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.

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.

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.

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

Known as the Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE, each of the probe’s components is specially engineered to withstand the high temperature, high pressure, and reactive atmosphere that define that infernal planet.“We don't have any data on how the conditions change from day to night on Venus,” says Kremic.

Inside Apple’s High-Flying Bid to Become a Streaming Giant

Inside Apple’s High-Flying Bid to Become a Streaming Giant

The show is one of the first series appearing on the (now named) Apple TV+ streaming service, a multibillion-dollar push that includes projects from Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

Milano, who helps run the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, had been gearing up for a satellite launch.Normally, NASA wouldn’t let mission control run on anything less than a stable grid connection, says Steven Beckwith, the lab’s director.

Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!

Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!

Not only were they the first spacecraft to visit the asteroid belt, Jupiter, and Saturn; they even carried with them a plaque that carried a message on behalf of all humankind.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

And while this image is incredibly detailed, Cassini was a whopping 870,000 miles above the plane of the rings when it took this photo in 2014.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteThis maelstrom on Saturn is one of the biggest storms ever observed on the planet.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Zellner says the best way to settle the lunar cataclysm debate will be to visit craters where samples aren’t likely to have been contaminated by the Imbrium impact, such as the south pole or the far side of the moon.

A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

According to Koenigsmann, the explosion occurred during a test of the Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort system, which is used to jettison the capsule from the rocket if something goes wrong during launch.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

But it’s never dreamed up ion propulsion, a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors. But that’s a ways off, because at the moment the four-thruster machine can produce a bit more thrust than it needs to get its weight off the ground.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

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.

The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon

The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon

At one point there was talk of a rocket called Nova that would have had eight of the beasts on its first stage and might have launched a spacecraft heavy enough to land on the moon and then come back.

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

If you have to leave one place, remember this: There’s always another party, just like WIRED has more space photos, right here .My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan What do Amazon's star ratings really mean.

What’s Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident

What’s Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident

During a series of engine tests of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft this past Saturday, the vehicle experienced what the company has characterized as an "anomaly."

The Odd Physics of Rey's Backflip in Star Wars: Episode IX

The Odd Physics of Rey's Backflip in Star Wars: Episode IX

For Rey jumping over (I assume she makes it) a TIE fighter, I'm just going to look at her vertical motion. There is some type of TIE fighter zooming toward Rey. You would think her goal is to jump over the spacecraft, but who really knows.

Space Photos of the Week: Keep Space Weird

Space Photos of the Week: Keep Space Weird

Fast-forward five years, and scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope noticed it was gone. Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more?

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

A Space Act Agreement signed in 2018 shows that the aerospace company wants to include a handful of the Shuttle’s smaller orbital maneuvering engines in a secret Department of Defense project.

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

The Beresheet lander is a joint venture between Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL —one of the participants in the Google Lunar X Prize, which challenged private companies to land spacecraft on the moon without government funds—and Israel Aerospace Industries, the country's largest aerospace and defense company.

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

If you’re able to divert your eyes from the big show in the upper right, take a look at the object in the center of the image: That blue cloud is LHA 120-N 180B, likely an active star-forming region.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera capture the surface of the planet in unprecedented detail, and that includes dunes like the ones seen here. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, stars, and galaxies aren’t even the half of it.

Is ’Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Sure! Except, No

Is ’Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Sure! Except, No

Is it possible that ‘Oumuamua, the nominally cigar-shaped, somewhat mysterious visitor that a Hawaiian telescope spotted leaving our solar system in 2017, might be neither comet nor asteroid but an alien spacecraft?

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI On Thursday, January 3, New Horizons mission scientists revealed their best images of Ultima Thule to date—and they're in stereo vision!

How Does a 'Martian'-Style Gravity Assist Actually Work?

How Does a 'Martian'-Style Gravity Assist Actually Work?

The first question is easy—a gravity assist (also called a gravity slingshot) is a space maneuver in which a spacecraft gets a speed boost by moving past a planet.

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Although Dawn is done, it will remain in a stable orbit around Ceres for the next 50 years or so to protect the surface from any potential contaminants left on the spacecraft from Earth.InSight landed on the dusty, rocky surface of Mars on November 26, and moments after touching down, it took this photo of the ground.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Stern and his team discovered the object in 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, while searching the sky for places New Horizons could visit after its brief encounter with Pluto.