Space

A Touch of Green in Outer Space

For humans to survive off Earth, we’ll need plants to grow there, too.

Will Space Force Boost Already-Rising Spending on Satellites?

Defense execs see increased sales as Pentagon upgrades orbiting gear to fend off attacks.

Trump's Space Ambitions Are Too Big for One President

The reality of space travel squashed his impulsive desire to reach Mars in his first term, rather than the 2030s.

The Chill of U.S.-Russia Relations Creeps Into Space

Bungled plans between the U.S. and Russia highlight how hot-and-cold international relations mess with space exploration.

NASA Hits Its New Year’s Target at the Edge of the Solar System

As partygoers downed champagne, a spacecraft swept past a mysterious object 4 billion miles from Earth.

Spacesuits for Spiders

And what they tell us about the difficulty of keeping people alive in space.

Software Glitch Adds to Issues for NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite

Technicians have identified a software glitch in the GOES-17 weather satellite it launched in March.

Bacterial Superbugs Hitched a Ride on the International Space Station

"These species pose important health considerations for future missions."

Amazon’s Plan to Capture Space Data

Amazon launched a new service that can port data from commercial satellites directly into its cloud.

Did Slack Help NASA Land On Mars?

That’s one small step for Slack, and one giant leap for mankind.

Reefer Madness at NASA

The space agency has reportedly decided to review workplace culture at SpaceX and Boeing after Elon Musk smoked marijuana on a podcast.

Hawaii’s Mars Simulations Are Turning Into Moon Missions

The dome where crew members practiced red-planet missions will now be converted to a simulated moon base.

NASA Collaborated With Autodesk To Design A New Interplanetary Lander

Figuring out a way to explore distant moons requires some creative thinking.

Pentagon Wants More Money for Lasers To Defend Against Missiles, Drone Swarms

Directed-energy weapons are with a factor of two or three to being militarily useful, the Pentagon’s top scientist said.