Space Travel

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Overview

Update<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn …

Space Exploration

Astronauts are baffled by Trump's space travel plans

American astronauts may be walking on Mars in the next eight years, or ideally the next four, if President Donald Trump has his way. But the new timetable has baffled experts in space travel.<p>The surprise announcement — or rather instruction — took place this week during a live video conference …

Space Science

Cassini spots "giant hurricane" on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped a view of what scientists called a swirling "giant hurricane" in Saturn's atmosphere

Spacecraft

Space-mining may be a decade away as oil-rich Middle East countries look to diversify

Is water the new oil of space?<p>It may be to Middle Eastern oil states such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are looking at space as a way to diversify out of the earthly benefits of fossil fuel.<p>"Middle East oil states are investing in satellite technology and trying to transform …

Space Science

Pardon My Vomit: Zero G Ettiquette In the Age Of Space Tourism

It’s a new era for space travel. And if there’s one thing that sets it apart from the previous one, it is the spirit of collaboration that exists …

Space

A spacecraft in the sunset, a gold telescope in bloom, and other amazing images of the week

Newsworthy eye candy<p>Celebrate springtime with Webb's gold mirror<p>We'll never get tired of the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA won't either. In this picture released on Tuesday, the gold mirror of the telescope is seen “in full bloom”. The mirror of the Webb telescope will capture infrared light …

Spacecraft

Branson noncommittal about SpaceShipTwo flight schedule

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson said April 28 he remained optimistic that the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle will …

Space Science

To colonize space, start closer to Earth

Space X's Martian ambitions are making people think seriously about colonizing space. But the Red Planet may not be the best place to start the first …

Space

Isro is working on a human space flight programme, despite the mission falling off the priority list

More than a decade after an eminent group of scientists gave the green signal for India to undertake a human space flight, the ambitious venture is …

India

10 Startups Taking Advantage of Business Opportunities in Space

BEGIN SLIDESHOW<p>From 3D printed rockets to inflatable habitats, these companies are pushing humanity further out in the cosmos.<p>Steve Bronstein | Getty Images<p>NEXT<p>1. Made in Space<p>1 / 10<p>Made in Space<p>NEXT<p>2. Tri-D Dynamics<p>2 / 10<p>Tri-D Dynamics<p>NEXT<p>3. Scope AR<p>3 / 10<p>Scope AR<p>NEXT<p>4. Bigelow Aerospace<p>4 / …

Space Science

People Are Already Opening Accounts to Save for Space

In the halcyon days of yore, people put away money with the hopes of retiring somewhere warm, where they could argue about chicken salad with other …

SpaceX

Astronaut snaps unreal sunset spacecraft photo

A cargo ship on approach to the space station stars in a gorgeous sunset image that looks like a sci-fi movie still.<p>The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission on Saturday, but a spectacular image of its approach is anything but …

Spacecraft

The Next Pluto Mission: An Orbiter and Lander?

For decades, we could only imagine what the view of Pluto’s surface might be. Now, we have the real thing.<p>The images and data from the<p>” …

Space

China and Europe want to build a 'Moon Village'

A human outpost on the moon could be launching pad for future missions to Mars, offer a chance to develop space tourism or even lunar mining<p>BEIJING – …

Space

4 Reasons to Work in the Space Industry

<b>A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… No. Right here. Right now.</b><p><b>With astronauts tweeting from Space, news about SpaceX, and other companies in</b> …

Space Science

Whose is bigger? How all the Mars-bound rockets stack up

A power trip to the red planet.<p>Like everything else in the 1960s, NASA’s <i>Saturn V</i> rocket set a mark for extreme. At 363 feet tall, with 7.5 million pounds of liftoff thrust, it lifted six moon-bound missions into space. Retired in 1973, it remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket our …

Space Exploration

NASA Designs Futuristic Chainmail for Spacecraft

The material can absorb or reflect light, is highly flexible, and very strong.<p>What should we build our spacecraft out of? At first this might seem like an easy question, but there's a lot to consider. The materials we pick must be durable yet lightweight. They need to control heat so the craft …

3D Printing

Amazon's Founder Wants to Deliver Supplies to the Moon

Amazon on the Moon<p>In recent, “are you serious?” news, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, wants to create an ‘Amazon-like’ service to deliver equipment …

Space Science

The first Mars astronauts may be trapped inside of a tube for 3 years with no chance of escape

• NASA has finally revealed details about its plan to send astronauts to Mars.<br>• The plan calls for building an outpost to orbit the moon and test Mars …

Space Exploration

Latch blamed for JWST vibration test anomaly

WASHINGTON — A latch that didn’t close properly was the cause of the anomaly that halted vibration testing of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope last …

Spacecraft

Nasa designs inflatable greenhouses for use on manned missions to the Moon and Mars

Nasa has designed inflatable greenhouses for use in manned missions to the Moon and Mars. The prototypes Nasa has built on Earth are designed to be …

Space Exploration

Thought Experiment: Transhumanism and Space Exploration

Humans are ill-suited to the rigors of space, but augmenting ourselves with technology may create opportunities to explore and colonize worlds beyond …

Space

Texans will have a draft pick announced from outer space

Here’s a new one—the 2017 NFL draft will have a few of its picks come in from outer space.<p>Having late-round picks done by notable guests isn’t …

Sports

Donald Trump wants to put humans on Mars in three years, President announces in ISS livestream

Donald Trump wants humans on Mars in the next three years.<p>He is unsatisfied with Nasa's current plans – to get humans on the Red Planet in the 2030s …

Space Science

Space Shuttle Overview: Endeavour (OV-105)

Authorized by Congress in August 1987 as a replacement for the Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger, Endeavour (OV-105) arrived at Kennedy Space Center's …

NASA

The First Fatal Spaceflight

Half a century ago, on April 23, 1967, the Soviet Union proudly announced a new spacecraft orbiting Earth, piloted by 40-year-old cosmonaut Vladimir …

NASA

Nasa successfully launches super pressure balloon to study cosmic rays in New Zealand

<b>Wellington:</b> After several unsuccessful attempts, Nasa finally launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from …

Space

Isro wants to increase its launch frequency, is aiming for 12 rocket flights every year

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is trying to increase its capacity to deliver by scaling up the frequency of launches to 12 per year …

Space Science

Donald Trump asked astronauts in space a question only he can answer

President Donald Trump called up to the International Space Station on Monday to congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on her record-breaking spaceflight.<p>Trump used some of his time speaking with Whitson and her fellow crewmember Jack Fischer to talk about the military and the inspiration that …

NASA

Space tourism: 10 ways you can leave planet Earth

Space Science