This Photo Makes Me Want to Go to Mars Right Now

NASA just has released this photo captured almost two weeks ago during spacesuit check tests at the Orion Crew Module mockup. I cannot stop staring at it in awe - it is almost the real thing, it gives you a heavy deja vu, because you saw such scenes billion times when you crawled through the NASA image archives of the… » 6/25/13 12:39pm 6/25/13 12:39pm

NASA plans to send humans to an asteroid by 2021

Although NASA hasn't made any official announcements, Senator Bill Nelson and an anonymous White House official have both made public America's plans for its next phase of human space exploration. The ambitious proposal calls for a probe to capture a small asteroid in 2019 and bring it near the Moon. Astronauts would… » 4/07/13 4:00pm 4/07/13 4:00pm

NASA is testing the rocket engines that will take us back to the Moon…

This is the J2-X. The liquid-fuel cryogenic rocket engine is the modernized version of the J-2, which NASA used in the late-'60s and early-'70s to thrust humans beyond low Earth orbit. (Click any image below for hi-res.) » 2/14/13 9:40am 2/14/13 9:40am

World's Fastest Wind Tunnel Goes Hypersonic

Wind tunnels have been used to test race cars, fighter planes, even bobsleds, but there's only one wind tunnel in the world that can hit Mach 30. The LENS-X wind tunnel can hit the hypersonic speeds necessary to test the latest ultrafast aircraft, space planes, and NASA's Orion space vehicle (pictured). Every time they … » 11/03/08 3:00pm 11/03/08 3:00pm

Are You 24 Pages Away From a Multi-Book Contract?

When the struggling writer is pitching a book to an agent, he or she had better have a book » 10/07/08 10:15am 10/07/08 10:15am, right? Well, Finnish SF author Hannu Rajaniemi sold three of them to classy UK-based Orion imprint Gollacz based on a mere 24 pages. Could you also be 24 pages away from selling your book? Find out how Rajaniemi managed the…

Three Ways To Keep Astronauts from Going Crazy In Space

It's hard to imagine anything more unpleasant than being stuck in a metal can millions of miles from home with a crazy person. Space missions to Mars and beyond will need a way to deal with the boredom, isolation and close quarters of long-term space travel, or some unlucky astronauts could find out just how bad space… » 8/15/08 8:00am 8/15/08 8:00am

Meet The New Gods, Not Exactly The Same As The Old Gods

They're the core characters behind DC's summer extravaganza Final Crisis, but that doesn't mean that you necessarily know who Darkseid, Orion, Metron or any of the rest of the New Gods actually are. Before "evil wins" in the DC Universe, here's a quick primer to let you know just what a Fourth World actually is, anyway. » 7/05/08 9:00am 7/05/08 9:00am

Dear NASA, Either Shut Your Pie Hole or Shove Some Cash In It

NASA officials are whining that the Russian space program is unsafe. True, the last two Soyuz capsules have had rough re-entries, but none of the crew got a scratch on them. In fact, last we checked the Russian space program hasn't had a death on their watch since 1971 (1967 Soyuz I crash pictured). NASA can't exactly … » 5/21/08 2:05pm 5/21/08 2:05pm