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SpaceX has finally nailed reusable rockets with latest Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX has finally nailed reusable rockets with latest Falcon 9 landing After several near misses, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered its payload to orbit, then successfully landed on a drone ship, ready for refurbishment and reuse.However, SpaceX also took the opportunity to attempt another vertical landing with the Falcon 9 first stage.

The ESA’s MELiSSA zero-g farm could make life sustainable in space

The ESA’s MELiSSA zero-g farm could make life sustainable in space For all its scientific faults, The Martian did bring awareness to the very real problems associated with food in space, and on alien worlds.The Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative (MELiSSA) is the ESA’s attempt to do the latter.

NASA fails to inflate expandable BEAM module on ISS

NASA fails to inflate expandable BEAM module on ISS The space habitats humans have used thus far have, for the most part, gone into orbit fully formed.The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an experimental inflatable habitat constructed by Bigelow Aerospace that made its way to the ISS on the SpaceX resupply mission in April (when SpaceX also nailed its first drone ship landing).

Astronauts enter new BEAM inflatable module on ISS for first time

That was the case when NASA deployed the BEAM inflatable habitat module on the International Space Station last week.Now, the first humans have entered the first inflatable habitat in space.

GM-NASA RoboGlove amplifies grip of astronauts, factory workers

GM-NASA RoboGlove amplifies grip of astronauts, factory workers A joint venture by General Motors and NASA to create a “RoboGlove” that amplifies hand strength for astronauts in space is coming down to earth.Where the tool would need, say, 15-20 pounds of pressure to hold a work tool, the user needs to apply just 5-10 pounds.

NASA’s new DNA sequencer on the ISS could be used on aliens

NASA’s new DNA sequencer on the ISS could be used on aliens The regular resupply missions to the International Space Station include the basics like food, but all sorts of new science toys as well.In the Dragon capsule that docked with the station several days ago, there was one particularly interesting device — a DNA sequencer.

NASA orders second manned ISS mission from SpaceX

NASA orders second manned ISS mission from SpaceX NASA has confirmed that it is ordering a second manned flight to the space station from the private space firm headed by Elon Musk.It has already secured two manned launches to the ISS.

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX The JWST is the successor to Hubble, and now that it’s done with construction, it’s supposed to launch in 2018.Another advisory committee at NASA has a bone to pick with SpaceX’s launch procedures, too.

Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to the ISS

Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to the ISS This has led to a problem with accumulating space junk, which can be serious hazards for future space missions.Japan has launched the Kounotori 6 spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station, but this cargo vessel has a dual purpose.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

A new space firm plans a commercial station to take over for the ISS

A new space firm plans a commercial station to take over for the ISS The International Space Station is getting on in years, and at some point in the next decade we’re going to learn the date of its shutdown.A new company called Axiom Space has a plan to launch a commercial space station in the next few years, which would get its start as a module attached to the ISS.