China makes history by landing on the far side of the Moon

Enlarge / China released this image of the lunar surface taken by the Chang’e-4 spacecraft. (credit: Xinhua) Declaring that it has opened a new chapter in lunar exploration, the China National Space Administration announced late Monday night that its Chang’e-4 lander had safely set down on the far side of the Moon. No spacecraft has […]

Chinese probe in lunar orbit and set to make historic 1st landing on the 'dark side' of the moon

China is set to become the first nation to explore the far side of the moon, after Chang’e-4 lunar probe entered a planned orbit, ahead of its much-anticipated landing on the unexplored part of Earth’s satellite. “The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit, with the perilune [closest point] at about 15 km and the […]

Drone shatters passenger jet’s nosecone & radar during landing (PHOTOS)

Published time: 13 Dec, 2018 22:42 A drone has collided with a passenger airplane in Mexico, mauling its nosecone and radome as the jet was attempting to land in Tijuana, Mexico. The crew had to request assistance to land the crippled aircraft. An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 collided with the remote-controlled craft while approaching the airport […]

NASA picks a landing spot on Mars for its 2020 rover

Enlarge / The delta within Jezero Crater. (credit: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/MSSS/Brown University) On Monday, NASA announced that it had chosen a landing spot for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover. The site (more or less at center here) is called Jezero Crater, and it contains a delta formed by flowing water. NASA says that landing in its difficult […]

Neil Armstrong’s fate after the moon landing reflects America’s declining trust in the government and interest in a space program

NASA via Getty Images Neil Armstrong‘s moon landing was a first in human history. Armstrong’s accomplishment briefly united a nation torn over the Vietnam war, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and the riots of 1968. However, Armstrong’s fate after his “giant leap for all mankind” mirrored that of public interest in the […]

Soyuz spacecraft launch fails, astronauts set for emergency landing

NASA is reporting that there has been an “issue with the booster” on the Soyuz craft that’s currently taking astronauts Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station (ISS). Details are sparse at the moment, but it appears that the capsule is making a “ballistic descent,” descending at a high […]