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Fall Science Preview: So Much Science is Headed Right for Us!

‘Tis the season for dwarf planets with an impending flood of Pluto flyby data and Dawn just about to point its spectrometer at the weird white spots on Ceres. Add in ocean floor explorations, a pair of weights in perpetual free-fall, and a rash of rocket launches and we just know this year is going out in a bang of… » 8/26/15 4:45pm Wednesday 4:45pm

Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it? » 8/22/15 1:56pm 8/22/15 1:56pm

The SpaceX Launch Explosion Explained in Geeky Detail With MS Paint

To non-rocket-scientists (and those who don’t play Kerbal Space Program), discussions of rocket science can sometimes get a little overly technical. To fully explain what we know about the SpaceX explosion in a non-PhD way, here’s some Paint-quality graphics. http://gizmodo.com/a-single-weak-... » 7/21/15 10:06pm 7/21/15 10:06pm

Last Night's Routine Rocket Launch Was Thankfully Routine

Last night saw the launch of a resupply mission to the ISS atop a Russian Progress rocket — a pretty routine event (as far as firing things into low-earth orbit will ever be routine), but an important one given recent events. Thankfully, it seems like everything went fine and nothing exploded this time around. » 7/03/15 10:02am 7/03/15 10:02am

After String of Failures, Tonight’s Russian Rocket Launch Really Counts

Russian rocket launches don’t get nearly as much play as, say, a SpaceX launch. But in light of recent events, the Soyuz rocket blasting into orbit at 12:55 AM EST tonight, which will carry a spacecraft loaded with food and supplies to the International Space Station, is more important than usual. » 7/02/15 5:30pm 7/02/15 5:30pm

Why The Sky Isn't Falling On SpaceX After Yesterday's Rocket Explosion

Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year. » 6/29/15 3:59pm 6/29/15 3:59pm

SpaceX Explains Why It Keeps Crash-Landing Rockets

SpaceX, a company full of talented and intelligent people, has spent the last year exploding some really expensive hardware in the middle of the Atlantic. But believe it or not, the company’s goal isn’t actually to rack up YouTube views—it’s to build a reusable rocket system. Here’s how they plan to stop screwing up. » 6/26/15 10:45am 6/26/15 10:45am