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

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 Delayed the Psyche Launch. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal

NASA Delayed the Psyche Launch.  Here's Why That's a Big Deal

NASA and the Psyche team declined interview requests until an independent review of the mission delay has been completed. Agency officials will make a decision about next steps based on that review in the coming months, said Lori Glaze, head of NASA’s planetary science division, at last month’s press conference. But WIRED spoke with other … Read more

NASA Reveals Ambitious New Plan to Detect Signs of Life on Distant Planets

NASA Reveals Ambitious New Plan to Detect Signs of Life on Distant Planets

NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts is famous for supporting outlandish ideas in the astronomy and space exploration fields. Since being re-established in 2011, the institute has supported a wide variety of projects as part of its three-phase program. However, so far, only three projects have gone on to receive Phase III funding. And one of … Read more

Engineers Are Working to Fix a Mysterious Glitch on The Voyager 1 Probe

Engineers Are Working to Fix a Mysterious Glitch on The Voyager 1 Probe

In May, NASA scientists said the Voyager 1 spacecraft was sending back inaccurate data from its attitude-control system. The mysterious glitch is still ongoing, according to the mission’s engineering team. Now, in order to find a fix, engineers are digging through decades-old manuals. Voyager 1, along with its twin Voyager 2, launched in 1977 with … Read more

This Albatross-Like Plane Could One Day Fly Over Mars

This Albatross-Like Plane Could One Day Fly Over Mars

Aerospace engineering doctoral student Adrien Bouskela, along with aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Sergey Shkarayev, are hoping to launch their design to Mars.Photo: University of Arizona On April 19, 2021, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter became the first powered aircraft to lift off from the surface of Mars. The historic 39-second flight set the stage for an … 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

LightSail 2 Mission Poised to Burn Up in Earth’s Atmosphere

LightSail 2 Mission Poised to Burn Up in Earth's Atmosphere

LightSail 2 spacecraft captured this image on June 11, 2022, which shows Madagascar and a portion of Mozambique.Image: The Planetary Society For the past three years, a tiny loaf-of-bread-sized spacecraft with gigantic wings has been sailing on sunbeams in low Earth orbit. LightSail 2 has far exceeded its life expectancy and proven that solar sails … Read more

SpaceX Mounts Starship Booster on Texas Launch Tower

SpaceX Mounts Starship Booster on Texas Launch Tower

SpaceX’s massive Super Heavy booster stage is now standing (very) tall on the company’s launch pad in south Texas, as it awaits a series of tests and final checks. The company is eager to launch the fully stacked Starship rocket for a flight test as early as July, but a number of regulatory hurdles still … Read more