SpaceX Successfully Launches Largest Rocket Yet

The private space company SpaceX has launched its largest rocket yet Tuesday, sending a cherry red Tesla Roadster into an elliptical Earth-Mars orbit. The Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on the same launch pad from
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Astronauts Lose Their Hair Over World Cup Wager

Astronaut Alexander Gerst of Germany (top) begins shaving the head of U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station on June 26. Wiseman gambled his hair on the United States beating Germany in their World Cup match in Recife, Brazil, that day, but Germany pulled (more...)

Passport to Earth

International travelers are familiar with the vast rules and regulations known as customs, but in the era of international extraterrestrial agreements, even space travelers need their papers. Since the launch of the first component of the International Space Station from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1998, more than (more...)

Cosmonauts Set Russian Spacewalk Record with Space Station Work

Two cosmonauts, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin, set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk August 16, spending a total of seven hours and 29 minutes outside the International Space Station. The cosmonauts installed power and data cables for a new Russian laboratory module expected (more...)

NASA Works on Long-Term Plan to Send Humans to Mars

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. space program is pursuing two goals to expand the dominion of the human race: flying astronauts to an asteroid by the year 2025 and landing astronauts on Mars by the 2030s. NASA Director Charles Bolden called on the space community and the (more...)

Space Junk an Orbital Hazard

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Debris circling the Earth in a low orbit is becoming a serious hazard, a danger to spacecraft and astronauts, and NASA needs a plan to reduce the hazard, an expert advisory panel reported September 1. The U.S. space agency is keeping track of about 22,000 pieces (more...)

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