Low-cost Astra rocket suffers upper stage failure, two NASA satellites lost

California-based Astra on Sunday launched two shoebox-size NASA satellites from Cape Canaveral in a modest mission to improve hurricane forecasts, but the second stage of the company’s low-cost booster malfunctioned before reaching orbit and the payloads were lost. “The upper stage shut down early and we did not deliver the payloads to orbit,” Astra tweeted. … Read more

Repeating fast radio bursts from space are mysterious. This one is even weirder

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Wonder Theory newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — It’s a distinctly human trait to believe the impossible is a puzzle waiting to be solved. We’re driven to determine if “the truth is out there.” If we just had all … Read more

Tau Herculids meteor shower puts on a ‘decent’ display

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — Some lucky night sky watchers caught a glimpse of a brand new meteor shower on Monday night, as Earth passed through the debris trail of a crumbling comet. The meteor shower peaked around … Read more

Tau Herculids meteor shower may light up night sky over North America

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — Earth is expected to pass through the debris trail of a broken comet on Monday night and early Tuesday morning. It could result in a brand new meteor shower. Night sky watchers in … Read more

Boeing makes third attempt to launch its Starliner capsule to the ISS

New York CNN Business — Boeing will try yet again Thursday to send the capsule it designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station on a successful, uncrewed test mission. After two prior attempts to complete such a mission failed, Boeing’s goal is to provide the spacecraft can dock with the orbiting … Read more

SpaceX on pace to shatter US launch records. Again

New York CNN Business — SpaceX has been on a tear in 2022, notching 18 rocket launches and two astronaut splashdowns in just the first 130 days of the year — an unprecedented pace for the company and the commercial launch industry. The latest is scheduled for Friday evening with the launch of 53 of … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope’s optical alignment “perfect,” NASA says

Four-and-a-half months after the James Webb Space Telescope‘s Christmas Day launchengineers have achieved near-perfect alignment of its complex optical system, setting the stage for final instrument calibrations and the release of the first showcase science images in July, officials said Monday. “I’m delighted to report that the telescope alignment has been completed with performance even … Read more

Inaugural Launch of NASA’s SLS Rocket Delayed to at Least August 2022

NASA’s SLS rocket as seen through the windows of Firing Room One in the Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA will attempt another rehearsal countdown of the Space Launch System in early June, but the space agency warned that multiple tests of its finicky rocket might … Read more