Ball of fire comes alive in space, turns into flaming Tinker Bell

Astronaut Reid "Captain America" Wiseman keeps delighting us with his antics in the International Space Station. Here's the latest: A ball of fire materializes in space and comes alive, flying away like some kind of fairy—a flaming Tinker Bell. It was made by the FLEX-2 experiment—or magics, for all we know. » 7/18/14 1:46pm Friday 1:46pm

What's hiding behind these giant holes on the Moon?

You've probably seen the mysterious giant hole that was discovered in Siberia, which appears to lead into a large cave. We don't know its origin yet, but it isn't the only hole like that on Earth. Or the Moon: NASA found these formations there too, which are perfect for future human outposts. Or current alien/Nazi UFO… » 7/17/14 7:37pm 7/17/14 7:37pm

NASA detects mysterious signal ​240 million light years away from Earth

Astronomers have detected a mysterious signal 240 million light years away from Earth, in the Perseus Cluster (top), one of the most massive objects in the Universe. The unidentified signal is a "spike of intensity at a very specific wavelength of X-ray light." Scientists don't know yet what is the origin. » 6/24/14 8:15pm 6/24/14 8:15pm

NASA space rover drives on the underside of the ice

NASA just completed a test of an early prototype—maybe just an early, early precursor—space rover that may be flown to explore the Jupiter moon Europa. What's cool is that the rover is designed to float on the underside of the ice and "rove as if the underside of the ice is the ground." Up is down, down is up. » 6/23/14 11:12pm 6/23/14 11:12pm

The 600,000 asteroids that we've discovered so far is one scary view

Looking at this animation—which shows the discovery locations of around 600,000 asteroids spotted in the inner solar system since 1980—I seems like a miracle that we're still around. It's incredible to see how the number detected has increased so rapidly in recent years thanks to new tracking technology. » 6/12/14 5:20am 6/12/14 5:20am

Playing soccer in space looks more fun than playing in the World Cup

To get ready for the World Cup, astronauts on the ISS decided to play a little friendly soccer match on the ISS to show countries on Earth how the beautiful game is played in space. It looks like a helluva lot of fun mostly because seeing a bicycle kick in zero gravity is what dreams are made of. » 6/12/14 1:16am 6/12/14 1:16am

Scientists: 100 million worlds may have complex alien life in our galaxy

A group of international astronomers and astrobiologists have published new research that assesses the possibility of complex life on other worlds. Their calculation in the Milky Way alone is staggering: 100 million worlds in our home galaxy may harbor complex alien life. One. Hundred. Million. » 6/09/14 2:34am 6/09/14 2:34am

This image of a dice rolling in space over the Earth is not a photoshop

There's a new American astronaut in space. His name is Reid Wiseman—a guy who was a naval aviator and a test pilot before joining NASA as an astronaut in 2011. He seems like a pretty cool guy too. He just arrived to the International Space Station and he's already taking some pretty neat photos, like the dice above. » 6/02/14 9:44pm 6/02/14 9:44pm

How SpaceX Dragon V2 dramatically changes space travel in one image

The amazing new SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship will be able to soft-land anywhere on Earth using rockets and retractile legs with the same accuracy as any aircraft. You can click here know all about it or just look at this image. When Elon Musk says "it lands like a 21st century spaceship should land" he's right. » 5/30/14 11:59am 5/30/14 11:59am

Time-lapse video shows that packing for space is pretty complicated

This time-lapse video shows the intricate steps involved as the European Space Agency loads its latest Automated Transport Vehicle in preparation for a summer launch. The ATV-5 will be carried on an Ariane 5 rocket from the agency's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and will deliver 2,600 kilograms of dry cargo to… » 5/06/14 9:12am 5/06/14 9:12am

Amateur astronomers and NASA capture galaxy eating another galaxy

NASA has published this image showing the M51 spiral galaxy—located 30 million light years away from Earth—eating a tiny galaxy like a hamster would it a tiny burrito, which you can see on its upper left.* It was obtained using data from the Chandra X-Ray space observatory and optical data from amateur telescopes on… » 4/30/14 3:59pm 4/30/14 3:59pm