Last night, at about 8:10PM, some residents of Michigan had no idea what to make of things as the ground shook and a bright light flashed in the air. While there was some initial speculation that it was an earthquake, it was later confirmed to be a meteor that exploded with enough force to register with the force of a magnitude-2.0 earthquake on seismometers.Read More
Astronaut Peggy Whitson, who has spent a NASA-record 665 total days in space and was the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS), recently spoke to Buzzfeed about her career and her time in orbit.Read More
We got bigger problems from our own species.
Both The New York Times and Politico recently published stories about a $22 million Pentagon initiative devoted to investigating alien aircraft. But America is so damn deep into 2017 that we all just collectively shrugged and said, "We got bigger problems."Read More
Astronauts: confirmed best nerds.
We're all gearing up to finally see The Last Jedi and get our fix of Rey's continued journey, Poe xFinn, Carrie Fisher, and (finally) Mark Hamill back in action—except for Kaila, who's seen it already and is sworn to spoiler secrecy—at various points this weekend, and we're not the only ones. Even the ISS astronauts are getting ready to host their own screening in the movie's natural habitat: space.Read More
Astronaut Jessica U. Meir sat down with TMS and gave us a glimpse into all the technical, physical, and psychological training that goes into becoming an astronaut - as well as all the cool, otherworldly environments they get to explore.Read More
“There’s No One Path” : How Astronaut Jessica Meir Went From Studying Animal Physiology to Training for Space Flight
Jessica U. Meir sat down with TMS to talk about her career as a biologist and as one of the NASA astronauts who's working to get us to Mars. "There’s no one path to becoming an astronaut," she said. "Originally, all of the astronauts were white male military test pilots. And now the program is much more diverse."Read More
Ever wonder where the gold and silver of your jewelry comes from? I mean, besides from "in the Earth?" Crashing neutron stars, that's where! Thanks to humanity's recent ability to detect gravitational waves, we are now able to catch activity happening in our galaxy that we never would've been able to before, answering some of science's biggest questions.Read More
NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its historic 20-year career this morning by doing science until the very end.Read More
What do you think will be the last thing it sees?
For us Earth-bound humans, NASA wants to take you to Cassini's final moments via live broadcast, which will show the little probe's "grand finale," so to speak.Read More
Next week, on Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will race across the United States from northwest to southeast, allowing many people to see a near-total eclipse and a 70-mile-wide strip to observe a fully blocked Sun. No matter where you are across the country or continent, you'll probably want to watch at least part of it with your own eyes (and some eclipse glasses), but you can also experience totality vicariously through some eclipse coverage.Read More
KFC literally launched a spicy chicken sandwich into the stratosphere as a marketing campaign.Read More
At the signing for an executive order that reinstates the National Space Council, Trump focused on how Mike Pence is "very much into space," the importance of "space security," and the contest to see who'll be chosen for an advisory board that "everybody wants to be on." Ugh.Read More
This summer, one of the most impressive—and frankly hard to miss—astronomical events will occur across pretty much the entire United States of America. In August 2017, a total Solar eclipse will cut a path from Oregon to South Carolina, with even those outside of the narrow path of totality getting a pretty great show up and down the whole country.Read More
Tune into a far-away view of our big blue planet while calming music plays to soothe our ragged nocturnal souls. Was the secret to falling asleep in outer space all along?Read More
The Cassini space orbiter recently dipped between Saturn itself and the planet's innermost rings, a region previously never explored by any spacecraft.Read More
"I think it's important," he told me, "but I will not require that of you. Instead, what I will say is, here is the cost of you not exploring and the benefits of you exploring."Read More
We're all kind of sick and tired of this planet... take us with you?
Astronaut Peggy Whitson has officially spent more time in outer space than any other American.Read More
The astronaut says his career is evidence of science fiction's influence on real-life space travel.
For many of his fans, Chris Hadfield has made space feel more closer to Earth than ever.Read More
On Earth, where we find water, we find life, so that's where we like to look for life in space, too. That's not just limited to planets, though, and a few moons in our own solar system seem to be hiding sub-surface oceans that could harbor alien life. One of those is Saturn's moon Enceladus, which NASA announced today is giving off a chemical that's a potential sign of habitability deep within the planet's ocean.Read More
We can't see black holes—not only because their gravity is so intense that even light can't escape, but because they're all incredibly far away from us. Thanks to technological advances, we're about to get a look at the one right in our own back yard, astronomically speaking, as telescopes around the world work together to bring us an image for the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.Read More