Inside the Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space on Earth


Inside Building 32 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas sits Chamber A, a marvel of engineering, cleanliness, and design. It's also the closest you can come to being in space without strapping into a rocket. » 11/17/14 12:26pm 11/17/14 12:26pm

Humans Have Been Going to the Moon for Almost Half a Century

Forty-five years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center on humanity's first crewed mission to the surface of the moon. This view of Earth was captured from Apollo soon after translunar injection, just as the spacecraft was breaking away from our planet's orbit. » 7/16/14 10:20am 7/16/14 10:20am

Here's Why You Should Be Excited About The James Webb Space Telescope

Peter Cullen, voice of Optimus Prime, recently lent his legendary voice to a slick animated introduction to the successor of the ridiculously prolific Hubble Telescope, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. But Cullen's velvety voice is far from the only reason to be excited about JWST. » 6/21/14 2:00pm 6/21/14 2:00pm

New Technique Could Help Scientists Detect Alien Life... in Four Years

A team of astrobiologists has described a new method of detecting not just water, but life, on distant worlds. There's just one problem – the telescope we need to do it won't be on line until 2018. » 3/09/14 3:30pm 3/09/14 3:30pm

Game of Thrones-inspired house sigils celebrate scientific exploration

In the Game of Science, you either win or you go back to the drawing board. Students from the Albert Einstein Institute created these Game of Thrones-style sigils to pay tribute to some of the most exciting projects in physics and space exploration, complete with house words for each. » 4/07/13 10:30am 4/07/13 10:30am

This spectacular image is the deepest view of the Universe ever captured

Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have just released the most detailed view of the early Universe ever captured. It's called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF for short. The image combines over ten years' worth of photographs by Hubble. It required 2-million seconds of exposure time to produce, and… » 9/26/12 8:00am 9/26/12 8:00am

These mirrors will allow us to observe the birth of the Universe

In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will become one of the greatest tools in humanity's quest to understand the cosmos. Now, after eight years, the technology comprising the heart and soul of the telescope — an ultra-sophisticated beryllium mirror system — is complete. » 8/21/12 12:00pm 8/21/12 12:00pm

This could be our best view yet of the earliest objects in the Universe

NASA researchers have detected the faint glow of what they believe to be the first stars and galaxies to form in the aftermath of the Big Bang — and it's positively stunning. If the team's findings are correct, they could offer valuable insight into the nature of the Universe's very first objects. » 6/08/12 11:40am 6/08/12 11:40am

Astronomers discover a brand-new class of exoplanet — the boiling…

NASA's Kepler mission has been spoiling us with planetary discoveries left and right as of late. Now, researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an entirely new class of planet — they call it a "waterworld," and it might be covered in broiling-hot ice. » 2/21/12 11:21am 2/21/12 11:21am

Watch the assembly of the James Webb Space Telescope — live via Webb…

Bad puns aside, this is actually pretty cool. NASA has set up two webcams in the cleanroom of Goddard Space Flight Center, where engineers are busy assembling the James Webb Space Telescope — the deep space imaging apparatus that will allow us to see farther into space than ever before. » 1/09/12 3:48pm 1/09/12 3:48pm