A co-pilot on an Virgin Galactic test flight died in a crash days after a commercial rocket, bound for the International Space Station, exploded. Are government-sponsored space programs safer? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how the disasters will affect the development of space tourism and whether the industry could eventually offer any scientific advancements. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, a test flight for a Virgin Galactic commercial space rocket crashed, killing the co-pilot and badly injuring the pilot. It was the second commercial rocket disaster this week. Also, a seven-week manhunt ended for an expert marksman and survivalist who killed a state trooper in northeastern Pennsylvania. Continue reading
A test flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo ended when an in-flight failure occurred on Friday and the aircraft exploded mid-air.
The California Highway patrol reported one fatality and one major injury from the accident. Continue reading
There are two natural fiery wonders currently lighting up the earth and the heavens. The lava flowing from the volcano on Mount Kilauea in Hawaii is moving slowly, but there’s no way to stop it. Meanwhile, there’s a sunspot the size of Jupiter which could potentially cause havoc with the high-frequency communications. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan for more. Continue reading
Seconds after launch, a privately owned, unmanned rocket contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded. What went wrong? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff for an analysis of the accident and the privatization of the U.S. space program. Continue reading
It’s only a matter of time before a big comet or asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. Will scientists discover it, and be able to do something about it, ahead of time? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien talks to NASA astronomers who troll for trouble in the sky. Continue reading
India has joined the U.S., the former Soviet Union and the European Union as one of the elite few to successfully send a spacecraft to Mars, on its first try and for only $75 million — a fraction of the cost of other space missions. But there have been debates over whether the money could be better spent in a country where millions live in poverty. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
India’s successful first mission to Mars is a major accomplishment for that nation, in both scientific and budgetary terms. To understand the historic feat, India’s space program and where it fits into the American exploration of Mars, science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading
A NASA spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has achieved final orbit, producing its first science data this week.
A team of astronomers and students have discovered a stream of hydrogen gas in space that is the largest known to date — and dwarfs our own galaxy in comparison. Continue reading