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 →
They say the best things in life are free, and waking up early to enjoy the natural wonder of a sunrise certainly fits the bill. But the sunrise you witness from the ground is nothing like the spectacle of a $75,000 sunrise that you might enjoy from space.
What is a $75,000 sunrise? You’re about to find out. More →
For the first time in the history of mankind, scientists are attempting to make physical contact with a comet. A 10-year project by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will culminate on Wednesday when scientists attempt to land a probe on a comet for the first time ever. The final stage of the mission — actually landing the probe on the comet — has been described as “seven hours of terror” by a scientist involved with the project, and that terror is about to begin.
The actual touchdown of the probe “Philae” on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is scheduled to take place just before 11:oo a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, and the attempt is being streamed live, as are the events leading up to tomorrow’s landing. More →
The photo you see above is one minuscule portion of a staggeringly massive infrared panoramic photo captured by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope that manages to squeeze the entire Milky Way galaxy into a single photograph. That single photograph, mind you, is a 6GB file. More →
As we gear up for an era where space travel becomes more common thanks to the efforts of companies like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, territory that was unchartered just a few decades ago could soon become commonplace. Even those of us with no interest in traveling to space have come to rely on The Final Frontier more so than ever before, thanks to an increasing number of services that rely on satellites orbiting the Earth. Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earth’s atmosphere?
The answer: Pretty crowded. More →
Rovio on Thursday released a video featuring NASA astronaut and International Space Station flight engineer Don Pettit. In the video, Pettit explains microgravity with the help of characters from the popular Angry Birds franchise, even making a slingshot and firing a bird across the station. The fourth major Birds release is scheduled to land on Android, iOS, OSX and Windows on March 22nd. In “Angry Birds Space,” users will be flinging birds on zero gravity planets with new gameplay features such as slow-motion and lightspeed destruction. Rovio has previously confirmed that the game will feature completely new birds along with some of the originals, who now possess various super powers. Rovio’s video follows below. More →