The nascent asteroid-mining industry is set to take its first steps into space this summer.
NASA described it as a test flight "unlike any seen in Florida since the days of Apollo," but for anyone watching the livestream, the SpaceX test looked pretty serene.
A week ago, in a far-off corner of the Internet, a little website called NASAspaceflight.com published a story about a futuristic propulsion drive that produces thrust without propellant.
Before the end of the 21st century, spaceflight is going to look completely different from spaceflight of the 20th century, and one of the leaders paving the way is Elon Musk's private company SpaceX.
Planning for the worst
The sun is almost completely blank.
[6AM PDT launch] A Pad Abort Test is a trial run for a spacecraft's launch abort system (sometimes called a launch escape system). This system is designed to quickly get the crew and spacecraft away from the rocket in the event of a potential failure
The creator of the Ansari Xprize winning SpaceShipOne shares how a couple of bicycle shop owners (Wright Brothers) inspired Space exploration, and how the Apollo program inspired private space sector growth.
Space exploration experts and enthusiasts descend on Washington, D.C. this week for the Humans to Mars Summit 2015, a conference that showcases the latest concepts and ideas for manned missions to Mars.
NASA isn't sure, exactly, when it's going to start planning a manned mission to Mars. But NASA astronauts are already doing crewed simulations of what a piloted vehicle explorer would look and act like on Phobos, one of the Martian moons.
Into space... gradually
A look back at the spacecraft's greatest discoveries
Just take a moment to consider: we could be trapped on Earth by our trash in space.
Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory have used data from the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument to compile the first 3D image of the Pillars of Creation
Astrophysicists from the University of Waterloo have compiled the most comprehensive 3D map of our cosmic surroundings to date.
Pluto may have a polar ice cap. This is the tantalising prospect revealed in the latest images to come down from the New Horizons spacecraft.
Tourists into space. The dawn of a new era of space travel may be upon us after Amazon's Jeff Bezos successfully tested a vehicle that will take tourists into space. Mr Bezos' firm, called the Blue Origin company, has long spoken of its desire to
NASA astronomers have used the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) to spot a glow of high-energy X-rays emanating from the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.
Andy Calloway loses a friend today. Calloway is the missions operation manager--the "MOM"--for Messenger, an uncrewed spacecraft that has, for four years, orbited Mercury, 48 million miles away. He has essentially been the project hub.
Getting to Mars is a difficult, long and costly journey. However, Finnish scientists may have a solution based on combining an electric solar sail invented in 2006 with fuel stations orbiting around Earth and the Red Planet.
All the latest developments as Progress M-27M vessel, which was carrying supplies to the International Space Station, is said to be out of control
What better way to pass a long stretch of time than by entering a deep sleep to shut down some bodily functions and conserve energy?
The universe is a tumultuous place, packed with supernovae, starquakes, and other explosive phenomena.
Manned missions beyond Earth orbit face the rather important problem of how to feed the crew and maintain the capsule environment for years on end without any resupply from home.
SpaceX's daring reusable-rocket test last week came up just short because of an issue with a "throttle valve," company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
After a flurry of activity, here on MadScienceInnovation.com, I've decided to move my blogging activities back to MichaelBelfiore.com.
Filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Hurun Mehmedinovic let us glimpse the wonders of space with their sweeping long-exposure photos and time-lapse videos that reveal the cosmos in all its glory.
Reaction Engines' Skylon reusable spaceplane project has been given a boost, with analysis by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) confirming the feasibility of the SABRE engine cycle concept that lies at its heart.
On this day 25 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in what marked the beginning of an incredible journey, and the start of a new golden age in the exploration of our Universe.
NASA is building the biggest telescope the world has ever seen, and it will give scientists the opportunity to 'see' cosmic events that occurred 13.5 billion years ago - just 220 million years following the Big Bang.