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NASA and the author of ‘The Martian’ tell us exactly how we’ll get to Mars

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut who's been stranded on Mars and has to figure out how to survive until the space agency can devise a daring plan to rescue him.<p>But Earth's first manned mission to Mars will share little resemblance to the hit film — not to mention the book it's …

Space Science

Building Fallout 4's Mister Handy: 2077's Number One Robot Butler

Designing a robot for a future that doesn't exist.<p>Mister Handy utility robots were first released back in the halcyon days of 2039. A joint venture between RobCo and General Atomics International, the hovering, buzzsaw-weilding, nuclear-powered butlerbots were an immediate success. Despite early …

Handy

Astronomers Capture the Last Cries of a Star Eaten by a Black Hole

It's a good week for stellar bullies.<p>Black holes are the densest thing in the universe, and even a child knows that ultimately (and with slight caveats) even light can't escape them. But many black holes, including our galaxy's center Sagitarrius A, are content to slowly feast on passing gas clouds …

European Space Agency

Watch this dreamy animation of a black hole tearing apart a passing star

If you need further evidence you should never go near a black hole, NASA has just the cautionary tale for you. A new animation from the space agency shows what it looks like when a star gets torn apart by a black hole's huge gravitational pull. In this artist rendering, the star passes close enough …

Nike's Self-Lacing Sneakers From 'Back To The Future II' Are Real

And Michael J. Fox is wearing them to help the fight against Parkinson's<p>In the 1989 hit move <i>Back To The Future Part II</i>, our protagonist Marty McFly travels to what was then the strange and distant future day of October 21, 2015, encountering all sorts of strange modern technologies, like …