The United Kingdom has successfully launched a satellite using a rocket that they built themselves exactly once, in October of 1971. The Prospero spacecraft operated for two years and was contacted annually until 1993, and now British scientists want to wake it up again for its 40th anniversary.
We're been looking for planets around other stars that are as like Earth as possible, but new simulations show that habitable exoplanets may be much more like Arrakis (or Mars) than Earth.
It may not take us a long time to get to Mars, but on the off-chance that it does take several years for humans to get there and back, we're gonna need a bunch of food along the way. NASA's been thinking about it, and they've got some menu ideas.
Domino's Pizza Japan has just unveiled plans to construct a pizza restaurant on the Moon. Seriously. It's going to take 15 rocket launches and 14 billion dollars and will have dart boards and pool tables and delivery motorbikes and awesomeness. It's also possible that this is all just a complicated publicity stunt, but let's just pretend that it's not.
With a few exceptions, space seems very static to us humans with our short lifetimes. By stitching together some 14 years of Hubble images of young stars emitting huge jets of gas, astronomers have created videos that show how dynamic our universe actually is.
While most astronomers seem to be understandably worried about the best way to steer asteroids away from Earth, Chinese scientists are instead trying to figure out how they can capture nearby asteroids into Earth orbit. And then mine them.
This footage from six separate space shuttle crews, covering missions from 1983 to 1985, shows some of the trials and tribulations of living and working in space, including how to fly a paper airplane in orbit and whether or not it's possible to get a yo-yo to work in microgravity.
A rocket loaded up with cargo meant for the International Space Station crashed into remote Siberia just minutes after launch today, but luckily it was unmanned and no one was hurt.
You probably didn't know that the universe runs on gas. You also probably didn't know that the universe is rapidly running out of gas, and galaxies have been slowly dimming like spent flashlights. Should you panic? Yeah, I'd say so.
In first grade, my teacher asked my class what our desired occupation was in the future. Several other friends and I answered "astronaut." None of us ever did come close. It's an uncertain time for American astronaut hopefuls. The Space Shuttle program's over and we're not even sure how we're going to send new men and women into space without piggybacking on a Soyuz rocket or hopping in a private SpaceX capsule. Yes, things look cloudy and gray now, but we have to remember that as long as we can dream it, we can do it. In a weird, oblique way, that's exactly what Neil DaCosta and Sara Phillips are saying with their set of photos entitled Astronaut Suicides.