SpaceX will attempt to pull off the world’s first successful triple rocket landing during the company’s first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission today (April 10), and you can watch it all live online. The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful … Continue reading Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy Launch Today!
The International Space Station (ISS) is about to take delivery of a couple of robotic “bees” that will help take care of routine chores and also participate in experiments conducted by controllers on the ground. Dubbed “Astrobee,” the compact, cube-shaped … Continue reading Robotic bees are set to invade the International Space Station
Over the last half century, spacecraft have visited every planet and their major moons, as well as two dwarf planetsand more than a dozen asteroids and comets. Thanks to high-res images, we know these worlds intimately and can appreciate what makes each of them unique. These … Continue reading Meet Chesley Bonestell, The Most Important Space Artist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
“Starship needs to be ready to fly again immediately after landing.” For months in south Texas, SpaceX employees have been assembling a test version of the upper stage for its next-generation launch system. This prototype “Starship” is far from space-worthy, … Continue reading SpaceX to begin testing its Starship spacecraft this week
Future off-planet exploration may rely on space stations built inside enormous asteroids, thanks to new research. The move would both counter the ill effects of zero gravity, and provide a ready source of precious minerals. The interest in mining asteroids … Continue reading Scientists figure out how to build future space stations inside asteroids
Astronomers turned a fantastic concept into reality. In the 1700s, John Michell in England and Pierre-Simon Laplace in France independently thought “way out of the box” and imagined what would happen if a huge mass were placed in an incredibly … Continue reading How Supermassive Black Holes Were Discovered
In a new book on space exploration, Smithsonian curator emeritus Roger D. Launius predicts boots on the Red Planet ground by the 2030’s Mars has always held a special fascination for humanity. Its reddish color in the night sky has … Continue reading A Smithsonian Researcher Reflects on What It Will Take to Land Humans on Mars