Human remains set for moon memorial to instead burn in Earth’s atmosphere

The Peregrine lander carried remains and the DNA of more than 70 people — but a propulsion problem meant it never reached the moon, and will burn up at reentry.

By Kelsey AblesJanuary 20, 2024

Japan’s spacecraft lands softly on the moon, but is running out of power

The spacecraft appeared to reach the moon, but it was not clear if the lander touched down softly.

By Christian DavenportJanuary 19, 2024

Japan will attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon precisely

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency hopes the ‘Moon Sniper’ rover will pave the way for precise landings crucial to researching the origins of the moon.

By Julia Mio Inuma and Christian DavenportJanuary 18, 2024

Concerns rise China might reach moon before NASA’s return

A year-long delay in a planned mission to send astronauts to orbit the moon prompts worries among members of Congress.

By Christian DavenportJanuary 17, 2024

Would-be historic lunar mission won’t reach moon’s surface, company says

Astrobotic acknowledged late Monday that the spacecraft, which had been leaking propellant since shortly after launch, was fighting an “uncontrollable tumble.”

By Christian DavenportJanuary 9, 2024

U.S. spacecraft suffers fuel loss, threatening historic moon landing

The Astrobotic Peregrine is carrying experiments and the cremated remains of people it described as ”intrepid souls who never stopped reaching for the stars.”

By Christian DavenportJanuary 8, 2024

NASA and private industry aim for moon landings in 2024

The launch early Monday of a private company’s spacecraft to the moon is the next step in NASA’s ambitious plans to return humans to the lunar surface.

By Christian DavenportJanuary 7, 2024

How to watch the first meteor shower of 2024, the fleeting Quadrantids

The first meteor shower of 2024 is about to peak. Here’s what to know about the Quadrantids.

By Jennifer HassanJanuary 3, 2024

Two U.S. firms to launch spacecraft to the moon within weeks of each other

The missions in January, if successful, will result in the first lunar landing by a private company.

By Christian DavenportDecember 24, 2023

Taters the cat stars in NASA’s first video streamed from deep space

A playful clip of Taters, who belongs to a NASA employee, was sent from a spacecraft to Earth last week. For science.

By Justine McDanielDecember 19, 2023

Blue Origin returns to flight as Bezos reengages with his space company

The mission didn’t carry any people, but marked the first flight in more than a year for Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

By Christian DavenportDecember 19, 2023

Giant space rock made Earth’s ocean boil but also helped early life

Scientists speaking at an annual conference described how the bludgeoning of young Earth may have primed the planet to be more congenial to life.

By Joel AchenbachDecember 19, 2023

How does falling into a black hole feel? A new song imagines the sensation.

Sophie Kastner used NASA telescope data to compose a song about traveling through the Milky Way and the black hole Sagittarius A*.

By Kyle MelnickDecember 18, 2023

More than a year after engine failure, Blue Origin to return to flight

The company said it would launch an uncrewed flight next week from its facility in West Texas.

By Christian DavenportDecember 12, 2023

The many, many reasons space travel is bad for the human body

Humans evolved in conditions of plentiful gravity and relatively little radiation. Space is the reverse — and it upends almost every system inside of us.

By Gretchen Reynolds and William NeffDecember 12, 2023

Asteroid pieces brought to Earth may offer clue to life’s origin

The scientific community got its first description of the material recovered by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

By Joel AchenbachDecember 11, 2023

Diminutive and mysterious, the Pentagon’s X-37B set to launch again

Sunday’s launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy will be the space plane’s eighth orbital mission, all of which are shrouded in secrecy.

By Christian DavenportDecember 9, 2023

Mary Cleave, shuttle astronaut who tracked climate change, dies at 76

Dr. Cleave was inspired to return to climate research after seeing deforested parts of the Amazon from space.

By Brian MurphyDecember 8, 2023

Amazon awards launches to SpaceX, its main internet satellite rival

In awarding the contract, Amazon is tacitly acknowledging that Elon Musk’s rocket company is the world’s most reliable launch provider.

By Christian DavenportDecember 1, 2023

Astronomers discover six planets orbiting a nearby sun-like star

The new planets could provide a breakthrough in understanding how planets form and why there are so many “sub Neptune” worlds in our galaxy.

By Joel AchenbachNovember 29, 2023