space travel

April 3, 2019

Why Next-Generation Astronauts Will Need the ‘New Right Stuff’ for Space Travel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Successful space travel is going to take a lot more than brawn, brains and tech. During a talk at the Beyond the Cradle […]
March 22, 2019

The ‘Halo Drive’ Would Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Explore the Milky Way

“If we can’t build something capable of delivering astronomical levels of energy, perhaps we could instead steal the energy from an astronomical object.” Humans have figured […]
March 19, 2019

Spaceflight is activating herpes in astronauts

The longer astronauts spend in space, the more likely they are to have viruses like herpes, chickenpox and shingles reactivate, according to new NASA research. The […]
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 […]
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 17, 2019

The Impacts of Space Travel on Family Life

It’s fairly common knowledge that there are numerous challenges and tests every astronaut must pass before proving that they’re worthy of donning that famous white suit […]
February 10, 2019

Orion Span falls far short of funding goal to support its commercial space station ambitions

WASHINGTON — A startup with visions of developing private space stations raised only a small fraction of the funding it sought in a recent equity crowdfunding […]
February 8, 2019

How Does Weather Affect Space Travel?

Imagine a world where every day is 70 degrees and sunny. Roads would be safer, you’d never get blue about a gray sky and every space […]
January 19, 2019

Space Stress: How Astronauts Manage Their Mental Health

Astronauts face mental and emotional challenges the majority of us will never experience. For astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS), free falling at over 17,000 […]