The ISS Will Get a Custom Espresso Machine With a Few Space-ifications

Just like any hard-working professional, an astronaut can use a good cup of coffee first thing, which is why Lavazza has developed a new custom espresso machine for use in space, destined to find a home aboard the International Space Station. » 6/16/14 10:49am 6/16/14 10:49am

You Can Explore These Remote Astronomical Observatories on Street View

By nature, astronomical observatories have to be remote—far away from humans and cities and light pollution. That makes these extraordinary facilities difficult to visit, unless you've got Google Street View. Three of Chile's most remote observatories are now open to the digital tourist, and we've found you some of… » 6/11/14 5:05am 6/11/14 5:05am

Giant metal cylinder of unknown origin appears in Siberia

This 16-foot-long metal cylinder of unknown origin recently washed up in a Siberian village following severe flooding. Nobody knows where it came from but Aleksey Yaskin, a professor of aerospace engineering at Biysk Technology University, told Reuters that it may be the first stage of a rocket. » 6/11/14 5:04am 6/11/14 5:04am

NASA's real life Enterprise may take us to other star systems one day

Dr. Harold "Sonny" White is still working on a warp drive at NASA's Johnson Space Center. His work is still in the experimental stage but that doesn't mean he can't imagine what the real life Enterprise ship would look like according to his math. » 6/11/14 5:04am 6/11/14 5:04am

NASA releases spectacular X-ray image of an entire spiral galaxy

This is The Whirlpool—the common name of M51, a spiral galaxy estimated to be 50,000 to 100,000 light years across. The purple dots that make it look like the biggest neon sign in the Universe are X-ray sources as seen by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. » 6/11/14 5:04am 6/11/14 5:04am

Every frame in this stop-motion music video is embroidered

This sci-fi themed music video combines heavy metal, embroidery and stop-motion animation to produce something quite unusual. In fact it is the first frame-by-frame embroidered music video and it took 45 million stitches to tell the story of the band's journey to mars to terraform the planet. » 6/11/14 5:03am 6/11/14 5:03am

NASA's Orion crew module looks like a liquid metal alien spaceship

NASA's real life interstellar Enterprise concept ship may look straight out of Star Trek, but their Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 looks chrometastically cool, like the alien spaceship in Flight of the Navigator. » 6/11/14 5:03am 6/11/14 5:03am

Hubble captures incredible star explosion in four-year time-lapse video

I never imagined I was going to see something like this: A video of a star bursting in space, illuminating the interstellar dust around it at the speed of light. This is not a computer simulation. It's an actual time-lapse video taken over four years by the Hubble—and scientists don't know its origin yet. » 6/11/14 5:02am 6/11/14 5:02am

Look at the Weird and Wonderful Worlds That Exist Beyond Neptune

From tiny balls of rock to giant egg-shaped objects, there's a rich and varied array of alien worlds that sit outside the orbit of Neptune. You're looking at the ones that the European Space Agency's satellite Herschel has spotted. » 6/10/14 5:20am 6/10/14 5:20am

The First Vine From Outer Space Packs One Earth Orbit Into Six Seconds

Astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this Vine shot from an observation window on the International Space Station this week. It shows one full orbit of the ISS around planet earth. It's the first Vine recorded from outer space, and it's literally out of this world. » 6/09/14 7:37pm 6/09/14 7:37pm

Scientists: 100 million worlds may have complex alien life in our galaxy

A group of international astronomers and astrobiologists have published new research that assesses the possibility of complex life on other worlds. Their calculation in the Milky Way alone is staggering: 100 million worlds in our home galaxy may harbor complex alien life. One. Hundred. Million. » 6/09/14 7:36pm 6/09/14 7:36pm

NASA's Prototype ISS Habitat Is an Inflatable Grow House

There are two things that come at a premium when living aboard the International Space Station: personal space and fresh vegetables. But thanks to an ingenious new inflatable habitat that's currently being tested, our space-faring scientists will soon have more of both. » 6/09/14 7:36pm 6/09/14 7:36pm

This Is a Star Exploding 12.1 Billion Years Ago

You're looking back in time. A long, long, long way back in time. This is an image of a star exploding just after the Big Bang happened. » 6/06/14 6:20am 6/06/14 6:20am

What is this?

When I saw this image appearing in my RSS I couldn't tell what it was. It looked like a close up of the skin of some animal. Perhaps a detail of a bird or a reptile, I thought. Maybe a colorized microscopic view into some human body part. The answer couldn't possibly be more different than what I expected. » 6/06/14 5:24am 6/06/14 5:24am

This photo of the ISS looks like a scene from a space horror movie

If you told me this was a frame from Alien 5*—with some dude about to get into the dark corridor in which the xenomorph hides, waiting to kill him—I would totally believe you. In reality, it's another cool image by astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is now working in the International Space Station. » 6/05/14 8:26am 6/05/14 8:26am

Report: NASA Can't Afford Manned Missions to Mars

A large-scale review of NASA's human spaceflight program has revealed that it doesn't have the budget to successfully undertake manned missions to Mars. » 6/05/14 7:28am 6/05/14 7:28am

No, this isn't the Eye of Sauron: it's an amazing image of the ringed star HR 4796A, captured by the new Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research (SPHERE) instrument at the Very Large Telescope atop Cerro Paranal in Chile. The newly installed SPHERE filters out light to acquire exceptionally sharp images… » 6/05/14 7:07am 6/05/14 7:07am

NASA reveals the most colorful and detailed image of the Universe

NASA has unveiled "the most colorful view of the Universe" ever captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Part of a study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, it's "a composite of separate exposures taken in 2003 to 2012 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3." » 6/04/14 7:49am 6/04/14 7:49am

This Six Minute Satellite Studies Star Nurseries

Not every scientific exploration of the cosmos requires a multi-year, multi-billion dollar effort a la the Hubble Space Telescope Program. In fact, sometimes all it requires is a reusable sounding rocket, an ultraviolet camera, and six minutes in space. » 6/02/14 12:56pm 6/02/14 12:56pm

How an Organizational Breakdown at NASA Let the Challenger Lift Off

The "massive malfunction" that killed seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 also forever changed NASA, an agency that seemed infallible. What breakdown in the decision-making process led to the shuttle lifting off? The organizational structure of NASA itself played a bigger role than you might… » 6/02/14 11:32am 6/02/14 11:32am