Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 2:15pm 3/23/15 2:15pm

Mars Mission Chooses 100 People Best Suited to Dying on Another Planet

Sure, the planned civilian mission to Mars is wildly unrealistic, and if it even if we got there everyone would probably starve, but it's still fun to think about. That's especially true when it comes to deciding what 100 people should be banished to space, never to return, as Mars One did today. » 2/16/15 11:15pm 2/16/15 11:15pm

This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 2/04/15 11:30am 2/04/15 11:30am

Time Lapse Videos Capture The True Beauty Of Space At 17,150 MPH

Watching the world go by from the window of a plane at Mach 0.8 is hard to beat, but when it comes to an expanded world view, nobody gets a better picture than the residents of the International Space Station. Check out this time-lapse compilation by Germany's Alexander Gerst. » 12/27/14 11:45am 12/27/14 11:45am

Antares Rocket Explosion Repairs Will Take A Year And Cost $20 Million

The Antares rocket that exploded on liftoff near Wallops, Virginia on October 28th did about $20 million worth of damage to the launch facility, which is owned by the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority. http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/exploded-rocke... » 12/05/14 12:00pm 12/05/14 12:00pm

That's No Moon! Did Russia Deploy An Experimental Killer Satellite?

Russia launched the Kosmos 2499 rocket mission back in May as part of what seemed like just another mission to further develop its constellations of 'Rodnik' communications satellites. Usually three satellites are released during these missions, but this one had a fourth object. » 11/21/14 12:45pm 11/21/14 12:45pm

These Are the First Images Sent Back to Earth By Rosetta and Philae

This morning marks one of the most exciting moments in space exploration in years: Rosetta's lander, Philae, will touch down on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It's still making its way down to the comet, but the little lander that could is already snapping photos and sending them home. » 11/12/14 9:38am 11/12/14 9:38am

Rocket Scientists Say Virgin Galactic Put Safety In The Back Seat

After Friday's tragic mid-air explosion and crash of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, rocket industry experts have come forward, saying the company was warned of dangers in using nitrous oxide fuel in its rockets. One expert even said she was "shocked, but not surprised" that the crash occurred. » 11/02/14 2:40pm 11/02/14 2:40pm

Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two Crashed During Test Flight, Killing One

Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, which was undergoing testing to be the first commercial tourism spacecraft, has crashed into the Mojave desert. One of its two pilots has died. » 10/31/14 2:20pm 10/31/14 2:20pm

What It's Like To Fly Virgin Galactic To Space, And What That Means

Before you experience weightlessness on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, you'll be hanging on the belly of VirginMothershipEve then dropped and fired off like a missile. Here's what the ride will be like for those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, and what they mean by "space." » 10/06/14 12:32pm 10/06/14 12:32pm

Why the Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed—be it 20 miles per hour or 20 billion miles per hour—we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it's lights… » 10/01/14 2:20pm 10/01/14 2:20pm

After Two Years Of Driving, Curiosity Found The Dirt It Was Looking For

It's been a long, strange, and really very enjoyable roadtrip for Curiosity, our robot rover to the stars (and planets). But more than two years after it landed on Mars, and commenced rolling towards Mount Sharp, it has finally arrived — and it's started drilling. » 9/26/14 9:40am 9/26/14 9:40am

Vines From Space Are The Best Vines

As if being an U.S. Astronaut aboard the International Space Station isn't already cool enough, Reid Wiseman is having all of the fun up there while shooting epic videos and photographs. » 8/29/14 12:50pm 8/29/14 12:50pm

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. » 8/09/14 3:00pm 8/09/14 3:00pm

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 10:33am 8/01/14 10:33am

How This ISS Fireball Revealed a New Type of Cool, Invisible Flame

Remember that flame burst recorded by an astronaut aboard the ISS? Well, it wasn't just for the fireworks. In fact, that great ball of fire led to the discovery of a previously unknown type of cool-burning flame that isn't even visible to the naked eye. » 7/29/14 11:04am 7/29/14 11:04am

Watch NASA's Full TV Broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Right Here

Exactly 45 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. And right now, NASA is replaying the full TV broadcast from that fateful day in real-time. Watch it below—it's just as exhilarating today as it must have been 45 years ago. » 7/21/14 12:01am 7/21/14 12:01am

Read the Apollo 11 Flight Plan in Its 353-Page Entirety

Exactly 45 years ago today, after months of preparation, Apollo 11 embarked on its now-legendary mission to the moon. But what exactly does it take to send three men into the great, vacuous unknown? See for yourself. » 7/20/14 11:30am 7/20/14 11:30am

How NASA Would Have Handled a Failed Apollo 11

This weekend marks the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the moon. Like all missions, NASA had a contingency plan. Space historian Amy Shira Teitel explains the astronauts' grim orders if a lunar lander malfunction had left Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. » 7/19/14 9:00am 7/19/14 9:00am

A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:20pm 7/09/14 3:20pm