Loren Grush

The Verge

@lorengrush

  • Science Reporter at The Verge and host of Verge Space Craft.
  • Has previously written for Yahoo, Fox News, Popular Science, CNBC, Recode, and RealClearDefense.
  • Has a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Government from University of Texas at Austin, and is the daughter of a rocket scientist.
Newly signed funding bill gives NASA’s budget a significant boost

Feb 15

After enduring the longest government shutdown in history, NASA stands to receive a big boost in funding for fiscal year 2019, thanks to a new budget bill signed by President Trump. The legislation, which funds the federal government through September 30th, 2…

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Watch a satellite spear space debris with a harpoon

Feb 15

A British satellite in orbit around Earth has successfully tested out a particularly pointed method for cleaning up space debris: piercing objects with a harpoon. In a new video taken from the spacecraft, the satellite shoots its onboard harpoon to puncture a…

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NASA wants to jump-start development of landers to take humans to the Moon

Feb 14

After more than a year of talk about returning humans to the Moon, NASA is asking the aerospace community to come up with designs for landers that can transport astronauts to the lunar surface. NASA’s goal is to test out these vehicles on the Moon as early as…

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NASA is saying goodbye to its Opportunity rover on Mars after eight months of radio silence

Feb 13

NASA is finally saying goodbye to its Opportunity rover on Mars after spending nearly a year trying to reestablish communication with the silent robot. A team of engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) sent one final radio command to the rover but…

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SpaceX’s Air Force certification faces scrutiny from Pentagon auditor

Feb 12

The inspector general for the Pentagon announced yesterday that it will be reviewing how exactly SpaceX’s rockets became certified to launch payloads for the US Air Force back in 2015, Bloomberg first reported.

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Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is running for the US Senate in Arizona

Feb 12

Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is running for the Senate in Arizona as a member of the Democratic Party, after toying with the idea for the last couple of weeks. Kelly commanded NASA’s Space Shuttle twice, and he’s also a former Naval aviator who flew 39 co…

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The company that promised a one-way ticket to Mars is bankrupt

Feb 11

Mars One Ventures — the company that claimed it was going to send hundreds of people to live (and ultimately die) on the Red Planet — is now bankrupt, according to Swiss financial notices. It’s an unsurprising move, as many experts suspected that Mars One has…

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With shiny new badges, Virgin Galactic pilots join elite group of commercial astronauts

Feb 8

Thunderous applause filled the atrium of the US Department of Transportation yesterday as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao pinned golden badges to the spaceflight suits of Mark “Forger” Stucky and Frederick “C.J.” Sturckow, symbolizing that each pilot …

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How a new satellite constellation could allow us to track planes all over the globe

Feb 7

A newly completed constellation of satellites is poised to provide unprecedented tracking of the hundreds of thousands of aircraft that soar over the Earth every day. It’s a type of global coverage that’s never been fully realized before, but it has the poten…

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After making history, NASA’s tiny deep-space satellites go silent

Feb 6

The first two tiny satellites to ever go interplanetary have fallen silent in deep space for some unknown reason, and it’s likely we may never hear from them again. Before the pair went quiet, these vehicles demonstrated that tiny satellites could become crit…

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Chinese satellite captures stunning backside image of the Moon with Earth

Feb 5

A Chinese satellite currently in lunar orbit snapped this incredible image of the far side of the Moon, with a tiny Earth hanging out in the background. Captured on February 3rd, the picture offers a rare perspective of the Earth and Moon system together.

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What time is the Super Bowl throughout the Solar System?

Feb 3

The kick off for the biggest football game on our planet is scheduled for 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT on February 3rd, 2019. But that’s a really Earth-biased way of looking at things. Maybe some other planets would like to know when they can watch the Rams take on th…

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Better interior design might keep astronauts healthier and happier in deep space

Feb 1

When it comes to building the interior of a spacecraft, engineers often prioritize function over aesthetics, focusing on materials and hardware that are both safe and effective for executing the vehicle’s intended mission. But some scientists say it’s time to…

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Watch SpaceX get very close to catching its rocket’s nose cone during a test

Jan 30

SpaceX is getting excruciatingly close to catching a part of its rocket that falls out of the sky after each launch. A new video shows a recent drop test of the rocket’s nose cone, the bulbous shell that shields the vehicle’s satellite and then breaks away du…

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NASA is back to work, but the effects of the government shutdown linger

Jan 29

This week, thousands of civil servants and contractors are back at work at NASA’s various centers throughout the country following a record 35-day government shutdown — but it will be a while before it’s work as usual again at the agency. The shutdown will un…

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Virgin Galactic lays off 40 employees ahead of transition to New Mexico spaceport

Jan 25

Space tourism venture Virgin Galactic laid off around 40 employees, as the company prepares to transition from its test program to commercial flights with paying customers. The layoffs, first reported by NMPolitics.net, amount to less than 5 percent of the co…

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SpaceX achieves testing milestone under the shadow of a government shutdown

Jan 25

During a test yesterday, SpaceX fired up the engines on one of its Falcon 9 rockets, a vehicle that will perform a crucial test flight for NASA in the months ahead. The mission is vital to the future of NASA’s human spaceflight program, but the ongoing govern…

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SpaceX’s new test rocket topples over thanks to strong Texas winds

Jan 23

Starships were meant to fly — not fall

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Watch Blue Origin’s first New Shepard test flight of 2019

Jan 23

Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight venture Blue Origin is set to conduct another test flight of its New Shepard rocket — a vehicle designed to take passengers to the edge of space and back. It’ll be the first launch of the year for the company, and the ninth ove…

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NASA is replacing one of the astronauts on Boeing’s first crewed flight to the space station

Jan 22

NASA is replacing one of the astronauts assigned to fly on the first crewed test launch of the CST-100 Starliner, a capsule being developed by Boeing to take passengers to the International Space Station. NASA announced today that astronaut Eric Boe will no l…

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