It's not often you get to sit and watch history being made, but that's what happened tonight. Curiosity landed on the surface of Mars, inside Gale Crater, with the most complicated and sophisticated landing system ever sent to the red planet. The mission's complexity has been likened to Apollo 11's landing on the Moon in 1969.
Before Wernher von Braun designed the mammoth Saturn V rocket that sent Apollo astronauts to the Moon, the German rocket scientist nursed a dream to see men travel to Mars. In the 1940s, he started studying different Mars missions that were ahead of their time but feasible with the technology and techniques he had at his disposal at the time.
NASA is all-systems-go to land its 2,000 pound Curiosity rover on the Red Planet this coming Monday. Want a refresher of what it's all about? NASA has prepared a video covering the Mars Science Lab's approach, landing and operations on the Martian surface, and got none other than William James T. Shatner Kirk to tell you all about it.
So, since there's no upside-down in space, how do you know if your pet fish is alive or dead? It's questions like these (and other, less important ones) that NASA seeks to answer with its new Aquatic Habitat, or AQH, which made its debut on the International Space Station last week.
It's nothing short of incredible to know that flags placed by astronauts on the moon are still flying after more than 40 years in space. The stunning proof was found in photos taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), and comes just on the heels of the anniversary of the first lunar landing.
The first Landsat satellite was launched in 1972, and last Monday marked the program's 40th anniversary. Seven generations of satellites have since been looking back at Earth and tracking the changes that our species is making through millions of multispectral images covering the entire globe, and here are the five best of them.
The 3D printing revolution is upon us — with people printing everything from new jaw implants to entire museum collections. Surely NASA's cranking stuff out left and right? Well, sort of. NASA has been experimenting with special 3D printers for years now, but has only recently tested the equipment in parabolic flight. That means space could be the next step
Since the future of space exploration is open to various destinations (the moon, asteroids, Mars?), versatility was the key word for the Z-1 prototype.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong took the photo above 43 years ago to the day on July 20, 1969. It was his first snap after setting foot on the surface of the moon. Soon after, Buzz Aldrin would also climb down from the Apollo 11 lunar module, called Eagle, and the pair would become the first humans to walk on a celestial body other than Earth.
Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Maybe you thought it smelled like a sterile hospital or maybe a fresh meadow. Wrong. According to astronauts who've actually been up into space, it stinks up there, and NASA wants to reproduce that odor.