How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

Over the next few years, Gatens and her team ran experiments on different life-support concepts and did their best to keep up with the constant design changes for the station.

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

Behnken and Hurley spent the next few hours drifting in orbit while NASA and SpaceX monitored weather conditions at the possible landing sites along the Florida coast.SpaceX mission control made the final decision to deorbit just an hour before Behnken and Hurley landed in the ocean.

The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet Engine

The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet Engine

But if these staged systems could be rolled up into one engine, the huge efficiency gains would dramatically lower the cost of getting to space.When Davis founded Mountain Aerospace Research Solutions in 2018, no one had ever made a working air-breathing rocket engine before.

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

“We had a good ignition, but after a couple seconds of stable flight, the rocket basically shut itself down, ending the mission,” Virgin Orbit communications officer Kendall Russell wrote in an email to WIRED.

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

But the real star of the show is a small solar panel developed by the physicists at the Naval Research Lab that will be used to conduct the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

So You’ve Found a Comet With a Weird Orbit …

So You’ve Found a Comet With a Weird Orbit …

Both the interstellar objects discovered so far have clocked eccentricities greater than 1: ‘Oumuamua came in at around 1.2 and 2I/Borizov registered around 3.3.Farnocchia says that, so far, additional measurements have reduced the object’s eccentricity, reducing the chance that it might be an interstellar object.

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Photograph: NASA/JPLNASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter studied the planet for over a decade and while it was there, it captured this stunning photo.Photograph: NASAMost terrestrial planets have channels like the ones we see here: On Earth they are mostly formed by water, on Mars by lava flows.

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Across the street a retro McDonnell Douglas sign perches above the aerospace giant’s former factory, and just around the corner Virgin Orbit is developing air-launched rockets .It’s a fitting headquarters for SpinLaunch, a company breathing new life into the decades-old idea of using giant mechanical slings to hurl rockets into orbit.

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Next Huge Batch of Starlink Satellites

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Next Huge Batch of Starlink Satellites

For OneWeb, the global adoption of space-based internet is critical to the company’s existence; for SpaceX, it is key to funding Elon Musk’s Mars ambitions .Both companies put their first satellites into orbit last year, but 2020 is when things will get serious.

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Excite was flung into space courtesy of a company called NovaWurks, which makes “satlets.” The suffix—like that of “piglets”—implies littleness, and indeed these 14 satlets are smaller than a standard piece of paper and only a few inches thick.

Space Photos of the Week: Reading the Universe in Infrared

Space Photos of the Week: Reading the Universe in Infrared

By filtering for infrared scientists are able to peer through the visible stuff that gets in the way, like gas and dust and other material, to see heat, and in space there’s a lot of hot stuff.

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

It’s Starship : the upper stage of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that Musk hopes will soon carry humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.In fact, Musk said, the Super Heavy will produce about twice the thrust of the Saturn V.Starship is quite unlike anything that’s ever been sent to space.

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSDid you know Jupiter has rings?Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRIThis May, the spacecraft swooped outward in its orbit and captured this stunning photo of Jupiter and its turbulent atmosphere from 11,600 miles away.

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday.When Vikram was 2 kilometers above the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the lander.

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

We are entering low earth orbit this week and spending time with the Hubble Space Telescope.The veil nebula is a supernova remnant of a star that died a mere 8,000 years ago and was more than 20 times the mass of our Sun. When stars like this go supernova, they give off a massive shockwave pulse that pushes material out at astronomical speeds.

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Momentus will be one of the first to find out: The company announced today that its tug will launch aboard SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare mission, sending a few customers to the Charlottes of space.

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo's New Switch, and More News. Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable.

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

This was the last major test for Virgin Orbit’s air-launch system, which will launch rockets from a gutted jumbo jet, known as Cosmic Girl, to boost small satellites into orbit.

Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites

Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites

As Buhler, Feldmann and I talked through the details of Metop-B’s routine, I could appreciate the satellite as a busy working instrument, watching the atmosphere as attentively as any earthbound weather station.

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

In a case of cosmic good fortune, the Mars Express orbiter happened to be performing spot tracking observations of the Gale crater right around the time Curiosity detected the methane spike.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

This is the proposal put forth by the billionaire hotelier Robert Bigelow last week, whose company, Bigelow Space Operations, says it will send up to 16 private astronauts to the ISS in the coming years. If that sounds like a good time, here’s what the ultra-rich can expect during their stay at the space station.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

According to the release put out by the Nevada Museum of Art, after the satellite was deployed it successfully established communication with ground stations on Earth, but the sheer number of satellites being deployed meant the Air Force was “unable to distinguish between [the satellites] and could not assign tracking numbers to many of them.” Without a NORAD tracking ID, the FCC wouldn’t give the okay to Paglen’s team to deploy the reflective balloon contained in the satellite.

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Indeed, a perusal of the launch manifest for the Delta IV heavy shows that the majority of its flights over the past 15 years have hosted military payloads, and the ability to snag some of these lucrative contracts in the future would represent a major windfall for SpaceX.The Air Force will undoubtedly be paying close attention to the Arabsat launch today, which will help prove that the rocket can safely deliver its sensitive payloads to orbit.

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

But yesterday, China’s space agency announced that the frigidity of the lunar night is even more intense than we’d thought: The country’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft recorded an icy low of –310 degrees Fahrenheit (–190 degrees Celsius).

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

To pursue the idea, Sitnikov founded StartRocket, which plans to use a hundreds-strong constellation of CubeSats, each equipped with a reflective sail, to display ads, and perhaps emergency and event-based messages.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.