Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014

This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest… » 12/19/14 12:40pm Friday 12:40pm

Here's What Happened With The Scrubbed Orion Launch Attempt

The Orion spacecraft toyed with our hearts this morning, three times reaching the terminal countdown before the launch attempt was ultimately scrubbed. Twice, gusts of wind were to blame; the third time, a sticky valve refused to close. Here's what went down and what needs to happen before the next attempt. » 12/04/14 5:16pm 12/04/14 5:16pm

Join Us For Orion's First Test Flight! [LIVE COVERAGE] [UPDATED]

It's almost time for the first-ever test flight of the Orion spacecraft, NASA's human deep space exploration vehicle. Watch the live feed and follow along with us as we work through the countdown, launch, test flight, and landing! Update: The launch is scrubbed; next attempt Friday 7:05 am EST. » 12/04/14 7:06am 12/04/14 7:06am

Here's What To Expect During The First Orion Test Flight

The very first test flight for NASA's Orion spacecraft is Thursday December 4th. Here's the nitty-gritty details of how the 4.5 hour test flight will put the service module, launch abort system, heat shield, and parachutes through their paces as the craft launches, completes two orbits, and returns to Earth. » 12/01/14 7:19pm 12/01/14 7:19pm

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