What do you want to learn about Mars? This might be your only chance to find out whatever it is you’re yearning to know, as NASA wants to let you design a device that will be a part of the next Mars mission.
Way back in 2004, the European Space Agency launched a spacecraft called Rosetta on a mission to enter orbit around a comet and send a lander to its surface. The comet is called 67P/CG, and after ten years in transit, Rosetta has finally reached the comet and is now preparing to enter orbit.
Earlier this year, we looked at a mission control desk that Jeff Highsmith made for his older son. But what’s a mission control center without a spaceship to manage? So a few months later, Jeff set out to build a small spaceship in his younger son’s bedroom.
We’ve all seen movies and TV shows over the years that give us a glimpse at what life on Earth would be like if we lost all power and our electronics were inoperable. What you might not know is that in 2012, only a single week separated humanity from a potentially devastating solar event that might have made such a scenario reality.
Reusable spacecraft have been a mainstay of space exploration for decades thanks to the now retired Space Shuttle program. Before the Shuttle, the rocket engines used in the Apollo era were typically left to sink into the ocean.
Astrophysicists will probably hate the Ptolemaic timepiece, but if you still believe the Earth is at the center of the universe, you’ll want to grab one.
Regardless of its complete scientific inaccuracy, it’s still kind of cool to watch the stars, planets, Sun and Moon orbiting around as you watch time pass.
With the right tools, you can 3D print almost anything: a quadcopter, an action figure version of yourself or even a pixel perfect replica of a painting. But a team of astronomers were able to print something that’s literally out of this world.
A couple months back I mentioned that a group of volunteers were working with NASA to get control of a satellite called ISEE-3 that had been orbiting in space all alone for decades. The amateur controllers were able to reestablish communications with the satellite and get it to fire its thrusters to modify its orbit.
In the early days of the space program, NASA used capsules atop powerful rockets to fling astronauts and gear into space. We replaced those early capsules with the space shuttle fleet. With the shuttles retired, U.S.
Are you into astronomy and the U.S. space program? Looking for a fun afternoon project? Look no further than these miniature metal models from Metal Earth. They come in a variety of designs, but my favorites are the Apollo Lander and Mars Rover shown here.
Growing up, I really wanted to be an astronaut. Since I was only eight and had little chance of actually making it into space I did the next best thing and drank lots of Tang. I learned quickly that one of the downsides to being an astronaut was crappy breakfast drinks and freeze-dried ice cream.
NASA scientists have been working hard to replicate the chemical composition of the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan has a very dense, high pressure, brownish atmosphere. We know the chemical composition of Titan’s atmosphere thanks to the Cassini spacecraft and data it has collected.
A story in Sky News claims that Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic to invest millions of dollars in the venture. Virgin Galactic is the project that aims to eventually take private passengers on a trip into space where they will get to experience weightlessness.
NASA has been cruising around the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover for a while now, performing all sorts of experiments and research. Curiosity has taken selfies, analyzed rocks, and searched for life on the barren red planet.
The International Space Station was a massively expensive construction project. Part of that huge cost was the expense of getting the individual modules into space. Those things were massive and very heavy. In the future, astronauts in space might not need a hard construct to live in.