We witnessed a historical cosmic moment on Monday. Mercury, strolling along its orbit between the Earth and the Sun, appeared as a tiny black dot on top of our galaxy’s star. The entire 7.5-hour event was live streamed online, with NASA posting regular photo updates of Mercury’s transit. And now, you can relive the whole thing by watching a fantastic time-lapse video that condenses the 7.5-hour journey into a 2-minute video. More →
Late last year, NASA partnered with video delivery infrastructure company Harmonic to launch a non-commercial Ultra HD TV channel. NASA’s goal was to utilize the clarity and resolution of UHD to “showcase the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of space,” which is exactly what it has done in a new feature.
Microsoft didn’t make too many splashy headlines during the opening of its Build conference on Wednesday but it did show off some really cool new technology related to both artificial intelligence and mixed reality platforms. When it comes to the latter, the company announced that it’s teaming up with NASA to create a new experience where people can take a virtual walk on Mars with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. More →
44 years. That’s how long it’s been since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth. With all of the technological advancements that have come about in the past four decades, you might think that a trip to the Moon would be a walk in the park, but NASA’s priorities lie elsewhere.
Thankfully, those same advancements have made it possible for us to relive the Apollo 17 mission without ever leaving our homes. More →
The next journey to the International Space Station is just hours away.
NASA announced last week that it would provide live coverage of an upcoming rocket launch to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will join cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos as they lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft on Friday, March 18th.
That day is here, and you can watch it happen live at 5:26 p.m. ET.
We’ve loved BB-8 ever since we first spotted him rolling around in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. The cute little robot is a clear hit with the crowds, and might grow to become even more popular than R2-D2 and C-3PO. He’s so cool that he even got the chance to visit NASA and play with the actual robot prototypes that the agency will use for space exploration missions.
Here are some pictures from this epic visit.
NASA’s Hubble Telescope regularly blows my mind by taking some incredible photos of the universe that make me realize just how small our humble little planet is. After combing through the archive of some of the best Hubble space photos on NASA’s website, I’ve picked out 10 that I found to be particularly incredible. Let’s check them out below. More →
Nearly 13 years after the last iconic Concorde airliner hung up its wings, NASA has announced a new supersonic passenger jet.
On Monday, NASA revealed a project as part of its newly-introduced New Aviation Horizons initiative that awarded Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract over the next 17 months to create a jet that uses quiet supersonic technology (QueSST). It is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ for the initiative. More →
Saturn and its rings may be a long way from Earth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t snap lots of photos of the distant planet. In fact, taking pictures of Saturn is part of the job for NASA researchers, who have captured a stunning shot of several objects in the planet’s orbit.
Hacking group AnonSec says that it has accessed a trove of NASA data and hacked one of the space agency’s drones, prompting an investigation by NASA, which has questioned the validity of the claims.
AnonSec dubbed the alleged hack “OpNasaDrones” and claims to have accessed a slew of drone flight logs as well as email addresses and phone numbers of NASA employees, according to documents posted online Sunday. The hackers say they even attempted to crash a NASA Global Hawk drone. More →