African moon bid seeks boost for spacecraft blast off
An ambitious project to put an African spacecraft on the Moon is sputtering on the launchpad as it struggles to secure an Internet crowdfunding lift off.
Image: Backbone of ExoMars
To explore requires a strong backbone – and that goes double for space exploration.
Space exploration promises to be spectacular in 2015
There is no doubt that 2014 was a fantastic year for planetary sciences – the high points were the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, the discovery of methane by the Curiosity rover on Mars and ...
Funding challenges for Orion and SLS
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of Congress, which exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve ...
Russia's pioneering days in space flight; what that meant for the US race for space
The Soviet Union's early interest and competitiveness in the space race is something today's space exploration enthusiasts, private companies and organizations can learn from, says a Purdue University historian.
Astrophysicist looks beyond test flight to asteroids and Mars
On Friday, NASA successfully launched its next-generation spaceship farther than any astronaut has flown since the Apollo program of the 1960s. Though the Orion was unmanned during the test flight, which ...
Orion test sets stage for ESA service module
Today's flight and splashdown of NASA's first Orion spacecraft paves the way for future human exploration beyond low orbit powered by ESA's European Service Module.
China develops new rocket for manned moon mission: media
China is developing a huge rocket that will be used for its first manned mission to the moon, state media said Monday, underscoring Beijing's increasingly ambitious space programme.
Why we need more than one mission to Mars
After a 24-hour delay due to bad weather, the first test launch of the Orion spacecraft by NASA is underway with the ultimate goal of putting human beings on Mars. ...
International Space Station enables interplanetary space exploration
If necessity is the mother of invention, then survival in space breeds many "children." These children are the research and technologies demonstrated aboard the International Space Station. For 16 years, ...
Shooting "color" in the blackness of space
It's a question that I've heard, in one form or another, for almost as long as I've been talking with the public about space. And, to be fair, it's not a terrible inquiry. After all, the smartphone in my ...
NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million
Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency's first in-space competition that offers the agency's largest-ever prize purse.
Lockheed Martin keeps fingers crossed for Orion's first test flight
As we move closer to the highly anticipated first ever test flight of the Orion spacecraft, there's an aerospace company which would be keeping its fingers tightly crossed during this nail-biting moment for ...
New NASA and NSBRI report on sex and gender differences in adaptation to space flight
In the future, as space exploration takes astronauts on longer missions and more female astronauts participate, "The Impact of Sex and Gender on Adaptation to Space" will become increasingly critical to astronaut ...