• Elon Musk's head photoshopped onto Putin's shirtless horse pic

    NASA Contracts Further With Private Firms

    SpaceX and Blue Origin Are Just the Tips of the Iceberg SpaceX is a sexy company. So is Blue Origin. I can’t speak to either founder’s sexiness, but both Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos make great headlines. The bigger story...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • NASA rendering of exoplanets 4

    Missing Link Planets Discovered by NASA Satellite

    TESS – NASA’s Planet-Hunting Satellite Had a Great First Season A year ago, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) started hunting for exoplanets. Exoplanets orbit a sun other than our own, and we’ve only recently started seeing them. Since the...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Dragon capsule docks with the ISS

    SpaceX Dragon Successfully Docks with ISS (Gallery)

    SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks, Delivers Payload. After a roller coaster of a week, SpaceX triumphed last Thursday with a test of the Starhopper and the launch of the CRS-18 mission. Both ended up successful, despite setbacks mid-week. Then things got...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX succeeds in launching a Falcon 9 rocket for its third mission on Thursday July 25th.

    Update: SpaceX Succeeds and Pulls Off A Winning Week

    SpaceX Succeeds, Shakes Off Mid-Week Failures to Finish Strong When I wrote and posted yesterday’s piece on SpaceX’s woes this week, things looked bleak for the Falcon 9 relaunch. Further, there was little information available about the Starhopper failure. Today,...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 (above) on the launch pad, and the Starhopper prototype moments before failure.

    SpaceX Cargo Launch and Starhopper Test Delayed

    Yesterday Wasn’t a Great Day for SpaceX Elon Musk’s commercial space flight company was set to achieve a couple of more milestones yesterday. Then, they didn’t do either. One of the big missions was to send a used Falcon 9...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Asteroid in space 2

    Three Asteroids Missed Earth Today… Just.

    One of the Three Asteroids Came Closer Than the Moon Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck can rest easy. Though, three asteroids – big ones – flew very closely past Earth’s orbit Wednesday. The asteroids, which are named 2019 OD, 2019...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Artist's impression of a pair of orbiting white dwarfs, called ZTF J1530+5027. This "eclipsing binary" pair orbit each other about every 7 minutes: when the larger, cooler star passes in front of, or eclipses, the smaller, hotter star, the light of the smaller star is blocked. To astronomers observing the system, the pair appears to vanish for around 30 seconds during the eclipsing phase of their orbit.

    New Fast-Spinning Binary Star System Discovered

    Grad Student at Caltech Discovers New Binary Star System It seems like the plot to a movie. Though, Caltech grad student Keven Burdge probably won’t get as rich and famous as Jodie Foster. While tediously sifting through months of data...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • The Earth as seen from the Lightsail 2 spacecraft.

    Solar Sail Technology Deploys from Lightsail 2

    Solar Sail Technology, the Dream of the Planetary Society, Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality Tuesday afternoon Lightsail 2, a spacecraft the size of a loaf of bread, unfolded and transformed into a 32-square-meter solar sail. The small...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • India's Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft on the launchpad.

    India’s Chandrayaan-2 Goes to the Moon

    India Sees Successful Launch of Chandrayaan-2. India successfully launched a spaceship bound for the moon at around 5 am EDT this morning according to CNN. The mission aims to soft-land a rover on the lunar south pole, a hot spot...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Still photo of SpaceX's Starhopper prototype on fire. 2

    SpaceX Starship Rocket Prototype Goes Up in Flames

    SpaceX Starship, The Company’s Next Big Thing, Suffers a Massive Failure Elon Musk has big plans for Starship, the SpaceX craft that is set to be the first “Mars-voyage-ready” vehicle. Unfortunately, Tuesday night one of the Starship’s prototype rockets, the...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • The Saturn V rocket of the Apollo 11 spacecraft moments after liftoff on July 16th, 1969

    Apollo 11 Launch: 50 Years Ago Today

    Apollo 11 Launch Day: The Day the Giant Leap Began Fifty years ago today launch controllers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida scrambled around preparing for what they knew was going to be a historic moment. Aides and controllers checked...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Our Solar System as observed by Voyager

    NASA Voyager 2 Powers Down for Interstellar Space.

    NASA Powers Down Voyager Systems to Save Recourses for Terminal Stage. This week, Voyager 2 reached a point in its decades-long mission where some tough decisions need to be made. Recently, officials decided to power down the NASA Voyager 2’s...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Gold and Silver versions of the Apollo 11 commemorative coin.

    Moon Landing Commemorated with Orbiting Coins

    US Mint Makes Commemorative Apollo 11 Coins Fifty years ago this month, Neil Armstrong placed his foot on the surface of the moon as the world watched. He radioed back to Houston the iconic phrase, “That’s one small step for...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Plans First Commercial Launch for 2021

    SpaceX Reveals Timeline for First Commercial Launch Mission On Wednesday SpaceX announced plans for their first commercial launch.  The company set its sights on launching in 2021, according to Johnathan Hofeller, vice president of commercial sales for the space company....

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Design concept photo for MARSHA, NASA's award-winning new habitat for the red planet.

    NASA Gives 500k for Martian Habitat

    What Will Your Home on Mars Look Like?  Now You Can See for Yourself! NASA Gives Half a Million to New Habitat Designers A few years back, NASA threw down the gauntlet to the public sector and said, “Build us...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Falcon launch

    SpaceX Hits New Milestone With Falcon Test

    The Continuing Commercial Space Flight Saga You have to hand to the folks at SpaceX; they don’t let failure get them down.  Last time I reported on the commercial space flight pioneers they were reeling from a disaster involving their...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • The Boeing Starliner in orbit.

    SpaceX’s Saturday Failure Could Mean Big Delays

    Something Very Bad Happened On Saturday… …but neither SpaceX nor NASA are willing to come out and say exactly what happened.  They refer to the testing failure of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday as an “anomaly.”  Unfortunately, the anomaly could...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Xrays radiating from a black hole!

    So Much About Black Holes!

    So Our Timing’s Not Great… I realize that it just so happened that a major discovery was made concerning astrophysics on the day I happened to drop last week’s Barbarella review, so many of you may not have seen that...

    Brandon Humphreys