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Yesterday's Mars Landing Did Not Go As Planned

The European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander did not touch down on Mars as planned yesterday. During a press briefing this morning, ExoMars mission scientists confirmed that the lander’s signal cut out about 50 seconds before landing, and that something went wrong in the final steps, right around when the parachute was jettisoned. ESA is still analysing data collected by satellites and telescopes to get the full story.

LIVE: Watch The Antares Rocket Launch To The ISS

Today, the Antares rocket will zip off to the International Space Station — and millions of US East Coasters have a rare opportunity to see a rocket right from their backyards.

Meet XCOR, One Of The Little Guys In The Commercial Spaceflight Race

Richard Branson and Elon Musk aren’t the only personalities in the commercialised spaceflight game. There a plenty of smaller operations having a crack, from hobbyist operations such as John Carmack’s Armadillo Aerospace, to more serious efforts. In this video from Freethink — which will be an ongoing series — we get a chance to meet one of these dedicated outfits, with the focus here being Jeff Greason and XCOR Aerospace.

Blue Origin Shocks Everyone (Even Itself) By Landing Rocket During Launch Escape Test

Wow. After spending the last few days telling us that its New Shepard rocket was almost certainly going to be destroyed in today’s in-flight launch escape test, Blue Origin surprised everybody — even itself — with a clean landing of both booster and crew capsule.

Watch Blue Origin Probably Destroy A Rocket Today

In these early days of commercial spaceflight, rockets die in spectacular accidents — but also, sometimes, on purpose. This morning, you can watch Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket go out in a fiery blaze of glory somewhere in the Texas desert, so that future space tourists don’t meet the same fate.

SpaceX Reportedly Investigating Sabotage As Cause Of Falcon 9 Explosion

As SpaceX’s investigation of a Falcon 9 rocket explosion on September 1 drags into its second month, rumours are flying that this may have been more than a random technical failure. According to a Washington Post report, SpaceX is considering the possibility of sabotage.

NASA Is Sinking Into The Ocean

In October 2012, just a few days before Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, it was churning north past the narrow strip of white sand beach separating NASA’s most celebrated spaceport from the sea.

Is Elon Musk's Crazy Mars Plan Even Legal?

Earlier this week, Elon Musk revealed his plan to make humanity a multi-planetary species by building an express train to Mars. There are a lot of open questions about how this will work, technically speaking, and who will pay for it. But there’s another fundamental issue that must be addressed before anybody can reserve a seat on the first spaceship out: Is going to Mars even legal?

How Crazy Is Elon Musk's Mission To Mars?

Yesterday, billionaire tech entrepreneur and noted late guy Elon Musk unveiled his hotly-anticipated plan to send humans to liveand die — on Mars. And not just a few humans: A lot of them. In a talk that wavered between overreaching science fair presentation and straight-up science fiction, Musk described sending fleets of spacecraft, each packed hundreds of colonists, to live on a dusty, airless wasteland that we’re apparently going to fix up with nuclear reactors and artificial magnetic fields.

SpaceX Just Passed A Major Milestone On Its Mission To Mars

SpaceX has been talking up its Martian travel plans for a while now, but we still don’t know how it intends to get (or survive) there. As of yesterday, however, it’s cleared a major hurdle: The rocket engine it will use to get to the Red Planet just fired-up for the first time.

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