Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA’s Mega Rocket

Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA's Mega Rocket

Spectators watch the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasting off on July 8, 2011. The launch was the 135th and final Space Shuttle launch for NASA. Photo: Phil Sandlin (PA) NASA’s SLS rocket is slated to launch for the first time in just three weeks, rumbling off the launch pad with 8.8 million pounds of thrust. There … Read more

Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA’s Mega Rocket

Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA's Mega Rocket

Spectators watch the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasting off on July 8, 2011. The launch was the 135th and final Space Shuttle launch for NASA. Photo: Phil Sandlin (PA) NASA’s SLS rocket is slated to launch for the first time in just three weeks, rumbling off the launch pad with 8.8 million pounds of thrust. There … Read more

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

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

Newly Fallen Space Junk in Australia Likely Belongs to SpaceX

Newly Fallen Space Junk in Australia Likely Belongs to SpaceX

The SpaceX Dragon Capsule carried four astronauts to the ISS in November 2020. Photo: NASA Pieces of debris found on Australian farmland are suspected of originating from a SpaceX mission that launched nearly two years ago. It seems likely that the parts belong to SpaceXaim the private space company has yet to own up to … 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

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

NASA’s CAPSTONE Now Heading to the Moon

NASA's CAPSTONE Now Heading to the Moon

Conceptual image of CAPSTONE in orbit around the Moon.Image: NASA An important milestone has been reached in the newly launched CAPSTONE mission, as the tiny probe, moving in excess of 24,000 miles per hour, has escaped low Earth orbit and begun its four-month trek to the Moon. CAPSTONE, short for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology … 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