NASA lost its ability to launch humans from U.S. soil when the space shuttle retired. Now, companies and billionaire entrepreneurs are defining a new space age.

Some of the sample the spacecraft collected on Tuesday has kept a lid from closing properly, allowing the material to leak.

For the first time, NASA will attempt to collect a sample from an asteroid with the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

If it happens, the collision would likely produce thousands of pieces of space debris, the most since an active communications satellite operated by Iridium and a dead Russian satellite crashed into each other in 2009.

For the first time in 10 months, Jeff Bezos’s secretive space company flew a rocket to the edge of space from its remote launch site in West Texas. It was Blue Origin’s 13th trip to space.

Seven nations have joined the United States in signing the Artemis Accords, a series of bilateral agreements that would establish rules for behavior on the surface of the moon.

The delay of the Oct. 31 launch of a crew to the International Space Station is intended to let SpaceX review the causes for a problem that was detected during a launch earlier this month.

Chris Ferguson, a onetime space shuttle astronaut and now a Boeing employee, announced on Wednesday that he was pulling himself from the first crewed mission of the company’s Starliner spacecraft.

Over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, down past Chincoteague toward the southern tip of the Eastern Shore, sits an isolated spit of shoreline, near a wildlife refuge, that is home to one of the most unusual, and little known, rocket launch sites in the country.

The heat shield showed more erosion than expected on the Dragon capsule that returned from the International Space Station in August.

An international team of astronomers say they have not directly detected life, but that the presence of phosphine can only be explained by living microbes.

In a tweet, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote that the agency “is buying lunar soil from a commercial provider! It’s time to establish the regulatory certainty to extract and trade space resources.”

The directive comes as space is increasingly viewed as a war-fighting domain.

Boeing has completed 75 percent of 80 corrective actions needed after a test of its Starliner spacecraft went awry last year.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley talk about their plunge through the Earth's atmosphere to a soft landing in the Gulf of Mexico.

After years in which NASA seemed like an afterthought in the national consciousness and was at the back of the line when the federal budget was allocated, the space agency appears to be on a roll.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have completed a successful splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour capsule.

It will be the first landing ever by astronauts in the gulf, according to Jonathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The crew undocked from the station at 7:35 p.m. Saturday and is scheduled splash down Sunday at 2:48 p.m.

If all goes according to plan, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will climb aboard their SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, and undock from the station at about 7:34 p.m. Saturday and splashdown at about 2:42 p.m. Sunday.

The rover has a drill for obtaining rock cores and soil samples, which it will stash in containers that in the future could be sent back to Earth for study in laboratories.

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