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NASA is preparing to fly the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars, in an otherworldly ‘Wright brothers moment’

The flight of a tiny helicopter called Ingenuity, perhaps as early as April 11, would mark a first in interplanetary travel, demonstrate a new technology, and pave the way for future scientists and explorers to more quickly traverse the surface of the Red Planet.
  • Apr 10, 2021

The revolution in satellite technology means there are swarms of spacecraft no bigger than a loaf of bread in orbit

The revolution in technology that transformed personal computing, put smart speakers in homes and gave rise to the age of artificial intelligence and machine learning is also transforming space.
  • Apr 6, 2021

For Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship program, more smoke, fire and shrapnel

Serial Number 11, or SN11, launched successfully and was reorienting itself for landing when it blew up.
  • Mar 30, 2021

As a member of Congress, Bill Nelson flew to space. As NASA administrator, he’d face a host of challenges.

If confirmed as NASA administrator, former Sen. Bill Nelson will oversee one of the most ambitious human exploration efforts since the Apollo era — NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.
  • Mar 19, 2021

NASA completes key engine test of its massive SLS moon rocket

NASA hopes to eventually use the Space Launch System rocket to fly astronauts to the moon, but it has been plagued by problems.
  • Mar 18, 2021

Biden expected to nominate former senator Bill Nelson to be NASA administrator

Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, is a friend of President Biden, and he has long been an advocate for space exploration.
  • Mar 18, 2021

The Biden administration has set out to dismantle Trump’s legacy, except in one area: Space

With the new president’s support, the Artemis program to land astronauts on the moon will continue.
  • Mar 2, 2021

As private companies erode government’s hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier

Space enthusiasts, including NASA, see enormous benefit in the shift — a new era of space exploration that will usher in a more capable and efficient space industry. But the changing dynamic also has left NASA with an uncertain role.
  • Feb 25, 2021

Watch NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars in HD

NASA on Monday released stunning, high-definition footage of its car-size rover landing on the Martian surface last week, the first time that a spacecraft’s landing on Mars has been recorded in video.
  • Feb 22, 2021