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 Yesterday 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 Wednesday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 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 Sunday 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

It's A Blast To The Prehistoric Past For National Fossil Day

It's National Fossil Day, a day designated to promote awareness of just how awesome fossils are. More importantly, it's a day when every fossil-loving person with a camera shares the treasures they've found, visited, or admired. Here's the best paleo-eye candy that crossed our path. » 10/15/14 10:00pm 10/15/14 10:00pm

Use These Interactive Images To Play With Astronomy

Astronomy relies on seeing in many different wavelengths beyond the mere optical visible to our puny human eyes. See for yourself in interactive images of iconic astronomical objects that allow you to seamlessly slip between seeing through different spectral bands. » 10/15/14 3:45pm 10/15/14 3:45pm

These Are The 100 Most Interesting Geologic Spots In The British Isles

The United Kingdom and Ireland pack so many geologically fascinating locations in a small area, it's hard to pick which ones are the most gorgeous, the most scientifically important, or even the most downright useful. Lucky for us, the Geological Society curated a list of the Top 100 Geosites. » 10/13/14 2:30pm 10/13/14 2:30pm

The Earth and Mars As Seen From The Moon

The Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter usually investigates the moon, but in May, the opportunity to photograph both the Earth and Mars in a single shot captured its electronic eye. Here's the story on how the spacecraft pulled of the technical challenge of catching two planets more than 110 million kilometers apart. » 10/12/14 1:00pm 10/12/14 1:00pm

These Mirrors Are Part Of The Biggest Space Telescope

A giant robotic arm practiced hanging silver and gold mirrors on the backbone of the James Webb Space Telescope, then a human engineer carefully checked its work. Eventually, the full telescope will be launched into space, then unfold in a delicate choreography of inverse origami. » 10/11/14 3:00pm 10/11/14 3:00pm

San Francisco Is Harnessing Public Pressure to Increase Seismic Safety

The most important thing a city can do to reduce its earthquake risk is to ensure its buildings meet a strong seismic code. San Francisco is rolling out new safety laws about soft story collapse, but not everyone is complying. In response, they're harnessing public pressure to help with enforcement. » 10/10/14 3:00pm 10/10/14 3:00pm

The Eye of the Sahara Is An Enigmatic Desert Landmark

The desert creates gorgeous structures, and the Eye of the Sahara is no exception. The stunning structure of bare rock peeks out from a sea of sand, forming a beautiful landmark for astronauts overhead. While circular usually means impacts or eruptions, the eye emerged from differential erosion. » 10/09/14 8:00am 10/09/14 8:00am