The total number of people in Earth orbit is now at a record high, though only for a short time. With Monday's (May 29) launch of China's Shenzhou 16 mission, the population in orbit grew to 17.
Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a commercial company aiming to launch cargo, and eventually people, to low-Earth orbit. The firm is developing its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster under contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
The four astronauts of the private Ax-2 mission are scheduled to head home to Earth today (May 30), and you can watch the action live.
Mishaal Ashemimry, special adviser to the CEO of the Saudi Space Commission, discusses the significance of the Ax-2 mission and the nation's ambitious space plans.
Follow along with Axiom Space's Ax-2 mission to the International Space Station, the second-ever all-private mission to the orbital lab.
The crew of Axiom Space's second private mission to the International Space Station arrived at the orbiting lab on Monday (May 22) to a warm welcome from the station's current crew.
SpaceX is joining the FAA to fight a lawsuit brought by environmental groups, which claim the agency didn't properly assess the damage the company's Starship rocket could cause.
SpaceX launched a big telecommunications satellite to orbit early Saturday morning (May 27), landing the Falcon 9 rocket's booster at sea shortly after.
Stunning images tell the story of the launch and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket that carried the Ax-2 crew to space on Sunday (May 21).
SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is landing — on toy store shelves. Matchbox, the classic die-cast toy brand, has released a miniature model of the commercial space capsule.
The Ax-2 crew, including three first-time astronauts and the first Saudi woman to reach space, shared their reactions after reaching space on their way to the International Space Station.
A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying four private astronauts arrived at the International Space Station early Monday (May 22) after a record-setting trip to the orbiting laboratory
The 600th person to enter Earth orbit, Rayyanah Barnawi of Saudi Arabia, is now on her way to the International Space Station on Axiom-2, the second commercial mission to fly there.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today (May 21), kicking off the pioneering private Ax-2 mission to the space station.
The zero-g indicator flying on the second private mission to the International Space Station may be the first that needed assembly. Ax-2's 'GiGi' is the first Build-A-Bear to launch into orbit.
SpaceX is launching the second all-private mission to the International Space Station today (May 21) and if you're hoping to follow it online, you need to know when it actually lifts off.
When former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson launches on her first commercial mission, she will have a familiar tool along with her. Whitson will be among the first to use Axiom Space Fisher space pens.
SpaceX's next private spaceflight will launch four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday (May 21) and you can watch the mission live online in a series of free webcasts.
The Ax-2 mission is set to lift off on Sunday (May 21) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, sending the first private mission commanded by a woman, and the first female Saudi astronaut, to space.
SpaceX is already testing tech that could strengthen the ground beneath its giant Starship rocket's orbital launch pad, a new video shows.