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Trump’s Transition Team Asked NASA About Surveying the Moon for Valuable Resources

Internal communications between NASA and Trump's transition team, obtained by a Motherboard FOIA, show the new administration is also interested in how the agency's research helps private industry.
David Axe

SpaceX Revealed the Cause of Its Rocket Explosion, And When It’s Launching Again

Buckles in Falcon 9 helium tank likely cause of September catastrophe.
Ben Sullivan

Moon Landings Are Back in Style, and Other Space Trends of 2017

A total solar eclipse, the grand finale of a beloved orbiter, and two lunar touchdowns are on the schedule for 2017.
Becky Ferreira

NASA Won't Say If or When Private Citizens Can Visit the Space Station

Commercial modules are coming, but who will occupy them?
Amy Thompson

The First Privately Funded Lunar Mission Is Set to Launch in 2017

It will be Israel's first mission to the moon, too.
Brian Merchant

​Send Your Hair to the Moon

Lunar Mission One plans to land and drill on the Moon in 2024. But what the founders want to deposit into the Moon may be just as valuable as the samples they’ll extract.
Becky Ferreira

The Rise of Boutique Rocket Firms Inspired By SpaceX

Firefly Space Systems is part of a new wave of spaceflight companies looking to cater to small satellites.
Becky Ferreira
Motherboard Blog

NASA Wants the Private Sector to Make Lunar Landers

The Lunar CATALYST program is only the latest call for corporate help in space.
Becky Ferreira
Motherboard Blog

The Private Space Shuttle Is Scheduled for Launch

Called the Dream Chaser, it's a unique vision for manned spaceflight.
Amy Shira Teitel
Motherboard Blog

SpaceX Will Lease NASA's Most Famous Launch Pad

Another milestone in the private space race was reached today.
Derek Mead
Motherboard Blog

SpaceX Reaches the ISS: "Looks Like We Caught a Dragon by the Tail"

As we speak, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is hooking up with the International Space Station. That's right folks: NASA and SpaceX have officially welcomed in the private space era. At 9:56 eastern, the robotic arm of the ISS reached out and snatched the...
Derek Mead
Motherboard Blog

SpaceX Has Ushered in the Private Space Era

At around 10 minutes into the launch, when the Falcon 9 rocket lifts the Dragon space capsule into orbit, you begin to sense the excitement, spreading across the launch control room in Florida to a more spartan, futuristic-looking mission control room...