This Glorious Gallery Highlights A Myriad Optical Delights

The International Year of Light continues with a beautiful gallery celebrating all aspects of light: multispectral astronomical, technological innovations, bioluminescence, eclipses, and even noctilucent clouds. I'll say this for it: this is the most visually interesting and diverse "Year of..." celebration! » 1/28/15 2:32am 1/28/15 2:32am

Spectacular New Space Station Video Is The Ultimate Holiday Lighting

The ESA has just released this stunning ultra high definition timelapse video, combining 12,500 images taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst during his six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. The views of sparkling cities, glowing aurorae and flashes of lightning are breathtaking. Watch it. Now. » 12/24/14 6:30am 12/24/14 6:30am

A Gorgeous View of the Great Lakes from International Space Station

On Sunday, Commander Barry Wilmore of Expedition 42 took this photo of the Great Lakes and the surrounding region from the International Space Station. In addition to the spider-webbing of lights and the sweep of clouds, there's also a "Wow, Michigan really is shaped like that!" factor to this beautiful shot of Earth. » 12/11/14 12:30am 12/11/14 12:30am

SpaceX Unveils Its First Crewed Spacecraft Tonight – Watch It Live!

Commercial space-transport company SpaceX will unveil the first crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft, the "Dragon V2," tonight at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT. The event is being held at the company's rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, but you can watch the big reveal live, online, right here. » 5/29/14 10:05am 5/29/14 10:05am

Russia to NASA: "Try Jumping To ISS On A Trampoline."

After NASA imposed sanctions on cooperating with Russia, a Russian official joked that these sanctions would strand astronauts on the International Space Station. The taunts escalated to instructing NASA to teach its astronauts to use a trampoline to reach orbit. Could it work? » 5/01/14 3:02pm 5/01/14 3:02pm

Here's why they call Earth 'The Blue Marble'

The Caribbean country of Cuba appears at the top of this image, photographed last December by an Expedition 38 crew member aboard the International Space Station. Andros Island, part of the Bahamas, can be seen in the bottom of the frame. The surrounding waters are so beautifully aqua-colored as to appear unbelievable. » 2/26/14 5:00pm 2/26/14 5:00pm