NASA Orders Crewed Vehicle From SpaceX And Starts A New Space Race

There’s a new space race happening, much smaller in scope than the great US/USSR rivalry of the ‘60s, but one that still marks a huge milestone: the race to see who will be the first to launch a commercial crewed spacecraft. The race is now official as NASA has ordered a crewed mission from SpaceX as well as Boeing. »Monday 8:00pm11/23/15 8:00pm


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? »8/21/15 6:30pm8/21/15 6:30pm

This video of a Soyuz flight to the ISS is simply outstanding

This is so cool. Stitched together from both old and new clips of Soyuz launch footage over the years, this video shows what a Soyuz flight from Earth to the International Space Station looks like. And it’s absolutely incredible. You get to see the launch, approach and how it docks to the ISS from multiple angles. »8/07/15 2:12pm8/07/15 2:12pm

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 3:47pm6/29/15 3:47pm

Why The Woman Who Just Set A New Space Endurance Record Is So Great

Thursday, Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, bounced back on earth in her Soyuz capsule. She’d spent nearly 200 days on a single spaceflight, the new record for a female astronaut, and probably 11th overall. That’s amazing. What really sets her apart, though, is how well she shared that… »6/13/15 10:00am6/13/15 10:00am

When We All Relocate to Space, At Least We'll Have Espresso

At parties—which I go to a lot—the question is often raised: if you were to travel to space, what would be the one earthly thing you’d have trouble giving up? FRESH COFFEE, we all yell. Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut at the International Space Station, has proven that we will never have to go without… »5/04/15 5:20pm5/04/15 5:20pm

Atmospheric re-entry, as seen from the ISS

One of the more stunning space-shots we've seen in some time, this photograph of a JAXA HTV-4 spacecraft was taken from the ISS during the delivery vehicle's return to Earth. Strange to think how the most otherworldly photographs are often of our home planet. Keep scrolling for the full image, with details from Mika… »3/16/14 11:54pm3/16/14 11:54pm

Astronaut suit spins out of control in macabre real life Gravity scene

Watching this gives me the chills. A cosmonaut floats away from the International space station, spinning out of control as the camera follows it, orbiting planet Earth for seven months before plunging into the atmosphere, burning and disintegrating. A terrifying scene that looks like the movie Gravity, but the video… »3/09/14 12:44pm3/09/14 12:44pm

The First Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Docked With The ISS

The Cygnus spacecraft, which launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning after astronauts aboard the ISS nabbed it with the station's robotic arm. Built by private aerospace group Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus was… »9/29/13 11:30am9/29/13 11:30am