As if launching a shuttle flanked by massive booster rockets that peel away as it ascends isn't hardcore enough, NASA is looking into building a next gen spacecraft delivery system. Better still, the agency contends that the tech behind it could improve all our lives.
There's a lot we still don't understand about the sun. In fact, for the most part we can only guess — though NASA wants to help our observations be more direct. The agency is announcing a new mission, Solar Probe Plus, which would send a spacecraft to the sun.
With the shuttle fleet due to retire and the Constellation program — which was going to give NASA an option in deploying personnel to orbit and beyond — entirely scrapped, all eyes have been on what NASA will work on next. The agency has the answer.
With the Space Shuttle program winding down, NASA is busy finding new equipment that can do the work of the shuttle, and that includes the Orion escape module. While it has performed well in tests, Orion doesn't exactly give its passengers the softest landing, so MIT graduate student Sydney Do has developed an clever system to cushion the impact.
So, how small does this make you feel? NASA announced that its Kepler spacecraft has "discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet." That means pretty much one thing: there's still a lot of space we just can't see.
What would it be like to be hanging on to a rocket booster after it was ejected from the space shuttle, falling back to Earth? Wonder no more! NASA was kind enough to attach a camera to one of them as it did just that.
Robonaut 2, which will be the world's first robotic astronaut to work alongside its human counterparts up in orbit, is getting ready for its historic journey over at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Just how does a 330-pound robot prepare, you wonder?
NASA plans to retire the International Space Station in 2020, and the agency is currently looking at ways that the venerable orbiter could further serve the world's space exploration needs. One idea? Using a module from the station to go check out asteroids.
To train for future missions to space, NASA needs a place that's as close as possible to the barren landscape of a distant planet. Now they think they have found the perfect spot, on a remote island in the Canadian Arctic.
What does it look like when you blow up a nuke in space? It's only happened once, in 1962, but newly declassified images shows exactly what happened.