The commercial spaceflight company Golden Spike – which aims fly private missions to the moon by 2020 – has teamed up with the New York-based firm Honeybee Robotics to design robotic rovers for the planned lunar expeditions.
Doug Turnbull, a hard-science fiction writer whose majority of books, novellas and short stories confront problems faced by early settlers of other worlds, contributed this article to SPACE.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
"We're not aware of anything that would cause a mission failure, but in order to ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance we decided to conduct additional inspections of the launch vehicle," said Emily Shanklin, a SpaceX spokesperson.
The biggest ever constellation of satellites, which were built by a company whose founders include an Oxford-educated British scientist....
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, explains how he feels about competition with the founders of Amazon and The Virgin Group in the race to explore space.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explains how Mars can become a livable planet and help ensure the future of our species.
The year 2013 marked an incredible one for spaceflight, with space agencies around the world making giant leaps in their own exploration of the solar system, while NASA welcomed the addition of a new commercial cargo ship to its list of supplies for
Mars One notified all of the applicants the day of the announcement.
As 2013 draws to a close, the founders of Mars One will be making at least one New Year’s resolution: make even more progress toward the goal of flying humans to Mars.
The nearby star Fomalhaut A hosts the most famous planetary system outside our own Solar System, containing both an exoplanet and a spectacular ring of comets. Today, an international team of astronomers announced a new discovery
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The bone-dry desert of present-day Mars may seem like the last place you would look for water, but the Red Planet actually contains a wealth of water locked up in ice.
A famous picture in the English edition of Newton’s “Principia” shows cannon balls being fired from the top of a mountain.
A malfunctioning cooling pump was removed in the first of a multiple space walk repair mission for ISS astronauts. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins completed Spacewalk #1 on Dec. 21, 2013.
Object: asteroid 16 Psyche Alter ego: naked metal core
Next week, Comet Lovejoy makes its closest approach to the sun. The comet's tail is already amazing. Scroll down this image taken by Gerald Rhemann of Jauerling, Austria, for more information:
There is not a lot of art on the Moon. Astronauts have left behind flags and photographs, but almost nothing with the specific intention of placing an artistic object on the lunar surface. The one exception was this 3.5 inch tall aluminum statue of a
A cosmic census got under way this morning as ESA’s Gaia mission lifted off atop a Soyuz–Fregat from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 9:12:19 AM GMT (10:12:19 AM CET).
Startling detail a sign of Beijing’s plan to militarize space?
Christmas will be another work day for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) this year.
A 1.3 foot wide space rock, traveling at 56,000 MPH, collided with the lunar surface on March 17th, 2013, and the explosion could be seen with the naked eye on Earth.
The biggest advance came when the Gemini astronauts started doing spacewalks and the suits had to be modified with more flexible joints and gauntlets, so the astronauts wouldn’t be floating around looking like crouching balloons, and could get in and
China touches down on the Moon, finishing a distant third in the decades-long space race marathon. (03:33) (Surprise at 2:00)
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, to lease a historic launch pad for the company's commercial rockets.
Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step forward. NASA is carrying out initial tests on a new, lighter spacesuit for use by the crew of the Orion spacecraft that is currently under development.
Following 12 minutes of precise maneuvering which began in lunar orbit, China's Chang'e-3 lunar lander, with the Yu Tu (Jade Rabbit) lunar rover onboard, successfully landed on the Moon's surface at 13:11 UT Saturday night.
A lander's eye view
Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.
China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe.
China completed the first soft landing on the moon’s surface in 37 years, becoming only the 3rd country to pull off the feat. Television showed scientists in white and pale-blue coats applauding, shaking hands and congratulating each other