Professor Stephen Hawking will fly in space with Virgin Galactic but no target date was set

Physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking accepted invitation to participate to a spatial tourist mission into suborbital space with Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's spaceflight company. Ten years ago, he experienced weightlessness flying on a Boeing 727-200 modified by the Zero Gravity Corporation to simulate zero gravity by flying in parabolic loops.

SpaceX prepares to launch “a trip around the moon” in 2018

Two "private citizens" will get to take a trip around the moon in late 2018, SpaceX announced on Monday. “They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” the company said.

SpaceX delayed launch Tuesday because of high winds in Florida

SpaceX was planning to launch an EchoStar 23 communications satellite  into space on Tuesday, using a Falcon 9 rocket. The EchoStar launch was originally scheduled for last year but was delayed after an explosion at SpaceX's launch pad in September. Rescheduled flight dates in January and February were also delayed.

The Webb telescope – a NASA project in development

The world's most expensive telescope, to be launched by NASA, called the Webb, will collect the oldest light in the universe, emitted soon after the big bang, when the first stars lit up and the first galaxies began to form.  In two years, this long-delayed, $8 billion, cosmos-penetrating instrument is supposed to be nearly a million miles from Earth.