Just because the Space Shuttle program ended last summer doesn't mean the Shuttle dream is dead. One day, the U.S. is going to return to space in manned spacecraft and when that day comes, let's just hope there won't be as many physical switches and buttons as there were on the old Shuttles.
One thing we know is NASA knows how to launch a rocket. Now, the agency is upping its game by launching five rockets in five minutes to study the winds swirling in the atmosphere at the edge of space
Earlier this month, President Obama proposed a new budget for NASA that would see Mars funding cut to just $189 million in 2015. This isn't enough for any big missions, but NASA has decided to shuffle some things around and see if they can't pull enough money together to make something happen by 2018.
Sixty carbon atoms arranged in a truncated icosahedron form a molecule of buckminsterfullerene. In other words, they make little itty bitty soccer balls, and the Spitzer space telescope has spotted these "buckyballs" floating around out in space. And not just one or two in gaseous form, but entire crates of them, stacked up together like oranges.
NASA has a knack for making stuff that lasts a lot longer than it thinks it will. This is a good thing, of course, except that missions are often only funded for a set period of time, and NASA occasionally ends up with perfectly good spacecraft and not enough money to keep them operating. There may be one way to save them, though: giving them away.
While the International Space Station provides a testing stage for orbital experiments, it's not the best launching point for, say, a manned deep space mission. Since that's exactly what NASA's looking to do in the near future, the agency is considering building another space station, one "parked" in an area where the Earth and moon's gravitation fields nearly cancel one another out.
The lucky astronauts up on the ISS have one heckuva view. These recently released videos (put together from series of still images) show the space station flying over Mexio, the central and eastern United States, and Canada and the Aurora Borealis at night.
Every year, NASA likes to remind us how the technology that it develops is good for far more than just sending stuff into space. One of the highlights of its 2011 technology spinoff report is a fire extinguisher that uses vortex combustion technology to put out fires faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Cue up your Pink Floyd records! NASA has just released the first ever video footage showing the dark side of the Moon.
I hate Facebook games with the fire of a thousand g-type main-sequence stars. But, I managed to put all that aside when I heard that NASA just released its first stab at a social network app, which gives you the chance to best other geeks in space trivia to earn meaningless rewards that I suddenly must have.