A grid of four illustrations of earth as seen from space. Each one shows tiny dots denoting the number of objects in orbit across the decades (1960s, 1980s, 2000s, 2020s), with the number of dots multiplying in each successive image.

There’s just so much space junk

Efforts to mitigate space junk have momentum, but it’ll be a tall task keeping up with the rate of new launches.

Ben Berkley • October 9, 2023

The push to make space launches ‘dumber’

Longshot and SpinLaunch both want to make space more affordable. Can they pull it off?

Ben Berkley • July 12, 2023

Life on (not actually) Mars

NASA just locked four people in a 3D-printed habitat on a fake Mars for one year.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 6, 2023

How to barbecue in outer space

Space is tough. Design firm Nonfiction’s Space Culinary Lab solves for human food rituals in zero gravity.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 19, 2023

Virgin Orbit’s rocket to nowhere

A rocket went down, but not all was lost.

Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2023

The NASA fashion supernova

People love to wear NASA stuff. And brands like a free licensing deal.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 27, 2022

Was that flash of light a UFO?

The first hearing on UFOs in over 50 years found no proof of aliens… yet.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 20, 2022

Will astronauts become obsolete?

The future of space exploration may be a job for robots.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 4, 2022

Payload: The newsletter covering the business of space

We spoke with the team behind the daily newsletter to find out when we'll land on Mars. If Jeff Bezos will become Blue Origin's CEO. And the 5 most interesting space startups.

Trung T. Phan • February 16, 2022

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