Owen Garriott, a Skylab and space shuttle astronaut who was the first to use amateur radio from orbit, has died at the age of 88.Garriott's death on Monday (April 15) was reported by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), an organization of international astronauts and cosmonauts that included Garriott as a distinguished member."We've just received word from the family who … [Read more...] about Owen Garriott, Skylab and Space Shuttle Astronaut, Dies at 88
Nasa exercise survival on the moon
Welcome to Edition 1.44 of the Rocket Report! There remains no let-up in the world of lift, with lots of activity in the realm of smallsat launchers as well as some interesting speculation about the future of Aerojet's rocket engine business. Oh, and we think we know why SpaceX hasn't had too much to say yet about a Falcon Heavy Moon mission. As always, we welcome reader … [Read more...] about Rocket Report: Virgin to fly from Guam, why SpaceX is mum on the Moon plan
The cosmos may be be breathtakingly beautiful, but it can also be deadly to human explorers. While NASA and other space organizations have learned how to protect human life on relatively short missions, such as journeys to the moon and the International Space Station (ISS), scientists still need to study and plan for longer journeys through deep space. On a potential mission … [Read more...] about From Radiation to Isolation: 5 Big Risks for Mars Astronauts (Videos)
When the Apollo astronauts launched into space, they wore spacesuits specially designed to protect them from many of the hazards they faced. Although astronauts these days wear different garb than the space explorers from 50 years ago, the Apollo material can be found across the Earth today. But don't look for it in your local clothing store; material based on spacesuit design … [Read more...] about Apollo Spacesuits Survive Today — in the Roofs Over Your Head
This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. In many industries, a decade is barely enough time to cause dramatic change unless something disruptive comes along – a new technology, business model or service design. The space industry has recently been enjoying all … [Read more...] about A Decade of Commercial Space Travel — What’s Next?