Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 4:04pm 3/23/15 4:04pm

Runtastic Orbit Hands-On: A Fitness Tracker With a Few New Tricks

Since it seems like every company and its mother-company has a fitness tracker these days, it's refreshing when we see one that actually brings something unique to the table. Runtastic (the company behind my current favorite running app) has a new tracker called the Orbit. It's different! » 7/31/14 8:00am 7/31/14 8:00am

Gum-Packing Coffee Cup Sleeves Prevent Burns and Bad Breath

If you think a fancy new lid is the only way you can upgrade a disposable coffee cup, you clearly haven't seen what ad agency DDB came up with for a South African chain called the Seattle Coffee Co. For a limited time its paper sleeves that prevent burns (and lawsuits) were upgraded with a free sample of Orbit mint gum » 7/21/14 1:27pm 7/21/14 1:27pm

Soyuz Thruster Malfunction Has ISS Crew Running Two Days Late

Yesterday afternoon's Soyuz launch has hit a snag. A thruster misfire means the planned six-hour flight, delivering U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev to the International Space Station, will now take two days. Talk about a terrifying flight delay. » 3/26/14 1:30pm 3/26/14 1:30pm

This Oil and Vinegar Dispenser Stores One Inside of the Other

Why waste counter space with separate bottles of both olive oil and balsamic vinegar when the talented folks at XD Design have come up with a better all-in-one solution? Their Orbit features a pair of mouth blown glass globes sitting inside each other, keeping the two liquids separate—while also playing up the fact… » 11/12/13 5:00pm 11/12/13 5:00pm

Falling Soon Through a Sky Near You

It's what the New York Times calls "the latest in a parade of spacecraft falling from the sky": the imminent crash of the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (or GOCE). » 11/06/13 5:20pm 11/06/13 5:20pm

Watch A Livestream of the Equinox Right Now

Summer is really over. For real. Today. No. Stop making cutoffs. Actually, if you're in the southern hemisphere summer is just beginning. You may proceed. The Earth will reach the equinox at 4:44 EST and the Slooh Space Camera is livestreaming now. If you haven't started talking about nutmeg and using words like… » 9/22/13 4:58pm 9/22/13 4:58pm

This Is the Newest Most Amazing Video From Space Ever

It never fails. Every month or so, the astronauts at the International Space Station capture Earth in the most amazing, astonishing, rock-your-socks-off way imaginable. Every time it's better than the previous one. This one is the current winner by far. » 1/19/12 8:35am 1/19/12 8:35am

That Weird Orbit Tower In London Is Now Completed

Just like the rendering from last year, the now completed ArcelorMittal Orbit looks like a brain-liquifying roller coaster. Or a metal spaghetti monster twice the size of the Eiffel Tower, stranded in the rainy city, sad and confused. » 11/04/11 11:00pm 11/04/11 11:00pm

ISS Lamp Illuminates When the Space Station Is "Near"

Nathan Bergey wanted to know when that manmade wonder, the International Space Station, was shooting by above his head in orbit, so he did what any skilled tinkerer would do: He built a lamp that lights up whenever it's overhead. » 6/12/11 1:00pm 6/12/11 1:00pm

What Are the Most Impressive Views Astronauts See In Orbit?

This high definition short is a fascinating document. Narrated by NASA's Dr. Justin Wilkinson, it shows a tour of planet Earth as seen by astronauts, explaining what are the places that they first focus on while in orbit. » 6/01/11 3:40pm 6/01/11 3:40pm

Alcatec Orbit: Pocket Sprocket Speakers

The Orbit Stereo might not be the most powerful laptop speakers in the world, but they're sleek, unobtrusive, and they've pretty much gotta be an improvement over the tinny noise that's coughing out of your keyboard about now. A single USB cord tethers the pair to your PC, and they snap together for easy transit.… » 5/03/11 10:20pm 5/03/11 10:20pm

Would You Risk Looking Like An Idiot Who Can't Tell The Time for These…

Yes, watchmaker Ziiiro has come out with other neat, futuristic watch designs before. And it's true that you may never get used to their quirky method of telling the time. In fact, it'll most likely get you squinting and peering at the accessory for an extended period, causing your friend with the innocent "Hey man,… » 4/20/11 9:00am 4/20/11 9:00am

What If You Put Jupiter Where the Moon Is?

We're lucky, all things considered, to have as gorgeous and unobtrusive a dance partner as the moon. But what if the other planets in the solar system were in its place, orbiting a mere 380,000km from Earth? Terrifying beauty. » 1/31/11 9:40am 1/31/11 9:40am

The Best of the Year in Space

It's been a big year for the space sciences. The first privately-held spacecraft orbited our world, the blackest material in history was created, researchers expanded the list of possible sources of life threefold; and that was just in December. » 12/27/10 4:20pm 12/27/10 4:20pm

Where There's Water...

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock, aboard the ISS, snapped this nighttime photo of the Nile as he shot over it on Saturday. The contrast between where there is life and there is not is striking, to say the least. [Astro_Wheels via defcon_5] » 10/31/10 7:00pm 10/31/10 7:00pm

Shooting People In The Face With Fruit For Fun and Profit

Sure it's a commercial for Orbit gum. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy smiles being fruvigorously faceblasted—periodontry by pericarp. » 10/12/10 7:20pm 10/12/10 7:20pm

Jupiter And Saturn Played Pong With Uranus

New simulations suggest that Jupiter and Saturn may have played a bit of planet Pong with Uranus. That is, Uranus got in Saturn's orbit so it was tossed to Jupiter's orbit and then tossed back and forth until it finally settled. » 9/18/10 9:00pm 9/18/10 9:00pm

The Job With the Best View In the World

I don't know if these guys are used to this already—my gut feeling is that they are not—but I do know that just watching this part of the video makes me giddy every single time. » 5/31/10 8:00am 5/31/10 8:00am