Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander tipped over at touchdown, but it’s still kicking

It turns out that Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft didn't land upright after all. In a With NASA on Friday evening, the company revealed that the lander was lying on its side after arriving a little faster than expected, likely catching its foot on the surface as it landed. Fortunately, Odysseus is positioned in such a … Read more

A satellite designed to inspect space junk just made it to orbit

Astroscale's ADRAS-J spacecraft, a demonstration satellite that could inform future space debris cleanup efforts, is now in orbit after a successful launch from New Zealand on Sunday. The satellite was sent into space atop a Rocket Lab Electron rocket. Its mission, selected by the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) for Phase I of the Commercial Debris … Read more

Intuitive Machines’ moon lander sent home its first images and they’re breathtaking

Intuitive Machines' lunar lander is well on its way to the Moon after its smooth launch on Thursday, but it managed to snap some incredible images of Earth while still close to home. The company shared the first batch of images from the IM-1 mission on X today after confirming in a previous article that … Read more

NASA is looking for volunteers to live in its Mars simulation for a year

If extreme challenges are your cup of tea, has the perfect opportunity for you. The space agency launched a call on Friday for volunteers to participate in its second simulated year-long mission to Mars, the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA 2). For the duration of the mission, which will begin in spring 2025, … Read more

Intuitive Machines is taking its shot at nailing the first commercial moon landing

Houston-based space company Intuitive Machines is preparing for a real shot at the moon later this month, when it will attempt to land a spacecraft named Odysseus on the lunar surface — ideally without it breaking apart in the process. The mission follows Astrobotic's failed attempt in January; that company's lander, Peregrine, never arrived on … Read more

Scientists discover weird virus-like ‘obelisks’ in the human gut and mouth

We may have an adequate understanding of the human body to the extent that, well, we invented aspirin and sequenced the genome, but researchers are still discovering new things about the humble homo sapien. Concrete example ? Scientists which hangs around in the human intestine and mouth. Researchers call these virus-like structures “obelisks,” due to … Read more