Cargo Runs To The Space Station Resume With A Successful Launch

The Russian Progress spacecraft launched without incident last night, carrying three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station. Less than a day after the unexpected Antares rocket explosion, it's reassuring to have a successful cargo run. » 10/29/14 5:30pm Wednesday 5:30pm

Uncrewed Antares Rocket Explodes, Crashing Into Pad Seconds After Launch

Instead of a nice, predictable cargo run to the space station, an Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch this evening. No injuries are reported and all personnel are accounted for, but the payload is lost and the launchpad damaged. Orbital Sciences and NASA are investigating the accident. » 10/28/14 4:30pm Tuesday 4:30pm

This is Where LADEE Crashed Into The Moon

After completing 100 days of lunar observations, the LADEE spacecraft was sent on a collision course to smash into the moon in April 2014. Now the Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter has spotted where it crashed, creating a sharp new addition to the dust and craters. » 10/28/14 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

How To Find A Mammoth In 20 Not-So-Simple Steps

Mammoths Unearthed is a National Geographic special on archeologist Dr. Tim King and palaeontologist Trevor Valle hunting for mammoths in melting Siberian permafrost. Despite the oozing drama plaguing modern documentaries, it's an intriguing, surreal, and frustrating look at the reality of fieldwork. » 10/27/14 8:00am Monday 8:00am

The SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down With Moustronauts And Arugula

The Dragon capsule detached from the International Space Station, carrying 1,486 kilograms of cargo safely back to Earth. This fourth cargo mission by SpaceX carried a wide variety of science samples, including the first live mammals transported by the commercial company. » 10/25/14 11:00pm 10/25/14 11:00pm

Comet Siding Spring and Mars In One Beautiful Image

Ah, now this was the beautiful view we were waiting for! When comet Siding Spring grazed past Mars last weekend, the robots hid while trying to sneak a peek. The first images of the comet's nucleus taken were historic, but it takes the Hubble Space Telescope to make it beautiful. » 10/24/14 10:00am 10/24/14 10:00am

Cosmonauts Chuck Equipment Off The Station In Third October Spacewalk

Cosmonauts Alexander "Sasha" Samokutyaev and Max Suraev spent Wednesday's spacewalk stripping and jettisoning surplus equipment off the International Space Station, conducting a photographic survey of the exterior, and cleaning the windows. » 10/23/14 4:00pm 10/23/14 4:00pm

What Do You See In This Nebula?

Did that swirl of gas and dust just face-palm a pulsar? System PSR B1509-58 has a history of inspiring pareidolia, and this latest infrared and x-ray composite image is just calling out for creative interpretation. » 10/22/14 5:15pm 10/22/14 5:15pm

Here's What Comet Siding Spring Looked Like From Mars

While all the robots were practicing duck-and-cover to avoid being sandblasted by comet Siding Springs this weekend, they were also trying to catch a glimpse of the event. Here are the first images of comet Siding Springs grazing past Mars and what we've learned so far. » 10/21/14 11:00am 10/21/14 11:00am

The Supervillain's Guide To Causing Natural Disasters

Nature's fury is a sight to behold: earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides can wipe out thousands of people in a single blow. If you're an aspiring supervillain, though, there's some good news. You can harness these forces for yourself. Here's how! » 10/20/14 11:00am 10/20/14 11:00am

Martian Robots Brace For Close Encounter With Comet Siding Spring

Mars is all set to protect its beloved robots as comet Siding Spring charges past today spewing dust and gas during its close approach to the Red Planet. Meanwhile, everyone from the rovers to Earth-based telescopes will be tracking the comet, learning as much as possible. » 10/19/14 11:00am 10/19/14 11:00am

This Eruption Spells Gently Impending Doom For A Hawaiian Suburb

Hawaii is a tropical island of picturesque eruptions. While usually the eruptions are mostly harmless, an offshoot of a new lava flow has been inching towards suburb since June. Now the residents of Puna are settling in to watch the slowly creeping doom. » 10/17/14 9:00pm 10/17/14 9:00pm