One of the humanity’s problems, whether we like to acknowledge it or not, is that we’re still heavily dependent on fossil fuel. Not only that, but Earth’s climate also has to suffer because of it. However, there are many projects aimed at replacing fossil fuels with clean energy, and one of the most daring ones involves beaming down solar energy from space. Researchers have conceived a way to get that energy from space-based solar panels, which means the supply would be virtually unlimited. More →
Remember that Solar System school project you may have built when you were a kid? Remember how crammed together the planets orbiting the sun were? Well, you couldn’t have made it any other way – say, to actual scale – unless you had some seven miles of space at your disposal. More →
The Indian Space Research Organisation has released a series of beautiful images taken by the country’s Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter. The images reveal striking details of the Ophir Chasma, a canyon that spans about 186 miles of the planet’s surface.
The orbiter marks India’s first interplanetary space venture. More →
Like something out of “The Jetsons,” Canadian firm Thoth Technology has been granted a U.S. patent for a space elevator. The proposed “freestanding space tower” would reach a little over 12 miles above the Earth, according to an announcement from the company. More →
Stargazers in the northern hemisphere enjoyed the oldest meteor shower known to Earth in August 2015. The annual Perseid shower occurs when pieces of comet Swift-Tuttle hit Earth’s atmosphere at more than 133,000 mph and burn up. Here are some stunning images of the 2015 Perseid meteor shower. More →
In a depressing alternate reality, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin successfully landed on the moon only to get stuck there after a critical equipment failure. That thankfully didn’t happen 46 years ago today, but in 1969 President Richard Nixon and his staff had to prepare to that grim possibility, which is why they had a speech written for if Armstrong and Aldrin had been stranded in outer space. More →
With all of the commotion and intrigue surrounding the New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto, the BBC recently highlighted an incredible interactive piece they put together last year which provides an engaging and informative approach to answering a question most everyone has wondered at some point in their lives: just how big is the Universe?
It’s always neat to look at pictures of Earth from space but Japan’s Himawari-8 weather satellite has just outdone every beautiful set of Earth photos we’ve ever seen. The New York Times brings us word that the satellite is now snapping a picture of Earth every 10 minutes and the publication has used them to create a stunning timelapse of the planet over a 24-hour period. More →
We’ve already explained how astronauts take showers in space, but what do they do when they’re not freshening up or, you know, engaged in important scientific research? Why, take selfies of course.
Now taking a selfie in space, in and of itself, is no big technical feat. But what makes an otherwise ordinary activity all the more interesting is that astronauts can use light emanating from different areas of earth to apply some makeshift filters to their photos.
Have you ever wondered about the logistics of taking a shower in a zero-gravity environment? Well wonder no more. CBS News caught up with astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti at the International Space Station, where she gave a crash course in outer-space hygiene. It goes without saying that anyone who’s hoping there will be nice warm showers in space is going to be very disappointed. More →
If you weren’t aware, NASA likes to keep a close eye on everything that’s happening in our solar system. Occasionally, the phenomena they observe are too incredible not to share, such as the huge solar flare that erupted from the surface of the sun on May 5th, an event that NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is calling the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Solar Flare. More →
When it comes to moon travel, astronaut Buzz Aldrin has already been there and done that. As the second man to ever walk on the moon, Aldrin these days has his eyes set on a bigger goal and an even tougher challenge: Mars.
Indeed, the moon is seemingly old news nowadays, what with people like Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk championing the need to colonize mars.
You know your annoying neighbors down the block who suck up 10 times more power than anyone else from your local grid for four weeks every year when their Christmas light display goes up? You know exactly who we’re talking about. There’s a giant inflatable Santa on their front lawn that’s even taller than their house, and about 10,000 seizure-inducing light bulbs strewn about behind him that blink incessantly at all hours of the night.
For whatever reason, those neighbors think that you’re impressed by their horrid display. But if you want to see what an awe-inspiring light show really looks like, you’ll definitely want to check out this incredible video of a light show captured in space. More →