it’s working toward a date in December 2019 The…

NASA issues study contracts for Deep Space Gateway element

WASHINGTON — NASA awarded contracts Nov. 1 to five companies to examine…

After nearly 20 years, the Space Station is getting a printer upgrade

Somewhere, 254 miles above us, an astronaut is probably printing something. Ever since the International Space Station (ISS) welcomed its…

Gateway

Op-ed | The Deep Space Gateway as a cislunar port

When Apollo 17 astronauts

International Space Station

What Did It Take to Build the International Space Station?

The International Space Station, also known as the ISS, was a…

What’s in a Name? SpaceX’s ‘BFR’ Mars Rocket Acronym Explained

You don’t have to lie when talking to your kids about SpaceX’s 

60 years after Sputnik, Russia is lost in space

MOSCOW — Just over 30 years after the

Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutes

People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes, rocket and car entrepreneur

Deep Space Gateway to Open Opportunities for Distant Destinations

NASA is leading the next steps into deep space near the moon,…

Blue Origin signs up third customer for New Glenn

ADELAIDE, Australia — Blue Origin announced Sept. 26 that it has…

Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. It sent back data until

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

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been…

How we’ll nap our way to Mars

This is what real suspended animation will look like. Imagine a road trip that lasts six months—no pit stops, black…

Next-Gen Mars Rover Will Explore Potentially Habitable Regions of the Red Planet

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover will survey, drill, and take pictures of areas where ancient microbes may have…

ASA Has Big Plans for AI on Mars and Beyond

Imagine an interstellar probe where the spacecraft can pick its own…

Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit

The suit actually works and more details are coming

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…

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…

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)…

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…

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

Now, the company is firing VASIMR for about five…

Pack Your Microscope —Space-Based Medical Research Is Taking Off

Microgravity medical research in space is accelerating—and giving scientists new hope in finding cures for earthly diseases.

Ex-Astronaut Offers Bold Three-Step Plan to Put Humans on Mars

Terry Virts says we must look to NASA’s past before we move forward with program to go to…

Virgin Galactic carries out “dry run” for powered SpaceShipTwo flights

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic performed the latest glide flight of its second…

NASA Posts Dozens of Flight Test Videos on YouTube

The space agency is celebrating 70 years of aircraft testing by releasing a trove of old videos showing X-planes,…

ZERO-G BLOOD AND THE MANY HORRORS OF SPACE SURGERY

MATTHIEU KOMOROWSKI WANTED to be an astronaut. Still does. The French-born anesthesiologist, currently getting a PhD at…

Your Need to Upgrade Connected Devices Makes Astronomy Difficult

If you’ve been alive for the past 10-20 years, you’ve probably heard a few things about something called “radio…

What Could Space Archaeologists Tell Us about Astronaut Culture?

“Space archaeologist” would be a fine job description for a fictional character on an interplanetary mission to unearth the…

Is It Time to Rethink How We Search for Alien Life?

WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly

Made in Space Talks ‘Teleporting’ and the Future of Space-Borne 3D Printing

NEW YORK — The California company Made In Space, known for providing the first 3D printer on the International…

Ten ways that astronauts are helping you stay healthy

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing crystals that…

Spooky action at a record-breaking distance

Entangled particles remain linked over 746 miles apart From a Chinese satellite drifting through suborbital space, a laser beamed pairs…

Electric-Powered Lunar Space Tug Could Facilitate Future Moon Missions

To make moon flights cheaper, a new paper proposes that NASA…

Become a Citizen of the Asgardia Space Nation With 300kb of Data

Asgardia will launch its first satellite later this year. Scientists behind the ‘space nation’ Asgardia will take the first…

Compact Fusion Rockets Could Be the Future of Interplanetary Space Missions

Fusion technology can enable exciting robotic and human missions to Mars and Pluto, and may potentially provide a means…

China’s Rising Space Ambitions: The modern space race and beyond

It was 8:43 p.m. Beijing Time on Nov….

1st Private Space Station Will Become an Off-Earth Manufacturing Hub

The first-ever commercial space station will become a manufacturing…

NASA’s GPS-Like Deep Space Navigation Experiment Set to Launch on SpaceX Rocket

The space agency is preparing to test the use of pulsars as navigational beacons, which it hopes will enable a…

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