The Most Clever Ideas For Vehicles to Explore Saturn's Moon Titan

Forget a boring old rover and try nuclear-powered boats or quadcopter space drones. If we want to explore Saturn's moon Titan—with its liquid methane lakes and dense nitrogen atmosphere—we'll need exploration schemes that are just as unique as the alien moon itself. » 2/17/15 4:30pm 2/17/15 4:30pm

NASA May Soon Send This Spacecraft to Jupiter's Moon Europa

With massive oceans buried under six kilometers of ice, Jupiter's moon Europa has long been a dream destination for astronomers. It's possible that those oceans, warmed by undersea volcanoes, could harbor microbial life. NASA's wanted a closer look for 15 years, and now they're getting it. » 2/03/15 6:20pm 2/03/15 6:20pm

Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart

Space is big, humans are small, and spacecrafts, well, vary more in size than you might think. Redditor Heaney555 has compiled an a chart, to scale, of every rocket, spacecraft, and space station involved in human spaceflight. And man, Saturn V is huuuuuuuge—it's as long as the whole International Space Station. » 12/01/14 4:00pm 12/01/14 4:00pm

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit After 10 Month Journey

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft hitched a ride on an Atlas V launch vehicle on November 18th of last year. Now, just over 10 months later, it's finally about to reach its objective: orbiting Mars. Watch along as it closes in on success. [Update: We have orbit!] » 9/21/14 10:19pm 9/21/14 10:19pm

Inside the Boeing Capsule That Could Take You on a Space Vacation

If you're looking to one day spend your summers aboard the scenic International Space Station, your travel options are steadily growing. Now, Boeing has unveiled new interior shots of its next-gen commercial spacecraft, the CST-100. » 5/07/14 4:04pm 5/07/14 4:04pm

This Graceful Orion Test Flight Is Really Simulating a Launch Disaster

NASA's Orion spacecraft is this generation's moonshot: mankind's first-ever manned spacecraft built to go beyond the moon into deep space. It's equipped with a Launch Abort System that safely lands the craft if a problem occurs during liftoff. This week, NASA drop-tested the system. Falling from 13,000 feet never… » 4/25/14 10:00am 4/25/14 10:00am

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 1:03pm 2/24/14 1:03pm

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… » 11/04/13 1:40pm 11/04/13 1:40pm

This Metallic Sphere Will Some Day Carry Martian Samples Back to Earth

This little spherical container may look more like a rejected R2-D2 prototype than a piece of cutting-edge technology, but is in fact the vessel in which the European Space Agency hopes to ship Martian samples back to Earth in. » 10/29/13 10:44am 10/29/13 10:44am

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

Whoa, This Sofa Balances On One Leg Thanks to Spacecraft Technology

Part of what artists are great at is re-contextualizing technology in weird and often amazing ways. That is exactly what artist Jacob Tonski did for a recent installation that involved balancing a 19th century sofa upright on one leg. The result is Inception-like wonderment. » 8/26/13 12:16pm 8/26/13 12:16pm

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

Romain Jerome's Spacecraft Watch Looks Like It's From Another Galaxy

Taking a page from Tokyo Flash's bewildering design playbook, Romain Jerome's latest watch—the Spacecraft—takes an unconventional approach to displaying the time. But thankfully it's not as difficult as deciphering the array of dials and switches on a NASA-designed craft. » 2/21/13 11:00am 2/21/13 11:00am

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… » 1/28/13 1:00pm 1/28/13 1:00pm

Why Are Scientists Firing Rockets Against Auroras?

NASA scientists are now firing 46-foot-tall two-stage rockets against auroras because they hate them and they smell bad. Or maybe because they want to test how extreme space weather can affect digital communications between ground bases and spacecraft or satellites. » 2/21/12 2:40pm 2/21/12 2:40pm

Wanna Be an Astronaut? NASA Is Hiring

Heads up if you hold a degree in math, science or engineering and have logged hours flying high-performance jet aircraft. NASA is looking for its next class of astronauts! » 10/04/11 2:20pm 10/04/11 2:20pm

Watch SpaceX Crazy Plans for a New Fully Re-Usable Rocket

Those crazy genius at SpaceX have a new plan: fully reusable rockets. Their system is surprisingly simple, but they don't know if it will work. But CEO Elon Musk says they are going to try it. Here's how it works: » 9/30/11 4:20pm 9/30/11 4:20pm

Like Throwing Astronauts Into a Flaming Barrel

Astronaut Ron Goran may sound like he's being creative when he describes what returning from the ISS feels like for today's space-faring souls, but really, no he isn't. [Fragile Oasis via Boing Boing, Image] » 9/25/11 10:00am 9/25/11 10:00am