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China Successfully Launches Its Lunar Lander Mission
The Chang'e-3 mission will be the first moon landing since 1976
Hollywood Space Disaster Gravity and the Real Problem of Orbital Debris
The film imagines catastrophic consequences of a worst-case Kessler syndrome
Government Shutdown Threatens Future NASA Missions
NASA's temporary shutdown may endanger future missions more than it does astronauts on the space station
Interplanetary GPS Comes a Step Closer
A ground simulator is constructed and a space-station test is planned
Mars Trips Pose Radiation Risk
Radiation measurements made by NASA's Curiosity rover put hard numbers on the space hazard
Virgin Galactic's Spacecraft Goes Supersonic in First Rocket Test
Virgin Galactic's promise of space tourism creep closer with a rocket-powered flight test
Join the NASA International Space Apps Challenges
Fifty contests mean there's an event for every technical bent
Details Emerge of Chang’e-2 Asteroid Encounter
Some—but not all—of the mystery surrounding the flight is cleared up
Answers from Mars
PBS NOVA documentary highlights the engineers behind the Mars missions.
Russia Tests Quick Trip to Space Station
Two-day trip to be compressed to 6 hours—but it might complicate international cooperation
China's To-Do List This Week: Dock With Space Lab, Explore Mariana Trench
Two exploration exploits fuel national pride
New Communication Tech for Deep-Space Missions
The limits of the speed of light could overturn decades of NASA mission management
Dragon Capsule Docked with ISS
And there was much rejoicing
Dragon Capsule Lined Up for Docking
After capture by ISS' robotic arm, maneuvered into position
A Good Day for Elon Musk
A successful SpaceX rocket launch, an ahead-of-schedule delivery announced for the Tesla Model S, makes for a happy entrepreneur.
Billionaires Seeking Otherworldly Riches
That glint in their eyes is stardust—the kind you might get by grinding up an asteroid
Scotch in Space
Ardbeg Distillary makes space scotch, but no one gets to drink it
A solar sail could use light to nudge an earthbound rock into an orbit we could live with
Did Bad Memory Chips Down Russia’s Mars Probe?
Moscow blames radiation wreckage on an SRAM chip, but does it add up?
Russian Probe Crash Sparks New Controversy
Official Moscow statements about the touchdown location and cause of the original failure revive Soviet-era propaganda themes