When We All Relocate to Space, At Least We'll Have Espresso

At parties—which I go to a lot—the question is often raised: if you were to travel to space, what would be the one earthly thing you’d have trouble giving up? FRESH COFFEE, we all yell. Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut at the International Space Station, has proven that we will never have to go without… » 5/04/15 5:20pm Monday 5:20pm

New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space

Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. » 5/01/15 2:40pm Friday 2:40pm

RIP Messenger: What the Spacecraft Taught Us About Mercury

Messenger’s fate was sealed from the beginning: When it ran out of fuel, the space probe would crash into Mercury, the planet it was sent to observe. What we didn’t expect is Messenger to last four years instead of one. After an unexpectedly long and fruitful mission, Messenger met its inevitable end today. » 4/30/15 6:41pm 4/30/15 6:41pm

This F-15 Turns Gobs Of Fuel Into Fire During A Glorious Engine Test Run

NASA recently built a new engine thrust stand at its Armstrong facility located at the northern edge of Edwards AFB. It can hold back 60,000 pounds, allowing crews to do engine runs on F-15 and F/A-18s with both engines running at full power simultaneously, including F-15B #836, the oldest serving Eagle in the US… » 4/21/15 9:20am 4/21/15 9:20am

Acura Wants To Dominate The 25 Hours Of Thunderhill With An ILX

Giving us further proof that Acuras look far better in race spec than in Grandpa-spec, Acura released this pretty picture of an ILX that they plan to reveal at the New York International Auto Show alongside their flagship NSX supercar. Behold, this is the endurance racer they're taking to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. » 3/30/15 7:35pm 3/30/15 7:35pm

These Integrated Propellers Could Be The Future Of Electric Flight

Electric planes won't happen until battery technology improves by leaps and bounds. That's spurred researchers at NASA to take a different tack, testing a new style of wing that integrates over a dozen small propellers to boost efficiency, reduce drag, and make electric propulsion feasible for light aircraft. » 3/18/15 9:20pm 3/18/15 9:20pm

The crappy photos of NASA's golden era you never get to see

We are used to see the epic, awe-inspiring, perfect photos from the golden age of NASA, during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Those are not the photos that you will find in Drewatts Bloomsbury's auction. These are all pretty shitty—poorly exposed, badly framed, out of focus, or just plain boring. » 2/20/15 12:32pm 2/20/15 12:32pm

The Force Is Strong With This International Space Station Expedition

Expedition 45's crew poster is outrageous. Six of the most capable human beings on this planet dressed up like six of the most capable creatures from other planets, Jedi Knights to be exact. Lightsabers, satellites that look like X-Wings and even a straight up Death Star are present. Now if I could only get my Jedi… » 2/13/15 4:47pm 2/13/15 4:47pm

Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

These are the contents of a mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet: Weird looking lamps, wrenches, utility brackets, sights, and a film camera that later was identified as the one that captured the famous Apollo 11's descent on the Moon's surface. Nobody knew about it, including his widow. » 2/08/15 10:30am 2/08/15 10:30am

Why Colonize Mars With Weak Humans When We Can Use Drones?

Since using a remote controlled helicopter with video goggles strapped to your face and spying on your neighbors is now a thing, why not populate the surface of mars with buzzing drones? Now NASA wants to supplement the Mars rover with a whirly bird to triple its daily operating range. » 1/27/15 3:11pm 1/27/15 3:11pm

NASA's Opportunity Has Now Explored the Martian Surface for 11 Years

Eleven years ago today—in fact, at this very minute (12:05 am ET)—NASA's Opportunity rover touched down on Mars for what was supposed to be a 90-day mission. Since then, Opportunity has proven to be an engineering marvel by traveling almost 26 miles on the Martian surface, more than any other off-Earth surface vehicle. » 1/25/15 10:00am 1/25/15 10:00am

Watch How NASA Beautifully Visualized Airflow Over Years Of Flight Tests

This jaw dropping video spans many decades of NASA flight testing which is cool in itself, but the fact that it concentrates on clips where the normally unseen movement of air is documented makes it downright wondrous. It also acts as a strong reminder of just what the 'A' stands for in NASA. » 1/24/15 4:08pm 1/24/15 4:08pm

NASA And Nissan Are Teaming Up To Make Robo-Cars Of The Future

Now that everyone's getting on the autonomous car bandwagon, each manufacturer needs its own angle. Audi takes its cars to the track, Mercedes makes its cars look like an egg, and Google's cars just have a weird face. Nissan, however, has gone with the betterment-of-humanity route, and just teamed up with NASA. » 1/08/15 8:05pm 1/08/15 8:05pm

The Thought Of A Single-Pilot Airliner Is Just A Bit Scary

There's an old pilot joke about cockpit automation that says the ideal flight crew is a pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches anything. Getting closer to that reality, NASA is studying flying airliners with only one pilot, and I don't like the idea.… » 1/06/15 12:36pm 1/06/15 12:36pm