Space station cosmonauts find life in the vacuum of space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I'm having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can't really explain how it is possible. » 8/22/14 12:03am Yesterday 12:03am

Midnight Movie: "Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning" (Finland, 2005)

Good evening, Balkers! Tonight's Midnight Movie is the Finnish space adventure film parody Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, which was produced by a group of Finns in their apartment and released for free download under a Creative Commons license. This black comedy film uses the absurd (as many Finnish comedies do) to… » 8/12/14 12:30am 8/12/14 12:30am

Exoplanets: Places for your possible summer home in Space

Once I figure out wormholes and hyperdrive, because I saw them referenced on television, I want to have a summer home amongst the stars. But where? I mean, I'd like to live on a nice Red Dwarf but even that might be a bit too hot. And by hot, would incinerate me into oblivion. So what's a gal to do? Exoplanets! Or… » 8/11/14 12:17pm 8/11/14 12:17pm

More details on the 'Impossible' drive!

Wired UK has featured a piece that clarifies some of our burning questions about the "Impossible" drive that threw everyone into a tizzy recently. There have been a lot of questions and understandable skepticism of the reported results. If anything, this new information will only make us more excited for the future.… » 8/07/14 1:50pm 8/07/14 1:50pm

There are a lot of critics of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

NASA has been working on a mission to redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon, where astronauts will travel and return with samples. The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is touted as part of the path to landing people on Mars. But there are a lot of critics of the mission. » 8/07/14 1:06pm 8/07/14 1:06pm

Ball of fire comes alive in space, turns into flaming Tinker Bell

Astronaut Reid "Captain America" Wiseman keeps delighting us with his antics in the International Space Station. Here's the latest: A ball of fire materializes in space and comes alive, flying away like some kind of fairy—a flaming Tinker Bell. It was made by the FLEX-2 experiment—or magics, for all we know. » 7/19/14 1:00am 7/19/14 1:00am