Space

NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency…
Branson vows to find out cause of spacecraft crash
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson vowed Saturday to find out what caused the crash of his prototype space tourism rocket, killing one crew member and injuring another, but sounded a cautious note about any move to quickly push the project forward.
Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Federal accident investigators are headed to a desert crash site where a winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth broke up during a test flight, killing one pilot and badly injuring another.
What Would You Like to Send to Mars?
Once upon a time in New Jersey, the space program was a big deal. We anticipated each launch and television was interrupted both when they went up and came down. We knew the names of the astronauts. They were national heroes. Kids wanted to grow up to be them. Buzz Aldrin “danced with the star…