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
NASA has selected nine teams to study untouched moon samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions, which have been locked away in storage for the past 50 years. The teams have been handed a … Continue reading NASA to open untouched moon samples for 1st time since Apollo missions (VIDEO)
NASA TV posted raw video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashing into the Atlantic Ocean earlier today, and it’s truly a sight to behold. This particular craft was unmanned, but it’s theoretically capable of carrying human beings into space and … Continue reading Video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule returning to Earth is pretty stunning
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
SpaceX is getting excruciatingly close to catching a part of its rocket that falls out of the sky after each launch. A new video, released by the company on Twitter, shows a recent drop test of the rocket’s nose cone, … Continue reading SpaceX gets very close to catching its rocket’s nose cone (Mr. Steven)
For humans to survive off Earth, we’ll need vegetables to eat and flowers to admire. Earlier this month, tiny green plants sprouted on the moon. The plants arrived as cotton seeds, tucked inside of Chang’e 4, a Chinese spacecraft that had landed, in … Continue reading How Do Plants Grow in Space?
On Thursday afternoon the rocket engines under SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle briefly fired up, and after a few delays the company said on Twitter that it’s planning for a test flight in February. You can watch a video of the test … Continue reading SpaceX test firing sets path for Crew Dragon flight in February