Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

A Falcon 9 rocket during launch this past July. Photo: SpaceX South Korea is embarking on its first lunar mission, and SpaceX has been brought in to help. You can catch this historic launch live right here. Hard to believe, but the upcoming launch marks the first time that SpaceX will directly send a payload … Read more

Rover Gathers Rocks on Active Volcano to Simulate Moon Mission

Rover Gathers Rocks on Active Volcano to Simulate Moon Mission

The four-wheeled, two-armed Interact rover spent four days collecting rocks on Mount Etna. Photo: ESA While working out of a hotel room in Italy, astronaut Thomas Reiter commanded a four-wheeled robot to pick up rocks from the surface of an active volcano on the Sicilian east coast, and he did so while role-playing as though … Read more

Season 3, Episode 1, “Polaris”

Season 3, Episode 1, “Polaris”

Krys Marshall and Joel Kinnaman in For All MankindPhoto: AppleTV+ “The Men of Earth came to Mars,” Ray Bradbury wrote, “because they were afraid or unafraid, because they were happy or unhappy, because they felt like Pilgrims or did not feel like Pilgrims. There was a reason for each man.” You could say the same … Read more

Plants Can Grow in Lunar Soil—but They Hate It

Plants Can Grow in Lunar Soil—but They Hate It

The plants after 16 days of growth, with clear differences seen between plants grown in simulated lunar soil (left) and plants grown in actual lunar regolith. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS For the first time ever, scientists have grown plants in lunar soil returned from the Apollo missions. But given the degree of stress seen in … Read more