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.
Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA

Dec 12

Just a month after pulling off its first commercial launch to orbit, small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is ready to put tiny probes into space again. And this time, the company’s client is none other than NASA.

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Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole

Dec 11

Two Russian crew members on board the International Space Station are going on a spacewalk to investigate a mysterious hole that popped up in a visiting spacecraft that caused air to leak out of the ISS a few months ago.

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Stay up late to watch ULA launch a secret satellite with its most powerful rocket

Dec 7

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch its most powerful rocket — the Delta IV Heavy — sending up a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from California.

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This weekend, China embarks on a historic mission to land on the far side of the Moon

Dec 6

In China, a rocket will launch carrying a lander and a rover bound for the Moon. It will mark the beginning of China’s ambitious lunar mission known as Chang’e-4, which will attempt to land spacecraft on the Moon’s far side — the region that always faces away…

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For the first time ever, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fails to stick a ground landing

Dec 5

For the first time since SpaceX began recovering its Falcon 9 fleet, the company failed to land one of its rockets that was meant to touch down on solid ground. Footage from the booster showed it spinning out of control, and SpaceX commentators confirmed that…

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Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station

Dec 5

Just two days after launching from California, SpaceX will send another one of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit from Florida this afternoon. The vehicle will carry supplies for the astronauts on board the International Space Station. It marks the 16th cargo re…

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After a two-year journey, a NASA spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid

Dec 3

Today, one of NASA’s deep-space probes, OSIRIS-REx, arrived at the space rock it’s been traveling toward for the last two years, an asteroid named Bennu. At noon ET, OSIRIS-REx came within about 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the asteroid, which is closer than e…

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Three astronauts will launch to space on Monday — two months after botched flight

Dec 2

Early Monday morning, a crew of three astronauts are set to launch to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket — the first time people will ride on the Soyuz after the vehicle broke apart mid-flight in October with people on board. After an i…

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Watch SpaceX launch its biggest crop of satellites yet with a twice-used rocket - The Verge

Dec 1

The Verge Watch SpaceX launch its biggest crop of satellites yet with a twice-used rocket The Verge On Sunday afternoon, SpaceX will launch a crop of 64 small satellites from Southern California using a Falcon 9 rocket that the company has already flown twice…

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NASA selects nine companies that will vie to put small landers on the Moon

Nov 29

Today, NASA announced that it is partnering with nine US aerospace companies to send small robotic landers to the Moon — the first phase in a multi-year plan to put humans on the lunar surface again.

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What it was like to ‘watch’ NASA’s InSight land on Mars with the people who operate the spacecraft

Nov 27

We traveled to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to watch the InSight spacecraft land on Mars. Here’s what it was like to experience the event with everyone who made the mission possible.

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NASA’s InSight successfully lands on Mars after ‘seven minutes of terror’

Nov 26

The NASA Mars lander, InSight, succeeded in landing on the surface of the Red Planet this afternoon, surviving an intense plunge through the Martian atmosphere.

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Watch NASA engineers track the harrowing landing of a spacecraft on Mars today

Nov 26

This afternoon, NASA will attempt to land its latest spacecraft — a vehicle called InSight that will sit on the planet’s surface and listen for quakes over the next two years — on Mars. But first, it must survive a harrowing descent to the ground. NASA plans …

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Zone out to the longest continuous timelapse made in space

Nov 25

After a Thanksgiving holiday hopefully filled with lots of food and leftovers, take a load off by staring at a lengthy view of the Earth’s ever-changing surface from space.

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NASA’s InSight lander has just six and a half minutes to land on Mars in one piece

Nov 21

NASA will attempt the grueling feat of landing a spacecraft on Mars, hoping to add to its growing collection of tech on the Red Planet’s surface. This time, NASA hopes to place a robotic lander, called InSight, on a flat, boring part of the Martian terrain in…

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NASA will review workplace safety at SpaceX and Boeing because Elon Musk smoked marijuana

Nov 20

NASA will be conducting extensive reviews of workplace safety at two of its major commercial partners, SpaceX and Boeing, prompted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s drug use. Both companies are currently developing spacecraft to take the NASA’s astronauts to and from…

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NASA will send its rover to a Martian delta to look for signs of ancient life

Nov 19

NASA scientists selected the spot on Mars where they plan to land their next rover in 2020 — a region that was likely an ancient river delta on the Red Planet. The spacecraft will aim to touch down in Jezero Crater, an area that may have been habitable billio…

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Virgin Orbit’s rocket flies strapped to the wing of an airplane for the first time

Nov 19

Launch provider Virgin Orbit, the spinoff of Richard Branson’s space tourism venture Virgin Galactic, put its new rocket in the air for the first time this weekend — though the vehicle didn’t go to space. On Sunday, the company performed its first captive-car…

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Russia’s successful rocket launch is a good sign for next month’s astronaut mission

Nov 16

Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, successfully launched a cargo capsule to the International Space Station this afternoon — using the same type of rocket that failed more than a month ago with two astronauts on board. It’s a sign that Roscosmos has…

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FCC approves SpaceX’s plan to launch more than 7,000 internet-beaming satellites

Nov 15

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s request to launch a constellation of 7,518 satellites into orbit, a major regulatory hurdle the company needed to clear in its plans to provide internet coverage from space. The approval is in additi…

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Watch SpaceX launch and land a used Falcon 9 rocket

Nov 15

After a month-long break from spaceflight, SpaceX is slated to perform another rocket launch and landing out of Florida this afternoon, sending up a communications satellite for the country of Qatar. It will mark SpaceX’s 18th mission in 2018, which will tie …

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A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star

Nov 14

A planet three times more massive than Earth may be lurking around the second-closest star system to our cosmic neighborhood. Astronomers say they have found evidence for a so-called “super-Earth” around the famous Barnard’s star — a small, faint dwarf star l…

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AI software helped NASA dream up this spider-like interplanetary lander

Nov 13

Using a new type of design process, engineers at software company Autodesk and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory came up with a new interplanetary lander concept that could explore distant moons like Europa and Enceladus. Its slim design weighs less than most …

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Watch Rocket Lab try again to launch its first commercial mission to space

Nov 10

Aerospace startup Rocket Lab will try again this weekend to launch its first commercial mission to space, a flight the company has dubbed “It’s Business Time.” The small satellite launcher is aiming to send up seven tiny probes into low Earth orbit on its Ele…

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NASA’s Europa lander may be in jeopardy after the midterms — and some are fine with seeing it go

Nov 10

When Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) lost his seat on Tuesday, NASA lost one of its biggest fans in Congress. And many in the science community are now wondering about the fate of one of the congressman’s pet projects — a lander to travel to Jupiter’s icy moon Eur…

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SpaceX wants to fly some internet satellites closer to Earth to cut down on space trash

Nov 9

SpaceX is revising its satellite internet initiative, Starlink, and it now hopes to operate some of its spacecraft at a lower altitude than originally planned.

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Why we shouldn’t cry ‘aliens’ about that interstellar space rock just yet

Nov 6

The head of Harvard’s department of astronomy thinks that there’s a possibility that a strange object that visited our Solar System from interstellar space may be an alien probe sent from a distant civilization. He and a colleague outlined their idea in a pap…

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SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home

Nov 5

A freshly-upgraded SpaceX ship and its crew just went through dramatic dress rehearsals, running through how they’d rescue injured astronauts after they return to Earth. When SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station next y…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope may be back in action shortly

Oct 23

NASA engineers have figured out how to bring the ailing Hubble Space Telescope back online after troubleshooting an instrument that wasn’t working properly. The observatory, currently in orbit around Earth, has been in safe mode since October 5th when a cruci…

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NASA lost a rover and other space artifacts due to sloppy management, report says

Oct 22

Thanks to improper management, NASA has lost a wide array of historical spaceflight memorabilia over the last few decades — such as an old lunar soil bag, former spaceflight hand controllers, and even a test lunar rover. That’s according to a new report out t…

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Two spacecraft are embarking on a seven-year journey to decode Mercury’s mysteries

Oct 19

Tonight, Europe and Japan are set to launch a joint spacecraft that will travel more than seven years to one of the least-explored places in our Solar System: the planet Mercury. The launch marks the first mission to this tiny world for the two countries. The…

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Space startup Rocket Lab will build a second launch site in Virginia

Oct 17

US aerospace startup Rocket Lab has decided to build a second launch site at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Up until now, the fledgling rocket company has had only one launch site: a private facility on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

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What it’s like to fall 31 miles to Earth after your rocket fails

Oct 16

For the first few minutes, the ride to space had been routine. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his fellow crew mate, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, were pressed into their seats inside a Russian Soyuz capsule as the vehicle rapidly climbed through the atmos…

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How the launch of four ‘rogue’ satellites made waves in the spaceflight industry

Oct 16

On January 12th, 2018, an Indian PSLV rocket took off en route to space carrying a cluster of 31 satellites into orbit. It was a successful mission: every probe deployed where it needed to be. The only problem? Four of those satellites didn’t have permission …

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After briefly going offline, NASA’s Chandra X-ray space telescope is back in action

Oct 15

After briefly going into safe mode last week, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory — which observes galaxies and nebulas from Earth’s orbit — should be getting back to normal operations soon. The cause of the disruption was a small glitch in one of the spacecraft…

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Richard Branson suspends Saudi Arabia’s investment in space ventures over missing journalist

Oct 13

Richard Branson, founder and chairman of space tourism venture Virgin Galactic, says he is temporarily suspending his partnership with Saudi Arabia, which means the company may lose its promised $1 billion investment. The decision is directly related to quest…

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Today’s failed Soyuz launch complicates the future of the International Space Station

Oct 11

The Soyuz is currently the only vehicle that can take humans to and from the ISS, and the rocket is now grounded from human spaceflight for the foreseeable future. That means NASA may not be able to send astronauts to the station for a while, which could even…

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Astronauts make emergency landing after Russian Soyuz launch experiences failure

Oct 11

A NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut had to make an emergency landing on Earth this morning, after the Russian Soyuz rocket carrying them into orbit experienced a failure during launch. The two crew members — astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchin…

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The Defense Department picks three companies to develop rockets for national security launches

Oct 10

The Department of Defense has awarded three aerospace companies with a combined $2 billion in contracts to develop rockets capable of sending national security satellites into orbit for the US government: the United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman Innovatio…

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NASA can look forward to even more costs and longer delays for its next big rocket

Oct 10

Once again, NASA can expect even more delays and budget increases for its Space Launch System (or SLS) — the behemoth rocket the space agency is building to take humans to the Moon and Mars.

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Japanese startup ispace is tapping Apollo-era expertise to build lunar landers for NASA

Oct 10

Japanese startup ispace, which has grand ambitions of creating a lunar base, says it is teaming up with three other aerospace companies to conduct regular missions to the surface of the Moon for NASA. All four companies, one with experience navigating the Apo…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is offline after a steering component failed

Oct 8

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, famous for its brilliant pictures of the cosmos, is having some trouble in orbit around Earth. On Friday, an important mechanism on the spacecraft failed — one that is needed to re-orient the observatory in space and keep it po…

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Future spacecraft landing on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have to navigate jagged blades of ice

Oct 8

Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, is a prime candidate in the search for life elsewhere in our Solar System — but landing a spacecraft on the planet may be even more difficult than we thought. Certain patches of ice on Europa could be rough and jagged, resembling s…

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Watch SpaceX attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast for the first time

Oct 7

This evening, SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California, a flight that will be followed by one of the company’s signature rocket landings. But this time around, SpaceX will attempt to land the vehicle on a concrete landing pad near the launch …

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Company that launched satellites without permission gets new license to launch more probes

Oct 4

Aerospace startup Swarm Technologies, which infamously launched four satellites without a federal license in January, has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to launch a new crop of satellites later this year. The approval comes whi…

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Astronomers may have discovered the first moon ever found outside our Solar System

Oct 3

A pair of astronomers believes they’ve found a moon orbiting a planet outside our Solar System — something that has never before been confirmed to exist. Though they aren’t totally certain of their discovery yet, the find opens up the possibility that more di…

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Japanese spacecraft drops box-shaped robot on asteroid’s surface

Oct 3

Japan’s asteroid-sampling spacecraft Hayabusa2 deployed its third robot onto the surface of an asteroid named Ryugu more than 186 million miles from Earth. This time, the robotic explorer is a tiny, box-shaped lander crafted by Germany and France’s space agen…

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This is Lockheed Martin’s idea for a reusable lander that carries people and cargo to the Moon

Oct 3

Designed to travel to and from an outpost in lunar orbit

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The search for Planet X gets a boost with the discovery of a super distant object

Oct 2

A new discovery is strengthening the idea that a large, mysterious planet — known as Planet 9 or Planet X — may be lurking unseen at the Solar System’s edge. Astronomers say they have found a tiny object orbiting far out from the Sun that fits with the Planet…

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As satellite constellations grow larger, NASA is worried about orbital debris

Sep 28

Multiple aerospace companies, including SpaceX and OneWeb, have vowed to someday launch thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit, but these mega-constellations could make space a more congested and dangerous place. That’s why NASA is recommending in a new…

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Military’s primary launch provider poised to pick Blue Origin’s new engine for future rocket

Sep 27

The military’s primary launch provider, the United Launch Alliance, is poised to announce that it has selected the main engine for its next-generation rocket, a vehicle called the Vulcan. The company — a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin — will…

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Japanese company ispace says it will launch two missions to the Moon in 2020 and 2021

Sep 26

A Japanese company with hopes of exploring the Moon says it has purchased room on two upcoming flights of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in order to transport spacecraft to the lunar surface. These missions, slated for 2020 and 2021, are meant to serve as crucial t…

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Watch Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket launch on its 100th mission to space

Sep 25

Europe will launch its 100th Ariane 5 rocket, a historic achievement for the nearly 20-year-old vehicle design. Launching from Europe’s South American spaceport in French Guiana, the Ariane 5 will put a pair of communications satellites into a high orbit abov…

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Trump’s Space Force may come with a big price tag, and no one can agree how to structure it

Sep 22

Two months after Vice President Mike Pence announced the plan to create a Space Force, the military is fighting over how to make it happen. This week, an internal Air Force estimate leaked to the press that said the Space Force would cost nearly $13 billion t…

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A Japanese spacecraft just threw two small rovers at an asteroid

Sep 21

This morning, a Japanese space probe deposited two tiny rovers on an asteroid nearly 200 million miles from Earth. The vehicle is Hayabusa2, and the rovers were the first in a series of robots that the vehicle will throw at the asteroid’s surface over the nex…

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How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds

Sep 21

NASA is interested in figuring out ways to supplement astronauts’ diets with plants that can be grown in space or on other worlds. Seeds are much less weighty and spacious than already-prepared food. So scientists at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have been expe…

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Satellite uses giant net to practice capturing space junk

Sep 19

A British satellite, designed to test out ways to clean up debris in space, just successfully ensnared a simulated piece of junk in orbit using a big net. On Sunday, September 16th, the vehicle, known as the RemoveDEBRIS satellite, deployed its onboard net, w…

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The easiest way for Elon Musk to raise money for SpaceX might be tourism

Sep 18

Before Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa can fulfill his dream of seeing the Moon with an artist collective, SpaceX still needs to finish the rocket that will take the group to space. The company needs more money to fund the development of the vehicle, dubb…

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How NASA plans to use lunar dust to build structures on the Moon

Sep 18

With everyone from NASA to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos looking to send people to the Moon and beyond, engineers at NASA’s Swamp Works are hard at work figuring out how to help future “space pioneers” actually harvest their own materials from other planets. Verge…

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SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the Moon

Sep 18

This evening, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and founder of a Japan’s largest online clothing retailer site Zozotown, will be the first private customer to ride around the Moon on the company’s future massive rocket,…

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SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the Moon

Sep 18

This evening, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and founder of Japan’s largest online clothing retailer site Zozotown, will be the first private customer to ride around the Moon on the company’s future massive rocket, t…

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Elon Musk reveals updated design for future SpaceX Mars rocket

Sep 18

This evening, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave an update on the design of SpaceX’s future massive rocket, the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), during an event announcing the first passenger who will fly on the vehicle.

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Watch Elon Musk announce SpaceX’s first Moon passenger today at 6PM PT

Sep 17

This evening, SpaceX will announce the identity of a mystery passenger who has signed on to travel around the Moon in the company’s Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. This customer will be the first private astronaut in history to go to the Moon (if no one else beats…

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Watch the last flight of the Delta II rocket as it puts a laser-pulsing satellite into orbit

Sep 14

Tomorrow morning, a nearly 30-year-old rocket will take its final ride to space. The Delta II, a vehicle manufactured by the United Launch Alliance that first launched in 1989, will fly one last time, sending up an Earth-observing satellite into orbit for NAS…

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SpaceX says it will send someone around the Moon on its future monster rocket

Sep 14

First announced in 2017, SpaceX is set to announce plans to send the tourist on a trip around the Moon using the company’s new rocket-powered spaceship. The ship, known as the BFR, is still in development.

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NASA is trying to squash conspiracy theories about the space station leak

Sep 13

Wild theories of sabotage still persist two weeks after a mysterious pressure leak occurred on the space station, and the gossip has gotten so nonsensical that both NASA and Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, are now trying to quell the rumors. In a…

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NASA veteran Sunita Williams tells us what it’s like to get ready to fly a new spacecraft

Sep 12

NASA astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams is about to embark on a whole new adventure in space: commanding the first operational flight of Boeing’s new space capsule, the CST-100 Starliner. And when she flies, it will mark just the second time that the Starliner …

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Product placement may help power NASA’s next big space mission

Sep 11

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told advisers that he is forming a new committee focused on figuring out how NASA can go commercial. The committee, headed by Maxar Technologies’ Mike Gold, will pursue ways NASA could work with advertisers to brand its spac…

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The search for alien life needs a new space telescope, astronomers say

Sep 8

And we need to take direct images of distant worlds

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The Air Force is determining ‘the appropriate process’ for Elon Musk smoking pot

Sep 7

There’s no investigation right now, though

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Why Lockheed Martin is designing a tiny home to orbit the Moon

Sep 7

NASA wants to build another space station — but this one won’t live in a close orbit around Earth. Within the last year, NASA has begun planning for a much smaller astronaut outpost in orbit around the Moon, a new destination dubbed the Gateway.

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International flight lands in New York with 100 sick passengers on board: report

Sep 5

About 500 people were on board Emirates flight EK 203, which landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 9AM ET. CDC officials and police were waiting at JFK to check on the sick passengers, and the plane was moved away from the terminal to a hards…

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NASA’s Pluto probe spots the next deep space rock it’s zooming toward

Aug 29

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, known for flying by Pluto in 2015, has finally spotted its next target at the edge of the Solar System. On August 16th, the distant probe captured its first images of the space rock it’s currently zooming toward — an icy body n…

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NASA’s planning to send people back to the Moon’s surface in about a decade

Aug 28

NASA officials presented their latest goals yesterday for human space exploration over the next decade, detailing the agency’s plans to build a space station in orbit around the Moon and then send humans to and from the lunar surface. Based on its timeline, N…

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NASA’s asteroid-sampling spacecraft spies its target for the first time

Aug 25

OSIRIS-REx will snag some asteroid dirt in mid-2020

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How to handle a medical emergency on a deep space mission

Aug 24

In the second episode of Space Craft season 2, I visited the STRATUS Center’s medical sick bay to see what it will take to quell a medical episode on a deep space voyage. STRATUS is using the sick bay to run medical emergency simulations, creating scenarios t…

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Why mining the water on the Moon could open up space exploration

Aug 23

Moon-mining enthusiasts were particularly gleeful this week when researchers claimed that they had found definitive evidence that water ice exists on the surface of the Moon. There’s even more water ice than we thought up there, too, and we know exactly where…

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Microsoft co-founder’s space venture plans to create three new rockets, including a spaceplane

Aug 20

Aerospace venture Stratolaunch announced plans to develop a whole suite of rockets that will be able to launch from underneath the wings of the company’s massive six-engine plane. Three entirely new rockets are planned, including a reusable spaceplane that wo…

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NASA might let SpaceX fuel rockets with astronauts on board

Aug 20

NASA has finally approved SpaceX’s plans to load propellant onto its rockets with people on board — a move that has been considered risky by some aerospace experts. However, the approval is contingent upon one thing: SpaceX must successfully demonstrate this …

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How SpaceX is training NASA astronauts to fly on the company’s Dragon capsule

Aug 15

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell hosted the first four NASA astronauts who will be riding into space on the company’s new passenger spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, which is being built for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. And the company gave press their first pe…

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Watch a spacecraft get blasted to the Sun tomorrow morning

Aug 10

The United Launch Alliance will send up its most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, along with a spacecraft bound for the Sun. On top of the rocket is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, embarking on the first ever mission into the Sun’s atmosphere, known as the cor…

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To train for Mars, head to Hawaii

Aug 10

How do you pick the right people who can handle the isolation and repetition of a mission to Mars? That’s where HI-SEAS comes in. Operated by the University of Hawaii, HI-SEAS is an analog Mars habitat located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Trump’s PAC wants to know which Space Force logo you like best

Aug 9

This morning, Vice President Pence detailed the administration’s plans to create a Space Force, and now the Trump PAC wants to know which logo to use for the new branch of the military.

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The Trump administration wants Space Force running by 2020

Aug 9

This morning, Vice President Mike Pence recommended creating three new organizations within the Defense Department devoted to different space military needs. Then, he said President Trump will work with Congress next year to establish the US Department of the…

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NASA’s newest spacecraft will fly through the Sun’s scorching hot atmosphere

Aug 8

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a car-sized NASA spacecraft will embark on its journey to the center of our Solar System, where it will mingle with the scorching hot atmosphere of our Sun. The vehicle is the Parker Solar Probe, and it’s destined to get …

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One of SpaceX’s powerful new Falcon 9 rockets is going on its second mission tonight

Aug 6

Early Tuesday morning, SpaceX is slated to launch a new communications satellite from the Florida coast, using one of its used Falcon 9 rockets for the job. However, this is the first time that SpaceX will reuse one of its new powerful Block 5 boosters — the …

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Rocket Lab is planning back-to-back missions for the holiday season

Aug 6

US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab is rescheduling its first commercial rocket launch once again. The company tried to get this flight off the ground twice this year, but weird behavior on Rocket Lab’s launch vehicle forced the company to stand down from both …

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Later this year, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch its biggest batch of satellites yet

Aug 6

Later this year, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch more than 70 satellites into orbit — the largest batch of satellites sent into space at one time from one of the company’s vehicles or of any other US rocket company. Dubbed the SSO-A mission, the flight i…

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NASA announces crews for the first flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s passenger spacecraft

Aug 3

Today, NASA announced the crew assignments for the first major flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s Commercial Crew spacecraft — the vehicles that the companies are designing to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. These crews will be t…

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Space Craft is back with season 2

Aug 3

In the first season of Space Craft, I explored what it takes for a person to go to space. I’m taking that all a bit further in season 2. Now, I want to know what it takes to live off-planet. What are the things we need to know before we send people to live fo…

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Boeing delays first crucial test flights of its new passenger spacecraft again

Aug 1

Boeing’s crew capsule, known as the CST-100 Starliner, was scheduled to perform two major test flights to the International Space Station this year. But now, a recent test failure has forced Boeing to change its flight schedule, and it’s possible that both of…

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Why NASA is struggling to get its most powerful space telescope off the ground

Aug 1

Since 2011, NASA had hoped to launch the James Webb Space Telescope sometime this October. But in June, the space agency announced that the project would not launch until March 2021, and it will require millions of dollars more than NASA currently has budgete…

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NASA’s new planet-hunting spacecraft has officially begun its search for distant worlds

Jul 30

After a little over three months in space, NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft has begun scouring the galaxy for other worlds. The space observatory, dubbed TESS, officially started science operations on July 25th, which means the vehicle has been taking …

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Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane flew higher than ever before in its third powered flight

Jul 26

Space tourism venture Virgin Galactic successfully flew its spaceplane during another powered flight test over the Mojave desert — sending the vehicle to its highest altitude yet. It marks the third time the vehicle, the VSS Unity, has ignited its engine duri…

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Scientists detect giant underground aquifer on Mars, raising hope of life on the planet

Jul 25

Mars hosts a huge underground aquifer of liquid water, according to a group of scientists who say they have found convincing evidence. The underground lake hasn’t been seen directly, but if it’s real, it’s a discovery that substantially increases the likeliho…

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Watch two back-to-back rocket launches on Wednesday morning

Jul 24

Early in the morning on July 24th, rocket enthusiasts will have the lucky experience of being able to watch two launches at roughly the same time. Around 7:30AM ET, SpaceX is slated to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets from the California coast, while Europe…

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Failure during engine test could delay Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft

Jul 23

The development of Boeing’s new crew-carrying space capsule, the CST-100 Starliner, hit a roadblock. The company experienced an undisclosed “anomaly” in June when conducting a test of the Starliner’s launch abort engines — the key hardware that could help sav…

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Starting this weekend, SpaceX is about to land a whole lot more rockets

Jul 21

Early Sunday morning, SpaceX is slated to launch its second Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket — the final and most powerful version of the vehicle the company plans to make. After launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the vehicle on one of its autonomous drone ships in t…

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The Trump administration is rolling back parts of the Endangered Species Act

Jul 19

The Trump administration is redefining how the government will protect endangered plants and animals. The US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they are considering rolling back regulations outlined in…

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Blue Origin will push its rocket ‘to its limits’ with high-altitude emergency abort test today

Jul 18

This morning, Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin will attempt the ninth test flight of its sub-orbital rocket. The New Shepard is a reusable vehicle designed to take tourists to the edge of space and back. And for this launch, the company will be testi…

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Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of them is a weirdo

Jul 17

Ten more moons have been confirmed to orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total known satellite count to 79. That’s the highest number of moons of any planet in the Solar System.

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Virgin Orbit plans future rocket launches from the UK

Jul 16

Small launcher company Virgin Orbit is taking some of its rocket launches to the UK. The company, a spinoff of space tourism venture Virgin Galactic, announced that it is aiming to conduct missions of its new rocket, LauncherOne, from the Cornwall Airport New…

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SpaceX’s boat for catching rocket parts is now sporting a much bigger net

Jul 13

SpaceX’s specialized boat aimed at catching falling rocket parts just got a sizable upgrade. The vessel, called Mr. Steven, now boasts an even more massive net, one that’s four times the size of the one it had before.

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Astronomers trace the source of a high-energy particle that slammed into Earth

Jul 12

Astronomers may have discovered the deep-space origin of a mysterious high-energy particle that plunged straight through Earth last year. The tiny particle, known as a neutrino, seems to have come from a hyperactive black hole located 4 billion light-years aw…

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Europe will fire its record-setting big solid rocket motor this week

Jul 11

The European Space Agency plans to fire up the largest solid rocket motor built in one segment for the first time. The motor, called the P120C, is a key piece of hardware that ESA plans to use in its two next-generation rockets: the Vega-C and Ariane 6.

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Aerospace startup Rocket Lab says it’s going to build a second launch site in the US

Jul 10

Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab says it’s looking to expand its spaceflight operations by creating a new launch pad in the United States. This new site will be the second one for the US-based startup, which already launches its rockets from a privat…

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A Russian cargo ship will try to break the record for fastest trip to the space station

Jul 9

This afternoon, Russia is launching an otherwise routine cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station — except this vehicle’s trip is meant to be the speediest trip to the ISS ever. Following its launch, the spacecraft, known as Progress, is supposed t…

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Virgin Galactic plans to launch customers to space from a future Italian spaceport

Jul 6

Today, US space tourism venture Virgin Galactic announced a new partnership with two of Italy’s biggest aerospace companies to someday launch people into space from the European country.

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SpaceX may finally land one of its rockets on the California coast later this year

Jul 6

SpaceX recently filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to land one of its Falcon 9 rockets on ground at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California, following a launch from the facility there. If that happens, it’ll be the first …

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NASA needs to update its rules on how to keep the Solar System clean, report says

Jul 5

For 50 years, NASA has followed a rigorous set of guidelines to prevent the contamination of other worlds while exploring the Solar System — but it may be time those guidelines got an update. That’s according to a new report from National Academies of Science…

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Astronomers snap one of the best baby pics yet of a newborn planet

Jul 2

Around 370 light years away from Earth, a big, cloudy planet is in the middle of being born — and astronomers have snapped an incredibly detailed image of its birthing process.

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SpaceX is sending an AI robot ‘crew member’ to join the astronauts on the space station

Jun 28

Early Friday morning, SpaceX will launch its 15th cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA, sending up nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies on top of its Falcon 9 rocket.

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Meet the Brooklyn rocket startup testing engines out of storage containers on Long Island

Jun 26

Launcher says it’s on a 10-year journey to build a small commercial rocket

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Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster

Jun 16

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced bold plans to combine the technologies of his two biggest companies by placing rocket thrusters on future specialized models of Tesla’s Roadster. The thrusters won’t actually combust, according to Musk; instead, they w…

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NASA’s Opportunity rover is in a deep sleep on Mars — but there’s hope it will wake up again

Jun 13

On Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover has run out of so much power it can’t communicate with Earth anymore — but that doesn’t mean the vehicle is dead yet. The robot is in a deep sleep, thanks to a particularly nasty dust storm that’s blocking sunlight from hitti…

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NASA’s Opportunity rover is battling a massive dust storm on Mars

Jun 11

Right now, NASA’s Opportunity rover is doing its best to weather an intense dust storm on the surface of Mars — one that could prevent the robot from ever phoning Earth again.

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NASA administrator promises not to abandon International Space Station without alternative plan

Jun 6

Today, NASA’s new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, spoke candidly with a group of reporters in Washington, DC about the direction of NASA, touching on everything from deep space rockets to climate change. Bridenstine also promised that NASA would not end the I…

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Watch three astronauts launch to the International Space Station this morning

Jun 6

NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency are all headed to low Earth orbit, launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12AM ET

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NASA’s New Horizons probe woke up today to prep for its next deep space flyby

Jun 5

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which flew by Pluto in July of 2015, woke up today from hibernation mode in preparation for its next rendezvous with a space rock at the edge of the Solar System.

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NASA limits future space telescope costs amid mission delays and budget uncertainty

Jun 5

As NASA’s next flagship space telescope is riddled with delays, the space agency is giving scientists some hard limits on how much money can be spent on future astrophysics missions.

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Watch three astronauts return to Earth from the International Space station this weekend

Jun 2

They’re wrapping up five and a half months in orbit

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NASA’s Dawn probe is about to get into its closest orbit yet around the dwarf planet Ceres

Jun 1

In early June, Dawn will get to its final orbit around Ceres — an elliptical path that will take the probe 10 times closer to the surface than it’s ever been.

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Why it’s time to study how rocket emissions change the atmosphere

May 31

Every time a rocket launches, it produces a plume of exhaust in its wake that leaves a mark on the environment. These plumes are filled with materials that can collect in the air over time, potentially altering the atmosphere in dangerous ways.

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The second powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane featured extra passenger seats

May 29

Virgin Galactic conducted the second powered flight test of its spaceplane, the VSS Unity, over the Mojave Desert just 54 days after the company ignited the vehicle’s engine for the first time during flight.

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China invites international researchers to do science on its future space station

May 29

By the end of 2022, China hopes to have its biggest space station yet orbiting around Earth, and the country’s space agency wants other nations to use it. China is inviting all members of the United Nations to submit applications to fly experiments on board t…

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US space startup Rocket Lab sets new date for first commercial launch

May 25

Rocket Lab plans to launch its small rocket, the Electron. The rocket will take off from the company’s New Zealand launchpad and carry five small satellites to orbit for customers

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SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 rocket still needs a key update before it can fly astronauts

May 24

On May 11th, SpaceX launched the inaugural mission of its powerful new Falcon 9 Block 5 — the same vehicle the company will use to send astronauts to the International Space Station. However, it turns out the vehicle used for that first launch wasn’t in its f…

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The first three missions of NASA’s next big rocket will have to settle for a less-powerful ride

May 22

NASA is moving forward with its plan to use a downgraded version of the SLS for its second and third flights, according to a memo from NASA headquarters obtained by The Verge.

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Trump's plan to privatize the ISS by 2025 probably won't work, NASA's inspector general says - The Verge

May 16

The Verge Trump's plan to privatize the ISS by 2025 probably won't work, NASA's inspector general says The Verge The Trump Administration's plan to hand the International Space Station off to the private sector by 2025 probably won't work, says a government a…

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This nonprofit plans to send millions of Wikipedia pages to the Moon — printed on tiny metal sheets

May 15

The Arch Foundation has grand ambitions of setting up a library on the Moon is planning to send the entire English archive of Wikipedia to the lunar surface sometime within the next couple of years.

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NASA just found evidence of a plume spewing from Europa — buried inside the data of an old spacecraft

May 14

In 1997, the Jupiter probe Galileo flew near a geyser when it passed close by Europa, collecting data that went overlooked at the time. But now, the rendezvous has been unearthed 20 years later, and it provides scientists with their first up-close measurement…

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars to get a bird’s-eye view of the planet

May 11

NASA announced today that it will be sending a small autonomous flying chopper — aptly named the Mars Helicopter — with the upcoming Mars 2020 rover.

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With the landing of SpaceX’s powerful new Falcon 9, a new era of rocket reusability takes off

May 11

This afternoon, SpaceX landed the most powerful version yet of its Falcon 9 rocket, after launching the vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida

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ULA picks an engine for its next generation rocket — just not the main one

May 11

ULA has picked the RL10, an engine manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, to propel the upper stage of its next generation rocket, the Vulcan It’s a big hardware decision for ULA, but the company has yet to make a much more anticipated choice for the vehicle: wh…

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Watch SpaceX launch a satellite for Bangladesh with its most powerful Falcon 9 rocket yet

May 10

SpaceX is slated to launch the first high-orbit communications satellite ever for the country of Bangladesh, and the company is using its most advanced Falcon 9 yet for the job. Called Bangabandhu-1, the satellite is riding into space on top of SpaceX’s Block…

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SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 upgrade could finally make reusable rockets cost-effective

May 9

SpaceX will conduct a routine satellite launch from Florida, but it’s not using an ordinary rocket. The mission will mark the debut of the Block 5 version of the company’s Falcon 9, the most advanced upgrade of the rocket to date and the last major version of…

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The United Launch Alliance’s rocket makers strike over their latest contract offer

May 7

Nearly 600 union workers at the United Launch Alliance — the US government’s primary rocket launch provider — went on strike on May 6th, just a day after the company launched a lander to Mars for NASA.

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What it was like to watch NASA’s next Mars lander launch to space

May 6

We traveled to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to watch the launch of NASA’s InSight lander to Mars. The rocket took off at 4:05AM PT on a very foggy morning, making the mission a bit hard to see.

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Watch NASA launch its quake-detecting Mars lander Saturday morning

May 4

NASA’s next robotic explorer is beginning its deep-space voyage to Mars. The lander InSight is set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the beginning of a six and a half month journey to the Red Planet. Once there, the little spacecraft w…

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Why NASA is launching a spacecraft to Mars to feel the planet as it rumbles

May 3

On Saturday, NASA is launching its latest Mars explorer — a robot that will sit on the surface of the Red Planet and measure the world as it wobbles. Called InSight, it will be helping scientists to peer underneath the crust, to learn more about Mars’ insides.

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How NASA’s canceled lunar rover could still live on as a commercial mission

May 2

Many scientists were shocked to find out that NASA had canceled its only planned lunar rover — a bizarre move since the mission could have helped with NASA’s plans of returning people to the Moon. But some in the private spaceflight industry see the cancelati…

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NASA scraps a lunar surface mission — just as it’s supposed to focus on a Moon return

Apr 27

NASA is pulling the plug on its only planned robotic mission to the Moon’s surface. The space agency has reportedly canceled its Resource Prospector — a small rover that was designed to excavate materials such as hydrogen, oxygen, and water from the lunar pol…

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NASA astronauts will probably launch from the US before The Winds of Winter is published

Apr 25

I’ve been waiting the same amount of time for The Winds of Winter to come out as I have been waiting for NASA astronauts to launch from US soil again.

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New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Apr 25

This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. The catalogue was made using data from the Gaia spacecraft.

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House bill would regulate bold commercial space missions — but not very closely

Apr 24

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that outlines how the government should oversee ambitious commercial missions in space — such as asteroid mining or sending private landers to other planets in the Solar System.

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Product launch: a trip to the Taco Bell Space Station

Apr 22

Putting the commercial in commercial space

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NASA finally has a permanent administrator — 15 months into Trump’s presidency

Apr 19

Today, the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), for NASA administrator, voting 50 to 49 along party lines.

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How Elon Musk could recover rockets with balloons — just not the party kind

Apr 18

On Sunday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned his Twitter followers that he had an idea that was “gonna sound crazy:” his company might use a “giant party balloon” to recover the upper stage of its Falcon 9 rocket from orbit.

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Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s new exoplanet-hunting satellite this afternoon

Apr 16

SpaceX will send a refrigerator-sized satellite into orbit for NASA to hunt for distant worlds far outside our Solar System. Called TESS, it’s the first NASA spacecraft that SpaceX will launch that is designed to peer deep into the cosmos.

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NASA may fly humans on the less powerful version of its deep-space rocket

Apr 13

NASA may make some big changes to the first couple flights of its future deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System, after getting a recent funding boost from Congress to build a new launch platform.

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NASA’s newest spacecraft will scour the galaxy for undiscovered planets

Apr 12

NASA is launching its new exoplanet hunter: a satellite that will stare out at the cosmos searching for never-before-seen worlds.

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No, NASA doesn’t have a cloud generation machine — it has rocket engines

Apr 10

A new Facebook video, titled “Artificial Clouds Generation System,” makes it seem like a machine is churning out clouds — but the rocket engines generating the plumes go unmentioned.

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SpaceX isn’t responsible for loss of Zuma spy satellite, WSJ report confirms

Apr 9

Government investigators looking into the mission determined that a structure on top of the rocket, called the payload adapter, failed to deploy the satellite into orbit, The Wall Street Journal reports. And that adapter was built by defense contractor Northr…

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NASA wants to extend Boeing’s first crewed flight to the International Space Station

Apr 6

Boeing’s Starliner vehicle is supposed to take NASA astronauts to the ISS for the first time later this year on a two-week trip, but the space agency is considering extending the voyage to six months.

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SpaceX’s Earth views need a license now, probably thanks to the Tesla stunt

Apr 5

SpaceX now needs to get a license from NOAA for its rocket cameras. The cameras take video of the Earth from orbit, and NOAA regulates imagery of Earth taken from space, thanks to a 26-year-old law. What changed? It’s possible that SpaceX may be in NOAA’s cro…

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Rocket Lab sets date for first commercial launch of its Electron rocket

Apr 4

US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab is officially open for business and has scheduled its very first commercial launch. The company will launch its small Electron rocket with payloads from two paying satellite operators on board.

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Watch SpaceX launch its second used Falcon 9 rocket for NASA this afternoon

Apr 2

SpaceX is launching again, this time out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The company is launching one of its previously flown Falcon 9 rockets, which will send up 5,800 pounds of supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.

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No one won the Google Lunar X Prize, but these competitors are still shooting for the Moon

Mar 31

The deadline expires today

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SpaceX will try again to catch a Falcon 9 nose cone during this morning’s launch

Mar 30

Take two

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How to track the spiraling Chinese space station as it falls from orbit

Mar 29

For those who just need some peace of mind

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Rare galaxy found without any dark matter

Mar 28

Millions of light-years from Earth, there’s a galaxy that is completely devoid of dark matter — the mysterious, unseen material that is thought to permeate the Universe.

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NASA delays the launch of its flagship space telescope again — this time until May 2020

Mar 27

The James Webb Space Telescope still has some more time left on Earth

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China’s spiraling space station will plunge to Earth in about a week

Mar 26

After a couple years of anticipation, China’s first human space station — Tiangong-1 — will drop out of its orbit in about a week and plunge into Earth’s atmosphere.

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Congress is giving NASA more money than it requested to build a second launch platform

Mar 23

Practically all of NASA’s programs get a funding boost in the new omnibus bill, and the space agency even gets money that it didn’t ask for — notably, the funds needed to build a second launch platform for its next big rocket wants.

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Elon Musk has deleted Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook pages after Twitter challenge

Mar 23

The pages of both SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive, which each had around 2.6 million followers

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Rocket Lab’s disco ball satellite has plunged back to Earth — and some aren’t sad to see it go

Mar 22

US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab stealthily launched a small “disco ball” satellite into orbit as part of a cosmic art project aimed at inspiring people to come together and look up at the sky. But after just two months in space, the satellite — called the H…

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What NASA loses without a permanent leader

Mar 21

Representatives from the House are calling on the Senate to confirm the Trump administration’s nominee for NASA administrator. The group sent a signed letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders, urging them to vote and accept Trump’s candidate, Rep. J…

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Watch three astronauts launch to the International Space Station this afternoon

Mar 21

A new crew of three astronauts will embark on a flight to the International Space Station. Two US astronauts, Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev will be making the voyage, taking off in a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan

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Ideas for new NASA mission can now include spacecraft powered by plutonium

Mar 19

Researchers proposing spacecraft ideas for NASA’s Discovery program — an initiative to develop deep-space missions that usually cost less than half a billion dollars — will be allowed to incorporate a special kind of radioactive battery in the designs for the…

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No, space did not permanently alter 7 percent of Scott Kelly’s DNA

Mar 15

Several stories have proclaimed that the DNA of former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly changed during his year living on the International Space Station.

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How Stephen Hawking’s biggest achievement linked opposing worlds of physics

Mar 15

Hawking radiation was a big step in bringing together quantum mechanics and relativity

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Trump’s ‘Space Force’ sounds a lot like the Space Corps his administration didn’t want

Mar 13

Today during a speech to military members in San Diego, President Trump proposed the idea of creating an entirely new branch of the US military specifically geared toward war efforts in space.

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I flew with the next NASA spacecraft that will land on Mars

Mar 13

On February 28th, the US Air Force transported NASA’s InSight lander from Colorado to California, where the spacecraft will launch in May — and I got to tag along for the ride.

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Why people still worry about the falling Chinese space station — despite the low odds

Mar 11

Humans are bad at assessing risk

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The FCC says a space startup launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission

Mar 10

Satellite operators must get government approval to launch hardware into orbit. The FCC says that Swarm Technologies launched four small satellites in January without authorization.

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If Trump truly loves the private space industry, his policy should show it

Mar 8

During a cabinet meeting today, President Donald Trump remarked briefly on the success of the private industry — and that NASA seems to be increasingly using vehicles from commercial companies.

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Wanted at Blue Origin: an astronaut experience manager to ‘help delight customers’

Mar 8

Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin is inching ever closer to launching tourists into sub-orbital space. And the venture wants to hire someone to make future trips to the vacuum a very high-class experience.

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft finds deep winds and patterned cyclones on Jupiter

Mar 7

The world of Jupiter is coming into clearer focus for scientists, as new data from NASA’s Juno spacecraft reveals how the planet’s fluids churn and mingle.

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Include a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in your late Monday night plans

Mar 5

SpaceX is ready to fly its next Falcon 9 rocket, this time from Florida. Tonight, the company is tasked with sending up a hefty communications satellite for operator Hispasat, called Hispasat 30W-6.

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Microbes found in Earth’s deep ocean might grow on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Feb 27

Some very resilient Earth microbes might be able to thrive in the hidden ocean of Enceladus — the icy moon of Saturn that has become a prime candidate in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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How the Trump administration wants to make it easier for commercial space companies to do business

Feb 23

The Trump administration’s National Space Council met publicly for the second time this week, and the big topic of the day was regulatory reform.

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SpaceX tried to catch its rocket nosecone with a giant net — and just missed - The Verge

Feb 22

The Verge SpaceX tried to catch its rocket nosecone with a giant net — and just missed The Verge After launching its Falcon 9 rocket from California this morning, SpaceX used a giant net to try to recover the rocket's nosecone as it fell down in the Pacific O…

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Bigelow Aerospace’s new company will find customers for its space habitats

Feb 20

Bigelow Aerospace is starting a spinoff venture called Bigelow Space Operations aimed at managing any modules that the company deploys into space.

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