7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To the Surface of the Comet

Last week, the European Space Agency announced a final date—November 11—for when it will release its Rosetta lander, a tiny pod called Philae, down to the surface of the comet. Like a cosmic hobo carrying a stick and bindle, it will travel laden with only the essentials. Thanks to Universe Today, ESA, and NASA, we… » 9/25/14 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

Each of These Panoramic Pictures Is Its Own Tiny Twisted Planet

There are tons of 360-degree panoramic images out there, but Russian photographer Andrew Bodrov's latest work totally twists my mind. He depicts rockets, Mars rover Curiosity, statues of science and faith all embraced into lovely micro worlds, so simple and neat they could make a sweet set of scenery for a 21st… » 9/24/14 12:30pm Wednesday 12:30pm

A Bunch of US High-Schoolers Broke the Paper Airplane World Record

A 'science' project for high school kids normally involves making a poster of the periodic table, or perhaps torching things with a small gas burner if your science teacher is a bit Walter White. If you're also a cadet with the Civil Aviation Patrol, on the other hand, you can make a computer-controlled,… » 9/24/14 12:00am 9/24/14 12:00am

NASA Is Blasting the First 3D Printer Into Space Tonight

A few minutes after 2 AM tonight, a SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft will lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying something that's never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docks with the ISS, it will deliver the first machine capable of making things in orbit—a huge step forward for exploration. » 9/19/14 5:35pm 9/19/14 5:35pm

Boeing's New Space Taxi Has the Cleanest Cabin on Earth

With NASA's rather surprising decision to split the Commercial Crew Program prize between Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule, America is officially back in the manned space exploration game! Woohoo! And even better, our astronauts will be shuttled to the ISS in style aboard the spacious CST-100 from Boeing. » 9/19/14 11:40am 9/19/14 11:40am

Nobody Knows How These Strange Ridges Appeared on Mars

The technology used to map to Mars is advancing at a thrilling rate and uncovering all kinds of curiosities. The latest head-scratching image comes from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). It reveals a series of mysterious sandy ridges. No one knows exactly how they… » 9/19/14 10:53am 9/19/14 10:53am

Amazing photo of the MIR space station against the immensity of Earth

Surprisingly enough for a space junkie like me, I've never seen this image of the MIR—the Soviet space station that was destroyed on reentry on 2001 after 5,519 days in orbit. The photo was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis on the mission STS-71, docked in the photo below. » 9/16/14 8:53pm 9/16/14 8:53pm

Short film: A cute cat with a mean spacesuit faces some evil alien bees

This short film by French director Loïc Bramoullé displays the coolest spacesuit I've ever seen. Not just because its mean range of weapons, but also for its (artificial) intelligence to make decisions that protect its owner—a cute cat that seems a bit out of place—from things like evil alien bees. » 9/11/14 11:31pm 9/11/14 11:31pm