Exploration

'Potentially hazardous' three-mile-wide asteroid to skim Earth just DAYS before Christmas

A massive asteroid is set to skim the Earth on December 16, just over a week before Christmas.<p>The asteroid - named 3200 Phaethon after the Greek …

Astronomy

Astronomers Want to Send a Probe to That Interstellar Asteroid, But There's a Catch

They'd better hurry!<p>It's not every day that an asteroid from outside the Solar System comes whizzing past your front door. In fact, it's only ever …

Science

James Webb Telescope Emerges From 90 Days Under Lock and Freeze

The James Webb Space Telescope has just emerged into the light after more than 90 days sealed in NASA's giant cryogenic vacuum chamber. The test is …

James Webb Space Telescope

Will we ever have genetically modified astronauts?

Life in space is difficult – and it's not an environment we evolved for. If we’re in space for long journeys, should we evolve along the way?<p>It takes something special to be an astronaut – an extraordinary combination of bravery, fitness, intelligence, lightning-fast decision-making and calmness …

Space

Massive Phaethon asteroid to zoom past Earth in a close encounter before Christmas

Astronomers believe that the asteroid was once much bigger than its current size.<p>A massive asteroid is expected to zoom past Earth in a particularly …

Astronomy

Saturn in natural colours

The ring swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on …

Astronomy

America's 'Booster Belt' Part Three (continued) - Marshall

Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Three (continued) – Marshall<p>SpaceFlight Insider continued its tour of NASA’s Marshall SpaceFlight …

Bad news for beer snobs: When humans finally get to Mars we'll all have to drink BUDWEISER

If you're partial to a nice hoppy IPA or a full-bodied stout, you might want to think twice before accepting that once-in-a-lifetime ticket to the …

Beer

A Giant Magellan Telescope Needs Giant Mirrors

The Giant Magellan Telescope doesn’t seem so giant in the renderings, until you see how the mirrors are made.<p>The telescope will require seven total …

James Webb Space Telescope

Budweiser sending barley to space in hopes of learning how to brew beer on Mars

Budweiser wasn’t kidding about its plans to brew “the first beer on Mars.”<p>After announcing its initiative at the South by Southwest conference in March, Budweiser is reportedly taking its next (small) steps toward accomplishing its out-of-this-world goal by sending beer-making grains — namely, …

Determine

Meet '`Oumuamua,' the Strange Interstellar Asteroid That Sent Us a Message

In the classic 1973 Arthur C. Clarke science fiction novel "Rendezvous With Rama," a mysterious object is detected outside the orbit of Jupiter as it …

Science

NASA publishes final amazing picture of Saturn captured by doomed Cassini space probe

NASA's Cassini spacecraft crashed into the surface of Saturn after 13 years spent orbiting the gas giant.<p>Before it died, the probe sent back 42 …

Space Exploration

The Ocean: Endlessly Interesting

You may have surfed in water thousands of years old<p>Have you ever, even for the briefest of moments, thought about the age of the water in which …

Surfing

Russia sends research ship to help search for missing Argentine sub

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry has sent an oceanographic research ship to the South Atlantic to help with the search for an Argentine submarine which went missing more than a week ago, TASS news agency reported on Thursday.<p>The vessel, called Yantar (Amber), is equipped with two …

World News

Beer in space: Budweiser makes plans for life on Mars

Those Clydesdales better start shaping up: Budweiser has its sights set on space travel.<p>Last March, Anheuser-Busch announced it had big plans for its beer–namely, getting it to Mars. Now it looks like the company is actually doing it. Budweiser is working with the Center for Advancement of Science …

Scientific Research

InSight Mars lander clears crucial test, inches closer to 2018 launch

The InSight mission was initially scheduled to launch last year, however, it was postponed due to a leaky container.<p>Nasa's next Mars lander has …

Space Exploration

Budweiser is blasting barley into space to brew Mars beer

Settlers could arrive on Mars as soon as 2024, if SpaceX gets its way. And, those newcomers to the red planet are going to need supplies, like...beer. While Elon Musk and co. are aspiring to send (useful) cargo to Mars two years ahead of the first visitors, Budweiser is planning for the inevitable …

Business

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon

No human has been to the moon since 1972. But India, China and Russia would like to change that, and soon.

Space Exploration

Search

Pause your game of Asteroids, space fans! Astronomers spotted an interstellar asteroid traveling through the Milky Way. (We’d forgive you for reading …

Space Exploration

Why Galaxies Come in Different Shapes

Hanging on the walls in countless science classrooms around the world are illustrations of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. You've probably heard of …

Universe

Stunning image of Saturn stitched together from final Cassini flyby

On September 15th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its hall of fame mission to Saturn with a dramatic plunge into the gas giant's atmosphere. NASA …

Space

Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes

Our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is just four light-years from Earth, and while that's pretty close in the grand scheme of things, we …

Exoplanets

Beneath Antarctica's Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

Whoever you are, whatever you do, your job is almost certainly boring as hell compared with the researchers who spent the last six weeks diving …

Environment

NASA shows off Mars rover tires that bounce back into shape

The next Mars rover could ride across the alien planet on a new kind of tire that remembers its shape after running over rocks.<p>NASA's Curiosity rover has tender feet. The Mars exploration vehicle is suffering tire damage from the rocky terrain, so NASA is looking for ways to improve the tires for …

Planets

China Isn't Winning the Race for Space

Even as NASA stumbles, private U.S. companies are taking the lead in exploration.<p>By the middle of the century, nuclear-powered Chinese shuttles will regularly ply interplanetary space, carrying workers between mining colonies on distant planets and asteroids. If that, like much else published on …

Business

Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

<b>CLEVELAND, OHIO—</b>In an underdog city, at an underdog NASA lab, researchers are thinking hard about an undeservedly neglected planet. Venus is Earth's …

Space Exploration

Hubble Finds 'Tenth Planet' is Slightly Larger than Pluto

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has resolved the "tenth planet," nicknamed "Xena" for the first time, and has found that it is only just a little …

Astronomy

So, you want to send a probe to catch up to ‘Oumuamua… | Ars Technica

"Chemical propulsion just doesn’t close the case in this scenario."<p>A little more than a month ago, an interstellar visitor now known as 'Oumuamua …

Space Travel

SpaceX Wants to Double Its Number of Launches in 2018

President and COO Gwynne Shotwell shares details on SpaceX's future and its ambitious to top its record-breaking launch year.

Women in Tech

A Mysterious Object Flying Past the Sun Is Our First Confirmed Visitor From Another Solar System

A mysterious asteroid detected speeding past the sun in October has been confirmed by scientists to be a visitor from outside our solar system, the …

Astronomy