It’s Been a Volatile Week for NASA’s 2024 Moon Landing Program

It’s been a week of ups and downs for NASA’s Moon landing program, as the agency has awarded its first contract for its Lunar Gateway while facing both financial and personnel setbacks. Read More >>

Astronomers Spy Three Comets Circling a Nearby Star

NASA’s exoplanet-hunting TESS spacecraft has spotted three comets orbiting a star 64 light-years away, according to a new paper. Read More >>

New Analysis of Apollo-Era Moonquakes Show the Moon Could Be Tectonically Active

Astronauts and Jeff Bezos-types hoping to set up shop on the Moon might have another challenge to worry about: moonquakes caused by tectonic activity. Read More >>

NASA Wants £1.2 Billion to Send First Woman to the Moon By 2024

NASA is requesting an additional $1.6 billion (around £1.2 billion) in funding for next year to accelerate its manned mission to the Moon by 2024, which the agency revealed will be titled Artemis, the New York Times reported on Monday. Read More >>

Failed SpaceX Parachute Test Is Yet Another Setback for NASA’s Crew Programme

A recent parachute test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule “was not satisfactory,” a NASA official said during a House subcommittee hearing yesterday. Few details were disclosed, but it’s now looking even less likely that NASA will have the capability to fly astronauts to space anytime soon. Read More >>

Jeff Bezos Reveals Lunar Lander Designed for ‘Sustained Human Presence on the Moon’

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin announced its first lunar lander, Blue Moon, at a recent press conference. Read More >>

NASA Says Fraudulent Supplier Caused It to Lose Two Climate Satellites, Wasting Over £534 Million

NASA has found its loss of two 92-foot Taurus rockets—as well as the climate-monitoring satellites they were carrying—in 2009 and 2011 was due to a supplier that falsified test data about frangible joints that were supposed to split and release the rockets’ fairings, according to Quartz. Read More >>

Gravitational Wave Detectors May Have Spotted a Neutron Star Colliding With a Black Hole

A pair of objects, each more massive than the Sun but only as wide as a city, have once again produced ripples in spacetime that were picked up by sensitive gravitational wave detectors on Earth. But this time, scientists think they may have measured something even weirder the usual. Read More >>

SpaceX Crew Capsule Was Definitely Destroyed During Failed Ground Test, Company Confirms

After weeks of speculation, SpaceX has finally admitted that a Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during a test of system’s abort thrusters on April 20. No cause was given for the anomaly, nor were any new details disclosed about possible delays to NASA’s languishing Commercial Crew Programme. Read More >>

It’s Hard to Believe How Close This Asteroid Is Going to Get to Earth

While space agencies simulate an asteroid impact this week at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, there’s a real asteroid they’re monitoring that will make a close appearance in just 10 years. Read More >>

We Still Know Painfully Little About the SpaceX Capsule ‘Anomaly’ and Its Impact on NASA’s Crew Programme

It’s been over a week since an anomaly triggered the engine failure of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing. Few details have been disclosed, and it’s not yet clear how the incident might delay NASA’s ability to deliver astronauts to the ISS. Last Thursday, a NASA safety panel remained tight-lipped, saying an investigation is now underway. Read More >>

NASA Will Simulate an Impending Asteroid Strike This Week

NASA, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other national and international agencies are once again gearing up for a hypothetical asteroid impact preparedness scenario. They hope to learn the best strategies for responding to a potential strike, starting from the moment a threatening asteroid is first detected by astronomers. Read More >>

Possible Marsquake Detected by NASA’s InSight Lander

Using its ultra-sensitive seismometer, NASA’s InSight lander has waited patiently to detect its first marsquake. Scientists now have good reason to believe it finally happened. Read More >>

A Modified 747 Helped Spot Evidence of the Universe’s First Atomic Bond

Scientists have spotted evidence of the earliest chemistry in the Universe, thanks to measurements taken from a telescope aboard a modified Boeing 747. Read More >>

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Suffers ‘Anomaly’ During Testing at Cape Canaveral

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered an “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launchpad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed. Read More >>