Believe it or not, Bruce Willis had sort of the right idea in Armageddon: the most effective way to nuke an asteroid that's threatening Earth is to detonate the weapon deep inside the rock as opposed to on the surface. There may be a Willis/Affleck-free way to make this happen, by using an artificial asteroid of our own.
Imagine: you're riding in a spaceship toward the Moon, cresting on the wave of history itself. What happens if you get there is anyone's guess. It's unthinkable that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin could ever have done less than the impossible, but President Richard Nixon had a speechwriter prepare for the worst.
The WISE space-based infrared survey telescope has completed two surveys of the sky in the infrared, revealing millions of new supermassive (and ravenous) black holes called quasars. And we weren't exactly looking for Hot DOGs out there, but we found a bunch of 'em anyway.
A couple days ago NASA's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP satellite took this shot of Tropical Storm Isaac....
Designing the perfect aircraft is impossible. For takeoff and landing (arguably the most important parts of flying), you want something with wide, broad wings. But to fly fast and efficiently, you want wings that are swept back and as small as possible. Variable sweep wings are a compromise, but this concept (just funded by NASA) proposes something, um, different.
There's one simple reason why we don't have space telescopes the size of yo momma (like, kilometer-sized) in orbit right now, and that's because they're just too big and too fat to launch. A company called Tethers Unlimited has received a pile o' cash from NASA to figure out how to build giant structures in orbit instead.
The race is on. After sending back a few grainy landscape photos, it's time for Curiosity to deliver Mars's close-ups. NASA's received new high-resolution photos taken from the rover's 34 and 100-millimeter Mast cams and as predicted, Mars's surface has a diverse range of geological layering that could help scientists learn if the planet harbors any form of life or not.
On August 28 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, musician will.i.am will do something no artist has ever done before: blast a song from Mars' surface through the Curiosity rover. Why? Because he can (and runs a charity).
NASA has a thing for shooting things into space. Comes with the territory of being NASA. And the latest thing they're shooting into the great beyond is a satellite the size of a coffee mug. A satellite like that probably has an extremely high-tech power source, right? Wrong. It's powered by a smartphone.
Just over forty-three years ago, Neil Armstrong made human history by being the first man to step foot on the moon. Now, at the age of 82, he has died.