spaceflight

A New Shepard Exploded. Fortunately, There Wasn’t Anyone on Board

On September 12, Blue Origin New Shepard mission, NS-23, failed just over one minute into an uncrewed flight, forcing the…

2 months ago

Flying to (Hypothetical) Planet 9: Why visit it, how could we get there, and would it surprise us like Pluto?

In a recent study submitted to Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, an international team of researchers discuss the various mission design…

3 months ago

More Rocket Launches Could Damage the Ozone Layer

There are few things in this world that brings feelings of awe and wonder more than a rocket launch. Watching…

5 months ago

It’s Official, William Shatner Will be Flying to Space With Blue Origin

Star Trek meets star reality as William Shatner, the iconic 90-year-old actor, will fly on the next Blue Origins suborbital…

1 year ago

Don’t Be Surprised if EmDrive Experiments Never Work

Every few years the "EmDrive", a proposed method of generating rocket thrust without any exhaust, hits the news. Each time,…

1 year ago

Report Suggests That Astronauts Shouldn’t get More Than 600 Millisieverts of Radiation Exposure During Their Career. We get 2-3 a Year Down Here on Earth

Space may be pretty, but it's dangerous. Astronauts face a much higher dose of ionizing radiation than us Earth-bound folks,…

1 year ago

In a Comprehensive new Test, the EmDrive Fails to Generate any Thrust

The EmDrive is a hypothetical rocket that proponents claim can generate thrust with no exhaust. This would violate all known…

2 years ago

Virgin Galactic Sends Three People to the Edge of Space. Flights with Paying Customers Around the Corner Now

Virgin Galactic has reached another milestone in their fight test program. The VSS Unity spacecraft carried a third crew member…

4 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 483: Stopping in Space

It's one thing to get from Earth to space, but sometimes you want to do the opposite. You want to…

5 years ago

Special Skinsuits Could Help Astronauts Avoid Back Pain When Their Spines Expand In Space

The microgravity in space makes astronauts' spines to elongate, causing back pain. A new SkinSuit being developed by the European…

5 years ago