The Danuri spacecraft, which launched on Thursday, aims to provide a lunar scientific bounty while preparing the country’s small space program for future exploration.
“It’s not something you see every day on a sheep farm,” a farmer said of the pieces of debris that wound up in rural Australia. They are thought to be from a SpaceX spacecraft.
The Danuri mission, lifting off on a SpaceX rocket, will help to study the moon’s magnetic field and some of its coldest and darkest places.
To launch part of its space station to orbit, China used a large rocket that cannot control its atmospheric re-entry. It is the third time such a rocket has been used.
Instead of sending another rover to help retrieve rock and dirt samples from the red planet and bring them to Earth, the agency will provide the helicopters as a backup option.
The Wentian module, the second part of the Tiangong orbital outpost, requires using a massive launcher that has twice conducted uncontrolled re-entries into Earth’s atmosphere.
Relativity Space, which could launch its first rocket soon, and Impulse Space, founded by a SpaceX veteran, optimistically say that together they can reach the red planet a few years from now.
The small spacecraft will be the first to head to the moon in a year when other planned missions have yet to get off the launchpad.
Tediously searching through imagery from a NASA spacecraft, researchers found where a discarded stage of a forgotten rocket crashed in March. But other questions remain.
The aerospace giant’s astronaut capsule has yet to complete a successful test flight to the space station, while SpaceX has carried seven crews into orbit.
If Rocket Lab can snatch its spent rocket booster from the sky and then reuse it for another orbital launch, it will pull off something so far achieved only by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The debris was part of the equipment that helped the Perseverance mission safely land on the red planet in 2021.
Axiom Space bought seats on a SpaceX rocket to be NASA’s guests in orbit as the agency extends efforts to commercialize spaceflight.
Having rich guys like Jeff Bezos in orbit can make space travel routine and help all of us dream big.
First a lightning storm, then problems with launch tower fans led to snags with a countdown and propellant loading intended as practice for the rocket’s launch.
The agency will seek bids for future lunar landing spacecraft from companies other than SpaceX, which won the first contract to return American astronauts to the moon.
OneWeb, a British satellite internet company, turned to SpaceX’s rockets after canceling launches with Russia’s Soyuz vehicle over the invasion of Ukraine.
According to the company, the comedian is “no longer able to join” its coming mission. It was unclear whether another celebrity would take his seat.
The “Saturday Night Live’’ comedian will be one of six passengers to fly to the edge of space this month with Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.
A California start-up company believes it can one day speed delivery of important items by storing them in orbit.
OneWeb, a British satellite maker, canceled launches reliant on Russia, which also announced it would cease selling rocket engines to American companies.
The developer of astronomy software who said that Elon Musk’s company would cause a new crater on the moon says that he “had really gotten it wrong.”
The giant, gleaming spacecraft is being designed to carry NASA astronauts to the moon, as well as the dreams of Elon Musk’s space company.
The mission’s failure to reach orbit highlighted the challenges of breaking into the space business, especially for companies that are publicly traded on the stock market.
The four-ton piece of the rocket hasn’t been heard from since it launched an American satellite called DSCOVR. It could make a 65-foot crater on the far side of the moon.
Before the end of the year, ispace aims to place a lander with two small rovers on the lunar surface. It may find other visitors have also made the trip this year.
The telescope’s safe arrival is a relief to scientists who plan to spend the next 10 or more years using it to study ancient galaxies.
Here’s a look at what may be launching in the year to come.
The James Webb Space Telescope is endowed with the hopes and trepidations of a generation of astronomers.
Starting in January, space tourists will not receive a participation trophy for flying to space. But everyone will be on the honor roll.
Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of the clothing retailer Zozo, will spend 12 days in orbit with a production assistant who will document his stay.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, launched on Wednesday, could be the first to alter an asteroid’s path, a technique that may be used to defend the planet in the future.
An early morning liftoff kicks off DART, NASA’s first mission to test a spacecraft that could one day save Earth from a deadly space rock.
An Indigenous clan fears it will lose its place in the world as the government pursues a quest to open a spaceport and lure the billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
After bringing home another crew, SpaceX will launch four more people to the International Space Station in its Dragon capsule.
The space agency acknowledged that it cannot return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, a timeline set under President Trump.
Four crew members are scheduled to depart from the orbital outpost after about half a year in space. They will splash down near Florida on Monday.
The four crew members, three Americans and one German, were originally scheduled to launch on Sunday.
A flight of the Space Launch System and Orion capsule without astronauts aboard is planned for early next year, a first, long-delayed step toward returning astronauts to the moon’s surface.
The fiery trail astonished viewers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, but a Russian military spacecraft was the probable source.
The Starliner capsule for NASA crews is now unlikely to have another orbital flight test until the middle of next year.
While the astronauts were said to not be in any danger, it was the second such incident since July.
In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current orbits.
The actor who played Captain Kirk played the role of pitchman for Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company at a time that it is facing a number of workplace and business difficulties.
Jeff Bezos’ rocket company will launch the man who played Captain Kirk along with three other passengers on a short up and down flight to the edge of space.
Next week, in a thoroughly modern blurring of reality and fiction, William Shatner will soar to space with Blue Origin. Do you care?
An actress and a director traveled to the International Space Station, aiming to shoot scenes from the first feature film made in orbit.
An actress and a director will head to the International Space Station, aiming to shoot scenes from the first feature film to rely on scenes shot in orbit.
Blue Origin launched the Amazon founder to the edge of space in July and has another flight planned in October, but the company has experienced other setbacks this year.
The agency picked the Nobile crater near the lunar south pole to seek frozen water that will be essential to future astronaut missions.