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Scientists Successfully Test an Air-Breathing Satellite Thruster

How to make atmospheric drag work for satellites, instead of against them.
Becky Ferreira
3.7.18
Space Oddity
Space Oddity

There’s a Small Chance Elon’s Car Will Collide With Earth in the Next Million Years

Don't panic!
Daniel Oberhaus
2.15.18
Space
Space

So Long, Rollable Solar Array, and Thanks for All the Photons

After attempts to repack ROSA into the SpaceX Dragon capsule failed, the experiment was jettisoned.
Becky Ferreira
6.28.17
Out Of This World
Out Of This World

Citizens of Space ‘Nation’ Asgardia Are Already Violating Earthly Laws

The organization plans to launch a data-filled satellite later this year. Already, some of its 'citizens' are uploading copyrighted files to the satellite's website.
Mark Harris
6.26.17
Sci-Finances
Sci-Finances

The First Space-Based ‘Nation’ Wants to Store Data Off-Planet, Beyond the Law

'Asgardia' plans to launch a data storage satellite beyond the reach of Earthly laws—an ambitious and problematic goal.
Mark Harris
6.6.17
Tedium
Tedium

We Could Have Good Satellite Internet If We Wanted

Satellite internet was once seen as a holy grail of connect-anywhere online access. But for various reasons, it hasn’t worked out that way—yet.
Ernie Smith
4.7.17
Animation
Animation

Watch this Gorgeous Animation of the Rosetta Spacecraft’s Orbital Journey

A bonafide Newtonian waltz.
Becky Ferreira
12.23.16
Art
Art

A Piece of Space Junk Has The Best, Most Existential Twitter Account

An art project imagines what a piece of space junk would say if it could talk back to Earth, and to other decommissioned satellites in orbit.
Samantha Cole
12.15.16
Twitter
Twitter

You Can Adopt a Piece of Space Junk and It Will Tweet at You

‘Adrift’ aims to raise awareness about the dangers of space debris by allowing you to watch, listen and adopt the junk in orbit.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.21.16
Space
Space

Watch Hurricane Matthew Barreling Toward Land, As Seen From The Space Station

A storm is coming.
Madison Margolin
10.6.16
News
News

The International Space Station Just Orbited Earth for the 100,000th Time

Way to not mess this one up, humanity.
Jordan Pearson
5.16.16
Star Wars
Star Wars

Why the US Military’s Plans for a Death Star Collapsed

A big gun is only as good as its aim.
Steve Weintz
12.17.15