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An artist's depiction of NASA's Space Launch System rocketing a crew toward orbit.

NASA’s only plan to return astronauts to the moon after nearly 50 years just got slammed by an internal audit

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is designed to be the world's most powerful rocket — one able to take astronauts to the moon and Mars. However, the program is running years behind schedule and facing billions in cost overruns. A new government audit singles out Boeing and NASA for missteps.
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Good news, now you can buy 2 pounds of imitation Mars dirt for just $20

The University of Central Florida is selling imitation Martian dirt. It costs $20 for 2.2 pounds (1 kg). The soil is meant to be a research tool ahead of space travel.

These pictures show the exact hill NASA’s longest-lived Mars robot may die upon

A global dust storm on Mars is now clearing up, giving NASA hope that its Mars Opportunity rover could wake up from hibernation. In the meantime, the space agency took a photo of the 15-year-old robot's last known location using a Mars-orbiting satellite. An artist also illustrated the site in 3D.
NASA's dust-covered Mars Opportunity rover.

These pictures show the exact hill NASA’s longest-lived Mars robot may die upon

A global dust storm on Mars is now clearing up, giving NASA hope that its Mars Opportunity rover could wake up from hibernation. In the meantime, the space agency took a photo of the 15-year-old robot's last known location using a Mars-orbiting satellite. An artist also illustrated the site in 3D.
Elon Musk and SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket is designed to be 16 stories tall, carry up to 100 people, and deliver 150 tons of cargo to Mars.

Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious that some experts are calling it ‘science fiction.’ Here’s what SpaceX a...

The SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to blast a tourist around the moon in a new launch system called Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR: a giant spaceship and rocket. A prototype is being built out of carbon-fiber composites, which poses major challenges, according to some aerospace engineering experts.

A venture capitalist and former Obama official are giving startups $30 million to fix a ‘crisis’ in our food system — and you can ap...

FoodShot Global is a new fund for researchers and startups solving problems in food and agriculture that stem from soil degradation. Venture capitalist Victor Friedberg, former Obama-administration official Sara Eckhouse, and former Rabobank North America CEO Rajiv Singh will lead the fund.
NASA's solar-powered Opportunity rover is trying to wait out a global dust storm on Mars.

NASA’s longest-lived robot on Mars may be dying. Here’s why there’s a good chance Opportunity won’t call home.

NASA's Opportunity rover began hibernating on June 10 to wait out a global dust storm on Mars, but the solar-powered robot has yet to phone home. NASA will give it 45 days to wake up — or end the 15-year mission.

A top SpaceX engineer has revealed new details — and questions — about the company’s plans to reach Mars in 6 years

Paul Wooster, the principal Mars development engineer at SpaceX, revealed new details about Elon Musk's plan to colonize the red planet — and what it isn't yet planning to work on.
Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is hiring hundreds of people to put boots on Mars.

SpaceX is quietly planning Mars-landing missions with the help of NASA and other spaceflight experts. It’s about time.

Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is building a huge spacecraft to send 100 people to Mars. To figure out how to use the Big Falcon Rocket, as it's called, SpaceX organized a workshop with NASA and other spaceflight experts at the University of Colorado Boulder, according to Ars Technica.
A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian" This area is in the Acidalia Planitia region and in the novel and the movie, it is the landing site of a crewed mission named Ares 3.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for 6 years now — here’s what the red planet’s surface looks like up close

NASA's Curiosity rover has been at Mars for six years now. Some photos of the Martian surface look like the prototypical idea of the red planet: rocky, dry, and dusty. Yet other craters and canyons offer otherworldly colors and patterns.