Elon Musk is one of 600 people who have put down $10,000 deposit for a future Virgin Galactic flight, Richard Branson told The Sunday Times.
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is building two engines for ULA's Vulcan rocket - and delays to the engines are causing tension, sources told Ars Technica.
SpaceX's Starship cargo craft could hoover up dead satellites, used rocket parts, and other debris simply by opening its door, CEO Elon Musk said.
InSight's solar panels are covered in Martian dust, decreasing their energy production. Without a "significant" boost, the mission will likely end.
SpaceX's president, Gwynne Shotwell, said the company had launched 1,800 Starlink internet satellites, enough for global coverage by about September.
Three taikonauts entered the station less than three hours after the Shenzhou-12 rocket docked, CGTN reported.
SpaceX scheduled its first Starship orbit launch for July - but wildlife assessments around the launchpad may delay it, CNN reported.
Venus used to be a lot like Earth, but something turned it into an inhospitable pressure cooker. NASA and the ESA want to find out what happened.
By orbiting Venus and plunging to its surface, NASA's new missions could reveal how the planet became so hellishly hot, and whether it hosts life.
China's Tianwen-1 mission could be the first to deploy an orbiter, lander, and rover all at once. But only half of Mars landings have succeeded.
The winner of the online auction will be one of six people to travel into space on the New Shepard on July 20.
The InSight lander is shutting down nonessential operations to save energy. An out-of-season dust storm could end its life on Mars.
Mars seems to have an Earth-like interior that's wrapped in a dry, moon-like crust. But scientists are missing the biggest, most revealing quakes.
Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, was one of three companies to land the Pentagon contract for a rocket powered by a nuclear reactor.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has separated from the Perseverance rover on Mars. It's almost ready to pioneer a new form of space exploration.
Elon Musk's company is heightening the risk of collisions between space objects by putting more satellites in orbit, space industry experts say.
Elon Musk's Starlink customer support was quick and friendly for some users. But others experienced long delays, forcing them to cancel the service.
The Ingenuity helicopter could pioneer a new way to explore space. In the future, drones may do reconnaissance for Mars astronauts and rovers.
SpaceX's Starlink has gained more than 10,000 users since launching in October, and increasingly more people are signing up for the service worldwide.
SpaceX's Starlink kit comes neatly stacked and connected in the box, ready to be plugged into power and align with the satellites in orbit.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter is set to lift off from the Martian surface in April. It will be a "Wright Brothers moment" in space.
Elon Musk is also in discussions with the Indonesian president about investment opportunities for battery materials in Tesla cars.
SpaceX's sixth Starlink launch of 2021 takes its total number of internet satellites in orbit to 1,124. Its final goal is more than 40,000.
NASA says it will release the first video of its Perseverance rover’s Mars touchdown on Monday. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to see a rover landing on Mars. Watch NASA’s livestream, starting at 2 p.m. ET, below. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Update: […]
The footage could reveal the rover's entire descent and landing: a parachute deploy, jetpack maneuvers, and its wheels touching Martian ground.
NASA’s Perseverance rover just landed on Mars. Now about 350 of its engineers and scientists have to work on “Mars time,” shifting their hours 40 minutes later each day. Since this requires overnight shifts and causes jetlag, NASA only asks them to do it for three months. Visit the Business […]
NASA asks the engineers and scientists behind the rover to make this daily change for three months, sometimes working overnight.
NASA’s Perseverance rover has beamed back the first photo of its descent to Mars, a snapshot of the robot feet from landing. NASA expects a full video of landing soon, from six cameras on the rover. NASA also published the rover’s first colour images of the Martian surface. Visit the […]
NASA also has the rover's first color photos of the Martian surface, and an image from a spacecraft orbiting Mars that spotted the rover's parachute.
Perseverance will scour mud and clay in Jezero's river delta and shorelines for signs of microbe communities.
NASA’s Perseverance rover has landed in Jezero Crater, beginning a new era of exploration on Mars. The rover is poised to spend the next two years searching for fossils of microbial alien life. It carries the first interplanetary helicopter, and it will test tech that could help astronauts. Visit the […]
Before the dust of the landing had even cleared, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover snapped two photos of its new home: Jezero Crater.
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has landed in Jezero Crater, beginning a new era of exploration on the red planet.
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover will attempt to record video and audio as it plunges through the planet's atmosphere at 12,000 mph.
NASA’s Perseverance rover will attempt to land on Mars on Thursday afternoon. If Perseverance survives its supersonic plunge and jetpack landing, it will then search for fossils of alien microbes. Watch NASA’s live broadcast from mission control, and look out for video footage of the landing later. Visit the Business […]
A supersonic parachute and a jetpack will help Perseverance land on Mars. A NASA video offers a sense of the footage the rover will record.
Starlink is SpaceX’s broadband service that beams down internet from satellites launched into orbit. Since its launch in October, it has more than 10,000 users and operates in more than six countries. Here’s everything you need to know about Elon Musk’s Starlink. Visit the Business section of Insider for more […]
NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Thursday. The dried-up lake bed is the ideal spot to look for alien fossils because a river deposited microbe-trapping minerals there. Perseverance will search the lake bottom, shorelines, and river delta for signs of ancient microbes. Visit the Business section of […]
NASA’s Perseverance rover is set to plunge to Mars and land in an ancient lake bed on February 18. The spacecraft must weather a fiery 12,000-mph plunge, deploy a supersonic parachute, and navigate to safety with a jetpack. A realistic NASA animation shows that nail-biting descent in detail. Visit the […]
China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft successfully manoeuvred into orbit around Mars on Wednesday. It’s the first mission to attempt to deliver an orbiter, a lander, and a rover all together. The Tianwen-1 rover will attempt to land in a water-rich region of Mars in May, after which it will scan for underground […]
The United Arab Emirates’ first interplanetary mission, a spacecraft called Hope, reached Mars on Tuesday. The orbiter is set to map Mars’ climate across an entire Martian year. It’s the first of three Mars missions expected to reach the planet in the next two weeks. Visit the Business section of […]
Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Monday opened up $US100 preorders for Starlink in different parts of the world. This included Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and areas of the US where Starlink isn’t yet live. Musk said the only price difference across countries “should be taxes & shipping.” Visit the Business section […]
Elon Musk’s timeline for SpaceX landing humans on Mars has wavered over the years. He recently said 2026 will be the year to send a crewed mission to Mars. In 2017, he said 2024. Space industry experts believe SpaceX will reach Mars, but not as soon as it hopes. Visit […]
China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft has beamed back its first photo: a black-and-white snapshot of Mars. The probe is one of three Mars missions arriving at the planet this month. Tianwen-1 aims to deploy a radar-equipped rover and seek underground water sources that may harbour alien microbes. Visit the Business section of […]
NASA has picked Elon Musk’s SpaceX to help with an astrophysics mission dubbed SPHEREx. SPHEREx, a space telescope, is due to launch via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2024 for a two-year mission. The data collected will help astronomers understand how the universe was created, NASA said. Visit the […]
SpaceX said in a filing on Thursday that Starlink had more than 10,000 users in the US and abroad. Elon Musk’s aerospace company launched the Starlink public beta in October. In the filing, SpaceX requested that it be made eligible for federal cash to expand Starlink. Visit the Business section […]
SpaceX’s seventh hire, Hans Koenigsmann, on Tuesday said he planned to retire as vice president. William Gerstenmaier, a former NASA official who joined SpaceX in 2020, will take his place. In a staff memo seen by CNBC, Koenigsmann said working for Elon Musk was the honour of a lifetime. Visit […]
Russian citizens and companies may get fined by the state for using SpaceX’s Starlink internet. Analyst John Byrne told Insider it’s easier for Russia to fine citizens rather than Starlink. “Satellite potentially turns the tables because the government doesn’t control space,” Byrne said. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
The first private space crew to fly to the International Space Station was unveiled on Tuesday. Commander Michael López-Alegría, pilot Larry Connor, and mission specialists Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe will pay $US55 million to be part of Axiom Space’s mission. The crew will fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon […]
SpaceX’s first Starlink mission of 2021 has been postponed twice, delaying the launch of 60 internet satellites. The launch, first scheduled for Monday morning, will now take place on Wednesday at 8:02 a.m. EST. This will be the 17th Starlink mission. SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, wants to envelop Earth […]
Users of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet service said how impressed they were with download speeds in snow and high-speed winds on the Reddit Starlink community. One user reported speeds reaching 175 Mbps in the colder air, which is 20 Mbps faster than usual. The Starlink terminal even withstood a user’s 175 […]
The first location in Canada to receive SpaceX’s Starlink internet service was Pikangikum, a remote 3,000-person indigenous community in north-western Ontario. The project was initiated by a Canadian IT company called FSET. The CEO, Dave Brown told Business Insider how he went about contacting SpaceX to get help for the […]
NASA has granted Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin a launch contract for the New Glenn rocket. Under the agreement, Blue Origin’s rocket could take part in Earth observation missions, planetary expeditions, and satellite launches for the agency, Bezos’ company said Wednesday. The contract will also allow NASA centres in […]
Europe is planning to build a new satellite constellation reportedly costing six billion euros ($US7.3 billion) that would work in a similar way to SpaceX’s Starlink. The constellation will beam internet access to European citizens, notably those in isolated areas, and allow governments to communicate securely. European Union officials have […]
SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for its seventh trip to space – the second individual Falcon 9 rocket to reach the milestone. Strapped to the Falcon 9 was SiriusXM’s digital-audio radio satellite, which will use 8,000 watts of power to […]
Japan’s Hayabusa-2 mission bombed an asteroid in order to scoop up rock and dust from below its surface. The spacecraft dropped the asteroid material into the Australian outback on Saturday. That made Japan the first nation to collect samples from below the surface of a space rock. NASA just collected […]
Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is set to deliver a sample of rock and dust from asteroid Ryugu to Earth on Saturday. Hayabusa-2 blasted the asteroid with a bullet in 2019. The “treasure box” it’s bringing back holds the world’s first sample from below the surface of an asteroid. Studying this space […]
Elon Musk said Tuesday he is “highly confident” SpaceX will land humans on Mars in 2026 – two years later than he previously hoped. In 2017, Musk said that he wanted SpaceX to send unmanned ships to Mars in 2022, followed by a crewed mission two years later. Musk told […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on Tuesday night, marking the rocket’s seventh successful launch. The launch was also SpaceX’s 16th Starlink mission, its 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, and its 23rd flight in 2020 – the most flights it has ever achieved […]
In a Q&A session with Reddit’s Starlink community on Saturday, engineers working on SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet service listed several “hot jobs” the company is looking to fill. They said SpaceX is hiring numerous roles in design and engineering and gave an email for people to send résumés to. They also […]
Virgin Galactic said Monday it’s delaying a pivotal crewed launch planned for mid-November due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico. “[W]e take this pause in stride and will be prepared to resume our pre-flight procedures and announce a new test flight window as soon as we can,” CEO Michael Colglazier […]
Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and startup Rocket Lab are among 17 companies partnering with NASA to develop new technologies for space missions to “the moon and beyond.” NASA announced 20 partnerships total on Monday, all of which are unfunded. The chosen space companies will gain access to […]
NASA plans to send humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars. Communicating with Mars astronauts 42 million miles away would require patience: Even at the speed of light, it takes three minutes to send a signal from Earth to Mars. A planetary scientist’s simple animation shows why we […]
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, successfully launched a GPS III satellite on a Falcon 9 for the US Space Force on Thursday. After the Falcon 9 peeled off from the satellite vehicle, the rocket booster landed on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” in […]
Elon Musk said Friday that SpaceX has a “fighting chance” of sending an uncrewed Starship rocket to Mars in 2024, later than previously hoped. The SpaceX Starship rocket, designed to hold as many as 100 passengers and carry heavy payloads, is still in early testing stages. Musk said in 2017 […]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota are working together to design a pressurised space rover. The vehicle will be called the Lunar Cruiser, a reference to Toyota’s Land Cruiser. They signed an agreement in 2019, with plans to launch in the late 2020s. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
The US military’s increasing need for fast transport explains why it keeps handing contracts to SpaceX, according to a leading aerospace expert. Steve Nutt, professor in aerospace engineering, told Business Insider that SpaceX is the US’ best alternative to “stodgy, slow” traditional contractors. It comes at a time when the […]
Seven countries signed on to NASA’s new Artemis Accords on Tuesday: Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The Artemis Accords establish basic rules for exploring the moon, Mars, asteroids, and comets – rules like: be peaceful, help astronauts in distress, share scientific data, […]
Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos, just launched a test flight to try out new moon-landing technologies for NASA. NASA developed high-precision sensors, software, and a new computer to help spacecraft land in rocky or shadowy areas of the moon or Mars. It paid Blue Origin $US3 […]
SpaceX is set to launch four astronauts to the space station for NASA later this month. After inspecting the data from its first astronaut flight, SpaceX made four big upgrades to its Crew Dragon spaceship. The next capsule will have new manoeuvring capabilities, a reinforced heat shield, longer-lasting solar panels, […]
NASA’s new Mars rover, Perseverance, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday at 7:50 a.m. ET. If Perseverance survives its seven-month journey to Mars, the robot will search the planet for signs of alien life and test technologies that humans will need to survive on future interplanetary missions. Perseverance […]
NASA stowed a solar-powered helicopter in the belly of its Perseverance rover, set to land on Mars on February 18. The helicopter, called Ingenuity, aims to conduct the first-ever controlled flights on another planet. Ingenuity and Perseverance will both record video as the drone flies over an ancient Martian lakebed. […]
NASA is preparing to launch its Perseverance rover, a car-sized nuclear-powered robot, to Mars on July 30. After reaching Mars, the rover will perform a harrowing descent to the surface that will require a heat shield, supersonic parachute, and rocket-powered crane. NASA is hoping to record much of the descent […]
The United Arab Emirates is set to launch a spacecraft to Mars on Sunday, marking the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. If successful, the UAE’s Hope Probe would orbit Mars for two years and make the first-ever global map of the planet’s climate across seasons. Watch the spacecraft launch live […]
The United Arab Emirates launched a mission to Mars on Sunday. NASA and China plan to launch their own by end of July. In total, two rovers, two orbiters, and one helicopter will explore Mars after they arrive next year. The robots will search for underground water that may harbour […]
NASA plans to launch its next Mars rover in July. The robot will search for signs of ancient alien life and collect rock samples. Kids across the country submitted 28,000 essays in a contest to name the new rover, which is temporarily called Mars 2020. Here are the nine finalists, […]
Astronauts have lived on the International Space Station continuously for 20 years – the first expedition arrived on November 2, 2000. Astronauts have taken millions of pictures of their breathtaking views throughout those two decades, capturing from sprawling city lights to volcanic eruptions. Here are the 27 best photos ever […]
NASA‘s Voyager 2 probe beamed back unprecedented data as it crossed into interstellar space nearly a year ago. Scientists just released their findings. The data suggests the presence of previously unknown boundary layers beyond the edge of our solar system – the area known as the heliopause. Scientists hope to […]
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin announced October 22 that it is teaming up with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corp to bid for a contract to send NASA astronauts back to the moon, but that’s only one part of the billionaire’s space exploration plan. Bezos’ vision for Blue Origin was largely […]
A space elevator on Earth or the moon could make space travel and cargo transport easier, cheaper, and more sustainable. Companies in China and Japan hope to build such an elevator by 2045 and 2050, respectively. Japanese researchers have even tested miniature prototypes in space. Experts say a space elevator […]
NASA’s proposed return to the moon by 2024 has been titled Artemis and will cost upwards of $US20-$US30 billion on top of its current budget. NASA will use its megarocket SLS to send astronauts and payloads up into the moon’s orbit and down the lunar surface. During the mission, NASA […]
India’s Vikram moon lander, part of its Chandrayaan-2 mission, crashed into the lunar surface last week. It was the country’s first attempt at a soft landing on the moon. The landing of Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL‘s Beresheet lander also failed in April. Descent and landing are difficult stages of a mission […]
Scientists have detected water vapour on a potentially habitable planet for the first time. The planet, named K2-18b, is a super-Earth that orbits a red dwarf star 110 light-years away. K2-18b is the only known planet outside our solar system with water, an atmosphere, and a temperature range that could […]
The Milky Way could be teeming with extraterrestrial civilizations that have spread across the stars, according to a new study. The study offers new perspectives on the Fermi Paradox, which asks why we haven’t found signs of intelligent extraterrestrials in our galaxy. There are plenty of scenarios in which aliens […]
NASA is racing to land astronauts on the moon in 2024, a crash program called Artemis. However, an independent panel of experts who review NASA activities say the agency is lacking a suitable spacesuit program. “An integral system required to put boots on the moon are the boots,” panel member […]
India’s first moon-landing attempt appears to have ended in failure. The Chandrayaan-2 mission’s Vikram lander was descending toward the moon when it suddenly went off trajectory just 1.3 miles above the lunar surface. Moments later, mission control lost communication with Vikram. An astronomer said data from a radio telescope on […]
SpaceX is developing a towering two-stage rocket system called Starship that is being designed to land people and cargo on Mars. The company wants its first Starship missions to reach Mars in the mid-2020s, so it’s scouting at least nine locations with buried frozen water and few landing hazards. SpaceX […]
Researchers measuring heat in Uranus’ atmosphere said they were “astonished” to find the warm glow of rings around the planet in thermal images. They determined the rings’ temperature for the first time: -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Uranus’ brightest ring is missing the tiny dust particles common in other rings throughout the […]
Jupiter was struck by a young planet with 10 times the mass of Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, a new study suggests. The planet struck Jupiter’s core and stirred up the heavy elements inside. Jupiter absorbed the impacting planet, the study found. This collision would explain readings from NASA’sJupiter-orbiting […]
NASA has big plans for this new decade: The agency is working to send humans back to the moon and search for life near Saturn. NASA’s 10-year plan also includes missions to probe the metal core of a dead planet, photograph the Big Bang, and scan for aliens in a […]
NASA wants to send astronauts to the moon in 2024 with its Artemis program, build an outpost, and use it as a proving ground for Mars. The first human mission to Mars may cost more than $US200 billion, according to a recent US government estimate. Other estimates suggest $US1 trillion. […]
Neil Armstrong’s sons are selling off artifacts that once belonged to the famous first man on the moon. A gold medal that went with the astronaut to the moon recently sold for more than $US2 million. In total the auctions of Armstrong’s artifacts have brought in more than $US12.1 milion. […]
NASA is building a nuclear-powered rover to send to Mars. For now, it’s called Mars 2020. The rover will search for signs of ancient microbial alien life, collect and stash rock samples, and test out technology that could pave the way for humans to walk the Martian surface one day. […]
The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 has landed on the surface of an asteroid called Ryugu that’s over 5.5 million miles from Earth. Ryugu is a carbon-rich rock that could hold clues to the history of our solar system. The rock might contain amino acids, the essential building blocks of life. Hayabusa-2 […]
NASA announced a $US1 billion mission to send an unmanned drone to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. For this mission, NASA created Dragonfly, a nuclear-powered drone the size of a lawn-mower. It will explore Titan’s surface and search for potential life. Titan resembles a young Earth and contains a thick atmosphere, […]
NASA is building a six-wheeled, nuclear-powered Mars rover inside its Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech. A video camera is broadcasting footage of engineers and technicians building the vehicle, which for now is called Mars 2020. If all goes well, the rover will launch in July 2020, land in the Jezero […]
Jeff Bezos is best known as the billionaire founder of Amazon – but his passion project is working on reusable space rockets for Blue Origin, his other company. On Thursday, Bezos explained why Blue Origin is working on a lunar lander to transport goods between Earth, the moon, and outer […]
SpaceX on Thursday launched its Falcon Heavy for the second time in history. The Falcon Heavy is the world’s second-most-powerful rocket in history and the most powerful operational rocket today. It costs an estimated $US90 million to $US150 million a launch, which is low compared with other rocket launches. Visit […]
Japan’s space agency, JAXA, said it successfully dropped a small bomb on an asteroid as part of its mission to understand the origins of the solar system. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft detonated the explosive onto the Ryugu asteroid on Friday, in an effort to create an artificial crater, JAXA said. If […]
A mysterious object called ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar visitor ever detected, flew through the solar system in 2017. Most astronomers think it’s a comet, though ‘Oumuamua’s identity may never be fully settled. However, interstellar objects might visibly pass by once every 5 years. By the mid-2020s, powerful new telescopes may […]