Stephen Hawking’s Voice Will Be Beamed Into Space, and Other Details from the Physicist’s Memorial Today
Westminister Abbey is holding a Service of Thanksgiving for the physicist, whose ashes will be buried in Scientist's Corner, between Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.Read More
The Senate Narrowly Confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to Lead NASA.
The Senate narrowly confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a former Navy pilot with zero scientific credentials, to lead NASA in the Trump administration's continuing war on science/rational thought/good ideas. Bridenstine will be the first elected official to hold the job, taking over the job from Charles F. Bolden Jr. who resigned immediately following Trump's inauguration.Read More
According to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post, the White House may turn parts of the International Space Station (ISS) over to "industry" after it stops direct federal funding of the station in 2025.Read More
Today, SpaceX made a successful test launch of their Falcon Heavy rocket, and it was a sight to behold. The rocket is the most powerful since the Saturn V that launched astronauts to the Moon (among other things) and will now be the most powerful rocket in modern use. On top of that, SpaceX is still landing rockets back on Earth after flight, giving us some of the most amazing space imagery we'll ever see, right here on the ground.Read More
One of the most persistent conspiracy theories is that the U.S. didn't actually reach the moon in 1969, but simply filmed a scene in order to deceive the entire world.Read More
Queue the Star Wars Mustic
Nothing says joy like watching Astronauts play with a fidget spinner IN SPACE. NASA sent their astronauts on the International Space Station the "it" toy of 2017 and they, of course, showed off their skills on the internet. NASA's Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade), NASA's Joseph Acaba (@AstroAcaba), and Paolo Nespoli (@Astro_Paolo) perform impressive forward and backward summersaults with their fidget spinner.Read More
Time travel is more than just a far-fetched possibility—it's already a reality, in real life and in fiction.
Science fiction books, movies, and television shows get a lot of mileage out of driving their characters through space and time. In some cases, the hero manages to travel through both with the benefit of a Time and Relative Dimensions in Space (TARDIS) machine. You probably know that space travel is already a reality. But did you also know time travel is possible?Read More
KFC literally launched a spicy chicken sandwich into the stratosphere as a marketing campaign.Read More
"Oh, so you think space is pretty? Are you willing to remove your appendix and gallbladder for it? To just go temporarily blind because of your body fluids moving during weightlessness?"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
NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) has been studying the upper atmosphere of Mars since September 2014, and NASA shared MAVEN's ten most important discoveries so far.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
Things We Saw Today: Feel Better About Life and the World With Twitch’s 18-Day Mister Rogers Marathon
It's easy to go down a rabbit-hole of negativity these days with everything going on in the world, but for the next sixteen days and change, there is at least one source of positivity and love that is here for us. Twitch is running an 18-day marathon of the children's classic TV show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood.Read More
What would you do if John Boyega crashed your Star Wars photo shoot with BB-8?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
Exclusive: Meet NASA’s Female Flight Directors in a Clip From the Upcoming Documentary, Mission Control
If the film Hidden Figures reminded us of anything, it's that it takes a village to get human beings into space. Some villagers tend to get more public recognition than others, but without each of them, nothing is going to space. Now, Gravitas Ventures has partnered with Haviland Digital to bring us the story of the unsung heroes of NASA'S mission control.Read More
SETI Discovers “Strong” Signal Likely Emerging From Nearby Star System, and Nobody’s Saying It’s Aliens, But…
Before somebody says the obvious: the chance that this newfound radio signal observed by SETI belongs to an alien civilization is, no doubt, tiny as all heck. But this signal coming from the area around HD 164595 is coming from some strange unknown, and it's saying something that SETI doesn't want to rule anything out.Read More
In space, no-one can hear you impregnate a planet.
Researchers at the University of Bern recently published a study which revealed that prebiotic chemicals, glycerine and phosphorus, were discovered in the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. While it might not sound like a sexy result, this study is actually evidence of panspermia: the theory that life was transferred to Earth through objects like asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.Read More
For when your get up and go got up and went.
Poor Wolverine. He's getting on in his years, y'know?Read More
Carl Sagan once famously said we are all star stuff. So, too, is the bottom of the sea, apparently.Read More