Space Travel

Elon Musk is Opening a 1950s-Style Retro Drive-In Restaurant

Is Elon Musk putting aside his dreams of colonizing Mars in favor of serving cheeseburgers, chocolate malts, and a heaping helping of midcentury …

Science

Jan. 28, 1986: Space shuttle Challenger disaster

Just 73 seconds into liftoff, the NASA space shuttle exploded, killing all seven crew members.

NASA

Image: European Columbus module packed up and loaded for transport

The European Columbus module is packed up and loaded for transport to the US in this image from 2006. Built in Turin, Italy, and Bremen, Germany, the …

Cape Canaveral

Lagging London, gig economy fights, and space tourism: 2018 according to the Institute of Directors

Economic growth in London will fall behind the average in the rest of the UK, according to predictions for British business in 2018 from the …

Economy

Mars Mission: SpaceX Tests Falcon Heavy Rocket Taking Humans to Red Planet

The world’s most powerful rocket is set to be fired on Tuesday, as SpaceX begins to ramp up tests for the Falcon Heavy rocket ahead of its first lift …

SpaceX

Virgin Galactic is only months away from sending tourists into space

• <b>Virgin Galactic completed a successful glide test, keeping on track for its first space tourist expedition later this year.</b>• <b><br>More test flights will be conducted over the next few months to add new elements.</b>• <b><br>Hundreds of people have already placed deposits for the voyage, including celebrities like</b> …

Space

What's causing SpaceX's Falcon Heavy delays?

Reddit Email Comments<p>Although uncertainty in the schedule remains, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket appears to be nearly ready for its first engine …

SpaceX

Why SpaceX Is The Snake Oil Peddler Of The Twenty-First Century

In the nineteenth century, Americans across the country were mesmerized by “miracle elixirs,” better known as medicine shows, which offered …

Conservative View

Virgin Galactic takes one step forward in space tourism

Virgin Galactic's successful glide test of its <i>VSS Unity</i> plane on Jan. 11 has been another step forward for the company in developing space tourism …

Space

Zuma Blame Game Begins

In the wake of the apparently unsuccessful launch of the secret Zuma payload, there is still some confusion about what exactly happened and who is to …

SpaceX

Report: Former LSU coach Les Miles to play a role in upcoming movie

Les Miles has found yet another use of time while he’s not coaching.<p>First he decided to try his hand at broadcasting this past season with FOX …

Baton Rouge

SpaceX Will Test the Engines of the World's Most Powerful Rocket Today

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is one step closer to liftoff.<p>On Monday afternoon, the company will test fire the engines on its newest rocket at the Kennedy …

SpaceX

Safety Panel Raises Concerns about SpaceX Falcon 9 Pressure Vessel for Commercial Crew Missions

WASHINGTON — An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX's commercial crew system until the agency better understands the …

Exploration

Doubts About SpaceX Reliability Persist As Astronaut Missions Approach

We may never know the precise reason a billion-dollar spy satellite that was launched Jan. 7 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket failed to reach orbit. Everything about the mission except the launch itself was secret, so even after a root cause for the loss is identified, few details will be available to …

SpaceX

Want faster data and a cleaner planet? Start mining asteroids

Mining asteroids might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but there are companies and a few governments already working hard to make it real. This should not be surprising: compared with the breathtaking bridges that engineers build on Earth, asteroid-mining is a simple, small-scale operation …

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SpaceX to fire most powerful rocket's engines

Elon Musk, the billionaire behind the private aerospace company, said he wants the rocket to take his own midnight cherry Tesla Roadster <b>into orbit</b> …

SpaceX

The mystery of Zuma

We know that a Falcon 9 lifted off last week carrying a classified payload known only as Zuma, but what happened to Zuma, and why, remain a mystery. …

Northrop Grumman

SpaceX's recycled Dragon splashes down after second ISS stint

SpaceX has notched up another important victory in its march toward fully reusable rocketry and spacecraft, with the safe return of its Dragon …

Space

International Space Station: SpaceX Dragon Brings 4,100 Pounds of Space Research and Hardware Down To Earth

More than 4,100 pounds of scientific research and hardware have dropped into the Pacific Ocean from space.<p>SpaceX’s Dragon cargo resupply ship has …

Exploration

Virgin Galactic completes transonic glide test

Virgin Galactic's passenger-carrying spaceship VSS Unity has completed its seventh unpowered glider test flight. Test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and …

Space

An Apollo astronaut explains what riding aboard SpaceX's first moon mission might be like

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is about to debut what is currently the world's most powerful rocket.<p>Called Falcon Heavy, the system has three reusable boosters that can push 70 tons of payload into orbit around Earth or nearly 5 tons to Mars. SpaceX is testing the rocket's 27 …

SpaceX

After a month-long stay at the space station, Dragon capsule returns to Earth

A SpaceX Dragon capsule loaded with two tons of cargo splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday. It was the second trip to outer space for the …

Exploration

SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Made a Successful Re-Entry After Its ISS Supply Run

SpaceX said its Dragon cargo vessel successfully made re-entry on Saturday morning after spending more than a month docked at the International Space …

Space

SpaceX's Dragon Is On Its Way To Earth With Thousands of Pounds of Cargo Including Mice

The Dragon, NASA’s free-flying spacecraft, departed for Earth early Saturday morning.<p>After about a month-long mission at the International Space …

SpaceX

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule returns to Earth from the International Space Station

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after nearly four weeks in space.

Exploration

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2018. There are 351 days left in the year.<p>►Birthdays: Blues singer Clarence Carter is 82. Singer Jack Jones …

Boston

A Successful SpaceX Launch...Or Was It?

Last Sunday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket bearing a classified payload, code-named “Zuma.” The launch was performed by SpaceX for Northrop …

SpaceX

It’s Surprisingly Easy to Lose a Satellite, Even One Worth Millions

View of Falcon 9 launch on Dec. 22, 2017, from Venice, California.Maxwell Harris/Getty Images SpaceX and Northrop Grumman are not having a good week. …

Northrop Grumman

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Departs Space Station for Return to Earth

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station and headed back to Earth Saturday (Jan. 13) to wrap up a nearly month-long delivery …

Exploration

Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft

MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic says the latest glide test of its space tourism rocket plane was a success, nearly reaching the speed of sound high over California.<p>The spaceship, named Unity, was carried aloft by its mother ship on Thursday and released over the Mojave Desert.<p>The craft was …

Business