The ‘Halo Drive’ Would Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Explore the Milky Way
“If we can’t build something capable of delivering astronomical levels of energy, perhaps we could instead steal the energy from an astronomical object.”
NASA-Funded Solar Sail Uses Metamaterials to Generate More Power
The Advanced Diffractive MetaFilm Sailcraft could squeeze more energy out of light than traditional reflective sails.
The Dangerous Downside to DARPA’s New Repair Satellite
One country's orbital mechanic could be another’s saboteur.
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This Strange Sensor Russia Sent to the ISS Is Baffling US Military Experts
"I think the appropriate reaction is 'mild curiosity' rather than 'worry.'"
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The European Space Agency Will Launch Laser-Bots to Study Ripples in Spacetime
After decades of delay and budget constraints, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a go.
Over Four Million People Livestreamed the Rosetta Orbiter’s Death
The spacecraft's crash into a comet topped the list of Livestream's most-viewed live videos of 2016.
Fly Over Mars and Into the Weekend
Like a majestic alien eagle.
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North Korea Really, Really Wants to Put a Flag on the Moon
The infant space program says it will "definitely" land on the moon by 2020.
China’s ‘Jade Rabbit’ Rover Is Dead, and This Time It Probably Won’t Come Back
Farewell, Yutu, you reached for the Moon.
We’ll Never Hear From the Philae Comet Lander Again, Sob
In space, no one can hear you scream.
NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Is Prepping for an Extended Mission
Decades in the making, this small spacecraft is opening up the outer Solar System.
First-Ever Complete Map of Mercury Reveals Its Violent Volcanic Past
The planetary oddball finally gets its full-frontal.