Video: How NASA will assemble and launch its new manned space fleet

NASA has finalized the "the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program" that will build and launch their new manned spacecraft fleet. They made a fascinating technical video that shows how they will assemble and launch "different spacecraft and rockets… » 3/26/14 6:40pm 3/26/14 6:40pm

NASA's prettiest spaceship yet will take actual photos of alien worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA's effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They're doing some really cool stuff, like this sunflower-telescope combo spaceship—"a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun." Imagine that—seeing the actual planets! » 3/21/14 11:35am 3/21/14 11:35am

Mysterious forces destroy asteroid as amazed scientists watch

Hubble has captured the destruction of a 200,000-ton asteroid in the asteroid belt for "the first time ever." It slowly broke apart for unknown reasons, scientists say. University of California at Los Angeles' David Jewitt, says that "this [was] a rock, and seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing." » 3/06/14 6:28pm 3/06/14 6:28pm

How NASA's plan to capture an asteroid is crucial to human survival

NASA is committed to grab an asteroid and put it into lunar orbit in the next decade, using a robotic system to put a 40-foot (12-meter) rock into a space shopping bag, and then tow it to the Moon. This apparently useless mission is actually crucial to the survival of humankind. » 2/15/14 5:53pm 2/15/14 5:53pm

NASA captures the Flaming Fist of God 17,000 light-years away from us

Humans like to see things where there's nothing but visual patterns. Even NASA: the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an "image [that] shows the energized remains of a dead star, a structure nicknamed the Hand of God after its resemblance to a hand." Except now it looks more like The Flaming… » 1/10/14 6:23am 1/10/14 6:23am

The best selfie ever is the one an astronaut takes from freaking space

Here's astronaut Mike Hopkins taking the selfie to end all selfies. It's over, you cant' beat it, give up, return your camera, become a horse jockey. Hopkins snapped a photo of himself in full astronaut suit outside of the ISS as he was spacewalking on Christmas Eve with the beautiful blue Earth in the background. And… » 12/27/13 5:00pm 12/27/13 5:00pm