This toddler and her dad playing with microgravity is how you do life right. Outside of being extremely adorable, learning how to fly the fun way from Dad is just the coolest thing.
We all dream of journeying (or living) among the stars. But space is a spectacularly awful place for humans, and we’re not suited for life there at all. And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are all the ways we’ll need to re-engineer the human body, in order to make space our home.
Experiments aboard the International Space Station with common pavement ants have shown just how badly microgravity impairs the insects' ability to search unexplored areas. Remarkably, however, tumbling ants demonstrated an uncanny ability to regain contact with the surface.
Have you ever wondered what the International Space Station might look like from inside a floating ball of water? Your wish has been answered.
We didn't think the zero-G fire experiments aboard the International Space Station could get any more stunning. We were wrong.
In honor of World Snake Day, which is today, here's what happens when you put a bunch of snakes on a plane...for science.
What do the ISS astronauts do in their free time? Sometimes, they like to act out action movie scenes—and the part where a character falls to his death is much more fun in microgravity. That's when they aren't playing with their floating food or doing weightless backflips.
A new study of a dozen NASA astronauts has found that exposure to microgravity causes hearts to become more spherical in shape — a change that could lead to serious cardiac problems while in space and back on Earth.
No, it's not a scene from a classic Simpson's episode, but rather an experiment that could lead to highly adaptable robots.
As if astronauts didn't already have enough health-related concerns to be worried about, a new study shows that microgravity environments speed up biological aging and the onset of cardiovascular disease by affecting blood vessel cells.
Zero gravity is all fine and well — but not being able to grab a cup of joe in the morning would be a huge dealbreaker for many prospective astronauts. Thankfully, NASA has a solution to the problem.
What do you do if you're a physicist and want to get experiments done in microgravity, but can't drum up the cash to go to space? You use magnets to both get results and make a picture that looks like it came out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The simple flame is an extraordinarily complex phenomenon, one that involves thousands of chemical reactions. But fire also plays off the effects of gravity. So what happens when you take that gravity away? As a recent experiment aboard the ISS has shown, you get a very strange flame, indeed.
Burritos are already the food that comes in a delicious wrapper, but there's nothing quite as delightful as a zero-gravity burrito spinning around as you assemble it. In this scene from 2010's Hubble 3D, an astronaut prepares for his spacewalk with a light, floating snack.
Fresh off the news that microgravity screws us up on a cellular level comes word that it also damages our eyes and brain. Researchers from the University of Texas, Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering, and NASA's Department of Space Medicine performed MRIs on 27 astronauts who had spent an average of 108 days in…
One of the great fears of the early space race was what effect microgravity would have on human explorers — and while we know it won't instantly die when leaving the atmosphere, there's still a lot we don't know about the long term effects of low gravity. If we ever want to set up a long-term space settlement, it'd be…
Fruit flies were the very first animals we sent into space, way back in 1947 — yet we're still not done analyzing what happens to them in microgravity. We've known for a while that when in "zero-gravity," flies walk more quickly than they do planetside. The only problem is that we don't know if this is due to the…
In a study commissioned by NASA, a research team at the University of Missouri has made a mouse levitate, using nothing but magnetic fields. As a result, the poor mouse floats in mid-air, wondering where the ground went.
Many space age dreams involve humans spreading out into the far reaches of the galaxy, but our extraterrestrial breeding program might need a little help. Scientists in Japan have found microgravity may function as a form of birth control.