All posts by Darren Beyer

NASA’s New Launch System Closer to Launch

NASA has a new launch vehicle in the works. The Space Launch System (SLS) is a super-heavy launch system that will carry primary components of NASA’s larger missions into orbit, including astronauts and hardware for a […]

Let’s Hear it for Space Tourism!

On Sunday this week, space start up Blue Origin continued its string of successes by launching its fourth New Shepard rocket, and landing the main section safely back on Earth. This time the rocket carried […]

You’re the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things

One of Saturn’s rings is broken and it’s all Prometheus’ fault – at least so scientists think. The Cassini spacecraft captured this picture of something disrupting the planet’s thin, delicate “F” ring. This type of […]

The First Operational Inflatable Spacecraft is Working!

Last week, NASA inflated the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) that was flown to the International Space Station on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 8th. After an aborted attempt to inflate it […]

The New Space Race: Elon Musk Will Beat Everyone to Mars

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk announced his ambitious plan to have SpaceX send an unmanned Red Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018. Yesterday, he upped the ante, saying that he anticipates sending the first […]

First Inflatable Space Station Module is… Inflated

On a few occasions, I’ve written about Bigelow Aerospace and their inflatable spacecraft modules. A few days ago, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams opened a pressure valve in the International Space Station (ISS) and began to […]

More Evidence that Comets Delivered Life-Enabling Chemicals to Earth

Scientists analyzing the halo of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet found that it contains glycine and phosphorous, two of the essential materials necessary for life to form. This discovery further supports the theory that it was comets and […]

Growth in Women Sci-Fi Readership – Darren Beyer On-Air Interview

The Frank Stanford radio show airs in Victoria, British Columbia on station CFAX weekday mornings. On May 25th, Darren Beyer was interviewed on air by Mr. Stanford about how the number of women science fiction […]

Darren Beyer Discusses His Book, Time at NASA, and More on the Book Guys Podcast

The Book Guys have a really great podcast that talks books, audio books, films and more. I was invited to be a guest for an hour-long episode where we talked about everything from my time […]

India Launches its Own Space Shuttle

Earlier today India took a major step forward with its space program by launching its own version of a space shuttle. The unmanned, scaled down version of what will be the final shuttle, called the swadeshi, […]