Missions to Mars, meteors and astronauts: A summer of space science

This summer is packed with space science: three missions head off to Mars; there will be continued activity by astronauts flying commercial spacecraft up to the International Space Station; and it will all be topped off by a spectacular meteor shower. Opportunities to fly between Earth and Mars come along roughly every two years when the two […]

Elon Musk's company wants to sell high-speed internet to rural Canadians — from space

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has applied to offer high-speed internet to Canadians living in remote areas by beaming it to them via satellites. The Globe and Mail newspaper first reported that space exploration company SpaceX applied with Canada’s telecom regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), for what’s known as a Basic International Telecommunications Services, […]

NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the U.S. back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. NASA’s Doug Hurley and […]

China launches new spacecraft, plans to build new space station

China launches new spacecraft, plans to build new space station

China launched a newly designed spacecraft on Tuesday as part of its program to build an orbiting space station, furthering its aspirations to rival the U.S., Russia and private companies in outer space exploration. The official Xinhua News Agency said the unmanned spacecraft and its return capsule were flung into space aboard a Long March […]

Canadian astronomers find 8 more mysterious repeating fast radio bursts from space

Canadian astronomers find 8 more mysterious repeating fast radio bursts from space

They’re called fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and these odd, fleeting signals from space are shrouded in mystery. But thanks to Canada’s largest radio telescope, astrophysicists are discovering more of them in their search to learn what makes these objects tick. The first FRB was discovered in 2007 by an astrophysicist and his student while going through […]

South African aiming to be 1st black African in space dies

South African aiming to be 1st black African in space dies

Mandla Maseko, a South African man who had won the opportunity to become the first black African to go into space, has died in a motorcycle crash. He was 30. Maseko was killed in Pretoria over the weekend, according to a family statement reported by local media Monday. Maseko became known as an “Afronaut” and […]

David Saint-Jacques says he's recovering well after returning from space

David Saint-Jacques says he's recovering well after returning from space

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques says he’s adapting well to life back on Earth following a more than six-month mission in space. Speaking from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Saint-Jacques told reporters today he’s doing well, all things considered, just four days after his return. Saint-Jacques says while he hasn’t felt any pain since his return […]

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