Boeing lands Starliner capsule, completing a crucial test flight

Boeing’s Starliner capsule lands in White Sands, New Mexico on May 25, 2022 to complete the OFT-2 mission. NASATV Boeing landed its uncrewed Starliner spacecraft in the New Mexico desert on Wednesday, completing a crucial test flight as the company prepares to carry astronauts. Starliner landed at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range, after … Read more

The NASA Mars InSight lander just took its final selfie

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — This is the last time we’ll ever see a selfie from NASA’s InSight lander on Mars. And judging by the amount of dust coating the lander’s solar panels, it’s easy to see why. … Read more

Why Future Space Farms Depend on Plants Grown in Antarctica

Figuring out how to feed people in space is a major part of a larger effort to demonstrate the viability of long-term human habitation of extraterrestrial environments. On May 12, 2022, a team of scientists announced that they had successfully grown plants using lunar soil gathered during the Apollo moon missions. But this is not … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 launch update: What’s at stake

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen as it is rolled out to the launchpad for the OFT-2 mission scheduled to lift off on May 19, 2022. Joel Kowsky | NASA Boeing is set to make another attempt to reach the International Space Station with its Starliner vsassume … Read more

Mystery issue experienced on NASA’s Voyager 1 probe from 1977

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — The Voyager 1 probe is still exploring interstellar space 45 years after launching, but it has encountered an issue that mystifies the spacecraft’s team on Earth. Voyager 1 continues to operate well, despite … Read more

Boeing tries to catch up to SpaceX after plenty of drama

New York CNN Business — Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company, a primary US defense contractor, and a titan of a global aviation duopoly. A few years ago, the idea that it would dominate commercial space was a given, and companies like SpaceX, a relatively young business relying on a strategy of moving fast … Read more

Solar Orbiter spies a ‘hedgehog’ during close pass of the sun

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — The Solar Orbiter mission’s first close pass of the sun in March has revealed our star in a new light. The spacecraft, which flew by the sun on March 26, has returned a … Read more

Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers. … Read more

China’s rover makes surprising water discovery at Mars landing site

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — China’s Zhurong rover has found evidence suggesting that water persisted on Mars for much longer than expected. Zhurong landed in a large plain in Mars’ northern hemisphere called Utopia Planitia on May 15, … Read more

SpaceX brings 4 astronauts home, then launches 53 satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX brought four astronauts home with a midnight splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, capping the busiest stretch yet for Elon Musk’s taxi service. The three US astronauts and one German in the capsule were bobbing off the Florida coast, near Tampa, less than 24 hours after leaving … Read more