Get lost in these fascinating spacecraft cutaway illustrations

Cross section, cutaway, or x-ray illustrations, call it whatever you want, but they're the best way to understand how things work. They are fascinating. In this new Sploid series we will present some of the best cutaway drawings from around the world. The first collection includes 32 awesome spacecrafts. » 2/24/14 1:20pm 2/24/14 1:20pm

The Universe's Most Important Alarm Clock Will Wake Up Rosetta Tomorrow

Two and a half years is a long time to sleep—even for a machine. That's how long Rosetta has slumbered in its decade-long journey towards the comet where it will land. But in the dead of the night, at 2am PST tomorrow morning, Rosetta will awaken. Here's how its alarm clock works. » 1/19/14 12:00pm 1/19/14 12:00pm

Super-Bugs Inadvertently Created by Spacecraft Sterilization Protocols

The European Space Agency has been collecting examples of "spacecraft-associated biology" in a small collection housed at the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ in Brunswick, Germany. 298 strains of "extremotolerant" bacteria, isolated from spacecraft-assembly rooms because they managed to survive the incredible methods used to clean… » 11/04/13 1:40pm 11/04/13 1:40pm

NASA's Psychedelic Space Plane Is Glowing with Pure Science

So much of real science is publishing articles and peer-reviewed studies, so it's always great to see that crazy, fluorescent, glowing space-plane, movie-type science is really out there too. And NASA is doing it with the best of them. » 9/27/13 3:20pm 9/27/13 3:20pm

Hold a Satellite In Your Palm With These Pint-Sized Wood Models

Russia’s radio telescope, Speckt-R, currently holds the record for the largest satellite orbiting Earth, weighing in at around 11,000 pounds. But thanks to the magical product designers at Postlerferguson, you can now fit a Speckt-R on your desk—along with three other iconic unmanned spacecraft. » 7/25/13 5:02pm 7/25/13 5:02pm

NASA Video Shows Landsat Successful Separation from Rocket

The latest Landsat satellite has successfully separated from the Atlas V booster and it's now alive and well orbiting Earth. It's the most powerful and modern Landsat satellite yet, the last member of a saga that has provided with vital information to everyone, from farmers to environmental scientists. » 2/11/13 4:34pm 2/11/13 4:34pm

The Hi-C Suborbital Spacecraft Snaps the Sun's Hottest Spots

The Sun's corona—essentially its plasma "atmosphere"—is actually hotter than the surface of the star itself. Scientists have long suspected that the region's million-degree temperatures influence its massive magnetic fields, and have hypothesized that solar flares originate there. But researchers had never been able to… » 1/28/13 1:00pm 1/28/13 1:00pm

This Is the Very First American Manned Ship That Will Go to Space…

NASA has just started work on the first space-bound Orion capsule. Here you can see a robotic arm welding the new spaceship. It will be NASA's first manned ship in space after Atlantis returned on July 21, 2011. » 9/10/11 8:05pm 9/10/11 8:05pm