Spacecraft

Solar Sails
Solar Sails

NASA-Funded Solar Sail Uses Metamaterials to Generate More Power

The Advanced Diffractive MetaFilm Sailcraft could squeeze more energy out of light than traditional reflective sails.
Becky Ferreira
7.18.18
Geosynchronous
Geosynchronous

The Dangerous Downside to DARPA’s New Repair Satellite

One country's orbital mechanic could be another’s saboteur.
David Axe
1.8.18
what on earth
what on earth

This Strange Sensor Russia Sent to the ISS Is Baffling US Military Experts

"I think the appropriate reaction is 'mild curiosity' rather than 'worry.'"
David Axe
10.18.17
black hole fun
black hole fun

The European Space Agency Will Launch Laser-Bots to Study Ripples in Spacetime

After decades of delay and budget constraints, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a go.
Becky Ferreira
6.22.17
2016
2016

Over Four Million People Livestreamed the Rosetta Orbiter’s Death

The spacecraft's crash into a comet topped the list of Livestream's most-viewed live videos of 2016.
Becky Ferreira
12.14.16
videos
videos

Fly Over Mars and Into the Weekend

Like a majestic alien eagle.
Samantha Cole
12.9.16
china
china

China’s ‘Jade Rabbit’ Rover Is Dead, and This Time It Probably Won’t Come Back

Farewell, Yutu, you reached for the Moon.
Victoria Turk
8.3.16
Space
Space

​We’ll Never Hear From the Philae Comet Lander Again, Sob

In space, no one can hear you scream.
Victoria Turk
7.26.16
nasa
nasa

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Is Prepping for an Extended Mission

Decades in the making, this small spacecraft is opening up the outer Solar System.
Amy Thompson
5.21.16
nasa
nasa

First-Ever Complete Map of Mercury Reveals Its Violent Volcanic Past

The planetary oddball finally gets its full-frontal.
Sarah Emerson
5.7.16
Space
Space

The ISS’s New Expandable Module Is Just the Beginning of a Cushy Space Future

55 years ago, Yuri Gagarin traveled to space in a rickety metal globe. Space travelers of the future may have cushy inflatable pads.
Becky Ferreira
4.12.16
News
News

How the Soviets Got Scooped on Their Own Historic Moon Landing

Fifty years ago, the rest of the world saw the first snapshots from the Luna 9 lander before Soviet citizen did.
Becky Ferreira
1.31.16