SpaceX test-fires rocket ahead of Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has fired up the rocket that will ferry its next crew of astronauts to the International Space Station next week.  The private spaceflight company conducted a static-fire test on Saturday (April 22) of its Falcon 9 rocket at Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The test is one… Continue reading SpaceX test-fires rocket ahead of Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA

Space Chat with Space.com: Tune in Fridays for science, space and more!

[embedded content] Update: Today’s Space Chat with Chelsea Gohd will begin at 3 pm ET (12ap PT/1900 GMT) to take a deep dive into SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission. This Friday (April 9), Space Chat will explore SpaceX’s upcoming Crew-2 mission.  This week, Space.com senior writer Chelsea Gohd will be taking a deep dive into SpaceX’s Crew-2… Continue reading Space Chat with Space.com: Tune in Fridays for science, space and more!

Blue Origin aces ‘astronaut rehearsal’ New Shepard test flight

Blue Origin has another clean test flight under its belt. The company launched the 15th uncrewed test flight of its reusable suborbital vehicle New Shepard today (April 14), blasting off from a West Texas launchpad at 12:50 a.m. EDT (1650 GMT; 11:50 a.m. local time).  The mission, dubbed NS-15, was meant to mimic what will… Continue reading Blue Origin aces ‘astronaut rehearsal’ New Shepard test flight

The water on Mars didn’t run dry all at once, study finds

Mars did not dry up all at once, but fluctuated between dry spells and wetter times before becoming the arid planet it is today, a new study finds. Previous studies havefound that Mars was once wet enough to cover its entire surface with an ocean containing about half as much water as Earth’s Atlantic Ocean.… Continue reading The water on Mars didn’t run dry all at once, study finds

UAE names two new astronauts, including first woman candidate

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has selected two new trainees for its burgeoning astronaut corps, including its first female candidate. Nora AlMatrooshi, a 28-year-old mechanical engineer, and Mohammad AlMulla, a 32-year-old pilot for the Dubai Police, were announced on Saturday (April 10) by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) in Dubai. Their addition doubles… Continue reading UAE names two new astronauts, including first woman candidate

Teach your kids to code a Mars helicopter game with this NASA guide

NASA has shared a new learning guide for students to create their own video game to explore Mars with a helicopter like Ingenuity, which is expected to make its debut flight this week.  The Mars helicopter Ingenuity arrived at the Red Planet on Feb 18., attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover. The robotic… Continue reading Teach your kids to code a Mars helicopter game with this NASA guide

The Mars helicopter Ingenuity is about to make history in the skies of another world

NASA is about to make history on the Red Planet with the first controlled, powered flight on another world. This Sunday (April 11), NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is expected to make its first-ever flight on Mars, a historic liftoff for the 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) craft. This flight will come 118 years after the Wright Brothers… Continue reading The Mars helicopter Ingenuity is about to make history in the skies of another world

How to watch the Mars helicopter Ingenuity’s first flight online

[embedded content] The first helicopter is expected to attempt the first-ever flight on Mars on Sunday (April 11), with NASA unveiling the results a day later, and you can follow it all online. NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity flight coverage actually begins today (April 9) with a preflight press conference at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT).… Continue reading How to watch the Mars helicopter Ingenuity’s first flight online

The Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2024 is just three years away

Three years from today, on Monday, April 8, 2024, more than half a billion people across North America will likely take a few moments out of their daily routines, and gaze up into the sky to get a view of one of nature’s great shows: an eclipse of the sun.    And those who are… Continue reading The Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2024 is just three years away