Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has closed the investigation into the second test flight of SpaceX's huge Starship vehicle, which ended with a bang on Nov. 18.
U.S. President Joe Biden congratulated Intuitive Machines on making the nation's first moon landing since 1972, calling it "a thrilling step forward in a new era of space exploration."
New observations by NASA's Perseverance rover show just how much damage Ingenuity sustained on its final Mars flight.
SpaceX launched 24 of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Sunday (Feb. 25), on the company's 18th mission of 2024.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus moon lander apparently settled on its side during its historic Feb. 22 touchdown, but the spacecraft remains operational on the lunar surface.
Sorry, space fans: We won't be getting ground-level views of the first American moon landing since the Apollo era.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched for a record-tying 19th time on Thursday (Feb. 22), sending a batch of Starlink internet satellites to orbit.
The private Odysseus lander touched down near the moon's south pole this evening (Feb. 22), etching its name into the history books with a nail-biting descent.
California startup Varda's first in-space manufacturing mission wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 21) with a touchdown of its capsule in northern Utah.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus moon lander slipped into lunar orbit today (Feb. 21), setting up a historic touchdown attempt that will take place tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 22).
Varda Space Industries' first off-Earth manufacturing effort, a mission called W-1, is scheduled to land in northern Utah on Wednesday (Feb. 21).
A software issue caused Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket to deploy a satellite into the wrong orbit on its four-ever launch this past December, company representatives said.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket notched its 300th successful mission today (Feb. 20), launching the Merah Putih 2 satellite for Indonesian communications company Telkomsat.
Rocket Lab will launch an ambitious space-junk inspection mission for the Japanese company Astroscale this morning (Feb. 18), and you can watch the action live.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus moon lander has beamed home its first photos from the final frontier, gorgeous selfies that show its home planet in the background.
India successfully launched its powerful new INSAT-3DS weather and disaster-warning spacecraft to orbit on Saturday morning (Feb. 17).
Japan's new H3 rocket reached orbit for the first time today (Feb. 16), bouncing back from a failure on its debut test flight nearly a year ago.
Russia's robotic Progress 87 cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Saturday morning (Feb. 17), delivering about 3 tons of supplies.
Japan's new H3 rocket will attempt to bounce back from an explosive failure tonight (Feb. 16), and you can watch the action live.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus moon lander is doing well on its own in deep space after its early-morning launch atop a SpaceX rocket on Thursday (Feb. 15).
SpaceX launched Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft on Thursday morning (Feb. 15), kicking off the probe's quest to pull off an epic moon landing.
Russia launched the robotic Progress 87 freighter tonight (Feb. 14), sending three tons of cargo toward the International Space Station.
SpaceX launched 22 Starlink internet satellites on Thursday (Feb. 15), the third mission in less than 24 hours for the company.
SpaceX launched the classified USSF-124 missile defense mission for the U.S. Space Force today (Feb. 14), recovering the Falcon 9 booster for the company's 272nd landing of an orbital rocket.