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The ‘space kingdom’ Asgardia says it’s the first nation with all of its territory in orbit — but legal experts are dubious

Asgardia, a group that's trying to become the first country in space, claims its first satellite is all of its territory. But experts aren't so sure.
The US government's mysterious Zuma payload sits atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets on Nov. 15, 2017.

SpaceX is about to launch ‘Zuma,’ a top-secret satellite that’s shrouded in mystery

SpaceX is gearing up to launch a third top-secret spacecraft for the US government, a mission the company calls "Zuma" but has said little else about.

A spacecraft graveyard exists in the middle of the ocean — here’s what’s down there

The "Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility" is a spot where NASA and other space agencies send satellites, laboratories, telescopes, and spaceships to die.
An illustration of China's first space station, Tiangong-1, orbiting Earth.

China’s first space station is going to crash into Earth — but objects inside of it may reach the ground unharmed

China's 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station, launched in September 2011, will crash to Earth in February 2018. However, equipment inside may survive intact.

A Russian billionaire has launched the smallest-ever spacecraft into orbit — a key step to reaching a nearby star system

The ultimate goal of Breakthrough Starshot is to fly past and photograph any planets in Alpha Centauri.

Russia has reawakened 3 mystery satellites — and no one knows what they are for

They could possibly be equipped with lasers or explosives, one analyst told The Daily Beast.

A new satellite is recording unprecedented views of deadly storms and tornadoes from space

The GOES-16 spacecraft is beaming back incredible views of Earth's dynamic and sometimes dangerous weather.

SpaceX is about to try something ‘potentially revolutionary’ in the history of space travel

Elon Musk's rocket company plans to launch a used rocket booster for the first time on March 30 — with a customer's satellite on top.

SpaceX may be about to drastically cut the cost of launching stuff into orbit

Elon Musk's rocket company plans to launch a used rocket booster for the first time, possibly as soon as March 29.