Locating Reclaimed Spacecraft with the Deep Space Network

The 1970s ISEE-3 spacecraft is the target of the first-ever citizen scientist project to reclaim an abandoned spacecraft, crowdfunded in part by you. Now they're using the Deep Space Network to determine precise locational data, the first time the two have spoken since I carried change for pay phones. » 6/19/14 12:12am 6/19/14 12:12am

After 100 days of science, LADEE will smash into the Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) just passed its 100 day marker of scientific observations. It did a great job, skimming a mere 20 to 60 kilometres above the lunar surface. With its prime science done, and portrait snapped for posterity, now it's time to die. » 3/07/14 3:41pm 3/07/14 3:41pm

Strange Historic Photos From Antarctica and Other Kingdoms of Ice

Right now, a science expedition to Antarctica is trapped in ice, waiting to be freed so they can continue exploring. They're just the latest group of humans to venture into the unpredictable, frozen world of the South Pole and beyond. Here are some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring images from over a century of… » 1/01/14 3:00pm 1/01/14 3:00pm

Here's what China's Yutu rover is doing on the Moon

This weekend, the China National Space Administration (国家航天局, or CNSA) landed its Chang'e-3 lander on the Moon, deploying the Yutu rover on a 3-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of Bay of Rainbows, northeast of Mare Imbrium. It will also leave a powerful telescope behind, to watch the stars. » 12/15/13 12:20pm 12/15/13 12:20pm

The Strange and Wonderful History of Diving Suits, From 1715 to Today

Long before we had spacesuits, we had diving suits. The ocean was the first hostile environment that we sent people into, completely covered with protective gear. And the suits that people created with late-18th century or 19th century technology are astonighing to behold. See for yourself! » 9/06/13 3:26pm 9/06/13 3:26pm

Where we'll build our space mines when Earth's resources run low

One day, maybe in your lifetime, Earth will run out of helium. We could also have a huge shortage of clean water. And what happens if we run out of usable iron? How do we replace these vital resources? Don't panic — there's plenty more out there in space, much of it in our own solar system. » 3/30/12 3:42pm 3/30/12 3:42pm

What does it take to become an astronaut?

NASA recently began accepting applications for its 21st class of astronauts, and while you can certainly read about what it takes to become one on NASA's website, there's something about hearing it from someone who's actually been through the whole process of becoming an astronaut, and later training as one, that an … » 12/16/11 4:51pm 12/16/11 4:51pm