• Artist rendering of asteroid

    Asteroid Flyby This Weekend!

    NASA’s Keeping an Eye on Two Asteroids Coming Close Tomorrow For astronomers at NASA’s asteroid monitoring team, this weekend will be something of a reunion. Two asteroids that the team has observed before are swinging by for a weekend visit....

    Brandon Humphreys
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    Atmospheric Water Found on Super-Earth!

    It’s Not a New Earth, but The Discovery of Atmospheric Water on Another World has Huge implications K2-18b. Ever heard of it? If not, you may want to remember the name. It’s a super-earth around 110 light-years away. K2-18b is...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • artist rendering of starship on the moon

    SpaceX Starship: New Details Revealed!

    As We Wait for Musk’s Next Big Announcement about SpaceX Starship, New Details are Leaked. SpaceX founder, and my favorite slightly-eccentric robber-baron billionaire, Elon Musk will announce the next step in Starship’s evolution at the end of this month. Space...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Cassiopeia A as observed from Chandra X-ray Observatory

    What Does a Dying Star Look Like?

    NASA Releases New Photos of a Dying Star that Happened Over 11,000 years ago. When we point our cameras, telescopes, and instruments at the night sky, it’s important to realize that the images we see are portraits of the past....

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander

    Watch Chandrayaan-2 Attempt to Land on the Moon Live!

    India Prepares to Make History with Chandrayaan-2 Video provided by Doordarshan National.  History being made as India prepares to become the fourth nation to land a craft on the moon! Update: Communication with Vikram Lander lost 2km before touchdown, but orbiter...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Elon Musk Gazes upon SpaceX Starship in awe

    SpaceX Starship Plans Moving Along!

    Full-Sized SpaceX Starship Mk1 Prototype Might be Revealed This Month SpaceX founder Elon Musk told the world three years ago that he was going to take humans to Mars. In the past few weeks, he’s demonstrated that the tech required...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Cool map of the universe

    We Don’t Know Universal Expansion as Well as We Think

    Conflicting Universal Expansion Data May Indicate That We Don’t Know as Much about the Universe As We Thought We’ve known the Universe is still expanding for some time now. We thought we knew exactly how fast universal expansion is happening,...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Chandrayaan-2 launches for the moon

    India’s Chandrayaan-2 Prepares for Moon Landing

    Chandrayaan-2 Lander and Orbiter Separate and Prepare for Landing  In a truly remarkable feat given the budget of the project, India prepares to become the fourth nation to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon. Yesterday at approximately 3:45 am...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Starship prototype in production at Cocoa FL.

    SpaceX Starhopper Completes Final Test

    After Last-Minute Delay, SpaceX Resets and Starhopper Reaches Its Goal of 150 Meters I reported the other day on a last-minute failure that ended the first attempt at an untethered 150-meter hop for the SpaceX Starhopper prototype. Monday at around...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Artist's rendering of SpaceX's final Starhsip design

    SpaceX Starhopper Test Delayed after Last-Minute Abort

    SpaceX Hopes to Retry Starhopper Test Today SpaceX Starhopper, the prototype for the long-awaited Starship spacecraft, failed again on Monday. Starhopper should have launched around 500 feet into the air and made a gentle landing on terra firma using propulsion...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Official portrait of Anne McCain

    Space-Crime: Apparently It’s a Thing Now.

    Allegations of First Space-Crime Committed May Be Overhyped but Raise Good Questions about Legality. [Sighs] First of all, I hate that I have to write this story. It involves the personal lives of an astronaut, her estranged spouse, and their...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Chandrayaan-2's first photo of the moon

    Chandrayaan-2 Sends First Lunar Photo

    Chandrayaan-2 Reaches Lunar Orbit, Sends Back Great Pics! India’s been working very hard lately to prove they can run with the big dogs when it comes to space exploration. The second most populous nation on earth made news earlier this...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Astronauts install the new ISS docking adapter

    New ISS Docking Adapter Installed After EVA

    ISS Astronauts Complete EVA Successfully and Install the New ISS Docking Adapter.  Early yesterday morning (depending on where you are on Earth) astronauts Nick Hague and Drew Morgan did something even crazier than jumping out of an airplane. They jumped...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • View of Earth from Starman's dashboard

    SpaceX Starman Roadster Complete Solar Orbit

    Why Did Elon Musk Send A Tesla Into Space? If you’re the cynical type, you’d answer that question with something like, “Because he has more dollars than sense.” On the other hand, if you’re the optimistic-rainbows-and-unicorns type, you might say...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Robonaut Returning to ISS.

    NASA’s Humanoid Robonaut Will Return to the ISS Soon, Officials Say Next week, Russia will send FEDOR, their own humanoid robot into space. I mean, we did it back in 2011, but whatevs, we’re not keeping score anymore… right? The...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Diagram of Chandrayaan-2's flight path, orbiting the earth five times before heading to the Moon.

    Chandrayaan-2 Leaves Earth Orbit for the Moon

    India’s Chandrayaan-2 Leaves Earth Orbit. Now it’s headed “Straight to the Moon!” A few weeks ago, India launched Chandrayaan-2, a spacecraft designed to land on the Moon’s south pole and continue exploring that region. In doing so, they joined the...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • The Rocky surface of Bennu

    Asteroid Mining Sites Found on Bennu

    Asteroid Mining For Real, This Time… And No, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck Aren’t Involved. Out there in the black, a 1600-foot asteroid is speeding toward earth. There’s a 1/24,000 chance that it could hit Earth. That may seem like...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Spacewalk photo

    Spacewalk Planned to Install ISS Docking Adapter

    Despite Other Testing Setbacks, NASA Moves One Step Closer to American Space Independence A couple of weeks ago, a SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the ISS and delivered some slime that got a lot of coverage (because…kids) and a really...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Artist rendering of the multiverse connected by wormholes

    Supercomputer’s Virtual Universes Further Understanding

    Findings From a Supercomputer’s Virtual Universes Clarify the Vision of Our Own Universe. We’ve all heard of “The Big Bang Theory.” (No, Steve! I’m not talking about Leonard, Sheldon, and Penny!) While it’s adapted and changed a lot since its...

    Brandon Humphreys