On Thursday night, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first-ever private moon mission. SpaceIL, a nonprofit organisation based in Israel, designed and built the 1,322-pound lunar lander called “Beresheet,” which means “in the beginning” (the first words in the Bible). SpaceIL started as a Google Lunar XPrize team […]
NASA’s Opportunity rover hasn’t phoned home in the months after a global dust storm tore across Mars. Officials at NASA announced the Martian robot’s death on Wednesday. Now that both Opportunity and its identical-twin rover, Spirit, are silent, the longest-running Mars mission is history is over. Opportunity was supposed to […]
SpaceX is designing a new rocket ship, called Starship, to send about 100 people to Mars at a time. Elon Musk, the rocket company’s founder, said on Twitter that Starship could be 10 times cheaper than the least expensive rocket today. Musk added he is “confident” Starship may be cheap […]
NASA’s New Horizons probe zoomed past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule) on New Year’s Day. Located 4 billion miles from Earth, MU69 is the most distant object humanity has ever visited. Although hundreds of photos of MU69 were recorded, all of the data will take […]
On New Year’s Day, researchers flew NASA’s New Horizons probe past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule). MU69 orbits the sun from about 4 billion miles away. It’s the most distant object humanity has ever explored. NASA’s spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and the […]
China recently landed the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon and plans to launch a lunar sample-return mission at the end of the year. The China National Space Administration is also working on a robotic Mars mission that is scheduled to launch in mid-2020 and arrive in […]
China says it has grown the first plants on the moon. Cotton seeds have sprouted in the Chang’e 4 mission’s lunar lander, China said, marking another first as part of its historic mission to the moon’s far side. The Chinese mission also brought seeds to grow potatoes, rapeseed, and other […]
NASA relies on plutonium-238, a human-made radioactive element, to power its longest-operating and farthest-flying spacecraft. Nearly all Pu-238 was made during the Cold War, and supplies are running low. The shortage threatens to limit deep-space exploration. The Department of Energy is now making new Pu-238 and recently achieved an eightfold […]
China recently landed the first space mission on the far side of the moon. The mission, called Chang’e 4, was sent to probe the moon’s geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface. The mission’s landing spacecraft and Yutu 2 rover recently […]
On January 3, China landed its Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the moon’s far side – the first such mission in history. The mission’s lander and Yutu-2 rover will probe the moon’s geology, look for water, study the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. However, it’s now high […]
People often say “dark side” of the moon when referring to the lunar face we can’t see from Earth. This common use of the phrase is wrong – the term scientists use is the “far side.” One lunar side always faces Earth, or is tidally locked, because the moon’s rotation […]
China has released photos of its lunar rover leaving track marks on the far side of the moon after the country’s historic landing. China’s Chang’e 4 craft on Thursday became the first to land on the far side. The craft’s rover, called Yutu 2, has started to make its way […]
China landed a spacecraft called Chang’e 4 on the moon’s far side for the first in human history. A rover and lander will study lunar geology, look for water ice, scan the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. But Chang’e 4 is just one mission that will […]
For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the moon’s far side. The Chang’e-4 mission safely placed a rover and lander on the lunar surface Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in China). Broadly, the moon mission landed inside a crater that’s located within a large, ancient collision […]
For the first time in history, humans have landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. The China National Space Administration sent its Chang’e 4 to the deepest, oldest place on the moon, the South Pole-Aitken basin. The mission will study how the moon formed as well as […]
China’s space agency has shared images of the dark side of the moon from its Chang’e 4 lunar probe’s historic landing on Thursday. China is the first nation to land on the moon’s far side, a major step in its ambitions to compete with the US and Russia in space […]
NASA‘s New Horizons probe flew past the giant space rock MU69 on New Year’s Day. MU69, also called Ultima Thule, is more than 4 billion miles away from Earth, making it the farthest object ever explored. Queen guitarist Brian May released a new song, “New Horizons,” to celebrate the historic […]
Scientists flew the New Horizons probe past a space rock called 2014 MU69 on New Year’s Day. MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) is 4 billion miles from Earth and the most distant object humanity has ever explored. NASA’s spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and researchers just unveiled the first […]
NASA’s New Horizons probe successfully flew past a space rock called Ultima Thule, also known as 2014 MU69, on New Year’s Day. Ultima Thule, which is 4 billion miles from Earth (and 1 billion miles beyond Pluto), is now the most distant object humanity has ever visited. The nuclear-powered spacecraft […]
NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past a mysterious object 4 billion miles from Earth on New Year’s Day. Called 2014 MU69 (and also known as Ultima Thule), it is now the most distant object humanity has ever explored. It may take two years for all of the flyby photos and […]
NASA’s New Horizons probe, which visited Pluto in 2015, is closing in on a mysterious object called Ultima Thule. New Horizons will fly past Ultima Thule, formally known as 2014 MU69, on New Year’s Day. Ultima Thule will be the most distant object humanity has ever visited (if the flyby […]
INSIDER polled more than 1,000 people living in the US about the funding and direction of NASA. Most respondents said returning to the moon should be a priority for the US space agency. But a majority think NASA’s time, energy, and resources are best spent on Mars exploration. About 85% […]
NASA’s twin Voyager probes launched into space more than 41 years ago. Voyager 1 left a crucial part of the solar system called the heliosphere – the main region of the sun’s influence – in August 2012. The space agency now says its Voyager 2 probe exited the heliosphere in […]
Breakthrough Starshot wants to use powerful lasers to propel tiny robotic probes to Alpha Centauri, a nearby star system that may contain habitable planets. Yuri Milner, a Russian-American billionaire, and other Silicon Valley investors are funding the project. Starshot calls for a 100-gigawatt laser that could shoot into space and […]
On December 7, China launched the first-ever space mission to the lunar far side – the face of the moon we can’t see from Earth. The mission, called Chang’e-4, set down a rover and lander on the lunar surface on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in China). The two Chinese-built robots […]
NASA launched a 1.7-ton probe called OSIRIS-REx toward Asteroid Bennu in September 2016. This morning, the $US1 billion mission caught up to its asteroid target and began an 18-month study. NASA will eventually use OSIRIS-REx to grab about 60 grams of Bennu and launch that sample back to Earth. Update […]
It’s been nearly half a century since NASA last landed a spacecraft on the lunar surface. On Thursday, the space agency announced it was offering up to $US2.6 billion in contracts to nine American companies in hopes of landing on the moon by 2022. NASA wants the companies to submit […]
The last time NASA landed a spacecraft on the moon was in December 1972. The US space agency says it’s about to announce “moon partnerships” with American companies to return to the lunar surface. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine claimed the new moon missions will occur “sooner than you think!” NASA […]
Elon Musk and his company SpaceX have been working on a gigantic, 387-foot-long spacecraft that’s designed to eventually send humans to Mars. The spacecraft has been dubbed Big Falcon Rocket (BFR for short), but Musk posted on Twitter on Monday that the rocket now has a new name: Starship. SpaceX […]
More than half a million chunks of space trash surround our planet – that poses a serious threat to space travel as we know it. That’s why a team out of Europe has developed a way to take out the space trash, and they just tested it in spectacular fashion. […]
NASA astronauts have one of the coolest jobs out there: a job that lets you work in space. But becoming an astronaut isn’t easy – candidates train for at least two years to become fully qualified and the work is physically demanding. In the video above, we spoke with NASA […]
Stephen Hawking, who died in March, wrote a collection of essays that were published this week. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Hawking wrote that humans need to leave the Earth in order to avoid annihilation. Hawking wrote he is worried about the possibility of nuclear war and the […]
Elon Musk is hell-bent on colonizing Mars. That’s the spirit with which he founded SpaceX, his rocket company, in 2002. Musk was frustrated that NASA wasn’t doing more to get people to the red planet – and concerned that a backup plan for humanity wasn’t being developed (for when Earth […]
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is designed to be the world’s most powerful rocket – one able to take astronauts to the moon and Mars. However, the $US12.2-billion effort to develop and launch the first missions is running years behind schedule and faces major cost overruns. On Wednesday, government auditors […]
Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is designing a spacecraft to land on the moon. Blue Origin, Bezos’ 18-year-old rocket company, shared new details about its planned “Blue Moon” mission on Wednesday. Bezos has said he wants to move heavy industry off of Earth and into space to make […]
A dust storm that enveloped Mars for nearly 100 days is finally clearing up. NASA’s Opportunity rover slept through the storm to keep its batteries charged, but the robot has yet to wake up and contact NASA. Opportunity will fail if it can’t power heaters that protect the robot from […]
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, plans to fly a Japanese billionaire around the moon in 2023 inside a new rocket ship. But the launch system, called Big Falcon Rocket, is ultimately designed to colonize Mars. In September 2016 and 2017, Musk revealed new details and updates about his Mars […]
Elon Musk, founder of the rocket company SpaceX, announced on Monday that Yusaku Maezawa is slated to become the first private passenger on a voyage to the moon. Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and art collector, purchased all the seats on SpaceX’s first lunar mission – an investment that’s helping fund […]
On Monday, Elon Musk announced the first passenger for SpaceX’s first tourist flight around the moon: Japanese billionaire and art collector Yusaku Maezawa. Maezawa bought all the seats on the flight – which will use SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket launch system – in order to invite artists to accompany him […]
Elon Musk and his rocket company,SpaceX, plan to launch a private passenger named Yusaku Maezawa around the moon. Maezawa is a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector. If all goes according to plan, he’ll take a lunar voyage on the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, a launch system that SpaceX is […]
NASA launched an ion-propelled probe called Dawn toward the asteroid belt in 2007. In 2015, Dawn reached Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet that may hide a salty ocean and possibly alien life. The spacecraft is almost out of fuel, and its mission may end between mid-September and mid-October. Researchers expect […]
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wants to build cities on Mars. SpaceX is developing a system called the Big Falcon Rocket to reach the red planet as soon as 2022. A recent presentation by SpaceX’s lead Mars mission engineer, Paul Wooster, revealed new details about the plan. SpaceX seems […]
A global dust storm has been raging on Mars since June. The Opportunity rover began hibernating on June 10 to wait out the storm, but it has yet to wake up and call NASA. If the robot can’t get enough sunlight, its batteries may lack the electricity to power heaters, […]
Ice may be exposed at hundreds of locations on the surface of the moon, a new study suggests. This surface water appears to be trapped in shadowed craters at the lunar poles. Robotic or human missions could harvest lunar ice and turn it into fuel for spacecraft. However, engineers who […]
China said on Wednesday that it plans to launch two robots to the moon in December. The new mission, called Chang’e-4, aims to set a lunar rover and lander on the far side of the moon. The robots will study the geology and chemistry of the moon’s most ancient and […]
SpaceIL, a nonprofit backed by a billionaire in Israel, has built a 1,300-lb lunar lander called “Sparrow.” The team tried to win $US20 million from the Google Lunar XPRIZE, but the competition ended without a winner. Regardless, SpaceIL says a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch its robot in December […]
If the moon is in Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse, how can we still see it? And why does it turn red? The answer has to do with our own terrestrial sunrises and sunsets. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: A blood moon lunar eclipse wasn’t always […]
As an astronaut, Chris Hadfield flew on three space missions and spent nearly half a year in orbit. People could have landed on Mars “decades ago” if we’d really wanted to, Hadfield says, but such missions may have been deadly because of the state of rocket and spaceship technologies. Even […]
Blue Origin, the space flight project launched by Jeff Bezos in 2000, has set a goal to reach the moon by 2023. The plan, named Blue Moon, is aimed at preparing the moon for an eventually permanent settlement of humans. Blue Origin has been testing reusable space rockets, and plans […]
NASA’s InSight mission to Mars got off to a successful start Saturday morning. An Atlas 5 rocket bearing the InSight lander took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at around 4 a.m. local time. Video footage from the NASA launchpad, and some from a passing plane, gave an […]
Elon Musk wants to send humans to Mars to establish the first Martian cities. But Mars is big. It’s a planet, after all. So where should we put the first cities? The North or South poles? How about at the equator? Turns out, some places on Mars are more suitable […]
A Chinese space station called Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace,” is about to crash to Earth. The 9.4-ton spacecraft is expected to fall from the sky Sunday morning, break up, and sprinkle debris over Earth’s surface. Objects as large as Tiangong-1 can tumble and “skip” off the atmosphere, experts say. That […]
While most NASA workers were sipping coffee on Wednesday morning, the space agency’s Juno probe was screaming over the cloud tops of Jupiter at roughly 130,000 miles per hour. The $US1 billion mission sends Juno swinging around the planet on an elliptical orbit about once every 53.5 days. The spacecraft […]
A House subcommittee held a hearing on Wednesday on NASA’s program to build new spaceships to reach the International Space Station. Boeing and SpaceX, the two contractors in the program, are experiencing delays due to NASA’s stringent safety requirements. The only means of reaching the ISS, Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft, may […]
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NASA’s $US1 billion Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16. The robot gets relatively close to the gas giant planet and takes new photos with its JunoCam instrument roughly every 53 days, while travelling at speeds up to 130,000 mph. It can take days or […]
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sought to pique Donald Trump’s interest in space colonization shortly after he was elected. Musk has previously asserted that people need to leave Earth in order to preserve humanity. He was one of several tech titans who courted Trump early on, according to an excerpt from […]
This video was originally published on December 7, 2017. With the announcements of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy and Big Falcon Rocket, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and NASA’s Space Launch System, it can be tough to tell one rocket apart from the other. Following is a transcription of the video. NASA’s Saturn […]
Earth is a 7,917-mile-wide rock drifting through the vacuum of space – a fact that’s shockingly easy to forget. But every so often, a mind-boggling picture appears before our eyes and reminds us just how small, lucky, and plucky we are as human beings. Some images take us on a […]
Elon Musk posted new photos of SpaceX’s soon-to-launch Falcon Heavy rocket. Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket ever built by the aerospace company. The system uses three boosters that can land themselves after helping loft a payload to space, then be reused – expected to save millions on […]
NASA’s New Frontiers program is a competition for scientists to get their space mission funded. The winner, to be selected in 2019, will get funding and a rocket launch that are valued at a combined $US1 billion. On Wednesday, the space agency is revealing its top finalists. The teams competing […]
SpaceX just passed a huge milestone. The company launched a used spacecraft with a used rocket for the first time ever. Following is the transcript of the video. The company launched 2 pre-flown rocket parts together for the first time. A used Dragon spacecraft riding on top of a used […]
NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover, “Mars 2020,” which will collect samples from the surface of the Red Planet. Following is a transcript of the video. Since landing Viking 1 on Mars in 1975, NASA has successfully put 7 rovers on Mars. But there’s still one […]
President Donald Trump signed a directive on Monday directing NASA to start working on a program to get humans back on the moon and later to Mars. The directive is based on recommendations from the National Space Council, which Trump reestablished in June. The move which follows a string of […]
A non-governmental organisation called Asgardia wants to become the first kingdom and nation-state in space. On Wednesday, the group deployed its first satellite into orbit around Earth. Asgardia claims the small satellite’s deployment means it is “the first nation to have all of its territory in space.” But space law […]
NASA’s twin Voyager space probes launched 40 years ago The space agency recently fired Voyager 1’s thrusters, orienting the robot’s antenna toward Earth and helping extend its mission. However, both of the Voyagers nearly failed during launch in 1977. One probe refused to communicate with Earth while the other launched […]
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NASA has spent about $US100 billion on the International Space Station, plus $US3-4 billion a year to maintain its presence. The Trump administration wants to cut off NASA’s space station access years ahead of schedule. Paul Martin, the inspector general of NASA, testified before Congress this week ahead of a […]
The moon is far away from Earth – very, very far away. But don’t take our word for it: Scroll from the moon to the Earth yourself in a new interactive graphic. The graphic also reveals interesting satellites, historical events, and natural phenomena found along the way. Sitting low on […]
SpaceX, founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, is achieving major milestones in 2018. The aerospace company launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket on March 6, and is on track for a record-breaking 30 missions in 2018. The pace of SpaceX launches has made them seem less and less remarkable – […]
Scott Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who lived in space for nearly a year, visited the offices of Business Insider. Commercial companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Boeing, and others are hoping to establish a permanent presence in space with NASA’s help. However, Kelly said “China will overtake the US in […]
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has authored a second academic study, published this month in the journal New Space. The paper describes SpaceX’s current plans for starting a Mars colony with a fully reusable Big Falcon Rocket system. The study closely follows an October 2017 talk Musk gave in Australia. SpaceX […]
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