Today’s commercial spacecraft have a safety advantage, thanks to simpler designs and suborbital missions. But with rockets, nothing is certain.
Future crews on the Red Planet will need it to make propellant for the trip home. Scientists are also testing whether oxygen can be extracted from lunar soil.
I grew up in awe of the iconic telescope. It raised me, and I helped control its fate. Could I have done more to protect it before its sudden collapse?
Physicists calculated that these mysterious particles will betray their location with heat. To prove it, they’ll need the most powerful telescopes in the cosmos.
The six-month mission is another step toward a moonshot, as SpaceX’s Elon Musk says he will land Starship on the lunar surface by 2024.
The copter safely whirled its way up and back down, demonstrating the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Hall thrusters have been used in satellites for years. Now, they’ll play a crucial role in reaching a metallic asteroid called Psyche.
NASA tracks the microbes that live on the space station, and sometimes it discovers new ones. Those hardy bugs may offer clues about surviving long missions.
Junk satellites can pose risks to other objects in Earth’s orbit. Startups are testing out ways to tidy up, from magnets to robotic tentacles.