NM governor signs space travel liability bill (Update)
(AP)—New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at saving the state's quarter-billion-dollar spaceport and retaining Virgin Galactic as its anchor tenant.
Planners for hypersonic SpaceLiner craft propose a 50 year timeline
Houston, we have another problem: Study shows space travel is harmful to the brain
(Phys.org)—As if space travel was not already filled with enough dangers, a new study out today in the journal PLOS ONE shows that cosmic radiation – which would bombard astronauts on deep space missio ...
Rocket with three onboard heads for space station (Update)
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American, a Russian and a Canadian headed Wednesday for the International Space Station, where they will spend four months carrying out dozens of experiments.
Commercial space travel carries implications for health
(Phys.org)—Just a half-century after the first human ventured into space, commercial space travel—or "space tourism"—is quickly becoming a reality. A new UCSF study looks at the health implications ...
Experts advise doctors on how to clear patients for space travel
With the prospect of space travel for tourists looming, clinicians could soon be asked to advise on medical clearance for their patients, says a paper published in the BMJ Christmas edition and appearing online today.
Van Allen Probes reveal new dynamics of radiation belts
(Phys.org)—Just 96 days since their launch, NASA's twin Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth, giving scientists ...
Astronaut braces for unprecedented year in space (Update)
(AP)—NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is already bracing for an unprecedented one-year mission aboard the International Space Station. He figures it will be as grueling as climbing Mount Everest.
Researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock
Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful – like a needed wrench or replacement part.
Shuttle prototype Enterprise suffers storm damage
(AP)—The flying machine that ushered in NASA's space shuttle program has suffered storm damage in New York City.
Could plasma jet thrusters 'kickstart' interplanetary travel?
A great offshoot from commercial space companies getting a foothold in real missions to orbit is that the old entrepreneurial space spirit seems to have been revived. People are attempting to develop and ...
Branson: Virgin space project keeps being delayed
(AP)—British billionaire Richard Branson says his space tourism project keeps being pushed back and isn't sure of an exact date for the first launch.
Soyuz crew ready for heavy space station workload
The trio of unseasoned astronauts that will fly to the International Space Station this week say they are undaunted by the initial busy workload of their six-month mission.
Skydiver's feat could influence spacesuit design
Now that the dust has settled in the New Mexico desert where supersonic skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner landed safely on his feet, researchers are exhilarated over the possibility his feat could someday ...