"My battle with cancer really prepared me for space travel."
Miguel San Martin, chief engineer NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, joins Shepard Smith to discuss what it's been like to make sure the rover landed successfully on Mars. He says one of the main goals of the rover is to determine if there are any signs of life on Mars.
Success will hinge on a complex sequence of events unfolding without a hitch.
A Chinese spacecraft went into orbit around Mars on Wednesday in an expedition to land a rover on the surface and scout for signs of ancient life. Authorities announced the landmark step in the country's most ambitious deep-space mission yet.
SpaceX will launch four private citizens on a Crew Dragon capsule into orbit around the Earth later this year, dubbed "the world's first all-civilian mission." The company's spacecraft will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. The mission, known as Inspiration4, seeks to raise support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Two seats were given to St. Jude, with one going "to a frontline healthcare worker" and the other to the winner of a competition between people who donate to a fundraiser for St. Jude.
Elon Musk's SpaceX launched another rocket into the record books on Sunday, with the first mission of its "SmallSat Rideshare" program called Transporter-1. The Falcon 9 rocket carried 143 spacecraft into orbit — a new global record for the most spacecraft launched at once. The company's SmallSat Rideshare launches give smaller satellites — as small as the size of a mailbox — an option to orbit for as little as $1 million for 200 kilograms.
China's moon mission has come to an end with its spacecraft returning back to Earth with lunar samples, a first for the country. Around 2 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday, the Chang'e 5 re-entry capsule carrying the moon rocks landed safely in Inner Mongolia, in the north of the country. China is only the third country in the world to retrieve lunar samples after the efforts by the U.S. in the 1960s and the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
Todd Gordon of TradingAnalysis.com and Mark Tepper of Strategic Wealth Partners discuss how they view Virgin Galactic's stock action with CNBC's Seema Mody.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon has successfully docked with the International Space Station. The capsule arrived more than 27 hours after taking off Sunday night, and is one of six operational missions SpaceX is slated to carry out with NASA. During the journey, American astronaut Victor Glover was awarded his gold astronaut pin, a tradition for space newcomers.
NASA plans to build a nuclear power plant on the moon and Mars to support its long-term exploration plans.
Russian spacecraft with an American astronaut landed safely at the International Space Station. Richard Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent, joins Shepard Smith to discuss.
Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin on Tuesday conducted the latest test flight of its rocket New Shepard at a facility in the West Texas desert. The mission did not have passengers on board, although New Shepard launches with a capsule on top designed to carry as many as six people. Known as NS-13, this mission was the 13th test flight of the system – as well as a record seventh consecutive launch for the rocket booster carrying the capsule, as it has landed six times after prior missions.
Her six-month ISS mission is scheduled to launch in 2021.
NASA reached peak cool on July 20th, 1969 when it sent the first men to the moon. However, the agency's impact on society goes far beyond space. Some of the biggest advancements in technology started as NASA experiments, from GPS systems and Dustbusters to freeze-dried foods and laptop computers. But Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous astrophysicist, says NASA partnering with Elon Musk's SpaceX is one of the biggest advancements the agency has made since the moon landing.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon returned to Earth on Sunday. It was the first time in nearly a decade since NASA launched its own astronauts from the U.S. It was also the first time a private company launched a crew into orbit.
SpaceX's capsule launch to the International Space Station was the first time a commercially designed and built spacecraft carried NASA astronauts, an achievement that SpaceX and Boeing have vied for for years under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
The launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on May 30 marked the first time NASA astronauts took off from U.S. soil since 2011. The event also represented the first time a commercially designed and built spacecraft carried astronauts, an achievement that SpaceX and Boeing have vied for for years under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
Virgin Galactic is giving its customers a first look inside the cabin that will carry them to the edge of space and back. The cabin's design is the central piece of the company's product, especially due to the variety of stages during a Virgin Galactic spaceflight. Virgin Galactic partnered with U.K. design agency Seymourpowell to create the cabin's interior and seats, which features soft surfaces throughout.
The future of NASA and American space exploration seemed up in the air just a decade ago. Now, the space agency and its brand are as hot as ever. How did NASA become cool again?
China just launched a major Mars mission, called Tianwen-1, on Thursday in what it hopes will become its first successful landing on the red planet. It is China's first solo mission to Mars after a previous attempt with Russia failed several years ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. is gearing up for a launch of NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover, which is scheduled for July 30.