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.
Sunspots, often the precursors to gigantic solar flares that can potentially destroy our entire planet in an instant (well, nearly), can now be accurately predicted two days ahead of when they emerge on the sun's surface. So relax, you'll have plenty of time to put on your tinfoil hat and prepare for the apocalypse.
This is a planetarium projector that is shaped like R2-D2. It will appeal to a very specific segment of the population. You know who you are.
Hot on the heels of the European Space Agency's announcement that it's going to have a go at deflecting an asteroid, researchers in China are intending to do the same. To the same asteroid, to boot, only with a fancier spacecraft.
So there you are, flying up into space with Virgin Galactic, when you decide you want to check your email. Well, good news! You'll be able to. In space.
Oh no you didn't, Europe! The European Space Agency is partnering with Russia's Roskosmos for a mission to Mars, and the pair aim to be the first to reach the Red Planet. Space Race 2.0, anyone?
We are pretty far off from sending humans to a star other than our own; at least a couple of centuries, scientists think. But it's never too early to start planning.