Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

Spacesuits for Spiders

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

Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

Trump's Space Force Faces an Uncertain Fate

Congressional lawmakers, including Republicans, were skeptical of the idea long before the midterms.

Emerging Tech

The Moon Is Open for Business

Commercial companies are proposing lunar missions at a pace the world hasn’t seen since the Apollo program.

Emerging Tech

NASA’s Beloved Mars Rovers Are Having a Rough Year

One was felled by a dust storm. And now the other has been sidelined by a technical glitch.

Emerging Tech

Launching Rogue Satellites Into Space Was a ‘Mistake’

Sara Spangelo says she isn’t rebellious by nature. So why did she defy federal regulators?

CIO Briefing

Who Should Pay for the Mistakes on NASA’s Next Big Telescope?

The space agency has always coughed up the extra cash, but some politicians wonder if the contractor responsible for major errors should pitch in.

Emerging Tech

The Elon Musk Impersonators of the Internet

For cryptocurrency scammers, imitation is the sincerest form of fraud.

Emerging Tech

Another Shocking Delay for NASA’s Next Big Telescope

If the James Webb Space Telescope wants to get off the ground, it will need a blessing—and more money—from Congress.

Emerging Tech

When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong

A recent mission atop a Hawaiian volcano shows humans still have much to learn before they set foot on another world.

CIO Briefing

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

What if you deleted all your emails during vacation and never looked back?

CIO Briefing

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

The Trump administration and Congress are set to collide over the fate of the massive orbital lab.

Emerging Tech

The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

As the government investigates an unauthorized satellite launch, amateur trackers are watching the skies for clues.

Policy

Congress Is Quietly Nudging NASA to Look for Aliens

The space agency hasn't funded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence for 25 years. Could that soon change?

Emerging Tech

Are We There Yet?

How scientists and engineers handle a spacecraft’s months-long journey to Mars.

CIO Briefing

NASA Finally Gets a New Leader

Nearly 15 months after President Trump was sworn in, the space agency has a permanent administrator.