Spoiler alert: In the closing scenes of “The Martian,” as the space shuttle she commands approaches Mars, Jessica Chastain’s character straps on a spacesuit and jetpack and scoots off into empty space to make a key rescue that will save the day.More →
You might think astronauts have nothing but the fastest and latest when it comes to technology. But when they’re aboard the International Space Station, the odd reality of satellite-based Internet means spotty access, among other oddities.More →
Two Cambridge-based startups, Nanobiosym and Zaiput Flow Technologies, are splitting $500,000 in prize money and will have research projects sent to the International Space Station as winners of a state-sponsored competition.More →
At a conference of space researchers and entrepreneurs, SpaceX founder Elon Musk addressed the recent explosion of his company’s International Space Station resupply rocket. There’s no clear explanation, he said, that fits with all of the data that’s been collected.More →
We have liftoff: Dava Newman, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at MIT and the developer of the streamlined BioSuit, has been confirmed by the US Senate for the number two spot at NASA. Newman is the third woman to hold the title of deputy administrator, and she replaces Lori Garver, who left the post in September 2013. President Obama needs to simply sign off on the appointment to make it official.More →
Accion Systems, an MIT-affiliated startup that is helping to develop electric propulsion systems for small satellites, has announced that it has raised a $2 million seed funding round led by FF Science, Peter Thiel’s new venture fund.More →
Alternate headline: One gentle comet landing for a robot, a historic leap for mankind.
After a decade-long journey through space and a tense descent involving misfiring harpoons, humans successfully landed a manmade craft on a comet for the first time in history, and are primed to learn about the origins of our universe.More →
The bubble-head space suit is an icon, an emblem of great innovation and achieving big dreams. But it’s also entirely too puffy for its own good. The gas pressure that keeps the astronauts safe inside also restricts movement.
For better or worse, the traditional spacesuit’s days may be numbered.More →
Grand problems like climate change need grand solutions. But lasers, really? That’s the proposed solution for a warming Earth from researchers at a geo-engineering conference held in Berlin this week, Brian Marchant at Motherboard reports.More →
Today they’re scuttling around the parking lot of the Kennedy Space Center looking for barcoded scraps of paper. But one day, NASA hopes to use similar robots to comb the surface of the moon, or Mars, or an asteroid, looking for fuel or other valuable material underground.More →