All-Russian cosmonaut crew launches to International Space Station

Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov lifted off aboard a Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan at 11:55 am ET. The crew’s launch and trip to the space station, which should take just over three hours, will be streamed live on NASA’s website. It’s the first spaceflight for … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope shares new image after reaching optics milestone

The world’s premier space observatory has successfully completed a crucial number of steps for aligning its 18 gold mirror segments. Having checked this milestone off of Webb’s list, the telescope team expects that the observatory may even exceed the goals it was meant to achieve. On March 11, Webb completed “fine phasing,” a critical stage … Read more

Our sun keeps flaring and these 2 missions are capturing it all

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, a joint mission between NASA and the European Space Agency, is gearing up for its closest approach to the sun so far on March 26. The journey has been anything but boring. A large solar flare exploded from the sun on March 2. The eruption was rated as M-class, the fourth … Read more

This is what happens when space junk hits the moon

The world has watched the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfold during a pandemic that still holds the globe within a firm grip after more than two years. The attacks and the resulting sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe have a far-reaching impact — and even space isn’t off-limits. The crisis is likely to … Read more

T. rex may have had 2 equally terrifying sibling species, new research suggests

A new analysis of the bones and teeth of 37 T. rex specimens suggests that the dinosaur might need to be regrouped into three separate species — with the fearsome predator that lived 90 million to 66 million years ago potentially getting two sibling species: tyrant lizard queen and tyrant lizard emperor. The study, published … Read more