This Telescope Shoots Lasers to Unlock the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Ground-based telescopes have long struggled to achieve the image clarity and resolution of their orbiting cousins due in large part to atmospheric distortions. That's why we build observatories on mountain tops: to minimize the amount of atmosphere between the telescope and incoming starlight. But with the help of a… » 7/04/13 11:00am 7/04/13 11:00am

Unique Photo Shows the Ridiculous Size of America's First Spaceships

One of the things that always shocks me when I go to the Kennedy Space Center is the tiny size of the Mercury (left) and Gemini (right) capsules—the missions that jumpstarted the American space exploration program. This unique photo clearly shows how ridiculous these tin cans are. » 5/31/13 6:26pm 5/31/13 6:26pm

Smithsonian's Spacesuits: Number One On The Runway

The iconic NASA spacesuit didn't show up in astronauts' closets fully formed. Here, a small sampling of the many precursors held with reverence at the Smithsonian Museum. » 7/16/10 10:00am 7/16/10 10:00am

The Best and Strangest Views of Solar Eclipses from Space

This Sunday there will be a total solar eclipse over the south Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina. Watching solar eclipses from Earth is a rare occurrence. Watching them from space is extraordinarily rare. Here are the best photos and videos. » 7/09/10 12:20pm 7/09/10 12:20pm

The First Photo of a Planet Outside Our Solar System

This isn't our Sun. This other sun is 470 light-years away from our home. Its name is 1RXS J160929.1-210524, and the orange sphere near it has been confirmed today as an orbiting planet. The first photo of an extra-solar planet. » 6/30/10 11:00am 6/30/10 11:00am

ICD Gemini Comes with Loaded Feature List

There are people out there who are interested in a tablet computer, but refuse to buy the iPad on principle. Well, take a gander at ICD's Gemini, an 11.2-inch tablet that's got a damned impressive spec list. » 4/06/10 10:44am 4/06/10 10:44am

First Live Shot of BlackBerry Gemini With Optical Mouse

CrackBerry has the first real pictures of the BlackBerry Curve 8520, aka Gemini. It's the first BlackBerry with an optical mouse, RIM's next-gen solution to gunk-loving trackballs. No, there's no 3G. [CrackBerry] » 5/01/09 4:59pm 5/01/09 4:59pm

BlackBerry Gemini 8325 Spotted, Already Looks Outdated

The saga of the BlackBerry Gemini has been been a sad one. At first we thought it was a brilliant, 3G evolution of the 8900. It wasn't. Now, this dreary spy pic doesn't exactly spice things up. » 3/17/09 5:15am 3/17/09 5:15am

23 NASA Missions Omega Watches for Just $125,000

Absolute. Spacenerdgasm. 23 Omega Speedmaster Watches. In a cool space suitcase. The first is a replica of the original 1957 Speedmaster Broad Arrow, while the next 22 of them are the NASA missions ones, with patches on the 9 O'Clock position from the coolest NASA missions ever. From the 1965 Gemini V launch to the… » 11/07/08 7:00pm 11/07/08 7:00pm

First Historic Image of Planet 3106 Trillion Miles From Earth

Thanks to the distortion-reducing power of the ALTAIR » 9/18/08 5:40pm 9/18/08 5:40pm adaptive optics system on the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, three University of Toronto scientists were able to capture images of the star 1RXS J160929.1-210524 from a distance of about 500 light years away. The image is believed to be the first ever of a…