Here's How to Explore the Moon and Mars in Google Maps

Everyone's favorite lil' rover, Curiosity, has now been rolling around Mars for two years. So it's high time Google Maps got in on the action—and now, to celebrate the anniversary, it's launched Maps for Mars and the Moon. Getting pin man into space is pretty easy, if you follow a few steps. » 8/07/14 11:09am 8/07/14 11:09am

Inside the DIY World of Mapping Caves With Radio

Underground, where this is no GPS and certainly no Wi-Fi, mapping caves requires a different kind of technical ingenuity. Thus, there is cave radio. To learn about the DIY world of cave radio and underground exploration, Gizmodo picked the brain of Stanley Sides, tinkerer and former president of the Cave Research… » 4/03/14 12:20pm 4/03/14 12:20pm

Vote For The Design Of NASA's Next Spacesuit

NASA's next spacesuit is currently up for public voting—and the weird new designs are unlike anything you've seen from NASA before. Drawing on ideas from bioluminescence, contemporary sportswear, and some speculation on the street fashions of tomorrow, whichever suit gets built will change our image of astronauts… » 3/24/14 1:20pm 3/24/14 1:20pm

Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New… » 12/27/13 7:30am 12/27/13 7:30am

Walking To The South Pole (And Returning Alive)

Endurance athlete, polar explorer, and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott's heroic but ultimately doomed "Terra Nova" expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot—and, more importantly, to walk back to the… » 10/18/13 10:40am 10/18/13 10:40am

Secret Cold War Sonar Tech Is Being Used to Map Underwater America

Space may be the final frontier of exploration, but there's plenty of Earth left unmapped, too—from the giant canyon recently discovered beneath Greenland to American waters that have been left largely unexplored. But that’s quickly changing, thanks in part to Bob Ballard’s latest project. » 10/17/13 3:43pm 10/17/13 3:43pm

These Lands Were Entirely Unknown Until the Age of Exploration

While the people of Europe bravely set sail during the Age of Discovery—a period stretching from the early 15th century and continuing to the 17th century—it's easy to forget that very few of the shores onto which they stepped were entirely uninhabited. This map shows the lands that were, until adventurers landed,… » 8/15/13 4:37am 8/15/13 4:37am

How NASA Wants Us to Explore the Universe With Robotic Avatars and…

Take three minutes of your life to listen to Dr. Jeff Norris, one of the science rock stars at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He talks about how NASA is working to democratize space exploration by using robots, holodecks and 3D technologies so we can all see space with our own eyes using space… » 2/08/13 11:00am 2/08/13 11:00am

Watch Space X Dragon Make Its Historic ISS Dock Live (Updating)

Space X and NASA are moments away from making history. The Dragon capsule is making its final approach toward docking with the International Space Station, marking a new chapter both for NASA and privatized space exploration. It's currently projected to dock at 10:02am EDT. You can watch it all right here: » 5/25/12 9:37am 5/25/12 9:37am

Five Ways James Cameron Could Have Died on His Mission to the Bottom of…

Over the weekend, James Cameron successfully made it to the the bottom of the Mariana Trench—the deepest point on Earth. Bad. Ass. » 3/26/12 1:00pm 3/26/12 1:00pm

Though you might not realize it, the sea bed—even the area surrounding the Mariana Trench—is littered with submarine communication cables. They're there to string together…