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Watch NASA Launch Its Shiny New JPSS-1 Weather Satellite Watch NASA Launch Its Shiny New JPSS-1 Weather Satellite

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a “series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites,” NASA announced on Saturday, with the agencies touting they expect significant improvements to their weather-forecasting abilities when…

A Computer Randomly Generated These Nebulae That Look More Spectacular Than Hubble Images A Computer Randomly Generated These Nebulae That Look More Spectacular Than Hubble Images

Unless we find a way to travel infinitely faster than the speed of light, there’s no way you’ll ever see the farthest reaches of the galaxy in person. But that harsh reality is made somewhat easier to digest thanks to this short film by Teun van der Zalm, featuring fly-bys of computer-generated nebulae that even our…

NASA to Deny Distant Rock of a Perfectly Good Name NASA to Deny Distant Rock of a Perfectly Good Name

Humans like naming things. We named a boat Boaty McBoatface. We named a bunch of animals after dicks. But some things already have perfectly good names. Like a distant rock NASA is tasking us with nicknaming.

Incredible Gravitational Technique Reveals Oldest Spiral Galaxy on Record Incredible Gravitational Technique Reveals Oldest Spiral Galaxy on Record

Galaxies didn’t always take on the beautiful spiral shape we’ve come to associate with Andromeda and our own Milky Way. Looking far away into deep space—and into the past—ancient galaxies mostly look like giant blobs. But thanks to gravity’s light-bending properties, scientists have spotted a confounding thing in the…

Here's to the Brave Laika, Who Became the First Doggonaut 60 Years Ago Today Here's to the Brave Laika, Who Became the First Doggonaut 60 Years Ago Today

On November 3, 1957, a street dog named Laika became the first Earthling to orbit our planet.

NASA Rocket Scientists Carve the Most Incredible Pumpkins  NASA Rocket Scientists Carve the Most Incredible Pumpkins 

Here’s the thing about NASA’s rocket scientists: They’re smart. And maybe a little weird. When you get literal rocket scientists to channel their energy into something silly like a pumpkin carving contest, the results are bound to be incredible. Seriously:

Richard Branson Creates New Space Venture to Launch Government and Military Spacecrafts Richard Branson Creates New Space Venture to Launch Government and Military Spacecrafts

Richard Branson could play a part in our upcoming star wars. The billionaire’s satellite-launch company Virgin Orbit has started a new venture, Vox Space, aimed at wooing government clients.

Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend. Go outside! Look at space!

Lego's Cool Women of NASA Set Is Coming—But It Doesn't Include the Hidden Figures Heroine as Originally Hoped Lego's Cool Women of NASA Set Is Coming—But It Doesn't Include the Hidden Figures Heroine as Originally Hoped

Back in February, Lego revealed it would be turning Maia Weinstock’s Women of NASA Lego Ideas submission into an official set, and this morning we have our first look at the production versions of the tiny dioramas and minifigures that will be available starting on November 1 for $25. You may notice one rather major…

Escape This Wretched Earth With Google's Sweet New Solar System Maps Escape This Wretched Earth With Google's Sweet New Solar System Maps

If you, like me, are tired of this world—these people—tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives, Google now allows you explore 16 other planetary bodies that are more serene than this one.

China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Crash to Earth in the Next Few Months China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Crash to Earth in the Next Few Months

China’s 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station, originally launched in 2011, has seen its orbit rapidly decay and is now expected to hit the Earth in the next few months, the Guardian reported.

Here Is a Pretty Excellent Video of a Fidget Spinner Spinning in Space Here Is a Pretty Excellent Video of a Fidget Spinner Spinning in Space

Look: If we’re being honest, fidget spinners are pretty played out at this point. Or at least they are ... on Earth. It turns out that fidget spinners remain extremely cool if you have access to a massive spacecraft and a low-gravity environment.

NASA's Odyssey Takes Its First Picture of Martian Moon Phobos After 16 Years NASA's Odyssey Takes Its First Picture of Martian Moon Phobos After 16 Years

The Odyssey orbiter has been hovering above Mars, photographing its surface and taking data for 16 years now. There’s seemingly infinite combinations of things to study and instruments to study them with—this time, all NASA had to do was turn the camera around.

Did a Meteorite Start a Forest Fire in New Hampshire? It's Unlikely Did a Meteorite Start a Forest Fire in New Hampshire? It's Unlikely

A three-alarm forest fire in the White Mountains near Woodstock, New Hampshire was linked to reports of a meteorite strike, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.

NASA Delays Hubble Successor Launch NASA Delays Hubble Successor Launch

The Hubble Space Telescope is incredible and has done some truly remarkable science, but it’s getting old. After all, it was launched in 1990. Taking its place is the James Webb Space Telescope, an $8 billion-plus experiment that was scheduled to launch in October 2018.

The Russian Salyut-7 Is a Harrowing True Space Adventure Too Clichéd to Be Interesting The Russian Salyut-7 Is a Harrowing True Space Adventure Too Clichéd to Be Interesting

A team of astronauts is specially trained to solve an unprecedented disaster in space. It sounds like the plot of Armageddon or any number of other generic Hollywood blockbusters, but in the Russian space adventure Salyut-7, it actually happened. Unfortunately, somehow that doesn’t make the movie any more exciting.

Russia and America Want to Build a Joint Space Station Near the Moon Russia and America Want to Build a Joint Space Station Near the Moon

It seems like just yesterday that we were living in a constant nuclear threat, spending all of our time thinking about Russia and trying to put a someone on the Moon. Nothing has really changed, but now it seems that we’ll be working with Russia on the whole Moon thing. That’s nice.

A Famous Supernova's Mysteries Are Still Unraveling Hundreds of Years Later A Famous Supernova's Mysteries Are Still Unraveling Hundreds of Years Later

Look up and you might see the bright constellation Cassiopeia trace a zig-zag across the sky as it seemingly always has. But almost 450 years ago, it was the source of surprise: A bright flash, Tycho’s supernova, or “SN 1572" as scientists call it. This was one of the few supernovae humans have been able to see with…

How Ancient Star Maps Gave Rise to Modern Astronomy How Ancient Star Maps Gave Rise to Modern Astronomy

Scientists have incredibly advanced tools to look at the stars today, but in the era before light pollution, star-gazing was much easier and simpler for the average person—just step outside at night. Pretty early on, and in a variety of cultures, people realized that they could chart the stars and their movements for…

Swarms of Satellites That Surf the Solar Wind Could Be the Future of Asteroid Mining Swarms of Satellites That Surf the Solar Wind Could Be the Future of Asteroid Mining

Asteroid mining—which may be necessary to get the human species off its only rock—has inched closer to reality over the last few years. Last week, asteroid mining groups joined with scientists at the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 (EPSC2017) hosted in Riga, Latvia, to present some key findings of the current…

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