Boeing wants to beat SpaceX to Mars. Elon Musk: “Do it”

The two companies are in a direct competition, and we just can’t have enough of it.

NASA: We just can’t afford to land humans on Mars

Oh boy…

Space Race 2.0: Japan wants to put a man on the Moon by 2030

The new space race seems to be shaping up in Asia.

Elon Musk shares his view of Mars colonization: one million people living in a self sustainable city

Shoot for the stars and you might just land on Mars.

This is why space armor is becoming more important

Things are getting pretty dicey in outer space.

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Alan Shepard’s Suborbital Flight

An article by Steven B. Newman, Ph.D., Faculty Member, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at American Public University Ask most Americans which three astronauts they remember most, and the answers you’ll likely get are Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and Jim Lovell. Armstrong, of course, was the first person to walk on the moon in July of 1969. Glenn is

Astronaut Scott Kelly Breaks Record for Days in Space, and It’s Important

United States Astronaut Scott Kelly has just beaten the record for the most cumulative days in space, and this is significant for several reasons.

SpaceX has something major in the works, and we’re really excited

Normally, when people say they’re working on “the coolest thing ever”, we raise our eyebrows in skepticism; but when SpaceX says that… we give them the benefit of a doubt. I mean, they’re doing some pretty monumental things as it is, and when they are excited about something, we are excited about something.

NASA successfully tests engines for Mars mission

If we want to send people to Mars, we’re going to need some bigger engines – and that’s exactly what NASA’s building right now. In fact, we’re going to need the most complex engine ever built by mankind.

Space-grown veggies are delicious, astronauts say

As we were telling you yesterday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station were preparing for the first meal that involved space-grown veggies. It’s a remarkable moment, which might pave the way for future space exploration… and it’s delicious!

Astropicture of the Day: Orion goes for a swim

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is a spacecraft intended to carry a crew of up to four astronauts to destinations beyond-low Earth orbit (LEO); in the future, Orion will hopefully facilitate human exploration to asteroids, the Moon and even Mars. The first Orion test was successful on Friday, after a one day delay. In the meantime, the shuttle was

NASA returns to manned space flight, gives contracts to SpaceX and Boeing

NASA astronauts will once again travel from the Earth to the International Space Station – under groundbreaking contracts announced today. The space agency announced that Boeing and SpaceX were selected to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft in 2017, finally ending their dependence on Russia. “From day one, the Obama Administration made

Reusable jet-rocket engine can take you in space and anywhere in the world within four hours

Passionately considered by its founders as “the biggest breakthrough in propulsion technology since the jet engine”, a still in development reusable engine, which would allow commercial aircraft to travel at incredible speeds both in the atmosphere and sub-orbital space, promises to revolutionize the way we fly. A trip from London to Sydney could be made in under four hours for instance, plus

China tests new rocket engine and slates moon landing for 2013

China is set on covering a lot of lost ground in its race of becoming a full fledged space super power, and its progress so far has been phenomenal. The latest news from the Chinese space agency comes in the wake of a successful test for a super-rocket engine, which will be deployed in the next-generation of boosters, and help

SpaceX finally launches for the ISS. Sparks new age for private spaceflight

Last Saturday, after many meticulous preparatory stages and a couple of exasperating postponements, SpaceX was set to launch  its Falcon 9 rocket, along with its Dragon capsule filled with food, supplies and science experiments destined for the International Space Station. A faulty valve, however, signaled officials to abort the launch with just ONE second to go. Years and years of research and preparation

SpaceX rocket mission canceled with less than a second to go

It doesn’t only happen in the movies: the launch of the SpaceX Falcon rocket, destined to hit the International Space Station and the history books was delayed, when there was less than a second to go. Like any dramatic James Bond movie, the clock showed 3 seconds, then 2 seconds, then 1 and then… Cancel everything! However, instead of saving

SpaceX founder promises $500,000 there and back trips to Mars

You might have thought I made a typo and that I was probably meaning to say $500 million, but truth be told I’m only citing SpaceX founder Elon Musk word for word, and while most of you might view the man insane, what great visionary wasn’t cast under the same shadow in the beginning, only to be hailed as a

First commercial space flight set for test flight

In a landmark liftoff, the first privately owned spaceship which can carry passengers will head for a test flight beyond the atmosphere this year – and over 500 people have reserved seats already. More and more companies are starting to look at space tourism as a reliable source of income, and another company has just secured $US5 million equity financing,

Russia struggles to fix Grunt Phobos mission

The drama continues for the Russian Grunt mission, which had the purpose of going to Phobos and extracting samples. The mission was supposed to launch, go to Mars, orbit it for a few months, then land on Phobos, extract samples of soil and rocks, then lift back up and return to Earth. However, the mission, as well as the Russian

Unmanned Russian cargo ship heads towards ISS

If the Americans and NASA are having some issues regarding their space program at the moment, the Russians are doing just fine; recently an unmanned Russian Progress cargo ship loaded with 2.9 tons of supplies and equipment traveled and docked the International Space Station without any notable incidents or accidents. “Capture. We have indicator mode,” cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, noted, while