International Space Station construction time lapse

January 14th, 2015|

As the most expensive thing ever constructed by humans, this .gif makes it seem surprisingly simple.

The International Space Station is not only an orbiting laboratory, but also a space port for a variety of international spacecraft. As of November 2014, there have been:

100 Russian launches
37 Space Shuttle launches
1 test flight and 3 operational flights by […]

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of the Andromeda Galaxy

January 11th, 2015|

The new mosaic image represents the sharpest and largest mosaic image of the Milky Way’s galactic neighbor ever taken, Hubble officials said.

The panoramic image shows striking details of the bright galaxy, which is located about 2.5 million light-years from Earth. While that may seem far away, Hubble usually trains its view on more distant targets. […]

This man-made leaf could help us breathe in space.

January 9th, 2015|

Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has created the first man-made, biologically functional leaf that takes in carbon dioxide, water, and light and releases oxygen. The leaf consists of chloroplasts — the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis happens — suspended in body made of silk protein.

“This material has an amazing property of […]

NASA made travel posters for real exoplanets, and they’re superb

January 9th, 2015|

NASA’s Kepler telescope is still discovering new, distant exoplanets in our corner of the Milky Way, but oftentimes they’re hard to visualise and easily forgotten about by some of us normal folk. Now, to get everyone dreaming about these potentially habitable worlds, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has drawn up a trio of beautiful posters by […]

With everyone’s attention always focused on NASA’s Curiosity Rover, let’s not forget China’s groundbreaking Yutu Rover that’s on the Moon right now gathering useful data.

January 5th, 2015|

China is also planning on launching a second rover to join Yutu and take more high-definition pictures of the Moon in 2015.

NASA Calculations back in the day

December 16th, 2014|

If you think you’re thankful for computers, just think about how NASA feels about them. Before the days of computers, NASA employees had a much more laborious way of calculating and presenting their data.

Before the days of computers, employees at NASA would have to go about conveying their knowledge in a much more laborious way: […]

Project Orion Nuclear Propulsion – 1950s Tests – Unclassified Video

December 16th, 2014|

Raw footage of early “nuclear pulse propulsion” tests aimed at inexpensive interplanetary travel. Essentially nuclear bombs driving spacecraft via Newton’s laws. 1963’s Test Ban Treaty damped further experimentation.

Beyond his incredible achievements in mathematics and physics, Dyson has always been a space enthusiast. He and a handful of other physicists were recruited by General Atomic in […]

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 […]