NASA

Cassini Ended Its 20-Year Mission Today by Crashing Into Saturn

R.I.P. Cassini, the hard-working space probe that's given us a far better understanding of Saturn and its moons.Following thirteen...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 10:40AM

The Strongest Solar Flare in Over 10 Years Has Been Unleashed

On the morning of September 6th, the Sun unleashed two brief eruptions of radiation. The first burst was classified as an X-class...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 12:22PM

Cassini Enters its Final Week Before its Fatal Plunge into Saturn

Cassini's final week is about to begin, with the the famous NASA probe ending its 20 year mission on Friday, September 15, by plunging...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 09 September 2017 - 4:58PM

Another Black Hole is Discovered at the Center of the Milky Way

It's long been established that, deep at the heart of our constantly swirling galaxy, there exists a fantastically powerful...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 08 September 2017 - 7:20PM

A Gigantic Solar Flare Disrupted Radio Communications on Earth

Not to scare you, but if anything were to take out our means of worldwide communication, like, say, an enormous solar flare, we'd all...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 07 September 2017 - 7:27PM

How a Watch Saved the Apollo 13 Mission

Ever since Apollo 13 hit theaters in 1995, everyone remembers the scene where NASA staff were able to cobble together a square CO2...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 - 4:18PM

William Shatner Beamed a Message to NASA's Voyager 1 for its 40th Anniversary

Like him or tolerate him, William Shatner is one of the biggest voices in science fiction culture. Playing Captain Kirk on the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 7:25PM

The Sun's Magnetic Field Destroyed a Solar Eruption on its Surface

From this far away, it's eay to look up at the sun and think of it as merely a big ball of static light, kind of like a lamp or a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 6:23PM

NASA's Venus Rover Concept Resembles a Clockwork Computer Tank

The problem with exploring the planet Venus is that the planet's environment is pretty horrific. Once upon a time, the planet was...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 28 August 2017 - 7:38PM

A Quadcopter Drone Could Soon be Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan

When we think of probes on the surfaces of alien worlds, our minds often conjure images of either the Mars Curiosity rover or that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 12:24PM

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Just Completed its 40th Successful Flight

Elon Musk must be very pleased with himself at the moment. His plans for commercial space flight are gaining steam, as his Falcon 9...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 7:40PM

Watching Hurricane Harvey From the ISS Is Beautiful and Frightening

Batten down the hatches and brace for really bad news--something big is on the way, and it's not going to end well. Hurricane Harvey,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 10:58AM

NASA Astronauts Are Now Training With Virtual Reality

Let's do some quick math here. Princeton and Yale's acceptance rate is about 6-7%, and Harvard's acceptance rate is around 5%. NASA's...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 12:38PM

Scientists are Attempting to Recycle Astronaut Urine Into Plastic

Space flight is a difficult business. On the one hand, a lot of tools and resources are needed for a successful mission that have to...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 7:24PM

Elon Musk and Other Tech Experts Urge the UN To Ban 'Killer Robots'

The problem with Terminator 2's opening scene is that it makes robot murderbots look incredibly cool. If given the chance, what...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 7:14PM

NASA Will Prevent a Volcanic Eruption in Yellowstone by Draining its Heat

Of all the imminent dangers around the world right now, one slightly less imminent danger that tends to get forgotten is the giant...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 20 August 2017 - 6:18PM

NASA Will Attempt to Create Oxygen From the Atmosphere on Mars

There are tons of reasons why we can't live on Mars just yet, even ignoring the unfinished challenge of actually moving some people...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 4:40PM

A Teenage Bitcoin Millionaire Is Launching a YouTube Time Capsule Into Space

Self-made teenage bitcoin millionaire Erik Finkman wants to launch YouTube into space. No, not the cat videos--Project Da Vinci, set...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 11:03AM

Scientists Are Building Tiny, Eco-Friendly, Water-Powered Cube Satellites

Two major problems plague scientists who rely on satellites--first is the prohibitive cost, and second is the growing mass of junk...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 10:55AM

Tech Company Builds a 3D Printer That Works in the Vacuum of Space

3D printing is going to be a big part of space travel. Imagine if, instead of needing to take endless just-in-case resources and spare...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 - 9:20PM