On This Day in 1959, America Met the Mercury Seven
They were NASA's first astronauts.... READ ON
French Scientists Are Paying Men $17,000 to Lie in Bed for Two Months
The experiment is meant to mimic the experience of being weightless in space.... READ ON
You Can Help NASA Prove the Existence of Planet 9
The space agency is funding a massive crowdsourcing effort to comb through 200,000 images in search of a theorized ninth planet.... READ ON
Look Up! Jupiter Is Close, Bright, and Showing Its Stripes
Get your telescope: You’re going to see some magical things.... READ ON
Look Up! Tonight Is Your Big Chance to See Little Mercury
If you like planets and watch to catch ‘em all, get your poké balls ready.... READ ON
On This Day in 1960, NASA Took the First TV Picture from Space
The satellite that took the picture worked for 78 days...and it's still up there.... READ ON
5 Facts About Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights
The Aurora Borealis has a down under sibling, the Aurora Australis.... READ ON
Watch Live as SpaceX Launches Its First Reused Rocket
To put this in context, every single orbital, cargo-bearing rocket used before the founding of SpaceX—except for those that blew up on the launch pad or otherwise went horribly wrong—was dropped into the ocean after launch.... READ ON
10 Everyday Innovations That Came From NASA Research
Helping you clean up small messes since 1981, among other things.... READ ON
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10 Things We Learned From Neil deGrasse Tyson's "The Inexplicable Universe" Course
Presented by The Great Courses Plus.... READ ON
Comet 67P Transformed as It Approached the Sun
Fractures grew, cliffs collapsed, and boulders rolled.... READ ON
Virgin Galactic Will Blast Stephen Hawking into Space
“Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately,” he said. “I can tell you what will make me happy—to travel in space.”... READ ON
Watch an Artist Recreate Cosmic Radiation With Sand
After taking two weeks to complete, the work was destroyed.... READ ON
A Visual Guide to the Women Venus's Geography Is Named For
Almost every topographical feature on the second planet is named for a famous woman from mythology or history.... READ ON
5 Teams Aim for the Moon This Year—and the $20 Million Google Lunar XPrize
They have to beat the December 31, 2017 deadline.... READ ON
The First Woman in Space: Valentina Tereshkova
The factory worker-turned-cosmonaut dealt with plenty of sexism while trying to keep her spacecraft literally on track.... READ ON