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

Watch Astronauts Practice Drilling an Asteroid Underwater

Training for the imminent mission to an asteroid has begun in Houston, and it looks like fun. On Friday, astronauts Stan Love and Steve Bowen jumped in NASA's 40-foot-deep pool to try out a new suit design and several tools that could be used on the asteroid mission slated for the 2020s. Thank God they took a camera… » 5/09/14 5:49pm 5/09/14 5:49pm

This Graceful Orion Test Flight Is Really Simulating a Launch Disaster

NASA's Orion spacecraft is this generation's moonshot: mankind's first-ever manned spacecraft built to go beyond the moon into deep space. It's equipped with a Launch Abort System that safely lands the craft if a problem occurs during liftoff. This week, NASA drop-tested the system. Falling from 13,000 feet never… » 4/25/14 10:00am 4/25/14 10:00am

This Robotic Surgeon Climbs Inside Astronauts' Belly Buttons

If you're an astronaut on your way to Mars, there aren't too many options if your appendix bursts. That's why a Nebraska-based technology company has developed mini robot space surgeons that can actually climb inside of astronauts' bodies. The first zero-gravity tests on the machine are about to begin. » 4/01/14 9:53am 4/01/14 9:53am

Soviet and American Space Suits For Sale at This Other-Worldly Auction

On April 8th, the New York City branch of Bonhams will be hosting a "Space History" auction, and Gizmodo has been given a preview of the some of the historically unique, space age artifacts that will be for sale. From full-body Soviet space suits to a control panel once used on the space station Mir, the range of… » 2/21/14 9:00am 2/21/14 9:00am

NASA's Astronaut Escape Plan Uses Hand-Me-Down Army Trucks

This past December, a free shipment of four heavily armored vehicles arrived at NASA courtesy of the U.S. military. The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) are all veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they're about to embark on an unexpected second life as getaway vehicles in case something goes… » 1/20/14 2:20pm 1/20/14 2:20pm

Are Astronauts Still Sexy?

Back in 1962, Parade magazine asked American women about the sexiest professions for a potential partner to have. Doctor topped the list. And somehow writer came in second. But astronaut came in a very respectable third place. Which got us thinking: is being an astronaut today more or less sexy than it was during the… » 12/05/13 12:29pm 12/05/13 12:29pm

Astronaut explains why the underwear in Gravity was unrealistic

It's not the visuals. Awesome astronaut Chris Hadfield told Conan that Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity perfectly captured the spectacular beauty of space. This is a man who actually spacewalked, people! We gotta trust his opinion since we'll probably never see space. But one thing that wasn't realistic? Sandra Bullock's… » 11/11/13 11:16pm 11/11/13 11:16pm