This lost satellite could trigger a deadly Gravity-style debris field

Envisat is a dead 8,100 pound satellite that scientists now say is at high risk of triggering a catastrophic cloud of cascading space junk similar to the one portrayed in Gravity. » 2/20/14 4:00pm 2/20/14 4:00pm

Unglamorous Space Catastrophes That You'll Never See in a Movie

We were all impressed with the dramatic trailer for Gravity, with George Clooney weathering an explosion on an orbiting space station and Sandra Bullock spinning off into the void of space. Things like that make good cinema. There are other space crises, though, that will never get their own movies. Here are some… » 5/17/13 11:46am 5/17/13 11:46am

An Indian rocket blows up in mid air

Here's a fiery portrait of India's second failed launch of 2010. The GSAT-5P, launching a new geosynchronous communications satellite, broke up in the first stage and exploded. How did this happen? » 12/27/10 7:30am 12/27/10 7:30am

Warp Drive Could Suck Our Entire Planet Into A Black Hole

The good news is, Italian physicists think it's possible we could travel faster than light by creating a kind of "warp drive," encasing a spaceship in a bubble and warping space, so that space itself travels faster than the speed of light. And the spaceship, safe in its bubble, could "surf" that wave of space. The bad… » 6/12/09 3:30pm 6/12/09 3:30pm