These Tiny Satellites Just Left The International Space Station

A pair of nanosatellites were deployed by the NanoRacks Launcher on the end of the Japanese robotic arm of the International Space Station on Friday. The tiny CubeSats are loaded with tools to observe the planet and conduct other scientific experiments. » 2/28/15 4:20pm 10 minutes ago

This Custom Shipping Container For Telescope Parts Is Fantastic

The James Webb Space Telescope takes carefully packing parts to new extremes: the packaging for the latest shipment weighted more than fifty times the actual part! This is the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea, the shipping container for telescopes. » 2/28/15 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

As Sea Ice Shrinks, Polar Bears Are Moving Farther North

Every summer, more sea ice melts, leaving polar bears with less territory for hunting. New genetic analysis reveals that recent generations of polar bears are migrating north to the Canadian archipelagos, a region where sea ice more reliably survives the warm summer months. » 2/27/15 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

The Colour Of That Dress Poses The Same Problem As Colour on Mars

Human wetware is astonishingly good at pattern recognition and interpreting complex, noisy data, but it's also painfully buggy. Today, the internet came to a screeching halt debating a dress's colour, but the same optical illusion is responsible for how uncertain we are about interpreting colours on Mars. » 2/26/15 10:33pm Thursday 10:33pm

Spacesuit #3005 Tries To Drown An Astronaut, Again

Astronauts Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore clambered outside the space station in the second of their three spacewalks to reconfigure the station for the commercial crew transport program. The mission was totally successful, until they returned indoors and learned that for the second time, spacesuit #3005 sprang a leak. » 2/26/15 11:00am Thursday 11:00am

A Possible Explanation For The Mysterious Bright Spots On Ceres

The discovery of a bright spot on Ceres has given rise to lots of speculation. And now we've learned something new: it has a friend. The second spot is not quite as bright, but still weirdly reflective compared to the rest of the dwarf planet. The geological mystery keeps getting more interesting! » 2/25/15 11:20am Wednesday 11:20am

This Paint-By-Numbers Drawing Was The Very First Image From Mars

On July 14, 1965, Mariner 4 sent home the very first television pictures of Mars during its historic flyby. But instead of waiting for time-consuming image processing, impatient scientists created this awesome colour-by-numbers wall chart from the raw data. » 2/24/15 10:30pm Tuesday 10:30pm

Astronauts Take 7-Hour Spacewalk To Prepare ISS For Space Taxis

What's worse than fiddling with cables? Trying to do it in vacuum, wearing gloves, with the sun setting every hour. Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Tery Virts spent nearly seven hours to run just over 100 meters of cable reconfiguring the space station for the commercial crew program. » 2/21/15 2:15pm 2/21/15 2:15pm

Meet Nix And Hydra, The Tiny Moons Of Pluto

Eighty-five years ago today, Clyde Tombaugh found a small dot of light shifting position while hunting for the trans-Neptune planet predicted by Percival Lowell. Now, the New Horizons probe en route to Pluto has photographed its tiny moons, Nix and Hydra. » 2/18/15 9:30pm 2/18/15 9:30pm

The Ultimate Answer: 42 Space Timelapses From Expedition 42

The six astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station diligently document the wonder of living in orbit around our fragile planet. Are you ready to indulge in beauty from above? » 2/16/15 10:15am 2/16/15 10:15am

A Cargo Tug Breakup Is A Perfect Antidote To Excessive Sentimentality

Need an antidote to the saccharine nature of today? We have a breakup dramatic enough to be visible across Europe to sooth your curmudgeonly soul. The very last of the European Space Agency's ATV cargo space tugs in on course for a fiery breakup perfect for the most dramatic of Valentine's Day traditions. » 2/14/15 3:00pm 2/14/15 3:00pm

Love From The Dawn Of Time And The Depths Of The Earth

Forget physics: love makes the world go 'round. This is a gallery of our favourite images of love from the natural world, from rocks to landscapes to the far reaches of space. » 2/14/15 8:00am 2/14/15 8:00am

How You Can Track Every Spy Satellite In Orbit

Nobody should be surprised that spy satellites are kept secret. But it's actually more complicated. The launches are aired, but with scheduled media blackouts. We get mission patches, but no details on the nature of the payload. But the weirdest thing is how easy it is to track these satellites. » 2/12/15 11:40am 2/12/15 11:40am

SpaceX Launch Looks Good, But Rough Seas Cancel Barge Landing Attempt

SpaceX is once again counting down to launching the Deep Space Climate Observatory, but this time with a twist: rough seas in the Atlantic mean the company will not be attempting to soft land the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge. If the launch is scrubbed again, moon will block further launch attempts until February 20th. » 2/11/15 2:01pm 2/11/15 2:01pm