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How NASA is rehearsing for a mission to Mars

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>The Martian landscape is otherworldly. The ground is twisted into ropelike coils, rippling waves and jagged spikes; sulfurous gases billow from vents in the ground, bits of volcanic glass glitter in faint sunlight that filters through the undulating fog.<p>Two astronauts …

Space Exploration

Why the Soviet space workhorse Soyuz is still going strong – 50 years on

It has ferried Britons, tortoises and cosmonauts into orbit, seeing off its more complex US rivals<p>The capsule claimed the life of the first astronaut to fly in it and was later involved in one of the worst accidents in spaceflight history. Yet Soyuz – which was first blasted into space 50 years ago …

The 2017 movies we're geeking out for

Let's go to the movies! These are the sci-fi, fantasy, action and generally geeky flicks we're excited about in 2017.<p>Once again, superheroes and sequels (and superhero sequels) dominate the box office listings. But it's not all retreads and remakes; there are actually some original movies coming to …

20 Fascinating Images Of The Surface Of The Red Planet - Mars

Fascinated by the outlandish? These images of the planet Mars are bound to have you hooked!<p>The base of Mars' Mount Sharp.<p>A view of Ophir Chasma on …

Mars Rover

Giving science toys to boys is not the worst of it – we all secretly try to control our kids with gifts

One of the more traumatic memories from my childhood is that of the Christmas, some time back in the distant, dark 1970s, when my older brother was given a chemistry set. Our kitchen flared with combustible chemicals, the table was blackened, test tubes shattered and only my brother had goggles to …

Kids

Japan launches 'space junk' collector

As well as delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), the vessel has a device that will remove space junk in orbit. The launch was …

A Brief Explanation of Black Hole Physics

Black holes, the Event Horizon, and what happens when you find yourself inside one.<p>What happens when you enter a black hole is the biggest bong-rip question of astrophysics. As you'd expect, the answer is complicated. Here, PBS's Space Time attempts to tackle this confusing topic in as accessible a …

Claudia Hammond: The benefits of understanding our minds

Psychology research is helping us understand how our brains work and could help us improve our lives - we just have to start paying more attention to what scientists are finding...<p>The human mind is an extraordinary thing. It has allowed our species, in just a few thousand years, to reshape the …

The Brain

Nasa and Stephen Hawking are working on a nano-starship that can travel 1/5th the speed of light

Nasa researchers have joined forces with Stephen Hawking to build a nano-starship that can travel one-fifth the speed of light.<p>If successful, the …

Showcasing the Benefits of NASA Technology Here on Earth

Every year, NASA showcases how the technology it develops for exploring space and studying other worlds has applications here on planet Earth. It’s …