These Failed Missions to the Moon Remind Us That Space Is Hard

These Failed Missions to the Moon Remind Us That Space Is Hard

The Apollo 13 Saturn rocket being rolled out to the launch pad in 1970.Photo: NASA For millennia, our species looked at the Moon as a place that would forever be beyond our reach, but 20th-century technologies finally made our natural satellite accessible to probes, landers, and even human explorers. Despite these achievements, however, the Moon … Read more

SpaceX Just Pulled Off Three Launches in 36 Hours

SpaceX Just Pulled Off Three Launches in 36 Hours

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched Germany’s SARah 1 military imaging satellite into orbit on June 18.Photo: SpaceX It was a busy weekend for SpaceX, with the private space company launching three of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit over a period of three days. SpaceX’s final launch may even have been carrying a classified government … Read more

Europe’s Space Agency to Debut Successor to Vega Rocket

Europe’s Space Agency to Debut Successor to Vega Rocket

The European Space Agency (ESA) is getting ready to unveil its medium-lift Vega-C rocket, a worthy successor to the small launcher Vega, which has been in operation for 10 years. Vega-C is undergoing final preparations before launching from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana as soon as July 7, ESA announced on Thursday. 01:57 Rainn Wilson’s … Read more

The CAPSTONE Satellite Is a Step Towards a Lunar Space Station

The CAPSTONE Satellite Is a Step Towards a Lunar Space Station

Artist’s interpretation of the CAPSTONE cubesat.Picture: NASA/Daniel Rutter NASA and its partners are seeking to build a lunar space station later this decade as part of the ambitious Artemis program, but before that can happen, a microwave-sized probe will need to perform important duties in a unique and promising lunar orbit. Should all go as … Read more

Russian Motor Spontaneously Explodes in Orbit, Creating Debris Cloud

Russian Motor Spontaneously Explodes in Orbit, Creating Debris Cloud

Space agencies are trying to figure out ways to mitigate the effects of space debris.Photo: Arne Dedert (PA) An old Russian motor that’s been aimlessly floating through space for more than a decade has finally met its demise in a sudden explosion, producing at least 16 shards of orbital debris that now threaten satellites and … Read more

Canada Now Willing to Punish Crimes Committed on the Moon

Canada Now Willing to Punish Crimes Committed on the Moon

Astronauts may now face criminal charges for crimes committed on the way to the Moon.Photo: NASA/Bill Stafford More than 50 years ago, Apollo astronauts left 96 bags of their own waste on the surface of the Moon. But they didn’t exactly fear getting hit with a fine for littering, as space—the Moon included—has been a … Read more

NASA’s ‘Lunar Backpack’ Could Prevent Astronauts From Getting Lost on the Moon

NASA’s ‘Lunar Backpack’ Could Prevent Astronauts From Getting Lost on the Moon

NASA Planetary Scientist Michael Zanetti testing out the backpack in Potrillo volcanic field in New Mexico.Photo: NASA/Michael Zanetti The Moon is not the kind of place where you want to get lost, but it can get a little tricky trying to trace your dusty footsteps without a GPS system in place. Thankfully, space engineers may … Read more

Astrobotic Shows off Shiny Lunar Lander Ahead of Scheduled Launch Later This Year

Astrobotic Shows off Shiny Lunar Lander Ahead of Scheduled Launch Later This Year

Astrobiotic’s Peregrine lander is in the final phases of its assembly. Photo: Astrobotic Earlier this week, private space technology company Astrobotic unveiled its new robotic lunar lander. Called Peregrine, the 6-foot-tall probe is scheduled to land on the Moon later this year. Peregrine is a part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), an initiative … Read more

NASA Rover Perseverance Captured Solar Eclipse on Mars

NASA Rover Perseverance Captured Solar Eclipse on Mars

The Martian moon Phobos passes in front of the Sun in these images from NASA’s Perseverance rover.gif: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS/SSI NASA’s Perseverance rovercaptured lucky cosmic event on April 2: Mars’ distinctly potato-shaped moon Phobos eclipsing the Sun. This new video comes fresh off the heels of NASA’s InSnight lander capturing a wistful martian sunrise. In a blog … Read more

What to Know About Crew-4, NASA’s Next Space Station Mission

What to Know About Crew-4, NASA’s Next Space Station Mission

Crew-4 member and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is no stranger to the ISS.Photo: NASA SpaceX is preparing to launch NASA’s Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station, where the astronauts will spend the next six months running a diverse selection of scientific experiments in the microgravity environment. Crew-4 includes NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, … Read more