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February 6, 2017

How To Build A Space Suit That’s Actually (Sort Of) Comfortable

After decades of heavy and cumbersome suits, astronauts are getting an upgrade. No one ever donned a space suit because it was comfy. Quite the opposite—space […]
February 5, 2017

Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Starshot is an initiative that hopes to send miniature spaceships on a high-speed jaunt to the Centauri system sometime within the next few decades. Doing […]
February 4, 2017

NASA Highlights Science Launching on Next SpaceX Cargo Mission

NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 8, to discuss research investigations launching aboard the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to […]
February 3, 2017

IF EARTH’S ORBIT IS SO CROWDED, WHY DON’T WE SEE SPACE JUNK IN PHOTOS OF THE EARTH?

Sometimes, when we post a cool picture of the Earth taken from space,Popular Science gets questions about why, if there’s so much garbage in space, we […]
February 2, 2017

Sending Mars Rovers on a ‘Walkabout’ Could Boost Their Science Output

Rovers have limited time on Mars, so to optimize the science returns, geologists on Earth are devising new strategies for NASA’s rover drivers to find the […]
February 1, 2017

SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition finally puts pods in the tube

Only three out of 27 teams made it to the final round.   “I almost cried the first time it went 50 kilometers per hour.” Marleen […]
January 27, 2017

BOEING’S NEW SPACESUITS LOOK LIKE A BIG UPGRADE FROM NASA’

MORE COMFORTABLE, LESS UGLY, AND (HOPEFULLY) JUST AS FUNCTIONAL Some day soon, private companies are expected to take over the task of carrying astronauts to and […]
January 26, 2017

Tiny Spacecraft Sees Water at Rosetta’s Comet While Stranded in Earth Orbit

The Japanese PROCYON spacecraft may have gotten stuck in Earth orbit after launch, but it’s been able to do some impressive observations of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from afar. […]
January 24, 2017

NASA’s Curiosity finds new water evidence in possible cracked mud

If true, it’ll be the first mud confirmed by the rover. NASA’s four-year-old Curiosity rover spent 2016 discovering new clues to Mars‘ history, including veins potentially […]