Discovery

October 17, 2017

Space Spinner! Astronaut Shows What Fidget Spinners Do in Orbit

How awesome is a fidget spinner in space, where your body can do all the spinning you want? Pretty awesome, it turns out. Astronauts on the International Space […]
October 16, 2017

Who’s Out There? The Importance of Getting Real

What I love about this site is that it is “where science meets science fiction.” Here we can let our imaginations fly with wonderful stories that […]
October 15, 2017

NASA studying potential cooperation on Russian lunar science missions

COLUMBIA, Md. — NASA is in discussions about potential roles it could play on an upcoming series of Russian robotic lunar missions, including landers and sample […]
October 11, 2017

What Did It Take to Build the International Space Station?

The International Space Station, also known as the ISS, was a collaborative project between 15 different countries. Approximately 18 years after preliminary design work began, the […]
October 7, 2017

What’s in a Name? SpaceX’s ‘BFR’ Mars Rocket Acronym Explained

You don’t have to lie when talking to your kids about SpaceX’s BFR Mars-colonization architecture. Yes, BFR stands for “Big F—ing Rocket.” But there’s also a family-friendly […]
October 6, 2017

Vice President Pence Pledges Renewed Lunar Focus for US Space Agency

The pledge of returning US astronauts to the Moon marks a change in focus from the Obama administration, which emphasized exploration of Mars. The Trump administration […]
October 5, 2017

60 years after Sputnik, Russia is lost in space

MOSCOW — Just over 30 years after the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, the nation that opened the space race stood on […]
October 4, 2017

Methane Bursts May Have Helped Water Flow on Ancient Mars

Methane under the surface of Mars could have warmed it up in intermittent bursts, which could help explain how Mars was warmer and wetter so long […]
October 3, 2017

ISS partners seek clarity on station’s long-term future

ADELAIDE, Australia — The head of NASA’s human spaceflight program says he would like to see a decision made in the next two years on whether […]