NASA Announces First Crews for New SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft

At the moment, there’s only one approved, legal way to get to the orbiting International Space Station as an American astronaut: in a Soyuz spacecraft. Maybe you could pay the Chinese for a seat on a Shenzou, but that’s a long shot. At the moment, it’s Soyuz or nothing, and that agreement ends in November 2019. NASA,…

Russia Will Stop Building Their 53-Year-Old Workhorse Proton Rockets And It's Partially Elon Musk's Fault

The Russian Proton rocket, the Soviet Union’s and then Russia’s primary medium-lift workhorse rocket, is finally being discontinued after a remarkable 53-year run. A Proton rocket launched the very first space station ever into orbit (and every Soviet and Russian one since). A combination of highly toxic fuels, a…

Something Went Wrong With SpaceX's Billion-Dollar Spy Satellite Launch And No One Wants To Take The Blame

This past Sunday night, SpaceX launched into space what may have been the most important payload they’ve ever launched: a super-secret U.S. government satellite called Zuma. While the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket appeared to go okay, it now seems apparent that the Zuma satellite is lost, and so far neither SpaceX or…

SpaceX's Incredible Launch Display Over Los Angeles Has Everyone Thinking It's Aliens

If you’re in Los Angeles and you looked up this evening, you can be forgiven for losing your shit. After all, it’s mere days after a haunting New York Times report made alien visitors seem more plausible than ever, and now you’re seeing an indescribably weird light display! Rest assured, it is not aliens, probably,…

A Used Rocket Launched A Used Spacecraft To The ISS For The First Time Ever

As far as space-firsts go, this one isn’t exactly the most glamorous, but it’s pretty important: for the first time ever, a previously-used launch vehicle has sent a previously-used cargo vehicle to dock with the International Space Station. The rocket was a SpaceX Falcon 9, and the cargo vehicle was a SpaceX Dragon…

Elon Musk Is Sending A Tesla Roadster Into Space On The Falcon Heavy Rocket [Update: No]

The maiden voyage of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will have some interesting cargo, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter last night. Musk’s own cherry red Tesla Roadster playing “Space Oddity” over its stereo system will be aboard the rocket with its final destination being Mars’ orbit. [Update: Just kidding! He made it all…