The Cutest Way To Celebrate The Moon-Landing

Mankind's greatest achievement was celebrated almost every country in the world. The famous Hungarian china manufacturer, the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture made these children’s plates depicting astronauts on the Moon, in the early Seventies. My favourite is the one with two astronauts collecting soil samples with the… » 7/22/13 12:05pm 7/22/13 12:05pm

To become an astronaut, all you need to do is pass the Kármán line

The Kármán line is an artificial boundary in Earth's atmosphere that divides space missions from aeronautics missions — passing the line turns a run-of-the-mill pilot into an astronaut. And this obscure boundary may become extremely important as we enter the era of space tourism.

A plane, aircraft, or other object relies… » 4/24/13 9:40am 4/24/13 9:40am

Wanna go to Mars? Better prepare your audition tape.

No, really. The Mars One Project, which is aiming to put a human on Mars by 2023, is holding tryouts in the time-honored tradition of such esteemed human achievements as The Real World, The Amazing Race, The Bachelor, and countless other reality shows. That is to say: with audition tapes. » 4/16/13 3:40pm 4/16/13 3:40pm

Awesome Underwater EVA Training Photo Of Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

In this recently issued magnificent image is ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet descending underwater during spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, USA. Training and support divers follow his movements. Training underwater on a life-size mockup of the Space Station is one way astronauts prepare for… » 4/11/13 6:41pm 4/11/13 6:41pm

A Skylab astronaut remembers his NASA career in animated form

Retired astronaut Jerry Carr was commander of Skylab 4 from November 1973 to February 1974 and logged more than 2,000 hours in space. In a recent TED Lesson, Carr shared his experience as a NASA astronaut, from training up until he was assigned to Skylab. It touches on the parts of astronaut life that don't happen in… » 2/02/13 5:00pm 2/02/13 5:00pm

A touching animated tale of Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair's early…

In 1984, NASA physicist Ronald E. McNair became the second African-American man to fly in space. Tragically, McNair died just two years later in the Challenger disaster. With the help of StoryCorps, McNair's brother Carl pays tribute to McNair with this uplifting story of a young Ronald McNair trying to borrow books… » 2/02/13 10:00am 2/02/13 10:00am

Paintings of an Astronaut Exploring the Strangest Planet of Them All:…

The NASA astronaut who stars in Scott Listfield's ever-growing series of paintings explores a world much like our own, but with a fantastical twist. It's a planet Earth where crop circles appear in the streets, where Star Wars droids shill for Coca-Cola, where every pop culture apocalypse is happening at the same time. » 1/27/13 5:00pm 1/27/13 5:00pm

Can humans journey into deep space without cosmic radiation frying our …

Beyond a few brief trips to the Moon over four decades ago, humanity has never ventured outside of Earth's protective magnetic field. And while it's natural to dream of exploring the stars, such voyages may carry impossibly high medical risks. » 1/01/13 9:00am 1/01/13 9:00am

Incredible photo of Earth and the ISS reflected in an astronaut's helmet

When he wasn't busy using a toothbrush to fix the International Space Station on his recent spacewalk, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide snapped a self-portrait that didn't reveal his face, but captured a whole lot more. In addition to himself and the sun behind him, Hoshide managed to photograph … » 9/23/12 11:00am 9/23/12 11:00am