Mockups of NASA’s newest Mars rover and helicopter will kick off a road trip in Seattle

Virginia student Alex Mather shows off a mockup of the Perseverance rover at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in July 2020, while Alabama high-school student Vaneeza Rupani points to an Ingenuity helicopter mockup. The students won trips to the Perseverance launch as a reward for naming the two spacecraft. (Photo by Ken Kremer / Seattle’s … Read more

NASA targets February launch for Artemis 1 mission on its 1st first moon rocket since Apollo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is now targeting early next year for the maiden launch of its next megarocket: the Space Launch System. The behemoth moon rocket, the first since the Apollo program, is months behind schedule (it was initially slated to launch in November) but could now potentially fly Feb. 12 if its final … Read more

Citizen Astronauts from Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic Commercial Space Missions to Appear Together at 2021 ASCEND in Las Vegas

RESTON, Va., Oct. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Astronauts from the three different commercial space experiences that occurred in 2021 will appear on stage together in Las Vegas on Monday, 15 November, during 2021 ASCEND. ASCEND is the interdisciplinary community focused on building humanity’s off-world future faster, powered by AIAA. Confirmed speakers include: Blue Origin … Read more

Astronomers Detect Giant Impact Signal In Near Planetary System

Young planetary systems often experience extreme growing pains as babies’ bodies collide and fuse together to form progressively larger planets. In our own solar system, the Earth and moon are believed to be products of this kind of giant impact. Astronomers assume that such collisions should be common in early systems, but they have been … Read more

NASA’s All-Electric X-57 Maxwell Jet Will Make Its First Flight Next Year

NASA is nearing the first test flight of its battery-powered aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell, a report from The Verge explains. NASA’s series of X planes are designed to push the limits of aircraft technology, whether it’s supersonic flight, green airliners, or all-electric aircraft. The X-57 Maxwell was specifically designed to help NASA develop certifications standards … Read more

Splitting Up the Sensors in NASA’s InSight Mission

The InSight mission is comprised of a range of cutting-edge sensors designed to learn more about the Red Planet than ever before. Shortly after its arrival on the surface of Mars InSight launcher discovered the first evidence of seismic activity. After nearly ten months of operations, the first results from InSight are revealed in a series … Read more

Stacking of Orion spacecraft caps assembly of first Artemis moon rocket – Spaceflight Now

The Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission is lowered on top of its Space Launch System rocket Oct. 20 inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Credit: NASA/Frank Michaux Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center worked overnight Wednesday to tighten 360 bolts connecting the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 moon mission … Read more

Plan to build the first commercial space station. Companies join forces

A consortium of entities associated with the Nanoracks company will be responsible for the planned construction of the first independent space station with commercial use (called Starlab). Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have so far confirmed their commitment to cooperation. Starlab is to be a permanently manned 340 cubic meter orbital platform designed to conduct … Read more

Elon Musk Tells On Twitter That SN20 Orbital Flight Could Happen In November 2021

SpaceX’s latest prototype starship may take off for orbital flight sooner than expected. Yesterday (October 21st), SpaceX completed a static test with its prototype Starship SN20. This was a major hurdle for the spacecraft before its first orbital flight test, which SpaceX had stated would likely take place within a few months. But now, SpaceX … Read more