A Russian Lizard Sex Satellite Is Out of Control in Orbit

It began as just another chapter in humanity's ongoing fascination of sending weird shit into space, then things spiraled out of control. Right now an orbital satellite filled with geckos flies more than 200 miles above our heads. But this isn't a slapstick preamble to some clever car insurance commercial, these… » 7/25/14 11:37am Friday 11:37am

The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments. When the mountain blasting and the mirror polishing are all done, we will have the clearest and most detailed views of… » 7/25/14 9:00am Friday 9:00am

The Ice-Diving Robot That Could Look for Alien Life on Jupiter's Moon

The search for extraterrestrial life begins, often enough, on Earth. In this case, it's an Alaskan glacier, where the robot VALKYRIE is proving its ice-chomping abilities in a field test. VALKYRIE is supposed to one day land on Jupiter's moon, Europa, where it will drill through miles of ice to reach the liquid oceans… » 7/23/14 5:59pm Wednesday 5:59pm

Making Faster Optical "Cables" Using Nothing But Lasers and Air

Pulses of light are the absolute fastest way to transfer data (because nothing's faster than light), but old school fiber optic cables can only go so many places. Scientists have a new idea: use high-powered lasers to make a column of low-density air that can carry a light signal just as well as a normal cable. Yes,… » 7/22/14 11:23am Tuesday 11:23am

Watch NASA's Full TV Broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Right Here

Exactly 45 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. And right now, NASA is replaying the full TV broadcast from that fateful day in real-time. Watch it below—it's just as exhilarating today as it must have been 45 years ago. » 7/21/14 12:01am 7/21/14 12:01am

How NASA Would Have Handled a Failed Apollo 11

This weekend marks the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the moon. Like all missions, NASA had a contingency plan. Space historian Amy Shira Teitel explains the astronauts' grim orders if a lunar lander malfunction had left Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. » 7/19/14 9:00am 7/19/14 9:00am

Ball of fire comes alive in space, turns into flaming Tinker Bell

Astronaut Reid "Captain America" Wiseman keeps delighting us with his antics in the International Space Station. Here's the latest: A ball of fire materializes in space and comes alive, flying away like some kind of fairy—a flaming Tinker Bell. It was made by the FLEX-2 experiment—or magics, for all we know. » 7/18/14 3:48pm 7/18/14 3:48pm

Scientists Use World's Largest Laser To Recreate Jupiter's Core

It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter—or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what's going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That's why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate » 7/18/14 11:21am 7/18/14 11:21am

What's hiding behind these giant holes on the Moon?

You've probably seen the mysterious giant hole that was discovered in Siberia, which appears to lead into a large cave. We don't know its origin yet, but it isn't the only hole like that on Earth. Or the Moon: NASA found these formations there too, which are perfect for future human outposts. Or current alien/Nazi UFO… » 7/17/14 8:04pm 7/17/14 8:04pm

Stunning sci-fi concept sketches are actually 3D renders

I love the 3D concept art by Neil Maccormack because it doesn't look like 3D at all. His renders—which he finishes in Photoshop—feel like acrylics painted with real brushes. His palette—which sometimes reminds me of Ralph McQuarrie's—is crucial for the painterly feel of his creations. » 7/16/14 9:02pm 7/16/14 9:02pm