Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has a plan to send a fleet of spacecraft to Alpha Centauri and he's investing $100 million of his own money in the project. Last year, he also invested $100 million in a project dedicated to listening for extraterrestrial life.
For the second time, scientists in China have modified a human embryo's genetic code using the CRISPR gene-editing tool. While other countries debate the ethical nature of human gene editing, China has let teams move forward with testing on embryos, albeit with restrictions.
Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have partnered to send inflatable living spaces to the International Space Station. A module from Bigelow called the B330 can add 12,000 cubic feet to the ISS, equivalent to 30% of the station's space.
Another landing test with Blue Origin's reusable rocket has gone as planned. The company, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has now landed its New Shepherd rocket three times. Though, it has not been sending the rocket as high as SpaceX has with its rockets.
In 14 years, taking a trip on Royal Caribbean may not mean taking a regular cruise. The cruiseline (as part of April Fools) says it wants to take passengers into space in 2030, which is an awesome idea, but unfortunately fake. People will travel on the Orbiter of the Galaxy.
A rocket engine that'll be used in NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) has been successfully tested for 500 seconds and the next time it's used for that long, it'll be taking humans into space. NASA tested a single RS-25 rocket engine and four engines will be used in the SLS.
Plastic waste is a major problem on Earth and bacteria may help humans address it. Researchers in Japan have discovered a bacterium called Ideonella sakaiensism, which is capable of eating a type of plastic called PET. PET is commonly used for items like water bottles.
Blue Origin, a private space travel company from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will begin sending tourists to space in just a couple years. As long as its rocket tests go as planned, Bezos says up to six passengers per trip could be brought into space by 2018.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 has completed another mission, though it didn't quite stick its drone ship landing. Early reports claimed the landing was good, but SpaceX has since confirmed the rocket came in hard, so the company hopes its next landing will be successful.
Astronaut Scott Kelly is safely back on Earth following a year-long trip in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Kelly came back to Earth with fellow astronauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, with everyone landing in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST.
The South Korean Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning has started an ambitious project, which if successful would include the nation landing a rover on the moon by 2020. South Korea put a satellite into orbit for the first time just three years ago.
SpaceX has been awarded five additional cargo missions to the International Space Station. NASA gave those missions to SpaceX instead of Orbital ATK, which has not been given any extra trips for its existing contract. SpaceX's new missions are worth around $700 million.
It is clear there's a nearly limitless set of planets scattered through the universe, but new research suggests Earth-like planets may be rarer than previously believed. Researchers from Sweden and the US created a computer model which contains 700 quintillion planets.
SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket following a mission on Wednesday, but it is not very confident. The company believes it is unlikely the upgraded Falcon 9 will land securely on SpaceX's floating barge. The low chance of success is from the unique orbit.
The Hubble Space Telescope has taken photos of the largest black hole ever observed by humans. Pictures were taken of the NGC 4889 galaxy, which is located 300 million light years away. Contained in the galaxy is a black hole 21 billion times larger than the sun.
Using laser pulses, researchers have successfully connected neurons. A study published in Scientific Reports details how the research team bonded neurons for the first time. Usually, if a nerve is severed, there's no good way to reconnect the individual cells.
Even though it has lost in court, Sci-Hub is continuing to operate illegally. The site offers pirated versions of millions of academic papers, many of which would normally cost $20-30+. It has existed since 2011 and due to its growth in the recent past, Elsevier sued the site.
A 3D bioprinter has been created that's capable of printing human-sized ear, muscle, and bone tissue. The printer was described in Nature Biotechnology and it uses a combination of plastic-like materials and cells. Tissue from the printer was used in rodents.
When an asteroid, called 99942 Apophis, comes near Earth in two decades, Russia is hoping to destroy it with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Sabit Saitgarayev, a researcher at the Makayev Rocket Design Bureau, says a team is working on an anti-asteroid project.
Scientists have fully recovered a cryogenically frozen mammal brain for the first time. 21st Century Medicine has received an award from the Brain Preservation Foundation for its latest work, which involved almost perfectly preserving a cryogenically frozen rabbit brain.