Space

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 Air Force's Covert Unmanned X-37B Spaceship Will Hitch a Ride With SpaceX

Back in May, the US Air Force's covert unmanned spaceship, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, returned to Earth after 718 consecutive...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 10:57AM

Three Big Ways 'The Expanse' Does Science Right

Syfy's The Expanse has won praise from fans and critics for being one of the most scientifically rigorous sci-fi shows on TV, to the...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 01 September 2017 - 5:50PM

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

Astronomers Capture a Detailed Image of the Distant Star Antares

For the most part, the only star that astronomers have gotten a detailed look at is our own Sun (even if they can't look directly at...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 5:06PM

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

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

Black Holes Outside Our Galaxy are Moving in 'Weird and Exciting' Ways

Last year's discovery of gravitational waves rocked the field of astronomy, and since then, researchers have pored over the strange...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 7:45PM

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

SpaceX's Sleek New Spacesuits Were Created by the Costume Designer for Marvel's 'Avengers'

Elon Musk has shared a first official look at the new spacesuits that customers aboard his commercial space tourism service, SpaceX,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 10:06AM

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

Scientists Create Diamond Rain to Research Neptune's Strange Weather

Some people get to have all the fun.Researchers at the SLAC Laboratory at Stanford have recently been attempting to recreate the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 8:51PM

The Solar Eclipse Is Causing Weird Changes in the Sun's Magnetic Field

The day has finally come. August 21st, 2017, the great American total solar eclipse. Millions across the country are flocking to bear...

Chelsea Gohd
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 12:31PM

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

The Google Lunar XPrize Is Still Awarding $30 Million To Anyone Who Can Land a Rover on the Moon

If you don't know XPrize, bookmark them--they're the ones who ran the worldwide contest to create a functioning analogue to Star...

Chelsea Gohd
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 2:40PM

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

A Tech Startup is Planning to Build a Cell Tower On the Moon

If lunar colonies are going to become a realistic plan for the future, one thing's for certain. We're going to need good cellphone...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 6:32PM

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

NASA Is Sending Up Giant Bacteria Balloons During the Eclipse to See if We're Infecting Other Worlds

If you're not already pumped for next week's total solar eclipse, it's time to get even more excited: one fun side effect of the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 11:18AM