Latest news, images, videos and gifs from outer space.

International space station in front of the moon

December 27th, 2014|

Isn’t it amazing that we are just little specs on a tiny rock in an infinite universe?

Space – What astronauts actually see on reentry

December 16th, 2014|

This video, based on a lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009, explains the experience charmingly—and also, for this earthlubber, somewhat terrifyingly. (It’s also long; for the roller-coaster-y experience, skip ahead to minute 10:07 or so, and watch from there.)

So: You’re in the Soyuz. What does the first contact with Earth’s atmosphere feel like? Here’s […]

Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon 42 years ago today.

December 15th, 2014|

Human beings haven’t travelled beyond low Earth orbit ever since.

Apollo 17 was the eleventh manned space mission in the NASA Apollo programme. It was the first night launch of a U.S. human spaceflight and the sixth and final lunar landing mission. The mission was launched at 12:33 a.m. EST on 7 December 1972, and concluded […]