The fascinating differences between men and women astronauts in space

NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute have published a new research paper detailing how space flight affects "cardiovascular, immunological, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, reproductive and behavioral implications" on men and women. Here are the highlights: » 11/17/14 8:09pm 11/17/14 8:09pm

Boeing and SpaceX Will Share NASA's $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Program

NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. » 9/16/14 4:23pm 9/16/14 4:23pm

300 Years of Imaginary Space Flight, From Geese to Anti-Gravity Ships

Long before space flight was possible, the human imagination was already charting a course through the stars. Our ideas have been varied and fanciful. The Library of Congress recently collected some of these imaginary space vehicles, which go all the way back to the 1630s. » 1/06/14 3:40pm 1/06/14 3:40pm

Edison's Conquest of Mars (1889)

This Metallic Sphere Will Some Day Carry Martian Samples Back to Earth

This little spherical container may look more like a rejected R2-D2 prototype than a piece of cutting-edge technology, but is in fact the vessel in which the European Space Agency hopes to ship Martian samples back to Earth in. » 10/29/13 10:44am 10/29/13 10:44am

Second Time Is Not the Charm for India's ISRO Rocket Program

For the second time this year an India Space Research Organizations (ISRO) rocket has failed spectacularly mere moments after launch. This most recent failure, captured for all time in this image, occurred 47 seconds after liftoff on Christmas Day. » 12/26/10 4:00pm 12/26/10 4:00pm

Wanna Know What Spaceflight Feels Like? Strap On This Patch

There are plenty of elements of spaceflight astronauts can prepare for, but the disorienting return back into our atmosphere has long been hard to replicate. This patch, which sends an electrical current to nerves behind the ears, gets it right. » 8/25/10 3:40pm 8/25/10 3:40pm

NASA's Green Dart

NASA's green supersonic dart, courtesy a design team at Lockheed Martin, isn't all conceptual looks and aggressive lines, as there's an environmental angle—pardon the pun—that's present here too: » 6/26/10 9:00pm 6/26/10 9:00pm

Rogue NASA Science Team Pitches New Spacecraft Designs to Obama

NASA, when it isn't finding rogue space lights or mysterious BOOMs of the non-Steve Jobsian variety, is apparently sending rogue science teams to brief President-elect Obama on the future of the space program. » 1/11/09 11:00am 1/11/09 11:00am

Virgin Galactic Will Help Monitor Climate As Well As Fly You to Space

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo » 9/30/08 4:23am 9/30/08 4:23am and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they'll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with…

SpaceX Falcon 1 Finally Gets Into Orbit, Makes History

After three failed attempts, one scattering of Scotty's ashes » 9/28/08 8:25pm 9/28/08 8:25pm over the Pacific Ocean, and a few mid-air explosions, the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has finally reached orbit. The achievement marks a major milestone for Elon Musk, whose visions of a privately-funded rocket program appeared just out of reach until today's…

Update: SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket Blew Up, Fourth Time's the Charm?

Bad news for private space flight aficionados-SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket lifted off live via webcast last night, and then proceded to blow up spectacularly in the sky over the Pacific Ocean. If you were following along on the official SpaceX website, you probably saw this: "20:38 PDT — We have heard from launch control… » 8/03/08 9:01am 8/03/08 9:01am

SpaceX Launches Falcon 1 Into Space, Deemed 95% Successful


Private citizens from space exploration company Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) sent a rocket into space yesterday. The Falcon 1 lifted off the launch pad at 6:10pm California time, and flew 200 miles into space before a malfunction in the second stage sent the spacecraft into a spin. » 3/21/07 10:27am 3/21/07 10:27am

Take a Ride in SpaceShipTwo, Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

We've seen Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo both inside and out, and now you can actually plunk down $1.76 million for a ride in it, blasting you and five of your closest friends 63 miles into space. SpaceShipTwo is expected to start launching paying passengers into space in 2008. » 10/04/06 12:42pm 10/04/06 12:42pm

It's In the Can: Masten Space Systems Offers to Launch Your Stuff Into…

Do you want to launch something into space? Anything? You'll be able to do that for $99 with a CanSat module from Masten Space Systems. The company is now selling $99 payload slots, where you put whatever you want into one of the CanSat modules, as long as it doesn't weigh more than 350 grams. If you have some bigger… » 4/13/06 9:47am 4/13/06 9:47am

Singapore Space Port Fantasized About

Space flight is not just for governments any more, and a group from Singapore is getting in on the action, with a bold, fantastic press release about its plans to open a $115 million spaceport complete with astronaut training facilities and suborbital space flights. A partnership between Space Adventures, Ltd. and an… » 2/22/06 11:01am 2/22/06 11:01am