Escape the Devastation of Future Earth on a Luxurious Space Mayflower

Worried that Earth may soon suffer from overpopulation and irreversible environmental damage? Worry not, my fellow passengers of Spaceship Earth! In the future, we'll just hop on our space-faring Mayflowers to go find habitable planets. At least that was the promise of this Sunday comic strip from 1959. » 3/26/14 4:32pm 3/26/14 4:32pm

Perfectly Timed Pics of Airplanes Silhouetted Against the Sun and Moon

Though Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, and Stephen Hawking have all (allegedly) snagged tickets for Virgin Galactic’s first commercial space flights next year, it’ll still be a bit longer before our nation’s spaceports are as bustling as JFK or LAX on Thanksgiving weekend. » 10/01/13 4:40pm 10/01/13 4:40pm

Things Could Be Better for NASA on Its 55th Birthday

On October 1, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration became operational for the first time. Today, the agency celebrates its 55th birthday by being largely non-operational thanks to a federal government shutdown that's left all but about 600 of its workers furloughed. » 10/01/13 1:00pm 10/01/13 1:00pm

NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil

Just when you thought ol' Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the experiments that led to the discovery. That's right. There's water on Mars. » 9/26/13 3:15pm 9/26/13 3:15pm

Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil?

Right now, there are dozens of theoretical proposals for how humans could eventually populate Mars (or the Moon), each as crazy as the next: Space elevator. Inflatables. Giant 3D printer. But there's something wonderful about watching these zany concepts emerge, each with its own unique logic. The latest? A plan to… » 9/10/13 2:52pm 9/10/13 2:52pm

A Trip to Mars Will Turn Astronauts Into Lazy Bros

While you've been out living your life in the sunshine and open air, scientists watched as six men willingly spent 520 days locked in windowless, steel tubes inside a Moscow warehouse. Results: this group, once cream of the astronaut crop, morphed into sluggish, unmotivated frat dudes. » 1/08/13 12:01pm 1/08/13 12:01pm

Super-Fast Space Travel Would Kill You in Minutes

Everyone thinks it would be cool to travel at the speed of light, which is why scientists devote their lives to working out if it would be possible and NASA is trying to develop its own warp drive. But easy, tiger: turns out super-fast space travel would be fatal. » 11/05/12 9:00am 11/05/12 9:00am

This Hubcap-Like Contraption Could Be The Future Of Space Travel (Or…

The idea of a rogue, genius inventor working outside the confines of a government or corporate lab, creating a new technology that could potentially change the world, is certainly tantalizing. Who knows: Guido Fetta could be the next Tesla, and his QDrive could very well revolutionize space travel. Or it could be an… » 10/12/11 7:00pm 10/12/11 7:00pm