Watching this Video Feels Like Landing on Mars at Breakneck Speed

This video takes you on a virtual descent from orbit into the so-called Distributary Fan on Mars, located just northeast of Holden Crater. Using imagery from the Mars Orbiter and the Mars Global Surveyor, this visualization shows where liquid water probably flowed across the Martian surface in the past. » 8/26/14 7:00pm Tuesday 7:00pm

​It's Time To Get Serious About Exploring Uranus. (Stop Snickering!)

Do names determine our destiny? Certainly, Uranus (properly pronounced, yur-an-us) makes a strong case for that theory. The planet has been repeatedly ignored by space missions, aside from a Voyager 2 flyby in 1986. But, a group of planetary scientists say Uranus has fascinating traits that merit investigation. » 8/26/14 3:20pm Tuesday 3:20pm

China's High-Res Satellite Gave Us Some Awesome New Images

High-resolution images from a Chinese satellite were released last week, and I must say they are absolutely amazing! China launched the satellite back in April of last year, and it paid dividends for the Chinese government who used the satellite to identify illegal border-crossings and crack down on marijuana farmers. » 8/26/14 2:41pm Tuesday 2:41pm

New Photos Highlight One Of Our Galaxy's Grandest Star Factories

This spectacular image was captured by the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and released today by the European Southern Observatory. To the right of the photograph is nebula NGC 3576. On the left is star cluster NGC3603, home to the Milky Way's highest known concentration of massive stars. » 8/20/14 1:39pm 8/20/14 1:39pm

A Rare Chunk Of Giant Asteroid Vesta Has Been Stolen

Giant asteroid Vesta is the second-biggest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, and the origin of an estimated 5% of Earth's meteorites. Yesterday, an especially rare chunk of Vesta recovered from the Netherlands in 1925 was reported stolen from the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands. » 8/20/14 12:26pm 8/20/14 12:26pm

Here's What It Looks Like When You Throw Out the Garbage in Space

A few days ago, the Cygnus spacecraft, which had ferried supplies to the space station, was filled with debris and released into space, later burning up in Earth's atmosphere during a destructive reentry. The ESA has just posted video of the release maneuver. Taking out the trash has never looked so exciting. » 8/20/14 10:27am 8/20/14 10:27am

Can Congress Grant Private Companies The Right To Mine Asteroids?

U.S. companies are eyeing asteroids as the next frontier in lucrative mining ventures. But, they say, their plans are stymied by the vague status of private ownership in space. Earlier this summer, members of Congress introduced a bill to protect property rights for commercial exploitation of asteroids. Is that legal? » 8/14/14 12:00pm 8/14/14 12:00pm

The Earth Looks Like A Living Creature In This Amazing NASA Video

We've all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video just released by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Using real data, this simulation's volume-rendered clouds depict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China. » 8/11/14 12:40pm 8/11/14 12:40pm

Should We Be Exploring The Oceans Instead Of Space?

For some, the irony is almost too much to bear. While Congress is eager to fund a $2 billion expedition to search for oceans beneath Europa, some 95% of Earth's oceans are unexplored. Given the role of oceans in regulating climate, and their untapped potential for food and health, is it time to rethink our priorities? » 8/11/14 8:00am 8/11/14 8:00am

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. » 8/09/14 5:09pm 8/09/14 5:09pm