This Massive Sunshield Will Protect NASA's New Space Telescope

When the sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope underwent deployment testing, it unfolded exactly like it would in space. At least, it did if you ignore the people, cranes, air, warmth, gravity, and conspicuous absence of the rest of the telescope. Even so, it looks really cool, and provides an SPF one million… » 10/02/14 11:50am 10/02/14 11:50am

The center of the Milky Way revealed in its full glory across the…

This amazing image of the center of our galaxy is the work of three different space telescopes - Hubble, which photographs objects in the visual wavelengths, Chandra, which looks at X-rays, and Spitzer, which investigates the infrared. » 1/23/11 3:15pm 1/23/11 3:15pm

NASA to Launch Planet-Hunting Satellite Tonight

Tonight, NASA will launch the highly-anticipated Kepler spacecraft into orbit, the latest to search for new planets throughout the galaxy. And you can watch the liftoff live online. » 3/06/09 2:48pm 3/06/09 2:48pm

World's Fastest Lens Tracks Mega-Lightning

South Korea's first astronaut will take action shots of the "mega lightning" in the Earth's stratosphere. Mega lightning starts 9 to 12 miles above the Earth, and shoots upwards into space, reaching the upper mesosphere 60 miles up. (Internet whackjobs claim this "super lightning" destroyed the Space Shuttle Columbia… » 12/26/07 2:00pm 12/26/07 2:00pm