The Russians have been busy. Very busy. So busy, in fact, that they've managed to successfully deploy a radio telescope with an effective antenna width of 220,000 miles right under our very noses. And it's a pretty neat trick, considering that the the entire Earth is only 8,000 miles wide.
NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis might have launched itself into space for the last time last Friday, but did you know that onboard were a few gadget firsts? Yep, a Google Nexus S smartphone and a Panasonic 3D video cam snuck on for a free trip to the ISS.
You're probably somewhat familiar with Buran, the Soviet take on the U.S. space shuttle. Buran had its one and only launch in 1988, and the program was cancelled in 1993, but the intended capabilities of the vehicle have remained classified. Now, a veteran Cosmonaut has provided some new insights into the program.
Have you ever had a sneaking suspicion that the entire world is just one giant hologram? For better or worse, this now seems less likely to be the case, according to the latest results from a gravitational wave detector. Yes, we have those.
While most of us enjoy the high-speed information freeway through some sort of broadband, fiber, 3G or 4G connection, the same can't be said for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
When you live in zero gravity, the differences between walls, ceilings, and floors is irrelevant, because unlike on Earth, every surface can be fully utilized. But when you try to recreate that scenario in an environment bound by gravity, you're bound to run into a few problems.
Earlier this afternoon, an asteroid came reeeeeal close to hitting Earth. How close? It was well within the orbits of our GPS satellites. Yeah, that close.
A company called UrtheCast is going to bolt a pair of high definition video cameras with big zoom lenses onto the International Space Station. These cameras will send down live video of Earth 24/7, with a resolution comparable to Google Earth. In other words, you'll be able to see yourself waving. From space.
Italian Astronaut Paolo Nespoli traveled to the International Space Station last December and spent 159 days working as an Expedition 26/27 flight engineer. While there, he took some incredible photographs. Check 'em out below.
The 1,700 pound sensor that makes up the wide-angle eye of the VLT Survey Telescope (aka VST) is exactly like the sensor in your digital camera. Except, you know, bigger. A lot bigger. We're talking an array of 32 individual CCD sensors that together take 268 megapixels worth of images of outer space. Meet OmegaCam.