Pop Quiz - Shuttle Landing Site Edition

I haven't done one of these in a while but this is a nice bit of trivia. Where is the one place other than Edwards Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center that the Space Shuttle has landed from orbit? (Hint - this is a photo of the landing.) » 3/30/15 11:34am Today 11:34am

Answer below.

NASA: I Know You Like Moons So I Put A Moon On Your Moon

Wired is today reporting an extraordinary new initiative by NASA to capture a good-sized space rock and put it in orbit around the Moon. » 3/26/15 10:26am Thursday 10:26am

Explore The Solar System Through These Amazing Retro Travel Posters

Ron Guyatt started his Solar System travel posters project a few years ago with locations on Mars, and he has since branched out to create a master work highlighting the best our Solar System has to offer. » 3/19/15 1:25pm 3/19/15 1:25pm

What Is Your Favorite Space-Themed Music?

Just yesterday, NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope may have detected evidences of a salt water ocean underneath the surface of Jupiter's largest satellite, Ganymede. The discovery prompted me to listen to Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from his The Planets suite. The Planets wasn't actually inspired by… » 3/13/15 3:57pm 3/13/15 3:57pm

Just a couple of engineers hanging out

Flight Engineers Elena Serova and Samantha Cristoforetti, both the first women stationed on the International Space Station from their respective countries, pose for a photo. » 3/02/15 10:35am 3/02/15 10:35am

SpaceX Falcon launch delayed again but Dragon returned from ISS

High winds forced the scrubbing of today's launch and barge landing attempt. Meanwhile SpaceX's Dragon capsule was released today from the International Space Station and safely landed in the Pacific Ocean. (Actually I just wanted to post this picture.) » 2/10/15 6:13pm 2/10/15 6:13pm

Astronauts return to US portion of International Space Station

After the evacuation earlier following an ammonia alarm going off, the crew of the International Space Station has opened the hatch to the US segment. Air sampling showed no sign of ammonia. » 1/14/15 4:05pm 1/14/15 4:05pm

There's a Potential Ammonia Leak Aboard the ISS (Update: Probably Not)

Commander Chris Hadfield has taken to Twitter to explains that there's an emergency aboard the International Space Station. Apparently high-pressure ammonia may be leaking inside the station. » 1/14/15 7:23am 1/14/15 7:23am

The ISS crew is committed to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

Astronauts Barry Wilmore and Samantha Cristoforetti dress for the arrival of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station. » 1/12/15 5:09pm 1/12/15 5:09pm

Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we… » 12/22/14 10:05am 12/22/14 10:05am

"You are moving at 8 kilometers a second" - Photography on the ISS 

Here's a short film with astronaut Don Pettit talking about capturing images from the International Space Station. I mean this in a positive way when I say he comes across as a really cool high school science teacher. » 12/11/14 11:10am 12/11/14 11:10am

Go, Orion, Go?

Dear Orion: Please don't make me be awake at this absurd hour two nights running for nothing. You can do this. I believe in you and your incredibly powerful rocket! (Live coverage has started for the Friday launch attempt.) » 12/05/14 4:38am 12/05/14 4:38am

T-7 Hours until Orion Event Coverage begins!

I just realized that I volunteered to spend the far-too-wee hours covering Orion, so sleep is pretty much not happening tonight. At least NASA released a trailer full of exhilarating music and flashy special effects? (Update: Who needs sleep, anyway? Live coverage!) » 12/03/14 9:35pm 12/03/14 9:35pm

Thank You For Flagging

Thanks for all the flagging you've been doing for me to help keep the shirtstorm article civilized. I can't believe it's evolved into one of my, "DO read the comments!" posts. Have a rocket-powered penguin as a gesture of my appreciation. » 11/16/14 6:15am 11/16/14 6:15am

Is That Comet We Landed On Singing?

In what was a bit of an unexpected find, Rosetta's Plasma Consortium picked up variations in the magnetic field around the comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The variations had audible frequencies, and the frequencies ranged from 40-50 millihertz. That frequency range is inaudible to the human ear, so… » 11/14/14 9:10am 11/14/14 9:10am