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NASA Expert: That Asteroid? I Don't Think It's an Asteroid

Paul Chodas looks closely at that thing headed our way

(Newser) - The jig may be up for an "asteroid" that's expected to get nabbed by Earth's gravity and become a mini moon next month, the AP reports. Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly discovered object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission 54... More »

Liftoff! SpaceX Rocket Ship Takes Flight

'Let's light this candle,' said commander Doug Hurley

(Newser) - A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first time in... More »

US Launches Another Mystery Rocket

It's the 6th flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane

(Newser) - The US military's mystery space plane rocketed into orbit again Sunday, this time with an extra load of science experiments, the AP reports. It's the sixth flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane that's flown by remote control without a crew. Officials aren't saying how long... More »

'Mad Mike' Hughes Dies in Rocket Crash

Daredevil wanted to take photos showing the Earth is flat

(Newser) - Daredevil Mike Hughes was killed Saturday when a rocket he'd built crashed in the California desert. "The parachute ripped off at launch," a witness said. "So the rocket went straight up in an arc and came straight down" with Hughes still in it, the Los Angeles ... More »

Iran Fails to Launch Rocket, Warns of 'Fake News'

Iran couldn't put the Zafar 1 communications satellite into orbit

(Newser) - An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the US claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program, the AP reports. The launch happened at 7:15pm local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan... More »

Moon Mission Called Off With Only Minutes to Go

A 'technical snag' snarls the Chandrayaan-2

(Newser) - India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff, the AP reports. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research... More »

Musk After 'High-Stakes' Launch: 'Emotionally Exhausted'

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule sent into space atop Falcon 9 rocket to International Space Station

(Newser) - America's newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy named Ripley, after the lead character in the Alien movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its Crew Dragon capsule before... More »

Minutes After Launch, Things Go Wrong for Astronauts

US, Russian astronauts survive emergency landing

(Newser) - Two astronauts from the US and Russia are safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled early Thursday from the... More »

Elon Musk Names Tycoon Set to Fly Around the Moon

'I choose to go to the moon,' says Yusaka Maezawa

(Newser) - "I choose to go to the moon," Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa declared at an event at SpaceX's California headquarters Monday night. SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed Maezawa as the company's first paying passenger on a voyage around the moon scheduled for 2023, reports Reuters . Maezawa,... More »

SpaceX: Surprise Announcement on 'Important Step' for Space Travel

Details are scarce, but passenger reportedly booked to fly around moon on Big Falcon Rocket

(Newser) - A big announcement has emerged out of SpaceX, involving what the Verge calls a "truly out-of-this-world vacation." In a tweet late Thursday, the company proclaimed a deal has been struck with a "private passenger" to fly around the moon in its Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR—an... More »

It Was Supposed to Fly 62 Miles High. It ... Didn't

Japan's MOMO-2 rocket launch gets marked as a fail

(Newser) - A rocket developed by a Japanese startup company burst into flames seconds after a failed liftoff Saturday in northern Japan. The MOMO-2 rocket, developed by Interstellar Technologies, was launched in Taiki, a town on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. The rocket was supposed to reach as high as 62... More »

There Could Be a Car in Space on Tuesday

SpaceX aims to send Tesla Roadster into sun's orbit during Falcon Heavy test

(Newser) - A space superhighway remains only an idea , but Elon Musk will attempt to blast a flashy red convertible skyward regardless. Musk's Tesla Roadster will be aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on its debut launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday. The car is meant to showcase... More »

Limo Driver Prepares to Fly a Mile in Homemade Rocket

'If you're not scared to death, you're an idiot'

(Newser) - The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Pick up his flight suit. Leave enough food for his four cats—just in case anything happens. Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who'... More »

SpaceX Releases Explosive Rocket-Landing Blooper Reel

'We messed up a lot,' Elon Musk admits

(Newser) - SpaceX has put together a bloopers video showing "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster," the AP reports. Set to John Philip Sousa's rousing march The Liberty Bell, the two-minute video posted Thursday shows rockets exploding at sea and over land. The opening blast, from 2013,... More »

NASA Turns Down Trump Astronaut Request

First Space Launch System flight will be unmanned

(Newser) - NASA says it has weighed President Trump's request to have astronauts on the maiden flight of its huge new rocket—but the price tag is too high. Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot says it would cost up to $900 million more to have the Orion capsule crew-ready when it... More »

India Launches Record Number of Nano-Satellites Into Orbit

104 in single launch, to be exact—shattering previous record of 37 set in 2014 by Russia

(Newser) - India's space agency said it successfully launched more than 100 foreign nano-satellites into orbit Wednesday aboard a single rocket. The Indian Space Research Organization said the nano-satellites—those weighing less than 22 pounds—were sent into orbit from southern India, noting the launching of the 104 satellites was a... More »

Teen Killed After Strapping Rocket to Skateboard

The homemade rocket exploded

(Newser) - Authorities say two Southern California high school students attached a homemade model rocket to a skateboard before it exploded and killed one of the teens. The blast Monday evening in the courtyard of a Ventura County elementary school killed 18-year-old Bernard Moon, the AP reports. His 17-year-old friend was injured... More »

North Korea's Satellite Is Flailing, Useless: US Official

It's tumbling in orbit over the poles, US official says

(Newser) - North Korea's long-range rocket achieved its supposed goal of getting a satellite into space over the weekend. It was not so successful, however, in that the satellite, Kwangmyongsong 4, is now tumbling in its orbit. US Strategic Command notes the satellite and a rocket booster stage "are in... More »

SpaceX Rocket Botches Ocean Landing

But it sends Jason-3 satellite into orbit

(Newser) - The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that delivered a US-European ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit Sunday made a hard landing on a floating barge in the Pacific and broke a support leg. SpaceX announcers say the Falcon 9 was not upright after reaching the 300-by-170 foot landing pad in choppy... More »

In 10 Minutes, SpaceX Made History

Booster rocket lands vertically after putting satellites in orbit

(Newser) - SpaceX dusted off its Falcon rocket Monday night, launching it toward orbit for the first time since an accident over the summer . That first part was successful; the second part was, in the words of Elon Musk, "a revolutionary moment": The New York Times reports as the "second... More »

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