NASA

This Strange Sensor Russia Sent to the ISS Is Baffling US Military Experts

"I think the appropriate reaction is 'mild curiosity' rather than 'worry.'"<p>A Russian spacecraft on a routine mission to the International Space Station (ISS) apparently carried a surprise payload: a secretive sensor that experts said could be related to a controversial military initiative.<p>The …

Exploration

China's first space station is doomed — but objects inside of it may reach the ground unharmed

• <b>Tiangong-1, China's only space station, is expected to break up in Earth's atmosphere within months.</b>• <b><br>Some pieces, such as those made of titanium, will be strong enough to hit the ground.</b>• <b><br>Whole objects may survive intact due to the onion-like layering of spacecraft modules.</b><p>Launched in September 2011, …

Exploration

Retired astronaut who spent a year in space says not to doubt Elon Musk

Walking the Talk<p>Now retired, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly is a veteran of four space flights. He holds the record for total accumulated days in space, …

Elon Musk

Lego's Cool Women of NASA Set Will Be Missing Hidden Figures Heroine

Back in February, Lego revealed it would be turning Maia Weinstock’s Women of NASA Lego Ideas submission into an official set, and this morning we …

Lego

The robots that will sweep Earth's skies

After six years in space, China's first orbital station, the Tiangong-1 (aka the "Heavenly Palace") has finally outlived its operational limits and begun its descent back to Earth. It's expected to re-enter the atmosphere in a few months, whereupon a majority of the 9.3-ton station should burn up …

Exploration

Space-Worn Omega Speedmaster

The Speedmaster is nicknamed the Moon Watch for its place on the wrists of the astronauts of the Apollo program. This Space-Worn Omega Speedmaster …

Shopping

A Las Vegas hotel mogul plans to send an inflatable space hotel into orbit around the moon by 2022

• <b>Bigelow Aerospace says its inflatable space hotel could be ready for lunar orbit by 2022.</b>• <b><br>One of the company's pods is already attached to the International Space Station.</b>• <b><br>Bigelow is touting the future pod as a hub for "lunar business development," but the company would probably need NASA to get it</b> …

Science

#13: Testing the coolest instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope

18 October 2017 14:28<p><b>As the James Webb Space Telescope progresses toward launch, the telescope and its scientific instruments are undergoing an</b> …

James Webb Space Telescope

China's space station will crash into Earth in months

Down to Earth<p>What goes up must eventually come back down, and in this case it’s China’s first space station. The Tiangong-1 is expected to crash into …

Exploration

International Space Station to get a new Boeing-built wardrobe to house more payloads

The <b>International Space Station</b> (ISS) is set to get a new Boeing-built wardrobe to house increasing in-orbit science payloads.<p>International Space …

Space Station

Former NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Answers Questions Asked by People on Twitter

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly sat down with Wired to answer common astronaut related questions that were asked by people on Twitter.<p>How fast is …

Scott Kelly

Former NASA chief Charles Bolden earns Scripps prize for service in science

During his career at NASA, Charles Bolden Jr. had his eye on deep space and his feet on the ground.<p>This week Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major …

How Fit Will Astronauts Be After Years in Space?

After spending months or years in space during future long-term missions, returning to Earth can be challenging for astronauts — and one set of …

Science

Traveling to Mars? Top 6 health challenges

NASA aims to have humans on Mars by the 2030s. The people making the long space journey will experience health risks they’ve never faced before.<p>NASA …

Science

Colliding neutron stars create ripples in space-time, NASA says

This animation shows a rare cosmic phenomenon called a kilonova which took place 130 million light-years away from Earth.

Neutron Stars

This Video of Astronauts Playing With a Fidget Spinner in Space is Unreal

One giant spin for mankind.<p>Have you ever wondered how a fidget spinner would work in space? Probably not, but apparently somebody aboard the ISS did. …

Science

Get lost in NASA's stunning Saturn rings panorama

Step into Cassini's shoes with a dazzling look at Saturn's rings taken before the spacecraft's death.<p>The Saturn-studying Cassini spacecraft may have plunged to its end on Sept. 15, but NASA is still releasing new data and images from the final days Cassini spent at the planet. On Monday, the space …

Astronomy

Astronaut Scott Kelly's View From Space

Support the news<p>Former astronaut Scott Kelly joins us to talk his out-of-this-world year in space, and where we might be headed next – think …

Scott Kelly

Soyuz capsule suffered partial depressurization during April landing

WASHINGTON — A Soyuz spacecraft returning three people to Earth in April experienced a partial loss of pressure during the final stages of its …

Exploration

Astronauts have smuggled fidget spinners onto the International Space Station

Look at it go!<p>On Earth, it’s very easy to get your hands on a fidget spinner, should you feel so inclined. For a time, every tiny shop in London …

Space Station

Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Parts of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth's atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean.<p>The fiery end Monday night to parts of Progress …

Business

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

As part of NASA's twins study, astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space while his twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth. That year on the space station makes Scott Kelly the American record-holder for consecutive days in space. To get through that year, he had a routine.<p>"You kind …

Culture

‘Gotham’ Riddler Cory Michael Smith To Play Opposite Ryan Gosling In ‘First Man’ | Deadline

Cory Michael Smith is set to play astronaut Roger Chaffee in Damien Chazelle’s upcoming Universal astronaut pic <i>First Man.</i><p>Chaffee was one of the …

Ryan Gosling

Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Space and Would Go Back Again

The astronaut discusses his new memoir, <i>Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery</i>.<p>October 17, 2017, 4:17 p.m.<p>Photo by Bill Ingalls, …

Boston

Could TV and movies be the key to keeping astronauts sane in space?

Sure, a lot of folks use DVRs now, but we still use television as a way to track the passage of time — the splashy dramas debut in the fall; the …

Nasa calls off Tuesday’s anti-IEBC demos

Nasa supporters demonstrate in the city centre on October 16, 2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL<p><b>By HILARY KIMUYU</b><p>The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has called …

Kenya

Things We Saw Today: Fidget Spinners…In Space!

Nothing says joy like watching Astronauts play with a fidget spinner IN SPACE. NASA sent their astronauts on the International Space Station the “it” …

Fidget Spinner

How Valuable Is a Unicorn? Maybe Not as Much as It Claims to Be

Uber is said to be worth $62.5 billion. Airbnb is valued at $31 billion. Elon Musk’s SpaceX Technologies is valued at $21 billion, and Pinterest at $12.3 billion.<p>Those eye-popping valuations regularly fill articles and water-cooler conversations in Silicon Valley, all under the umbrella of …

Venture Capital

China’s space station is out of control and will smash into Earth within months

With regular launches from the likes of SpaceX, fantastic photos of far-away worlds sent straight to Earth by high-tech spacecraft, and the very real …

Science

Video: Scott Kelly stopped by and we got to ask him a few questions | Ars Technica

A short video interview wherein we also ask about booze in space.<p>Former astronaut Scott Kelly spent most of 2015 and a bit of 2016 in low-Earth orbit …

Space