Space Exploration

Neil deGrasse Tyson on alien life, Nasa's future and why he doubts humans will ever walk on Mars

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by deGrasse Tyson and Michael Strauss is out now<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, director of …

Cosmology

Today's Google Doodle is celebrating a beautiful and necessary death

Today's Google Doodle shows the Cassini spacecraft passing by Saturn, in a cheery picture. But it is perhaps one of the most beautifully tragic …

Astronomy

Here Is the Trump Transition Team's Big Plan for NASA

Popular Mechanics met with astrophysicist Jack Burns, a member of President Trump's NASA transition team, to learn a little about what we can expect from the agency moving forward.<p>If you feel like NASA's been in limbo lately, you're not alone.<p>"NASA has been kind of stuck for much of the last …

NASA

Moon Colony? Chinese, European Space Programs May Establish Lunar Base

Dreams of colonizing the Moon that seem to have been forgotten may be revived.<p>Rumors the European Space Agency and China's space agency might be …

Space

NASA spacewalking suits in short supply, report finds

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's spacewalking suits are in short supply, and a replacement is still years away despite the nearly $200 million spent on new technology, the space agency's inspector general reported Wednesday.<p>A next-generation suit for spacewalking astronauts is needed for future …

NASA

To infinity and beyond: Ted Cruz looks to encourage commercial space exploration | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not content to limit his free market principles to Texas, America, or even the world, Sen. Ted Cruz moved Wednesday to extend that …

Ted Cruz

How to watch the first 4K live stream from space at 1:30 PM ET

Space deserves the highest resolution available. Even if all you’re broadcasting is a tabletop inside the International Space Station – it’s a work surface in space, it deserves special attention. That’s why it’s important that Amazon Web Services and NASA are partnering to deliver the first ever …

NASA

Meet the Space Custodians: Debris Cleanup Plans Emerge

Over the past 25 years, the amount of space junk orbiting Earth has grown exponentially, and the problem is bound to get worse: Some experts claim …

Space

Cruz looks to boost space industry

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at a hearing on Wednesday called for expanding commercial investment in the space industry.

Astronomy

Chinese and European space agencies in talks to build a moon base

A ‘lunar base’ is a phrase previously used mostly by Bond villains, but the Chinese and European space agencies are discussing creating exactly that in a new collaborative effort. The discussions were confirmed by the ESA’s Pal Hvistendahl, speaking to Bloomberg on Wednesday, and involve working …

Space

Europe & China Discuss Moonbase Partnership

In recent years, multiple space agencies have shared their plans to return astronauts to the Moon, not to mention establishing an outpost there. …

Moon

Germs Aboard The Space Station: NASA’s ‘Genes In Space-3’ Program Will Identify Unknown Microbes In Space

If you found a microbe and wanted to identify it, you would need more than just a regular encyclopedia and a magnifying glass. But when you are in an …

NASA

China in talks with ESA to build 'moon village' as potential launch pad for future Mars missions

China has recently ramped up its space programme and plans to launch a lunar mission in 2018.<p>China is reportedly in talks with the European Space …

Space

4 Reasons to Work in the Space Industry

<b>A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… No. Right here. Right now.</b><p><b>With astronauts tweeting from Space, news about SpaceX, and other companies in</b> …

Space Travel

The Next Pluto Mission: An Orbiter and Lander?

For decades, we could only imagine what the view of Pluto’s surface might be. Now, we have the real thing.<p>The images and data from the<p>” …

Space Science

Cygnus Spacecraft Approaches Space Station in the Sunset

On Saturday April 22, 2017, Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft as …

Space

Buzz Aldrin Wants To Serve As 'Strong Adviser' On US Mission To Reach Mars

'I don’t think we can rush and try and get to Mars during his (Trump’s) first term or second term.'<p>Buzz Aldrin has said he wants to serve as a “strong adviser” in the mission to reach Mars but admitted he doubts it will happen during Donald Trump’s presidency.<p>The second man on the moon attended the …

Buzz Aldrin

Aliens may have existed in our solar system long before us

The solar system humanity calls home may have once been inhabited by an extinct species of spacefaring aliens, a top scientist has suggested.<p>A space …

Aliens

In this lively doc about Earth’s first interstellar spacecraft, the scientists matter more than the science

This 40-year retrospective of the still-ongoing Voyager missions brings the humor and humanity to the science<p><i>Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special</i><i>event releases. We’re currently reporting from the Tribeca Film Festival in New</i> …

Documentaries

UFO hunter claims 'Martian tree' seen on Mars in Curiosity Rover footage is sign of life on red planet

Conspiracy theorists claim they have found a tree stump on Mars, which they believe indicates there was once life on the red planet.<p>The 3ft-high …

UFOs

Cassini Photos: Probe Snaps A Spectacular Shot Of Earth In Between Saturn's Rings

It was taken from 870m miles away.<p>Before NASA’s Cassini probe began its final few orbits of Saturn on Sunday, it returned a stunning photo of Earth dwarfed by the gas giant’s iconic rings.<p>The image was taken at a distance of 870m miles from Earth, which can be seen as a white blob among the belts …

NASA

NASA’s Juno Space Probe Sends Back Stunning Images of Jupiter

Traveling 1.74 billion miles over 5 years, NASA's Juno space probe entered Jupiter's polar orbit on July 5, 2016. Set to explore the Solar System's largest planet until 2018, the Juno probe will provide valuable information previously unavailable to scientists.<p>Why study Jupiter? Being the largest …

Solar System

Despite delays, Boeing’s Starliner moving steadily toward the launch pad

The real publicity prize will come from the first launch of US astronauts from US soil.<p>Last October, during a White House Frontiers Conference in …

SpaceX

Sun's Magnetic Shield May Be a Bubble, Not Comet-Shaped

The sun's magnetic "sphere of influence" that surrounds our solar system is shaped like a bubble, rather than having a long, comet-like tail as many …

Astronomy

Here's why you won't want to miss May's Flower Moon

It's going to be spectacular<p>May's beautiful flowers are definitely a sight to see, but something else that's quite extraordinary during the month? …

Flowers

Designing The Hanging Gardens Of Mars

NASA is all about solving challenges, and the goal of having a prolonged presence in space, or a colony on Mars or some other world, is full of …

Farming

Whose is bigger? How all the Mars-bound rockets stack up

A power trip to the red planet.<p>Like everything else in the 1960s, NASA’s <i>Saturn V</i> rocket set a mark for extreme. At 363 feet tall, with 7.5 million pounds of liftoff thrust, it lifted six moon-bound missions into space. Retired in 1973, it remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket our …

SpaceX

Why Is the Cassini Probe on a Collision Course with Saturn?

In this stunning animation, watch NASA's Cassini spacecraft begin the last chapter of its 20-year mission to Saturn. Diving deeper into Saturn's rings than ever before, scientists hope that the data from Cassini's final orbits will help to improve our understanding of the giant ringed planet. The …

Space Science

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Said Her Latest Record Was 'A Huge Honor' To Break

"It's one of those rides that you hope never ends."<p>NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has broken so many records, we're beginning to lose count.<p>Last year, …

NASA

NASA just sent its $3.26 billion spacecraft on a suicide mission

At 5 am ET on Wednesday, NASA will fly its $3.26 billion Cassini spacecraft where no spacecraft has flown before — in the deepest region of Saturn's rings between the planet and its inner-most ring. NASA has wanted to study this region of space for decades, but each time it had the chance it opted …

NASA