Animals in space | Space

The first animals to reach space were fruit flies that the United States launched aboard captured German rockets in 1947. The first mammal to reach space was a rhesus monkey named Albert II, who flew two years later. Both these missions were suborbital, as were all animal flights for about a decade. The first animal … Read more

Spacecraft anomaly stalls Astroscale space debris cleanup test

A pioneering space junk cleanup test is on hold for now. Astroscale has suspended its ELSA-d demonstration mission in Earth orbit after detecting “anomalous spacecraft conditions,” the Japanese startup announced on Twitter Wednesday (Jan. 26).  ELSA-d (“End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration”) launched to Earth orbit in March 2021 to test tech for capturing space debris, … Read more

NASA’s Lucy asteroid spacecraft still has a wonky solar array as it flies through space

Three months after launch, a new NASA asteroid spacecraft is still getting settled into its life beyond Earth. NASA’s Lucy mission launched Oct. 16 with a mission to explore the Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun ahead of and behind Jupiter. No spacecraft has ever visited the Trojan asteroids, which scientists believe are “fossils” from … Read more

Inside All About Space issue 126: Complete guide to exoplanets

Inside All About Space magazine issue 126, on sale now, read our ultimate guide to exoplanets and see how our knowledge of worlds beyond the solar system has exploded in the last three decades.  For this cover feature, All About Space spoke with Nikku Madhusudham, a professor of astrophysics and exoplanetary science at the Institute … Read more

Best space movies | Space

The best space movies are beautiful manifestations of human curiosity, because for as long as humans have been around, they have always looked up towards the stars and wondered what mysteries they contained. The heavenly bodies – planets, stars, sun, and moon – have inspired countless tales and legends throughout human history. Our first cinematic … Read more

Chinese space plane company targets suborbital tourism, point-to-point travel by 2025

The Chinese company Space Transportation is developing a “rocket with wings” for space tourism and point-to-point travel. “We are developing a winged rocket for high-speed, point-to-point transportation, which is lower in cost than rockets that carry satellites and faster than traditional aircraft,” the company said in a recent interview with Yicheng Times. The space plane … Read more

Lego NASA Space Shuttle Discovery review

TODAY’S BEST DEALS Essential info: Average price: $199.99/£169.99 Model number: 10283 Pieces: 2354 Finished item dimensions: 9 x 14 x 22 inches Recommended age: 18+ The Space Shuttle Discovery is an amazing feat of engineering, and we’re thrilled to say that the Lego NASA Space Shuttle Discovery kit is too! You can tell that a … Read more

Jaw-Dropping View of The Milky Way Reveals Mysterious Structures Dangling in Space

A new image of the heart of the Milky Way is revealing mysterious structures we’ve never seen before. Taken using the ultra-sensitive MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa, the images show nearly 1,000 strands of magnetic filaments, measuring up to 150 light-years in length, in surprisingly neat and regular arrangements.   That’s 10 times the … Read more

Abandoned SpaceX Rocket Will Crash Into The Moon Within Weeks, Scientists Say

A chunk of a SpaceX rocket that blasted off seven years ago and was abandoned in space after completing its mission will crash into the Moon in March, experts say. The rocket was deployed in 2015 to put into orbit a NASA satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).   Since then, the second … Read more

Meteorite hunters rejoice: Antarctica probably harbors 300,000 undiscovered space rocks

An artificial intelligence program suggests there may be hundreds of thousands of meteorites left for scientists to discover on the icy fields of Antarctica and reveals what may be the most likely places to unearth them, a new study finds. Nearly two-thirds of all meteorites recovered on Earth originate in Antarctica. The cold, dry nature … Read more