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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

NASA Visitor Center to Open Astronaut Training Attraction in 2018

A new year is bringing a new astronaut-themed attraction to

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…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?

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

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

Next stop, space? A spacesuit from

SpaceX Is Launching the Secret Zuma Mission Tonight: Watch It Live!

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket…

Meltwater From Glaciers May Have Flowed on Ancient Mars

A study suggests that past temperatures on Mars could…

International Space Station

What Did It Take to Build the International Space Station?

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

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,…

Astronomers discover an asteroid is actually two — and that it’s also a comet

Finding makes it a first for a binary asteroid to be…

Scientists are solving the mystery of Earth’s therm

Our planet can control its climate—very slowly.

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)…

The Great American Eclipse Is 2 Weeks Away. Are You Ready?

There are only two weeks until the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. If you’re traveling into the…

SpaceX sticks 11th rocket landing after launching first used Dragon capsule

Five ground landings attempted and five ground landings achieved Another one of

Astronaut’s Time-Lapse Video Features Auroras and Brilliant Sunrise

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet caught stunning views of auroras and a…

Watch two NASA astronauts complete the 200th spacewalk outside the ISS

A landmark spacewalk to carry out…

The Moon Is Hot and Mars Is Not (At Least in Recent Sci-Fi)

Andy Weir’s new novel ‘

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around

As the Apollo Program Turns 50, This Is How We’ll Celebrate

This year will remember NASA’s historic Apollo program, beginning with the terrible tragedy of Apollo 1. The year 2017 marks…

THE HOSPITAL OF THE FUTURE MAY BE A TINY, HIGH-TECH MEDICAL KIT

A STAR TREK-INSPIRED MEDICAL DEVICE GIVES US A GLIMPSE OF MEDICINE’S FUTURE In so many ways, the gadgets seen in…

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? Sun’s galore – part 2

Hello again. Last time out, we took a little peek at the InSight mission to Mars and the…

Mystery of ‘Flickering’ Galaxy Solved: It’s Starving for Food

A decades-old galactic mystery has just been solved — new research has revealed why a distant galaxy has brightened…

WHERE TO WATCH THE EXOMARS LANDING ATTEMPT

COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6AM EASTERN, BUT TUNE IN AT 10:40AM FOR THE “SIX MINUTES OF TERROR” If all goes well,…

How Our Solar System is Growing and Why

Our first understanding of the solar system was an Earth-centered system orbited by the sun and moon, a…

ELON MUSK’S PLAN TO COLONIZE MARS GIVES US THE SCI-FI FUTURE WE CRAVE

NOW LET’S SEE IF HE CAN MAKE IT REALITY In Mexico yestreday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk…

How science fiction has imagined colonizing our solar system and beyond

Next week, Elon Musk is slated to make a big announcement about SpaceX’s most…

THIS IS HOW ORION ASTRONAUTS MIGHT PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM RADIATION STORMS

Everyone needs a good backup plan. Especially when you’re hurtling through deep space…

This NASA Booster Test Is Soothing to Watch

In this oddly soothing video NASA uploaded yesterday, the space administration tests…

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? The Insight Mission

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? Hello again. Last time out, we looked at 10 factors that showed how diverse…

Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All

I’ve been reading THE VITAL QUESTION by Nick Lane, New York, W. W. Norton,…

CHINA PLANS TO LAUNCH A LIVE-IN SPACE LAB TOMORROW

TIANGONG-2 WILL BE HOME TO TWO ASTRONAUTS FOR 30…

Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest

The US space agency (Nasa) has launched a mission to retrieve a rock sample from a 500m-wide asteroid…

Watch a Double Eclipse Captured By NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

The morning of Sept. 1, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught a rare sight: the Earth and Moon, together,…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Amos-6 satellite destroyed during static-fire test

WASHINGTON — An explosion on a Florida launch pad early Sept. 1 destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its…

NASA’s Juno probe makes its closest approach yet to Jupiter

Soaring about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the planet’s clouds, NASA’s Juno

HOW WE COULD SEE THE NEW ‘EARTH-LIKE’ PLANET UP CLOSE

WE NEED TINY SPACESHIPS. LOTS OF ‘EM. The dramatic announcement that a small rocky…

Watch live as 2 astronauts install a ‘parking spot’ on the Space Station

On Friday, two astronauts will step outside of the

Life in the Universe – Fact or Fiction?

Extraterrestrial life has been theorized to exist for centuries. From planets and moons within our own solar system, to…

SpaceX successfully lands its sixth Falcon 9 rocket after launch

Another one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets 

Venus may have once been habitable: NASA

Ancient Venus may have been habitable, according to a new

WATCH GORGEOUS NEW FOOTAGE OF SPACEX’S FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCHES

A SLOW-MOTION LOOK AT PAST MISSIONS SpaceX has released new footage of its Falcon 9 rockets launching in gorgeous slow…

Kepler’s ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Just Got Weirder

“Tabby’s Star” has dramatically dimmed and we don’t know why. You’re probably all too familiar with the story of KIC…

Past Science Fiction Theories That Have Become Reality


From the earliest ponderings of our most creative fictional writers, an idea to dream beyond our existing technologies was…

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Delivers New Station Docking Port

SpaceX finally made good on its delivery of a space station docking port Wednesday morning. A

SpaceX sends cargo to the International Space Station

Early Monday morning, SpaceX achieved a successful launch and landing of its

THIS COULD BE THE STRANGEST EXOPLANET FOUND YET

Imagine a planet, like Jupiter, but four times heavier. And it’s got a huge orbit, maybe twice as wide…

Thales Alenia Space Stratobus eyes contract in 2017, Ku/Ka-band frequency OK in 2019

TOULOUSE, France – Satellite builder

New Crew Members, Including NASA Biologist, Launch to Space Station

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan are on…

MEET THE WINNERS OF STAR TREK AND NASA’S STUDENT 3D PRINTING CHALLENGE

THESE STUDENT-DESIGNED CONTAINERS WILL HELP ASTRONAUTS TO ‘LIVE LONG AND PROSPER‘ ON

Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter

The US space agency has successfully put a new probe in orbit around

LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF JUPITER CAPTURED BY NASA’S APPROACHING JUNO SPACECRAFT

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to make history…

NASA’s Juno could help us understand origins of solar system

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will begin orbiting

Unexpected discovery on Mars may revolutionize planet’s history

Scientists have come across tridymite, a fully unexpected mineral recently found…

Bezos wins Heinlein Prize commercial space award

SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, whose commercial space…

SpaceX And Blue Origin Fight To Win The Modern Space Race

From a dusty expanse in West Texas, Jeff Bezos and the crew of…

Watch Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin perform a risky rocket test during the company’s first live webcast Today

On Sunday, the Jeff Bezos-backed spaceflight company

UK astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth

UK astronaut Tim Peake is…

SHOULD WE SEARCH FOR LIFE ON MARS BEFORE SENDING ASTRONAUTS?

Mars has water. Not just ice and snow, but liquid, flowing water….

ULA successfully launches NRO mission on Delta 4 Heavy

WASHINGTON — A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket launched June 11 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying…

Astronaut takes first step inside International Space Station’s inflatable ‘spare room’

As giant leaps go, it was a little tentative. But when you are entering an inflatable room attached…

Luxembourg Is the Asteroid Mining Capital of the World

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a splash at the Code Conference last week when he told reporters that he…

Incredible US military robotic space plane will make ‘aircraft-like’ daily flights into orbit to deliver defence satellites

A next-generation military space plane which can launch satellites into orbit every day is a step closer. The US military…

BEAM module fully expanded on space station

WASHINGTON — An expandable module on the International Space Station finally deployed to its full size May 28 after…

Stunning onboard view follows SpaceX’s rocket from space to ocean landing

Last time Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket stuck its ocean landing, he released a jaw-dropping video. This time, Musk…

Watch NASA’s second attempt at inflating the first expandable habitat on the ISS

After failing its first attempt, NASA will try once again to deploy its first expandable habitat. The space agency will…

Congress wants to know if NASA can really get to Mars

Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology repeatedly questioned the feasibility of NASA’s strategy to get…

LOCKHEED MARTIN WANTS TO SEND HUMANS TO MARS IN 12 YEARS

Before our species set foot on the moon, we orbited it first. The same will probably be true for…

Kepler and Herschel Telescopes Team Up to Spy on a Dwarf Planet

Astronomers just announced that an unnamed object in the outer reaches of the Solar System is larger than previously…

Elon Musk’s Dream of People Traveling in Tubes Is Alive!

Startup company Hyperloop One began with a question asked by Elon Musk in 2012: Can people travel in supersonic vacuum tubes? Yesterday, it…

THE DRAGON RETURNS

SPACEX’S DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN FROM SPACE WITH 3,700 LBS OF STUFF In April, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule launched with 7,000 pounds…

‘ALIEN MEGASTRUCTURE’ STAR ONLY GETS MORE MYSTERIOUS

Every now and then, a distant star called KIC 8462852 dims by as much as 20 percent. That’s huge….

Ride along with Blue Origin’s rocket as it descends toward Earth

A new video from private spaceflight venture Blue Origin gives people a different perspective of the company’s New Shepard…

Watch SpaceX’s reusable rocket land on a boat from three different angles

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket stuck another landing last week, making it three times now the reusable rocket has blasted…

Mercury Will Cross In Front Of The Sun In A Rare Event. Here’s How To Watch

Stargazers, ready your (solar-filtered) telescopes: Mercury is about to pass directly across the sun for the first time in…

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space early…

Life on Mars Will Have a Harder Time Hiding from NASA’s New Rover

Go ahead and pencil in February 18, 2021 on your calendars, because that’s when NASA’s next Mars rover is…

The science behind SpaceX’s ambitious plan to land a spacecraft on Mars

Only the space agencies of the Soviet Union, the US and the EU have landed anything on Mars….

SEE SPACEX’S ROCKET LANDING ON A DRONE SHIP IN 360-DEGREE VIDEO

Remember earlier this month when SpaceX succeeded in landing its Falcon 9 rocket first-stage booster on a drone…

A ROCKET LAUNCH IN 360-DEGREE VIDEO IS PHENOMENAL

United Launch Alliance (ULA), a private spacefaring company that’s a joint venture of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed, has…

SpaceX announces plans for Dragon mission to Mars

WASHINGTON — SpaceX announced April 27 it plans to send an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft to the surface of Mars…

William Shatner: ‘Star Trek’ Tech Is ‘Not That Far-Fetched’

WASHINGTON — William Shatner knows a thing or two about sci-fi tech. The 85-year-old actor is best known for…

NASA Honors Prince by Tweeting Photo of Purple Nebula

The famous Crab Nebula, as seen by the Hubble and Herschel space telescopes. NASA tweeted out this photo…

Russia’s Progress Spacecraft: Cargo to the ISS

Progress spacecraft are automated, unpiloted and single-use vehicles that typically deliver fuel and supplies to the International Space Station…

NASA WANTS NEW DESIGNS FOR WAYS WE COULD LIVE IN DEEP SPACE

How will humans live on Mars? Well, NASA’s not really sure yet, but if you’ve got any ideas you…

NASA finds cosmic dust speeding through our solar system

NASA just discovered some special particles floating in our cosmic neighborhood. The Cassini spacecraft, which has…

BEAM attached to the International Space Station

A first-of-its-kind module—the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM)—was attached to the International Space Station (ISS) this morning…

Stephen Hawking: We Probably Won’t Find Aliens Anytime Soon

Will humanity find intelligent alien life anytime soon? Probably not, according to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking made the prediction…

Someone worked out how much Darth Vader’s suit would cost and it’s ridiculously expensive

LONDON — Darth Vader’s outfit might look simple enough — and you could probably find a not-too-bad imitation of…

Hawking backs interstellar travel project

Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would…

NASA troubleshoots Kepler spacecraft from 75 million miles away

NASA experienced a close call this weekend with its planet-seeking Kepler space telescope. On April 7th, during a scheduled…

Nasa scrambles to save Kepler spacecraft from state of emergency

Spacecraft, which has detected almost 5,000 planets, remains in lowest operational mode to conserve fuel while Nasa assess issue…

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,…

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…

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…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets its first trailer

The first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived, and by the look of things this is…

FORMER ASTRONAUT JOHN GRUNSFELD IS RETIRING FROM NASA

John Grunsfeld has announced he’ll be retiring from NASA at the end of April. Grunsfeld is a…

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…

‘Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dies at 93

Erik Bauersfeld, the voice actor behind cult Star Wars character Admiral Ackbar, has passed away at the age of 93. Bauersfeld provided the…

The First Lunar Orbiter Was Programmed to Sing Communist Anthems from the Moon

On April 3, 1966—50 years ago today—the Soviet Luna 10 satellite became the Moon’s very first orbiter. Following close…

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