InSight Just Landed on Mars. How Did it Get There?
The InSight mission just successfully landed on Mars after its roughly eight-month journey beginning aboard an Atlas V rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 5, 2018. On Quora, someone recently asked why an […]
SpaceX Joins the Heavy Club
SpaceX joined a very elite club of heavy lifters today (Feb 6, 2018), when it successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket. The company now boasts the most powerful launch vehicle in existence, and the second […]
Uh-oh: Another Mars Mission Goes Missing
Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. Piggybacked onto the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) was the ExoMars 2016 lander which detached for its journey to the surface. The lander, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mars Space Station in the Works
A manned mission to Mars was once the stuff of science fiction, now it is the equivalent of this generation’s Apollo Program. It will take a Herculean effort to send astronauts on a journey of hundreds of […]
SpaceX to Mars in 2018!
Yesterday, SpaceX announced plans to send an unmanned capsule to Mars – in 2018! Company CEO Elon Musk has long had a vision of establishing a permanent manned presence on the Red Planet and this planned […]
ESA’s Moon Base and How it Gets Us to Mars
The European Space Agency (ESA) recently formalized plans to send missions to the moon beginning in the early 2020s, with manned missions following by the middle of the decade. By 2030, they hope to have […]
Goodbye Planetary Rovers – Hello ‘Hopters’
On July 4th, 1997, the Sojourner rover touched down on Mars as a part of the Mars Pathfinder mission. It proceeded to send back an amazing array of imagery of the Martian landscape that captivated […]