After getting rained out yesterday, it’s time to start preparing for the next launch window for the Cygnus spacecraft. If it succeeds, this will be the first launch for the cargo tug since the previous one blew up in October 2014. UPDATE: Gusts of wind caused first delays and finally a scrub for the launch attempt…
Our robots are equipped tools that leave behind distinctive marks on the fourth planet from the Sun. Here’s how those tools have changed over time to leave a more lasting impression on Mars, and what we can expect from the robots of the future.
It’s a clash of gods, science, lava, stars, and the law for the Thirty-Meter Telescope in Hawaii. The would-be new largest telescope on the planet just had its construction permit yanked by the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Our home planet and its moon are but specks against the vast blackness of space in this image from the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2. The robotic explorer is currently flying past the Earth to redirect its trajectory into the main asteroid belt.
Stop. Breathe. Bask in the blissful relaxation of sunset in Queen Valley. Feel better? Good.
What’s worse than a broken space-toilet? A broken space-toilet when it’s your very first shift as boss, and suddenly you have to work on the logistics of either getting it fixed or landing your astronauts in Africa. This is Flight Director Rob Kelso’s first-hand account of the narrowly-averted shitstorm.
A mix of rock and sand greeted the Curiosity Rover as it approaches the Bagnold Dune field, the dunes slowly encroaching on weathered outcrops. This is our first visit to active dunes anywhere but on Earth.
This weekend, Climate March happened all over the world as restless citizens reminded their governments that they deeply care about the future of their planet. Here’s what we saw on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia.
What goes into preparing a spacecraft for a cargo run to the space station? Take a peek behind the scenes with this gallery of photos from preparing the Cygnus spacecraft for its first cargo run since the last attempt ended in explosion last year.
Astronaut Fred Gregory is the front-runner for Worst Thanksgiving Ever. His tale of a plumbing failure while on the zero-g toilet resulting in a very personal depressurization under a gushing torrent of freezing oxygen still makes us cringe over a decade later.
Steeply-angled sunlight creates a muddled mystery of which terrain are mountains or valleys in this early-morning scene. Only snaking fog shrouding the river reveals the secrets of the inverted topography.
November 23, 2002: Fire scars cut through the green scrub to the orange dunes below in this view of the Simpson Desert, Australia.
City lights trace out settlements in the matte black of Italy at night, but moonglint softens the surrounding water.
April 1972: The fourth pair of astronauts to visit the moon were the most enthusiastic geologists, bringing home the largest sample ever collected from the moon.
How powerful was the Saturn rocket that boosted the Apollo missions into low Earth orbit? So powerful even the models for the Saturn rocket boosters produced hundreds of pounds of thrust for every engine.
May 17, 1956: The swinging doors of this massive supersonic wind tunnel utterly dwarf the puny engineer deluding himself that he can control its voracious appetite.
April 10, 1990: This is what happens when you unfurl a massive parachute in the world’s largest wind tunnel.
Astronauts work incredibly hard, putting in long hours in unnatural, difficult conditions. But sometimes they get pushed too hard, and reach a breaking point. This is the story of Skylab 4, the astronaut crew that kicked off the holidays with a mutiny.