A Day Of Remembrance For Lives Lost In the Pursuit Of Space

Today is Day of Remembrance for human spaceflight, a day selected for its proximity to horrific moments when we lost astronauts during our quest to explore our solar system. On January 28th, NASA takes the day to reflect on the lives lost during their missions when things went catastrophically, unexpectedly wrong. » 1/28/15 6:42pm 1/28/15 6:42pm

A Sober History of Shuttle Disasters is a Grim Reminder of the Dangers…

Space is beautiful, enchanting, awe-inspiring, and utterly unforgiving. We celebrate the victories, but don't let a string of successes deceive you into thinking spaceflight is easy. A new documentary investigates the major malfunctions, technical and procedural, that led to NASA space shuttle explosions. » 6/03/14 1:33am 6/03/14 1:33am

How NASA might have been able to rescue the Columbia crew from orbit

On February 1st, 2003, the seven crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia perished when the shuttle disintegrated upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere. But is there a way that NASA could have rescued the crew while the shuttle was still in orbit? » 2/26/14 10:20am 2/26/14 10:20am

In memory of the men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden participates in a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. » 2/01/14 7:00pm 2/01/14 7:00pm

This concept art from the Shuttle Program's early days is gorgeous,…

The arrival of Endeavour in Los Angeles last week has been described by many as the final note in the coda to NASA's shuttle program. To commemorate its end, we turned to the program's beginnings, where we discovered a stunning assortment of high resolution concept art. (If you've been hunting for a new background… » 9/25/12 8:20am 9/25/12 8:20am

A history of supercontinents on planet Earth

Earth's continents are constantly changing, moving and rearranging themselves over millions of years - affecting Earth's climate and biology. Every few hundred million years, the continents combine to create massive, world-spanning supercontinents. Here's the past and future of Earth's supercontinets. » 1/27/11 2:31pm 1/27/11 2:31pm

Latest Space Shuttle Mission Lifts Off, Stuffed With Worms

Space Shuttle Atlantis took to the skies this week, carrying thousands of microscopic worms to be used in muscle-degeneration research. We already know these worms can handle spaceflight, because in 2003, another group of them survived a fall from orbit. » 11/21/09 10:00am 11/21/09 10:00am