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
Some images are truly one in a million, and this latest effort from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is certainly no exception. It shows the object 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule, in glorious detail as we’ve never seen it before. … Continue reading Check Out This Incredible New Image Of Ultima Thule At The Edge Of The Solar System
In a move straight out of a dystopian blockbuster, a Russian startup wants to put giant luminous billboards into orbit to bombard a “potential audience of 7 billion people” with advertising from space. StartRocket aims to use a formation of tiny … Continue reading Russian startup wants to place luminous ads in low-Earth orbit
The official start of the “Space Race” began back in 1957, with the Soviet Union launching the world’s first satellite, Sputnik. Fearful of Soviet military control of space, the Americans quickly ready a rocket. From there the human history of space … Continue reading The Space Game: India joins in, China lands on moon, USA aims for Mars