Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Lucy is equipped with a pair of 22-feet-wide solar arrays on either side.Photo: NASA Just a few hours into its 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, the Lucy spacecraft ran into a problem. One of its solar arrays refused to fully open and mission controllers have been working on the problem ever since. There’s good … Read more

NASA Is Changing Its Rules for Private Astronauts

NASA Is Changing Its Rules for Private Astronauts

The four-man crew of Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission arrived to the ISS on April 9.Image: Axiom Space As more private astronauts venture out into space, NASA is seeking to better regulate their journeys to Earth orbit. The space agency recently announced some updates to the set of rules required for upcoming private astronaut missions, including … Read more

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

The new research found that human bones, like the wrist bone pictured here, suffers from accelerated loss of density as the result of long-duration missions in space. Image: L. Gabel et al., 2022 Long-term exposure to microgravity results in the loss of bone density, and new research reveals the disturbing extent to which this happens … Read more

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

The new research found that human bones, like the wrist bone pictured here, suffers from accelerated loss of density as the result of long-duration missions in space. Image: L. Gabel et al., 2022 Long-term exposure to microgravity results in the loss of bone density, and new research reveals the disturbing extent to which this happens … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner Has Landed, But Questions Remain After Imperfect Mission

Boeing's Starliner Has Landed, But Questions Remain After Imperfect Mission

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft safely touched down at White Sands Missile Range’s Space Harbor.Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls Boeing’s Starliner successfully touched down yesterday on the sandy surface of the New Mexico desert, marking the completion of the first uncrewed end-to-end test of the spacecraft. It was a picture-perfect landing, but the six-day mission was not without problems. … Read more

Watch Live as Boeing’s Starliner Undocks from ISS

Watch Live as Boeing's Starliner Undocks from ISS

Starliner during the ISS docking procedure on May 20. Photo: NASA Johnson Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner has been cleared to depart the International Space Station, setting the stage for the final act in this important end-to-end demonstration of the system. You can watch all of the live action right here. Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) is … Read more

Boeing’s Docked Starliner Capsule Faces One More Crucial Test

Boeing's Docked Starliner Capsule Faces One More Crucial Test

Boeing’s Starliner approaching the ISS on May 20, 2022. Photo: NASA Johnson Astronauts on board the International Space Station are readying the CST-100 Starliner for its return trip home, currently scheduled for Wednesday. The landmark mission is quickly winding down, as Boeing has completed several key tests of its new spacecraft while docked to the … Read more

How To Watch Boeing’s Starliner Capsule Attempt ISS Docking

How To Watch Boeing's Starliner Capsule Attempt ISS Docking

Conceptual view of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner.Picture: Boeing It was a picture perfect launch of a ULA rocket Thursday evening at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The payload, a Boeing Starliner spacecraft, is now en route to the International Space Station, despite a bumpy orbital insertion burn. The capsule will attempt to dock at the orbital outpost … Read more

How To Watch Boeing’s Starliner Capsule Attempt ISS Docking

How To Watch Boeing's Starliner Capsule Attempt ISS Docking

Conceptual view of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner.Picture: Boeing It was a picture perfect launch of a ULA rocket Thursday evening at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The payload, a Boeing Starliner spacecraft, is now en route to the International Space Station, despite a bumpy orbital insertion burn. The capsule will attempt to dock at the orbital outpost … Read more

NASA Suspend ISS Spacewalks, Spacesuits Leaking Water

NASA Suspend ISS Spacewalks, Spacesuits Leaking Water

There have been more than 200 spacewalks outside the ISS since it launched in 1998.Picture: NASA It might be time for NASA to ditch its aging ISS spacesuits. The space agency announced a pause to all its spacewalks until it has a better handle on a lingering and frightening issue that’s causing water to leak … Read more