What We Know About NASA’s Supposedly ‘Successful’ Megarocket Launch Rehearsal

NASA’s Space Launch System on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA NASA wrapped up its fourth wet dress rehearsal of the Space Launch System yesterday, during which time ground teams achieved a number of key test objectives. That said, an unresolved hydrogen leak prevented a full completion of the test, … Read more

What We Know About NASA’s Supposedly ‘Successful’ Megarocket Launch Rehearsal

NASA’s Space Launch System on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA NASA wrapped up its fourth wet dress rehearsal of the Space Launch System yesterday, during which time ground teams achieved a number of key test objectives. That said, an unresolved hydrogen leak prevented a full completion of the test, … Read more

NASA Moves Ahead With Wild Solar Sail Concept

Artist’s conception of the diffractive lightsail. The rainbow-like patterns would be similar to how CDs exhibit similar patterns when held under a light. Illustration: MacKenzi Martin A project to develop diffractive solar sails has advanced to the third and final phase of NASA’s advanced concepts program. The team behind the project now has two years … Read more

Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner being lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.Photo: NASA / Frank Michaux Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly two and a half years since Boeing’s first botched test of its Starliner CST-100 spacecraft. Yep, it’s been a minute, so … Read more

Plants Can Grow in Lunar Soil — but They Hate It

The plants after 16 days of growth, with clear differences seen between plants grown in simulated lunar soil (left) and plants grown in actual lunar regolith. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF / IFAS For the first time ever, scientists have grown plants in lunar soil returned from the Apollo missions. But given the degree of stress … Read more

Feds Say SpaceX Is Why At-Risk Shorebirds Are Disappearing from South Texas

Piping plovers like the one here spend their winters along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States. At the Texas SpaceX launch site, the birds’ vacation spot has become decidedly less ideal. Photo: Ashlee Rezin / AP (AP) The declining status of some tiny birds in Texas could spell bad news for Elon … Read more