A few months ago, we heard that NASA's determined to launch some kind of new Mars mission by 2018 regardless of budget cuts. Now a proposed plan for just such a mission has been revealed, and it's one of the most ambitious searches for Martian life yet.
Seems like everyone with a dollar and a dream is tying things to weather balloons and sending them to the edge of space these days, so it was only a matter of time before a band of intrepid Trekkies decided it was high time James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard also made the trip, if only in action figure form.
Planetary Resources just wrapped up a press conference in Seattle, officially announcing both its existence and its ambitious plan to mine near-Earth asteroids. We were listening in live, and here's everything you need to know about how this asteroid mining plan is going to work and when it's going to happen.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is an ambitious guy. He's the one who said he can get commercial flights to Mars up and running a decade or so from now, but what about humanity's return to the moon? Well, if you ask Musk, the moon's little more than old news.
Though science fiction can help inspire us to create and strive toward new technological breakthroughs, it can also have a decidedly negative effect, at least according to one former NASA scientist: It makes people forget that rocket science is, you know, rocket science.
Manned missions into the cosmos were always going to be a dicey affair, given the multitudes of things we don't know (and the fact that NASA's funding is a fraction of what it should be). But if there are actually hyper-intelligent dinosaurs waiting for us, maybe we should just stay home.
It's easy to think of the sun as little more than that yellow thing up in the sky that looks kinda nice when it sets, but every once in a while, we get a reminder of its awesome star power that puts us in our place. The folks at NASA now have a high-powered satellite trained on the center of our solar system, and it's captured a solar tornado so big it could burn five Earths to ashes in a second.
We may not have to look too terribly far to find a habitable alien planet out there. It turns out, there could be a few billion just in our own neighborhood. According to a new study, there are likely a lot more rocky - but habitable - planets out there orbiting red stars within our Milky Way galaxy.
If you're of the right age, the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion was permanently seared into your memory, a vivid reminder that space travel is still a dangerous, potentially fatal pursuit. Nothing brings that into sharp relief like this newly discovered amateur video, which captures the disaster in raw, 8mm horror.
We've been launching stuff into space for nearly 55 years now, and a large percentage of it just stays up there until it comes back down on its own. Debris was always going to be a side-effect of all the stuff we have in orbit, but now there are so many bits of space junk around Earth that spacecraft are feeling threatened. Shields up.