NASA says this is not a space diaper, but it is. They call it the Maximum Absorbency Garment. I call it the Space Pooper. But why do astronauts use them?
If you're a space nerd like me, you probably knew that the iconic countdown clock at the Kennedy Space Center was big. Yesterday—on my first day covering Discovery's Wednesday launch—I learnt it wasn't big. This thing is humongous.
Well, last week's space theme was exciting for readers and staff alike, not least of all because we had a real actual NASA astronaut baring his soul daily. Here are the highlights:
We reached the Moon in a tin can, built a humble space station, and have a plan to reach Mars in a bigger tin can. But we need to reach the stars. And we will.
May 2019: Our scheduled return to the moon. There's plenty of laboring to be done on the Constellation Program before then, but the foundation is set. Here's how you—as an astronaut—would experience the mission:
Because NASA's hip with the kids, dammit, they're using both YouTube and Twitter to let the public ask questions of astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the International Space Station.
In his final installment as Gizmodo's cherished Astroblogger, real-life astronaut Leroy Chiao covers the taboo topic of sex in space. Will it happen? Has it happened? Guess you'll have to read to find out...
Yesterday Obama unveiled an $18.7 billion budget for NASA in 2010—a 5% increase over this past year. This is a preliminary figure that could change after a 3-month review of the agency is completed.
Chances are you use a gadget touched by space technology each and every day. Here are 10 common gadgets and products with ties to space exploration that have improved our lives here on Earth.
Used by astronomers for years, Slooh is an online service that lets people control space telescopes around the world and take images in real time. They've now launched a novice version for you and me.
Even when astronaut guest blogger Leroy Chiao isn't asked, he knows people are dying to know: What's the deal with relieving yourself when there's no gravity to contain the mess? How does it actually work?
Eating is one of life's most important activities, and the same applies in space. Every astronaut eats three times a day, and yesterday for lunch, Adam and I had space food. It was awesome.
In Leroy Chiao's five-day stint as astronaut guest blogger, he's striving to illuminate the everyday aspects of life aboard the International Space Station, stuff that isn't in press releases. Today's topic? The air they breathe.
Across the Space Frontier is one of the most beautiful—if wildly inaccurate—books on space travel, mostly American space-race propaganda. Here are cutaways of the space station and rocket promised to be active by 1970.
In the summer of 1986, I spent a week at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Not only that, but in our final mission, I crashed our Space Shuttle.
Supplies of NASA's go-to fuel for space exploration, plutonium-238, are dwindling. The U.S. stopped making it 20 years ago and now NASA's Russian suppliers are running out after production shut down.
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin stepped into his Vostok 1 spacecraft, started the pre-flight checks, and waited for countdown. Hours later, he muttered one of the most beautiful, yet obvious phrases in history:
The Stephen Colbert treadmill looks tiny, but there isn't a lot of space to go around up there on the ISS. How does this work?
Will I survive?