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SpaceX Unveils the Dragon V2: A Smarter Spaceship

SpaceX Unveils the Dragon V2: A Smarter Spaceship

SpaceX is gearing up to be the first private company to put an astronaut in space with the Dragon V2, an updated version of its Dragon spaceship that would make space travel safer and more controlled for its crew. “When we first created Dragon 1, we had never made a spacecraft before,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said at the ...

SpaceX Has First Successful Live Test of Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Has First Successful Live Test of Falcon 9 Rocket

Elon Musk just announced a significant milestone for SpaceX and, well, humanity. The first live test of a Falcon 9 rocket boost stage landing vertically was a success. The first stage of the rocket returned to Earth and landed vertically in the Atlantic Ocean after boosting the second stage to a resupply mission with the ...

Scientists Find Underground Ocean of Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Scientists Find Underground Ocean of Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

On a small moon of Saturn, hidden beneath nearly 25 miles of ice, researchers say they have identified an underground ocean of water that's at least as large as Lake Superior, the largest of North America's Great Lakes. The ocean was found at the south pole of Enceladus, a tiny moon about as wide as Arizona, putting the ...

NASA is Planning a Robotic Trip to Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA is Planning a Robotic Trip to Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life. The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial ...

NASA is Working on Star Trek-Like Tech to Regenerate Bone, Muscle

NASA is Working on Star Trek-Like Tech to Regenerate Bone, Muscle

NASA and Houston-based company GRoK Technologies will work on the development of new "breakthrough products," noninvasive medical technologies designed to "regenerate bone and muscle tissues." It really sounds like something out of Star Trek, but "it's not just sci-fi anymore." That's exactly what GRoK's founder and CEO ...

Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, and videos filmed as part of an international competition will help greet the spacecraft after it awakens. Comets are some of the most primitive building blocks of the solar ...

Mars One Announces Plans for Unmanned 2018 Mission

Mars One Announces Plans for Unmanned 2018 Mission

Mars One, the project that aims to put a group of colonists on Mars in 2025, is poised to take its first big step forward. On Tuesday, the Mars One foundation announced partnerships with Lockheed Martin and satellite company SSTL for an exploratory mission in 2018, potentially sending the first private spacecraft to Mars. ...

India Has Begun Its Quest to Get to Mars

India Has Begun Its Quest to Get to Mars

India launched its first unmanned mission to Mars on Tuesday as it tries to join a select group of countries that have managed to land spacecraft on the Red Planet. As the rocket sped off towards space from Sriharikota, a small island near Chennai in the southern part of the country, it was a huge boost for the Indian Space ...

NASA Transmits Data to the Moon via Laser Beams at 622Mbps

NASA Transmits Data to the Moon via Laser Beams at 622Mbps

NASA has set a new record for data transmission to and from the moon with a 622Mbps transfer carried over laser beams. The space agency used pulsed lasers to transmit data between a ground station in New Mexico and a spacecraft 239,000 miles away during its recent Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration. The agency was also ...

Japan’s Epsilon Rocket Does What Shuttle Couldn’t

Japan’s Epsilon Rocket Does What Shuttle Couldn’t

When The Space Shuttle was conceived, its mission was to make space flight "cheap." (As these things go.) Original estimates had hoped that eventually the program would cost a frugal $50 million per launch. That dream was never realized, and in the end cost a total of $196 billion — an average of $450 million per mission. ...