Why NASA Launched One of the Blackest Materials Ever Made Into Space

A few years ago, we looked at NASA's long project to design a paint so black, it would absorb nearly every bit of light around it (that's it above, in the "D" spot). Now, NASA has finally launched the stuff into space—which means that the six-year effort to make it is finally paying off. So, why is this such a vital… » 8/22/14 10:25am Yesterday 10:25am

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 Thursday 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 Thursday 12:15am

This Fireworks Show Is a 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Exploding

Back in October 2012, a meteorite whizzed through our atmosphere and broke up in a dazzling display over California. One particular fragment, embedded in the roof of a house, was recovered by NASA for study. Now NASA is ready to reveal a bit more about the meteorite, which was likely formed in the same collision that… » 8/15/14 7:23pm 8/15/14 7:23pm

Can Congress Grant Private Companies The Right To Mine Asteroids?

U.S. companies are eyeing asteroids as the next frontier in lucrative mining ventures. But, they say, their plans are stymied by the vague status of private ownership in space. Earlier this summer, members of Congress introduced a bill to protect property rights for commercial exploitation of asteroids. Is that legal? » 8/14/14 8:29pm 8/14/14 8:29pm

NASA Released Free 3D-Printable Models Of Its Probes and Spacecraft

There are very few private citizens with enough money to recreate NASA's fantastic space explorations. But, there are plenty of private citizens with enough money to buy a 3D printer, and now that NASA has released a bunch of free 3D models of many of its interstellar crafts and probes, almost anyone can build their… » 8/14/14 10:37am 8/14/14 10:37am

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