The Incredible Shrinking Defense Secretary
James Mattis accepts tactical retreats to retain influence with Donald Trump. But the losses are piling up.
Trump’s Space Force Faces Hurdles in the Pentagon and Congress
The U.S. president's plan could put him at odds with his defense secretary.
Billionaires May be the Future of Space Travel
Privately funded space ventures are altering the industry … and, maybe, the final frontier itself.
Billionaires May Be the Future of Space Policy. Here’s What They Want.
Space nations, UFOs, and Mars colonies are on the wish list.
Mars-a-Lago: Can the Trump Administration Get Us Beyond the Moon?
Experts doubt a coherent space policy from the Trump administration.
How SpaceX Launched a Chinese Experiment Into Space, Despite U.S. Ban
Where Congress sees security risks, private industry sees opportunity.
Pakistan Spurns Indian Offer to Join in Regional Satellite
Geopolitics are their own gravitational force.
News So Foreign It’s Out of This World: Scientists Discover Seven New Potentially Habitable Planets
Hopefully a few of the planets have oil so we can invade them.
Innovations: How to Live Like Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’
A super-powered micro-animal, a hacker-proof grid, and more.
Hello, Death Star: Russia Had a Secret Cold War Space Station Equipped with Cannons
The clandestine celestial war between superpowers isn't over. It's just getting more high-tech.
Godspeed, John Glenn. God Help Us, America.
The passing of a hero reminds us of a time when America’s leaders and aspirations inspired us.
Elon Musk Isn’t Religious Enough to Colonize Mars
Silicon Valley wants to explore space as tech entrepreneurs. We should be traveling as pilgrims.
Innovations: Can China’s Super-Sensitive New Telescope Talk to E.T.?
Plus, a sub that stays dry, a B2-inspired battery, and a DNA scanner that catches poachers red-handed.
Watch Elon Musk’s Rocket Blow Up With Mark Zuckerberg’s Satellite Aboard
Do you enjoy the unexpected setbacks of megalomaniac billionaires?
Innovations: Why the Future of War Might Look Like Vegas
A naval laser light show, a cactus-inspired hydrogen car, and a new way to keep space clean.
The Asteroid Miner’s Guide to the Galaxy
U.S. companies are preparing to tap the solar system’s riches. But will they share the trillion-dollar deep-space market with hungry foreign competitors?
Beijing to Chinese Humans: Please Move So We Can Hunt for Aliens
Chinese officials announced Tuesday that more than 9,000 people would be relocated to make way for a massive telescope.