As journalists, it’s our obligation—nay, our duty—to ask the hard questions. So when presented with the opportunity to ask a living former astronaut and American hero Mike Massimino about his two trips to the final frontier to fix the Hubble Space Telescope, without any real impetus or news peg, we knew what to do. We…
After recent events, we’re all ready to hop aboard the next flight to Mars. But before us Earthlings embark on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, we need to understand how the harsh conditions of space can affect our bodies.
It looks like 2016's unquenchable thirst for the blood of great people has struck again, as the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn, has died at the age of 95.
After 172 days in space, three astronauts are heading back to Earth tonight. For NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, this brings his total days in space to 534 days across his four missions, the most an American astronaut has ever spent in space.
If the thought of turning your gaze to a TV screen for election news this evening makes you want to vomit, then you might have some empathy for what two men will feel as they plummet toward the ground from 250 miles on high in a fiery metal can at a rip-roaring 17,000 miles per hour.
We’re all looking forward to interstellar travel and colonizing Mars, but first, we’ve got a lot to learn about how the human body responds to the cold dark void of outer space. Scott Kelly’s stint on the ISS, which ends tomorrow, is helping us answer some critical questions—including what weightlessness does to our…
One minute you’re fooling around in a couple of short-lived space stations that stumble into the atmosphere and burn up, the next you’ve spent a decade and a half with continuous habitation of a major International Space Station. Time flies when you’re outside the gravity well!
Being an astronaut may sound glamorous, but for the most part, life in space is utter tedium—checking systems logs, labeling test tubes for routine science experiments. Not to mention the fact that simple things like using the toilet and running on a treadmill require monk-like patience and bungee cords.
Well, it’s official: The days of blasting into space in a rattly aluminum can are over. SpaceX has just unveiled the very first images of the interior of its Crew Dragon capsule. As you might expect, it looks a lot like a luxury sports car.
We’ve teased that the term “soft” landing is utterly inappropriate, but our latest video makes that painfully clear. The preparation, waving goodbye, and gentle undocking are a deceptive moment of calm before the parachutes fling open and the chaos begins.
These astronauts bopped around Cape Canaveral in a phalanx of distinctive red, white, and blue corvettes while training for Apollo 15, but their true pride and joy was the very first lunar rover.
Astronaut Leland D. Melvin worked for NASA for 25 years, heading the Vehicle Health Monitoring team for the X-33 space shuttle successor, leading NASA's office for education and outreach program in the 2010s, and logging over 565 hours in space. Also, he likes dogs.
Ohio's Great Lakes Brewing Company has created a seasonal Belgian-style ale called Spacewalker American Belgo, to honor the twenty-five Astronauts who hail from the Buckeye state.
No one knew if the first attempts at getting humans into space would crash catastrophically. Before any astronaut could leave the planet, NASA tested their capacity to survive a crash landing in a hostile environment by abandoning them in the desert with only a re-entry pod and parachute for company.
It’s hard enough to be an astronaut. You basically have to be a genius physical specimen with enough intelligence to understand astrophysics, but not enough self-awareness to fear being strapped to a rocket and hurled into low orbit by a column of fire. For aspiring female astronauts, though, the selection process…
Some of these eight men and women will go to Mars and land on an asteroid for the first time in the history of humankind. Through rigorous tests, NASA selected them from 6,100 candidates to plan and carry the next space missions beyond Earth orbit.
What makes Chris Hadfield's space videos so great is how mundane they are. He does the same kind of things you do right in your kitchen, as you can see in this fantastic "Hadfield at Home" parody.
It was a simple 31-second clip, uploaded to YouTube in early January—a watch flopping weightlessly around its owner’s wrist, the first such video from Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station. No explanation, no context, just metal links and a watch face swishing around a hairy Canadian arm like…
With glorious Moon rockets turning into low Earth orbit space trucks turning into one last trail of ionized air, what is there to say about the US manned space program other than Astronaut Suicides, a photographic series by Sara Phillips, Neil Dacosta and Saskia Thomson. In images which alternate between terrible…