CIO Briefing

The NASA Space Telescope Trump Wants to Cancel

The president’s budget proposal has some troubling news for the space agency’s next big astronomy mission.

Emerging Tech

The Symbolism of Elon Musk Sending a Car Into Space

The decision to launch a Tesla into an orbit around the sun marks yet another shift in American spaceflight business.

Emerging Tech

A Long-Lost NASA Spacecraft Rises From the Dead

After 13 years of silence, scientists hear a mission calling home.

Emerging Tech

No One Met the $20 Million Deadline for a Civilian Moon Mission

The prize for a Google-sponsored competition to send spacecraft to the lunar surface will now go unclaimed.

CIO Briefing

How the Government Shutdown Disrupted SpaceX's Plans

The government shutdown shows just how much budget fights in Washington could derail Elon Musk’s rocket ambitions.

CIO Briefing

What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

How NASA scales down to a skeleton crew when Congress misses a big budget deadline

Emerging Tech

When Will Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil Again?

NASA is hopeful SpaceX and Boeing will soon free the country from dependency on Russia, but delays abound.

Emerging Tech

A High-Stakes Dress Rehearsal for SpaceX

Elon Musk plans to launch the Falcon Heavy later this month—but first, the rocket has to survive a big test.

Emerging Tech

Everything You Never Thought to Ask About Astronaut Food

“Burping in microgravity is probably not something you want to do a lot of.”

Emerging Tech

The Microbes Making Themselves at Home on the Space Station

The bacteria living with astronauts more closely resemble the kind living in homes on Earth, rather than on humans themselves.

CIO Briefing

Budget-Managing Tips, but for Space Telescopes

NASA is scrambling to cut the growing cost of its latest big astronomy mission.

Data

Puerto Rico's Massive Telescope Is Still Running on Generators

The Arecibo Observatory is facing months of costly repairs after Hurricane Maria struck in September.

Emerging Tech

Trump's NASA Pivot

His administration has made the moon a destination, not just a pit stop, on the way to Mars.

Emerging Tech

How Sputnik Launched an Era of Technological Fragility

Sixty years after the historic achievement, a world without satellites seems difficult to imagine.

Emerging Tech

What Would Flying From New York to Shanghai in 39 Minutes Feel Like?

Elon Musk’s proposed Earth transport system better stock barf bags.

Emerging Tech

NASA's New Space Telescope Is in Harvey's Path

Here’s how they’re protecting the $8.6 billion project.

IT Modernization

Using Twitter to Save a Newborn From a Flood

Search and rescue is evolving fast in the social-media age.

Emerging Tech

Why the Curiosity Rover Stopped Singing 'Happy Birthday' to Itself

The answer, a NASA engineer warned, “will sound rather cold and unfeeling.”

Data

The Street View From Space

The newest images on Google Maps were taken by an astronaut as he floated from module to module.

Emerging Tech

The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own

Thanks to artificial-intelligence software, the Curiosity rover can target rocks without human input.