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.
When SpaceX's Falcon 9 brings an SES-9 satellite into orbit on February 24, the rocket is meant to return to Earth and land on an ocean platform. SpaceX will attempt an ocean landing with this mission following a recent mission that ended with the rocket tipping over.
China has surpassed all previous sustained hydrogen plasma heating records, moving the world one step closer to a sun-like unlimited energy source. The country's nuclear fusion machine, the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was used in the test.
There's a lot of research going into the aging process and there are some researchers who believe discoveries in this area could put an end to aging. Evidence from a recent test in mice has found one therapy, the removal of "senescent" cells from the body, can extend life by 35%.
UK authorities have given their approval to edit genes in human embryos. Scientists can use CRISPR, a gene editing technique, to alter an embryo's genetic code and this is the first time such approval has been given by fertilization and embryo officials in the UK.
Human beings will be on their way to Mars within the next decade if SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has his way. At the 2016 Startmeup Hong Kong Venture Forum, Musk said he wants his company to put people in space by 2021 and then have them go to Mars just a few years later.
China has published a large number of photos from its moon landing and some of them show the lunar surface like it's never been seen before. The true color HD shots, of which there are hundreds, are available for the public to download. China successfully landed in 2013.
SpaceX has completed a test showing its Dragon capsule is capable of hovering, meaning the propulsion system can be used to land the capsule safely. The test lasted for five minutes and involved the Dragon V2. The system generated 33,000 lbs of thrust.