orbit

mercury

Humanity’s Next Mission to Mercury Will Test Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

BepiColombo is scheduled to launch from French Guiana at 9:45 PM ET on October 19.
Becky Ferreira
10.19.18
asteroids

These Amazing Photos Show the First Rover Landing on an Asteroid

Hayabusa2 is the first mission to deploy mobile robots onto an asteroid.
Becky Ferreira
9.24.18
Motherboard

Aretha the Legend Is Gone; Aretha the Asteroid Orbits On

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died at 76. But her legacy will not be forgotten.
Becky Ferreira
8.16.18
propulsion

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

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

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

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

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
nasa

NASA's Closer to Saturn Than Ever—Here Are Pics to Prove It

Check out the first images from the Cassini Spacecraft’s dive between Saturn’s rings.
Nathaniel Ainley
4.27.17
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
space art

Three Artists Locked Themselves in a Museum for a Simulated Mission to Mars

Alongside Amapola Prada and Elizabeth Marcus-Sonenberg, artist MPA spent 10 days in a corridor of the Whitney as a meditation on colonial legacies and future colonization on Mars.
Andrew Nunes
3.28.17
Animation

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

A bonafide Newtonian waltz.
Becky Ferreira
12.23.16
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