The Latest Morpheus Test Flight Cuts Out Before It Even Begins

The downright futuristic Morpheus prototype lander kicked off its newest round of testing with an anticlimactic soft abort ending the test before it started. At least this wee frog got a great view of the excitement! » 11/25/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

It's A Weirdly Calm Week On The Space Station

With only three astronauts and three spacecraft, the station seems awfully empty. About the most exciting activity was garbage day, with the Progress M-24M that kicked off from the station in late October finally burning up during a destructive reentry. » 11/20/14 11:00pm Thursday 11:00pm

Martian Science Team Recruits Imperial Guard To Protect HiRISE Computers

The science performed by HiRISE, the telescopic camera on the Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter, is so important the research team recruited members of the Imperial Guard to stand sentry over their processing computers. Here's a sample of incredible images produced by this well-protected instrument: » 11/19/14 8:00am 11/19/14 8:00am

This Is the Slowest and Most Destructive Process on Earth

Rocks are not eternal. Even the tallest mountain will eventually dissolve and disintegrate. Geologists call this process "weathering." It sounds harmless enough, but weathering is one of the most destructive forces on the face of the planet. » 11/18/14 11:00am 11/18/14 11:00am

Here's How To Watch The Leonids Meteor Shower Tonight

The Leonids meteor shower will peak soon in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. For best viewing, dress warmly, head out after midnight, and lay back watching the sky directly overhead. Failing that, you can always watch these space agency livestreams from the comfort of your home. » 11/17/14 8:00pm 11/17/14 8:00pm

Civility Is Clickbait: An Ode To Productive Conversation

You have absolutely blown me away by taking polarizing, hot-button topic as an opportunity to engage in detailed, nuanced discussions on a wide range of related topics. Here are some highlights from your fabulous conversations. We really can have nice things! » 11/17/14 5:00pm 11/17/14 5:00pm

The Space Station Has 15 Sunsets A Day, And All Are Beautiful

The International Space Station goes through a full day in 92 minutes, each with its own sunrise and sunset. The Earth's atmosphere acts as a prism, bending rays of sunlight to paint the station in a quick succession of rich colours. Astronaut Butch Wilmore photographed how the light changes on a solar array. » 11/16/14 11:00pm 11/16/14 11:00pm

That Other Shirt, The One Celebrating Women In Science

The whole mess of inappropriate work clothing shadowing the Philae landing makes me more sad than outraged, so I didn't want to write about it. But then Elly Zupko started getting series out turning her visual joke-reply into a reality, and now I'm excited for a shirt celebrating the diversity of women in science. » 11/15/14 1:05pm 11/15/14 1:05pm

Thanks To That Shirt, We May Get a Shirt Celebrating Women In Science

It is an incredible day for science when a tiny robot manages to land on a comet. It is an irritating day for science when that gets overshadowed by a poor wardrobe choice. It is a good day for science when that mistake is quickly addressed, and even better when it results in a fantastic new shirt design. » 11/14/14 9:00am 11/14/14 9:00am