That One Time a Fire Almost Destroyed the Mir Space Station

Fire — it is one of the first technological advancements made by early humans, but it nearly destroyed one of humanity's greatest achievements, the Mir Space Station. In 1997, a fire aboard Mir endangered the lives of the crew and could have ended the decade-long effort and collaboration between Russia, Japan, the… » 1/31/13 7:00am 1/31/13 7:00am

NASA wants to build a permanent outpost beyond the Moon

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that NASA wants to build a space station about 277,000 miles from Earth, placing it well beyond the orbit of the Moon. Called the "Gateway Spacecraft," the outpost would support a small astronaut crew and serve as a staging area for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and potentially… » 9/25/12 10:26am 9/25/12 10:26am

View the stars from orbit in this hypnotic time-lapse video

The best place to watch the stars isn't on Earth, but just outside, where the atmosphere doesn't get in the way of the view. Photographer Alex Rivest spliced together images taken from the International Space Station, enhancing the natural brilliance of the lights and giving us a peek at how astronauts see the stars. » 3/18/12 1:30pm 3/18/12 1:30pm

Stephen Colbert’s DNA To Be Sent Into Space, Become Self-Aware

Click to view » 9/08/08 12:00pm 9/08/08 12:00pmFor those who can't imagine a universe without Stephen Colbert, there's good news. The satirist's DNA is going to be preserved for future generations, and perhaps future civilizations. Video game designer and soon-to-be space tourist Richard Garriott is adding Colbert's genetic code to the Immortality…

Twin Moonraker Space Stations in Orbit, Obvious Plot to Destroy Earth!

Robert Bigelow, owner of the Budget Suites hotel chain and head of Bigelow Airspace, has two functioning space stations in orbit around Earth. The older module, Genesis 1, just passed its 10,000th orbit, and both it and Genesis 2 appear to be functioning normally. It's pretty exciting that an entrepreneur can keep… » 5/09/08 9:32am 5/09/08 9:32am

Tips on Organizing Your Room from the Zvezda Space Habitat

If you've ever lived in a dorm or a small apartment, you know how hard it can be to cram in all your computers, books, and general stuff while still staying organized. This problem has reached epic engineering proportions in the International Space Station's "living quarters" on the the Zvezda Module. Three people… » 1/07/08 11:40am 1/07/08 11:40am