Whistleblowers Make Spaceflight Safer, Says Witness to Apollo Tragedy

The drive from Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex to the launch facilities that line the Atlantic coast offers spectators a beautiful glimpse into American innovation: the gargantuan Blue Origin facility, the SpaceX landing zones and multiple NASA launch complexes. It’s on this path that the now-deserted Launch Complex 34 sits, “ABANDON IN PLACE” spray-painted in … Read more

Spaceflight makes people anemic and it doesn’t get better with time

Being in space causes the human body to destroy about 50% more red blood cells, leading to a potentially dangerous condition known as anemia. The effects persist even after astronauts return to Earth, according to a new study. The study, led by researchers at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, … Read more

Launching with Blue Origin: Q&A with spaceflight veteran Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor is a “space angel,” an investor in NewSpace, and in December he reached a new career high — literally. He flew aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spacecraft on its NS-19 mission.  That mission, which took place on Dec. 11, was Blue Origin’s third human spaceflight but its first to carry six passengers. … Read more

New head of Indian space agency’s ‘biggest challenge’ will be human spaceflight

The new head of the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has an ambitious agenda to put human spaceflight back on track, according to media reports. Shri. Somanath assumed the helm of the agency on Friday (Jan. 14) as ISRO works to help the Gaganyaan human spaceflight program recover from setbacks in part induced by the … Read more

How realistic is spaceflight in video games?

Video games are a great way for us to journey into the unknown of space, but how realistic is spaceflight in video games?  As one of humanity’s greatest curiosities, video game developers have often explored the great unknown in their games. Whether it is initial attempts at single-line space graphics, such as Space Invaders or … Read more

Inspiration4: The first all-civilian spaceflight

The flight, dubbed “Inspiration4,” was a privately chartered spaceflight by Billionaire Jared Isaacman, which launched on Sept. 15, 2021. It becoming the first crewed orbital mission with no professional astronauts on board.  named to commemorate the four-person crew and their associated “pillars” of support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee: leadership, hope, … Read more

Top 10 spaceflight stories of 2021

2021 was a banner year for NASA and the rest of the spaceflight community around the world. From landing on Mars to launching private citizens into space, and everything in between, this year has seen many historic milestones and next-giant leaps. Here we take a look back at all the incredible moments in spaceflight and … Read more

Celebrating the animal astronauts who paved the way for human spaceflight

NASA astronaut Cady Coleman shows the habitat that golden orb spiders Esmeralda and Gladys occupied on the International Space Station in 2011.  (Image credit: NASA) From insects to primates, from dogs and cats to cold-blooded reptiles, animals have played a significant role in space exploration since the first fruit flies launched to Earth’s upper atmosphere … Read more