Discovery

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 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 31, 2017

NASA twins study shows space travel changes body at genetic level

A NASA study of twin brothers has offered new insights into the stress of space travel on the body — including genetic differences between Scott Kelly, the twin […]
January 29, 2017

Challenger Center Marks 31st Anniversary of Space Shuttle Tragedy

The Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization, continues to honor the Challenger crew more than three decades after the shuttle tragedy. […]
January 29, 2017

Private Space Station Coming Soon? Company Aiming for 2020 Launch

Work is underway to establish the world’s first private, international commercial space station, a complex that would serve a global community of sovereign and private astronauts. […]
January 28, 2017

Heat and Ashes: The Untold Story of the Apollo 1 Fire

Fifty years ago, Henry Rogers stepped off an elevator into an inferno. A quality control inspector at NASA, Rogers had been working during a routine launch […]
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 […]