Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission

The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own. This is how the uprising begins. » 9/06/14 3:00pm 9/06/14 3:00pm

What it's like to see cities from the ISS like an astronaut

You know how when you look outside the airplane window and you're in awe of all the lights and the outlines of the city and how you're in the freaking air? Yeah, that's nothing compared to the fun that is spotting cities from the ISS. Watch as astronauts show us what cities look like from space. » 9/04/14 1:25am 9/04/14 1:25am

Space station cosmonauts find life in the vacuum of space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I'm having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can't really explain how it is possible. » 8/21/14 11:02am 8/21/14 11:02am

What is the massive green oceanic glow that surrounds Bangkok at night?

This stunning picture of the city of Bangkok, Thailand at nighttime was taken from the ISS by astronaut Reid Wiseman. Well, the concentrated bright white light was the city at least. The emerald green surrounding it? The astronaut had no idea. Was it nuclear waste? Glow in the dark algae? Alien sea monsters? » 8/21/14 12:15am 8/21/14 12:15am

This Disposable Space Camera Will Record Its Own Destruction on Re-Entry

The European Space Agency's Break Up Camera might be the most badass disposable camera ever. When the agency's space station resupply ship completes its final journey and plunges to a fiery death in the Earth's atmosphere, the camera will record data up to the very last second—until it burns up with the rest of the… » 8/13/14 4:20pm 8/13/14 4:20pm

The Earth looks flat in this photo taken from space

Believe it or not, some idiots think that Earth doesn't rotate and others still think that Earth is flat. I'm sure the latter group would love this picture just taken by our space Captain America—astronaut Reid Wiseman. The angles on those two coasts converging makes Earth's spheroidal surface look strangely flat. » 6/23/14 10:02pm 6/23/14 10:02pm

How can anyone take this awesomeness for granted?

Think about it. Really. Think about what you are looking at right now. That's Oleg Artemyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov—photographed today by Reid Wisemanjust doing their job, floating between Earth and the nothingness at 4.8 miles per second. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is. » 6/20/14 12:40am 6/20/14 12:40am