Exploring distant worlds is a slow, tricky business. Right now, rovers and landers are our best bet, but both suffer from the same shortfall: low mobility. A new class of exploratory craft that hops could accomplish in a few days what it's taken rovers years.
I know you all have been wondering what it would look like if Jupiter and the sun, uh, got it on. Fortunately, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) anticipated you and captured exactly that.
If you ever wanted your very own piece of genuine NASA space equipment, now is your big chance. This robotic hand complete with space glove and associated electronics, is up on eBay with a "buy it now" price of $18,750.
If you're an astronomy buff, you know about the Pioneer anomaly: that two NASA space probes have been drifting slightly off course for decades in a way that goes against everything we know about how gravity works. Now we may finally have the answer, and it's a doozy: a brand new fundamental force.
Well, this is it, folks. Space Shuttle Discovery is preparing for its last mission and then, well, that'll be it for the shuttle. The launch will be historic in more ways than one, though, as our robotic buddy Robonaut will join human astronauts in space, too.
Last night was "International Observe the Moon Night," apparently, and NASA celebrated by shooting our favorite satellite with lasers. Naturally!
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.