Robonaut 2, which will be the world's first robotic astronaut to work alongside its human counterparts up in orbit, is getting ready for its historic journey over at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Just how does a 330-pound robot prepare, you wonder?
NASA plans to retire the International Space Station in 2020, and the agency is currently looking at ways that the venerable orbiter could further serve the world's space exploration needs. One idea? Using a module from the station to go check out asteroids.
I don't know when you were in space last, but it's pretty messy up there. Even the smallest piece of debris is dangerous to the operational satellites, spacecraft and the International Space Station. So, how do we clean it up? With balloons, according to Dr. Kristen Gates.
I've gotta give Xtraordinary Adventures credit for bringing the price of a flight to space down from the $200,000 Virgin Galactic is planning on charging. But still, $95,000 is a wee bit out of my price range.
I wouldn't recommend anyone wear the same pair of underwear for a full month without washing them; the results would not be pretty. But a new type of nanotechnology-infused underwear that are quick-drying and odor-absorbing? Well, if they're good enough for astronauts, they should be good enough for you.
Boeing has announced its plans to produce a low-cost, high-occupancy passenger capsule called the Crew Space Transportation-100 (or CST-100) vehicle. It'll ride at the nose of rockets just like the capsule that came before it, and it could be ready by 2014.
For a long time, it's been thought that the largest a star can physically get is 150 solar units, or 150 times more massive than our sun. That was before we discovered R136a1, a star nearly 300 solar units large. What the heck is going on?
For years we've designed structures that would allow us to live on either the Moon or Mars. Would they be inflatable? Would they be domes? Apparently, they wouldn't be either — a network of caves could exist on both celestial bodies that would allow us to move in.
Gadgets are a hot commodity these days, with everyone owning at least one computer and one cellphone, not to mention things like iPads, video game systems and other such devices. But all of them require platinum, an extremely rare metal. And you know where platinum is plentiful? In asteroids.
A gamma-ray burst from a star that collapsed to form a black hole long before our sun and planets formed overwhelmed NASA's orbiting Swift observatory, temporarily blinding it. The explosion from the flare-up, known as GRB 100621A, reached Earth on June 21, and its light was 140 times brighter than the brightest steady source of X-rays, a neutron star 500,000 times closer to Earth.