NASA Puts a Price on a 2024 Moon Landing

NASA Puts a Price on a 2024 Moon Landing

NASA's human spaceflight chief, Doug Loverro, shared this number Monday at Johnson Space Center, as the Trump White House released its fiscal year 2021 budget.

Expect More Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

Expect More Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

In contrast, the second interstellar traveler we’ve observed, 2I/Borisov, is an obvious comet, a lot like the ones that formed in the icy extremes of our own system.The Hubble Space Telescope captured interstellar object 2I/Borisov as it raced through the solar system, only the second known cosmic visitor to do so.

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Photograph: NSO/NSF/AURANASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured this photo in 2015, when a long strand of plasma shaped like the Eiffel Tower shot out from the sun.

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.

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

In 2005, multidisciplinary artist Jay Mark Johnson flew to Germany to purchase a very special, very expensive new gadget—a hand-made digital camera capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic images at resolutions as high as 500 megapixels.

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

The star on the right shoulder of the Orion constellation is a red supergiant called Betelgeuse.Photograph: ESOThis image, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, shows how huge and lopsided Betelgeuse really is.

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

A Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted atop the rocket, just as it will be later this year when SpaceX sends its first astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station .

Everything You Need to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

Everything You Need to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

With Star Trek: Picard premiering on Jan. 23 on the streaming service CBS All Access, the problem is even more acute —lots of never-Trekkers love Patrick Stewart, revisiting here his role as Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek: The Next Generation years.

An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

Tesla is surging and Microsoft is purging, but first: a cartoon about wedding software updates .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.This stock surge may be a sign the company has finally figured out how to deliver on its promises and execute them smoothly.

How the US Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Before They Hit

How the US Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Before They Hit

Instead, he attributed it to “an early warning system that worked very well.” The US has a vast network of radars and satellites dedicated to tracking missile launches around the globe, which allowed troops stationed at the Iraqi bases to take cover before the missiles struck their targets.

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.

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

When the last person left the moon in 1972, few could have predicted that humans wouldn’t return for another 50 years.The agency is planning a crewed mission to the moon in 2024 , and this time it wants to stick around.

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 Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSOne of the decade’s most thrilling moments in space happened in 2015 when NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past Pluto, making it the first and only mission to ever visit this gorgeous dwarf planet.

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

The Rosetta mission, which collected this photo, discovered a lot of water on 67/P.Photograph: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS TeamThe European Space Agency dispatched a spacecraft called Rosetta to orbit this celestial snowball, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, for many years.

Why the ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’ Renounced Her Crown

Why the ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’ Renounced Her Crown

The tumor, which she nicknamed Brian, was remarkable chiefly because of its size: 4.6 centimeters across.“Plot twist,” Giertz says in a subdued voice during a YouTube dispatch about the golf-ball-sized growth at the time.Even before the brain tumor, Giertz says, she was starting to feel like “it was harder and harder to come up with ideas.

A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

Villagers rented smartphones from the company and paid 50 cents per gigabyte for the data they used, just over 1 percent of the average monthly income.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

“No one has ever seen an active asteroid up close like this,” says Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and the scientist who proposed Bennu as the target for OSIRIS-REx.

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

The Ewoks face a heavily armed force of storm and scout troopers, with several light armor platforms.The Imperial force has just captured the supposedly elite Rebel Alliance special operations detachment tasked with knocking out the shield generator that protected the second iteration of the Death Star—conveniently located on the small, heavily wooded moon of the planet Endor.

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX is also expected to launch 60 more of its Starlink internet satellites and conduct an in-flight abort test that will jettison its Crew Dragon capsule mid-flight, but it has not announced dates for either of these missions.

Want Vintage NASA Space Photos? Sotheby's Can Help

Want Vintage NASA Space Photos? Sotheby's Can Help

The image, developed in NASA’s photographic laboratories immediately after the mission and autographed by Bean himself, is one of more than 200 prints peddled by the auction house in its first-ever space photos sale, taking place today.

Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

The photo was taken with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer—a telescope with a very wide lens that looks at the universe in infrared light.

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

)Photograph: Bill Ingalls/NASAWhen NASA’s MESSENGER mission was in orbit around Mercury, it took photos of the planet in unprecedented detail, including this photo of the rim of the Rembrant basin.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis

The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis

In 2013, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (known as DSM-5) eliminated Asperger’s and redefined the autism spectrum as encompassing level 1 (“requiring support”) to level 3 (“requiring very substantial support”).“Technically, the DSM-5 essentially made Asperger’s a non-diagnosis ,” says Dania Jekel, executive director of the Asperger/Autism Network, which formed after Asperger’s first gained official status, from an outpouring of people seeking resources and a sense of community.

'The Outer Worlds': An Anti-Capitalist Game That's Too Much Work

'The Outer Worlds': An Anti-Capitalist Game That's Too Much Work

The challenge of quest design is to shape them in such a way that they don't just feel like running from place to place, tripping story or objective triggers in the game world.

SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

The spacecraft was Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule, which will begin carrying NASA astronauts to the International Space Station next year.Later this week, SpaceX will also perform a test of its Crew Dragon capsule, a second try after a catastrophic explosion ended a similar trial run earlier this year.

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

One curious pattern cosmologists have known about for decades is that space is filled with correlated pairs of objects: pairs of hot spots seen in telescopes’ maps of the early universe; pairs of galaxies or of galaxy clusters or superclusters in the universe today; pairs found at all distances apart.

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth takes an astoundingly detailed look at the same planet: You can see its telltale bands, the iconic Great Red Spot, and smaller individual storms.