Deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, NASA has built an underwater lab—and there are astronauts living there. I joined them (sadly, in a digital format) to see what they’re up to down there and just what kinds of things they might be bringing back from the depths.
This deep space photo is, undoubtedly, beautiful, but it's also something else: a view of space no one has ever seen before.
During the State of the Union address, President Obama said stirring things about human spaceflight and the future. But these are the same dreams we've been talking about for years, and without more funding for NASA these dreams will fizzle instead of coming true.
Japan’s space agency just launched Hayabusa2, an ambitious deep space mission to land on an asteroid, smack it with an interceptor, collect and return samples, and deploy rovers. After a multi-day weather delay, the rocket blasted off a scene seaside spaceport, carrying Hayabusa2 and a collection of opportunistic…
Meet Spirulinaha, Arthrospira bacteria that scrubs carbon dioxide into oxygen, is a protein-rich meal for astronauts, and multiplies so rapidly that eating them for dinner won't leave the space station without fresh air by morning.
Faster than you can say "trans-Neptunian object" three times, the reaches beyond Neptune's orbit start to fill out in this animation. And it's astounding. Dots representing icy bodies large and small fill the area.
Using a naturally-existing zoom lens in space, the Hubble telescope has taken the deepest look into a cluster of galaxies ever taken in space to grab these pictures of galaxy cluster Abell 2744.
This is the J2-X. The liquid-fuel cryogenic rocket engine is the modernized version of the J-2, which NASA used in the late-'60s and early-'70s to thrust humans beyond low Earth orbit. (Click any image below for hi-res.)
Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character…
Say hello to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) — it's about to become the largest, most powerful space rocket we've ever built.
It looks like the U.S. Navy was able to pull off a real-life game of missile command last night, and successfully shot down our ailing superspy satellite while everyone was busy gawping at the lunar eclipse. Hey, that's exactly how the script for the failed reboot of Buck Rogers began... does that mean we just sent a…
It's the best kind of space picture: a collection of bizarre galaxies with freakish shapes. Who cares about those boring spiral arm galaxies when you can have the smooshed ass galaxy, or two galaxies crashing into each other? These misshapen beauties were captured by a research consortium called AEGIS, which just…