The Orion Spacecraft Is Almost Ready For Testing!

Today the prototype Orion spacecraft made its final move before heading to the launch pad for testing in December. The monster machine was carefully shuffled around the Kennedy Space Center, leaving its fuelling station and heading to the installation of the Launch Abort System. » 9/28/14 8:30pm Sunday 8:30pm

Astronauts Arrive Safely At Station Despite Minor Spacecraft Malfunction

Despite a glitch with a solar array failing to deploy on Soyuz, three more astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday. Mission 41 is officially underway now that the station crew is back up to six people. The station is also once again at maximum capacity with five docked spacecraft. » 9/26/14 8:30am Friday 8:30am

Maven Delivers Its First Ultraviolet Images From Mars

Piling on to the good news from Mars this week, NASA's Maven spacecraft sent home its first ultraviolet images from Mars. While they may not be flashy, these images will help determine the composition and variability of the upper atmosphere, and investigate the mystery of when the water escaped. » 9/25/14 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm

India Reaches Mars With Mangalyaan's Safe Arrival

Tonight is a big night for the planet occupied entirely by robots: the Mars Orbiter Mission is the second spacecraft in two days to slip into orbit around the red planet, and the first interplanetary mission from India. Don't take this accomplishment lightly: the failure rate for Mars missions is still painfully high. » 9/23/14 8:10pm 9/23/14 8:10pm

How Could Scientists Mistake Dust For A Spectacular Discovery?

An infographic at Quanta Magazine explains how scientists could've mistaken cosmic dust for gravitational waves as part of their special on the latest saga of the hazards of doing science in public. While disappointing, this just part of the halting, uncertain progress at uncovering the mysteries of the universe. » 9/22/14 5:00pm 9/22/14 5:00pm

MAVEN "Nails It," Swinging Into Mars Orbit With Style

The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That's a fantastically short correction to end a 711 million kilometer, 10-month journey, and a perfect kickoff to its mission investigating the structure and evolution of the planet's… » 9/22/14 11:30am 9/22/14 11:30am

A Dragon Chases The Space Station In Orbit

After a day-long weather delay, the SpaceX Falcon blasted off early this morning, on a cargo run to our astronauts in orbit. The Dragon is carrying bits and pieces for 255 experiments, including a cadre of moustronauts, a new wind-tracking accessory for the station, and a 3D printer. » 9/21/14 8:30pm 9/21/14 8:30pm

Finally, We're Getting a Fluffy, Feathered T-Rex!

Our extreme prejudice against unfeathered avian dinosaurs on screen is well-known, so imagine our delight that the first trailer of the new Dinosaur Island reveals a fantastically fluffy Tyrannosaurus Rex! » 9/20/14 5:30pm 9/20/14 5:30pm

Here's Everything We Know About The Chelyabinsk Meteor

When a 4.5 billion year old relic from the dawn of the solar system hurtled through the skies above the Russia in 2013, we all heard about it. Now after over a year of poking through bushes for lost fragments and analyzing data, we've got a good idea of what happened. » 9/19/14 11:00pm 9/19/14 11:00pm

Our Planet Dances In The Fire Of The Solar Wind

The dancing lights of an aurora can be awe-inspiring down here on Earth, but when seen from the International Space Station they take on a magical quality. Astronaut Alex Gerst describes it as swimming through a living ocean of glow; I'm just happy they send us photographs. » 9/18/14 8:00am 9/18/14 8:00am

A Flash Flood In The Balkans Tears Through A Neighbourhood

The Balkans are flooding again. While flash floods are already nasty, flooding in areas with landmines have their own horrific twist, amplifying the disaster. A video is making the rounds of social media showing a flash flood in the region, although it's unclear if it's current or from a previous event. » 9/16/14 7:26pm 9/16/14 7:26pm

What's Happening With Crew Transport To The Space Station?

Today NASA announced new commercial partners to take over crew-transport to the International Space Station. Following in the wake of Russia playing hardball with astronaut training in Crimea, human spaceflight launches will finally be returning to the United States by 2017. » 9/16/14 12:31pm 9/16/14 12:31pm