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 […]

SpaceX rocket with U.S. capsule blasts off for space station

SpaceX rocket with U.S. capsule blasts off for space station

A SpaceX rocket with an unmanned crew capsule blasted off on Saturday for the International Space Station, in a key milestone for Elon Musk’s space company and NASA’s long-delayed goal to resume human spaceflight from U.S. soil later this year. SpaceX’s 4.9-metre-tall Crew Dragon capsule, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space […]

Why China is the country to watch in space

Why China is the country to watch in space

On Thursday morning Beijing time, China became the first country to successfully land on the far side of the moon. The landing was no small feat: only two other countries have successfully landed on our nearest neighbour: the former Soviet Union — who was first in 1959 with Luna 2 — and the United States. […]

Eclipses, new spacecraft and moon visits: What's ahead in space in 2019

Eclipses, new spacecraft and moon visits: What's ahead in space in 2019

When it comes to space, 2018 was a pretty exciting year. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launched successfully — even to CEO Elon Musk’s surprise. NASA’s InSight spacecraft landed on Mars. Another NASA spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, arrived safely at the asteroid Bennu. And, of course, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is working away on the International Space Station until June. The year ahead should be […]

How we can prevent outer space from becoming the Wild West

How we can prevent outer space from becoming the Wild West

In January, an Indian rocket arced across the sky over the island of Sriharikota as it soared into space. On board were several satellites, including an Indian mapping satellite, one from Canada and one from an asteroid mining company. The rocket also contained four satellites that were actually denied permission to launch in the first place. The rogue satellites […]