The first module of the ISS was launched in 1998. 13 years and somewhere between $35 billion and $100 billion later, the final assembly of the ISS was officially completed today with the installation of a laser-equipped extension boom for the station's robot arm.
You've heard of black holes: those rips in spacetime that suck up matter into oblivion. Now scientists are proposing that we've seen evidence for the opposite of black holes, or white holes, which spew out matter into our universe instead.
For the first time ever, NASA will launch the OSIRIS-REx, an unmanned robotic spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 to collect "pristine" space rock samples. It's going to be a tough mission because of the weird gravity fields asteroids have, but the samples could provide valuable info on how planets formed.
French scientists have confirmed with computer models that Gliese 581d, a planet orbiting a red dwarf star about 20 light years from here, has a stable atmosphere, comfortable temperatures, and a surface covered in liquid water. It's the first planet orbiting another star that could definitely support life, and it's basically next door.
It's a momentous occasion for cephalopods everywhere as the first ever squid in space is now, uh, in space. The celebration will be short lived, however, as NASA plans to have the astronauts about Endeavour kill the squid in just a matter of hours, before it can break out of its tube of seawater and turn the battle lasers of the ISS on us. Or something.
Feast your eyes on Alaska's Susitna Glacier. Why does it look reddish? According to NASA, glaciers pick up bits of dirt and dust from the ground as they travel with tributaries toward larger rivers....
This Game Boy and its obligatory Tetris cartridge were taken aboard the Mir space station by cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov in 1993. It stayed in space for nearly 200 days, and was no doubt responsible for many lost hours of productivity. Now, it can be yours, along with a bunch of other cool stuff that's being auctioned off in New York on Thursday.
As Endeavour launches for the last time, it will be carrying an absurdly expensive particle detector along with it. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will mount on the ISS and search space for antimatter, dark matter, dark energy, and even stranger things, like strangelets.
As of this post, Space Shuttle Endeavour is currently undergoing its final launch preparations — for its final mission, in fact. If all goes well, NASA will send Endeavour on the agency's 134th shuttle mission, where it will rendezvous with the International Space Station, carrying spare parts, pocket-sized satellites and other equipment.
Haven't you always wanted to learn more about the Space Shuttle Orbiters? Well, this delightful color-coded infographic has some fun facts you may not already know…