US Military Wants Space Zombies to Feed on Dead Satellites

The DARPA Tactical Technology Office wants swarms of small spacecraft that would go to space, attach to dead satellites, and use their components to create new working satellites. The idea is fascinating—although it seems too wild to become real anytime soon. » 7/12/12 2:20pm 7/12/12 2:20pm

30 Mars Phoenix Discoveries NASA Will Never Show the World

For this week's Photoshop contest, I asked you guys to show us what the Mars Phoenix » 11/18/08 3:30pm 11/18/08 3:30pm discovered that government didn't want us to know about. Well, apparently Mars is a popular destination for politicians, terrorists, Bigfoot and assorted other bizarre life forms. If most of this stuff did exist on Mars, the Men…

Meet Veronica McGregor, Mars Phoenix Lander's Humanoid Personality…

Over the last few weeks here on Giz » 11/16/08 6:30pm 11/16/08 6:30pm, the Mars Phoenix Lander, already a , became the first spacecraft to blog from its cold, unforgiving home tens of millions of miles away on Mars as its mission came to end—culminating in this past Monday. As some of you may have guessed (and, for the rest of you, hate to burst the…

This is My Farewell Transmission From Mars

If you are reading this, then my mission is probably over. This final entry is one that I asked be posted after my mission team announces they've lost contact with me. Today is that day and I must say good-bye, but I do it in triumph and not in grief.As I've said before, there's no other place I'd rather be than… » 11/10/08 4:20pm 11/10/08 4:20pm

Martian Ice Is Why I'm Alive and Why I'm Dying

This is part three of an ongoing series by our latest guest editor, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, as it faces its final days. » 11/07/08 2:31pm 11/07/08 2:31pm As a polar explorer, my entire mission depended on ice. I was sent to Mars to find clues to the water history of Mars-data that would help determine whether the planet was ever hospitable to…

This is What Landing On Mars Feels Like

This is part 2 of an ongoing series by our latest guest editor, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, as it faces its final days. » 11/05/08 4:00pm 11/05/08 4:00pm Just over five months ago, on May 25, I was zooming along toward the Red Planet with nothing more than a dream and a lot of butterflies in my stomach. At mission control at JPL, it was do or die…

Hello World, Phoenix Lander Here

It's time for a heart-to-heart. While I've spent my entire mission talking to followers via Twitter » 11/04/08 12:01pm 11/04/08 12:01pm, some things just can't be said in 140 characters or less. So I was thrilled when the editors of Gizmodo asked if I would contribute as a guest blogger, and even more thrilled when they said I could write more than two…