Exploration

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch NASA’s water-hunting VIPER rover carried aboard an Astrobotic Griffin lander in 2023.

Astrobotic select Falcon Heavy to carry NASA water-hunting VIPER rover

Pittsburgh-based space technology company Astrobotic has selected the SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch its Griffin lunar lander carrying a NASA rover.Announced April 13, the...
NASA will set a new date for the maiden flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter next week after a first attempt was scrapped.

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter needs a software update

NASA has identified the issue that delayed the maiden flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter and will need to install a software update to...
For its maiden flight on Mars, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will climb to an altitude of three meters and hover for 20 seconds before returning to the Martian surface.

NASA tentatively set date for maiden flight of Ingenuity Mars helicopter

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 11 for the maiden flight of its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. The flight will be the first...
NASA's Europa Clipper mission had cleared its Critical Design Review kicking off the fabrication and assembly of key components.

NASA’s Europa Clipper mission passes major milestone

NASA announced April 1 that its Europa Clipper mission had passed a major milestone with the completion of its Critical Design Review.The Europa Clipper...
As part of ESA’s European Large Logistics Lander plans, the agency is considering plans for a spherical lunar cave probe.

German-led team proposes spherical probe to explore lunar caves

As part of the European Space Agency's larger study of lunar cave mission concepts, a German-led team is proposing the use of a spherical...
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is being prepared for the first flight on another planet after hitching a ride to Mars aboard Perseverance.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is set to attempt the first flight on Mars

NASA announced March 23 that the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter is slated to occur no earlier than April 8.The shoebox-sized Ingenuity...
The first two SLS solid rocket boosters have been stacked atop the mobile launch platform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA complete stacking of Artemis I SLS solid rocket boosters

NASA announced March 9 that it has completed stacking the twin Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters for the agency’s Artemis I mission...
ESA is looking for astronauts for the first time in over a decade.

ESA to recruit astronauts for the first time in over a decade

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that it is preparing to recruit its first astronaut class in over a decade.During a February 16...
Axiom Mission 1 will transport a crew of four to the International Space station for an eight-day stay.

Axiom Space select crew for first private mission to International Space Station

Axiom Space announced on January 26 that it had selected a crew for the first private mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The...
Japan returned a sample from a distant asteroid.

Japan return sample from an asteroid almost 300 million kms from Earth

A small probe containing a sample from a distant asteroid touched down at the Woomera Test Range in Australia on December 5. The sample...

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon Risslience was launched aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9 carrying the four-person Inspiration4 crew on September 15.

Inspiration4 ushers in a new age of spaceflight

With the launch of Inspiration4 aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, four average Americans have become the first non-professional astronaut crew in history.The Crew...
Blue Origin and SpaceX are among five companies select to mature lunar lander contract for NASA’s Artemis missions to the Moon.

NASA awards lunar lander contracts to Blue Origin and Space

NASA has selected five companies, including SpaceX and Blue Origin, to mature lunar lander concepts.Announced September 14, the five contracts were awarded to Blue...
Privateer was founded by Steve Wozniak and Ripcord founder Alex Fielding to develop technology to remove space debris.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches space debris removal company

Steve Wozniak has created the private space company Privateer with Ripcord founder Alex Fielding. Although not yet confirmed, the company appears to be focused...
The crew of Inspiration4 has completed the last major milestone before the mission is launched aboard a Falcon 9 this week.

SpaceX perform dress rehearsal ahead of crewed Inspiration4 Mission

SpaceX has performed a full dress rehearsal with the four members of the Inspiration4 crew ahead of their launch this week.The September 12 dress...
NASA’s GOES-U weather satellite will be launched aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket in 2024.

NASA awards $150 million GOES-U launch contract to SpaceX

NASA has selected the SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) mission.Under the $152.5 million contract announced September 10, SpaceX...