NASA heavily relies on private companies for space-related travel, but recent accidents show that such firms cannot yet be fully trusted for the mission. The crashes hint at an increasing number of glitches that need to be fixed to ensure safety.
Following India’s successful attempt to put a vehicle in Mars orbit, the New York Times published a cartoon acknowledging the event that some called racist. But India did not have to wait long to issue a comic rebuttal.
The explosion of the Antares space rocket was caught on camera from thousands of feet in the air by two people flying a light aircraft in the vicinity. The spacecraft was heading to the International Space Station (ISS) on a supply mission.
The spectacular launch failure of the Antares rocket over Virginia has drawn a fiery line under the perils of man’s unquenchable thirst to explore the cosmos. Here are the top 5 crashes to rock international space programs in recent times.
The accident with Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket shows that it is risky and dangerous to use private companies to ferry astronauts to the ISS, even though previous launches were successful, Tarik Malik, the Managing Editor of space.com, told RT.
An unmanned rocket exploded shortly after takeoff Tuesday evening on Virginia’s eastern shore. Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket was carrying thousands of pounds of equipment to restock the International Space Station.
The United States spends on space programs - both civilian and defense-related - more than every other country combined, even though the NASA budget, which is a part of the program, has not grown in the recent years.
The Mars One mission - to bring humans to the Red Planet - is underway, with nearly 80,000 applicants for a possible one-way trip. But will they go forth and multiply? Low gravity and cosmic rays lie in the path of the ambitious plan.
Much of North America will experience a solar eclipse on Thursday, with the moon covering up to 70 percent of the sun in the late afternoon. Along most of the East Coast and Midwest, the event will occur during sunset, allowing for dramatic photography.