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New NASA Chief Sees Moon Missions Building a 'Railroad' to Mars

9 May, 2018 - 09:04
In his first major address as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine defended the new NASA directive to go to the moon first before voyaging to Mars, but offered no new initiatives to reach the Red Planet.

Space Gifts 2018: The Best Mother's Day Gifts in the Universe

9 May, 2018 - 09:00
This Mother's Day, get the space-loving moms in your life something out of this world! From planetary bling to star-speckled garbs, here are the best gifts for astro-moms.

Humans to Mars Summit 2018 Launches This Week: Watch It Live

8 May, 2018 - 18:56
NASA's newly appointed administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will make a major speech at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C., which takes place today (May 8) through Thursday (May 10). Watch the entire webcast live here at

Breakthrough Listen Launches New Search for E.T. Across Millions of Stars

8 May, 2018 - 18:18
New digital instruments at the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope site will allow scientists to survey larger areas of the Milky Way and better distinguish signals of interest in an attempt to identify intelligent extraterrestrial life.

Robonaut Returns to Earth for Repairs After Seven Years on Space Station

8 May, 2018 - 17:27
The first humanoid robot in space splashed down on Earth 57 years to the day after the first U.S. astronaut did the same.

I Watched an Entire Flat Earth Convention — Here's What I Learned

8 May, 2018 - 16:46
While flat Earthers seem to trust and support scientific methods, they don't trust scientists.

Former NASA Engineers Building Real-Life Underwater Transformer

8 May, 2018 - 16:34
A transformer designed to do grunt work for the oil industry and military is coming, and it's… admittedly kind of fun to look at.

NASA Says Scrapped Moon Resource Prospector No Longer Fit Lunar Exploration Plans

8 May, 2018 - 13:53
NASA says it decided to cancel a lunar rover mission last month despite a renewed focus on lunar exploration because that one-time effort did not fit into a plan that emphasizes a much higher cadence of missions, initially flown commercially.

Listen as the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart Plays Rhythms of the Universe

8 May, 2018 - 13:21
The Grateful Dead's legendary drummer Mickey Hart, with the help of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), takes audiences to the Big Bang and back in a new planetarium show called "Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told."

In Photos: Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart Rocks a Planetarium with 'The Beam'

8 May, 2018 - 13:17
The legendary Grateful Dead drummer collaborated with the American Museum of Natural History to develop the "Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told" planetarium show. See his performance in pictures here!

Building Sails for Tiny Interstellar Probes Will Be Tough — But Not Impossible

8 May, 2018 - 13:14
Giant lasers may indeed launch fleets of spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, given breakthroughs in the science behind extraordinarily thin, incredibly reflective sails that can catch this laser light, a new study finds.

Made In Space Wins NASA Contract for Next-Gen 'Vulcan' Manufacturing System

8 May, 2018 - 13:00
Made In Space, which built the two 3D printers aboard the International Space Station, just secured a NASA contract to continue developing its next-generation off-Earth manufacturing system, known as Vulcan.

The Best Views of NASA's InSight Mars Lander Launch? From an Airplane and Mountain!

8 May, 2018 - 10:29
When NASA launched its Mars InSight lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Saturday morning (May 5), a thick blanket of fog prevented onlookers from being able to see the Atlas V rocket as it soared into orbit.

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption Spotted from Space (Photos)

8 May, 2018 - 10:22
You can get a bird's-eye view of Hawaii's ongoing volcanic outburst, thanks to two newly released satellite photos.

Artificial Intelligence Arms Race Accelerating in Space

8 May, 2018 - 09:09
With so much data being gathered by remote sensing satellites, the "real future" is to move the computing to space.

This Alien World Is the 1st Cloudless Exoplanet Ever Discovered

8 May, 2018 - 08:21
In a first, an international team of scientists has discovered an exoplanet with no clouds.

United Launch Alliance Machinists Go On Strike

8 May, 2018 - 08:00
Nearly 600 United Launch Alliance workers at three sites voted May 6 to reject the company's latest contract and go on strike.

On 'One Strange Rock,' How Terraforming Makes Our Planet Even Stranger

7 May, 2018 - 18:05
Scientists and science-fiction writers have long entertained the idea of "terraforming" Mars to make it habitable for humans. But to see examples of terraforming in real life, we need not look any farther than the very soil on which we stand.

Engage Warp Drive! Why Interstellar Travel's Harder Than It Looks

7 May, 2018 - 17:46
How hard is it to hop to the nearest star system or soar across the galaxy? A typical "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" movie makes it look easy.

The Search for Life on Mars Could Get a Water-Enhanced Boost

7 May, 2018 - 13:40
A new experiment designed to detect amino acids on Mars, in spite of the reactive perchlorate in the Martian soil that typically breaks organic compounds down, could fly on a future mission to Mars to help in the search for life there.