NASA video gives you a tour through a star nursery

One of the real pleasures of modern living is the ability to take sightseeing trips to completely inaccessible places. Thanks to Google, you can climb up Mt. Everest without donning a single crampon and thanks to NASA, you can speed through the birthplace of stars some 1,350 light-years

Incredible new images make Jupiter look pretty inviting

Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth and its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium. Even within our own Solar System, there are much better candidates for sustaining life, even including some of Jupiter’s own moons. But from

Scientists find ice below Mars’ surface

WASHINGTON – Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts. While scientists already knew that about a third of the

Ingredients for life discovered on ancient meteorites

Scientists have discovered liquid water on ancient meteorites, sparking renewed hope for life beyond planet earth. The researchers uncovered both water and organic compounds on two meteorites, which date back 4.5 billion years. The meteorites actually fell to earth almost 20 years ago, but technology at the time couldn’t pick

US astronaut John Young dies at age 87

Veteran U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during one of his six missions in space, has died at age 87, NASA said on Saturday. Young, a former U.S. Navy test pilot, in 1972 became the ninth of

The 5 craziest things we learned about the universe in 2017

In the search for answers, the universe usually only gives us more questions. And those questions are becoming as infinite as the cosmos themselves. From Mars’ magnetic tail to inexplicable booms heard around the world to mounting evidence that a “Planet Nine” exists, these stories prove that the more we

How astronauts celebrated Christmas in space

December 25 was a day packed with gifts, good food and family time for millions of people on Earth. Believe it or not, things weren’t all that different for astronauts floating some 250 miles above our planet on the International Space Station and NASA has taken the opportunity

SpaceX launches recycled rocket for first time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. On board

We may not have the biggest solar system anymore

We should have kept Pluto a planet! More On: nasa This new island could help scientists understand life on Mars NASA thinks Pluto may be hiding a vast ocean ISS astronauts throw pizza party in zero gravity NASA unveils new robot that will hunt for Martian life Our solar system is now engaged in a

This new island could help scientists understand life on Mars

It’s not often that a whole new chunk of land just comes jutting out of the ocean, but that’s just what happened with a new island in the South Pacific. A large undersea volcano blew its top in late 2014, shooting rock and ash skyward and once everything

NASA audio recordings sent to aliens now up for sale

In the late 1970s, NASA sent a pair of probes on a one-way mission into the depths of space. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 sent back some observations along the way, and while we knew we’d never actually see the spacecrafts again, we couldn’t rule out the possibility

Scientists can’t explain this weird feature on Mars

Thanks to the efforts of NASA and various other space agencies from around the world, we’ve learned more about Mars in the past decade or so than scientists ever could have dreamed. We know a lot about what it’s made of, what’s there now and what may have

This insane interstellar asteroid is like nothing we’ve ever seen

This rocks our world. 1I/2017 U1, or “Oumuamua,” is the first-ever confirmed interstellar object to visit our solar system – and its strange shape is truly from another galaxy. The asteroid was first spotted October 19 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope – part of NASA’s Near Earth Object

NASA scientist getting fed up with Planet X Armageddon theories

A BIZARRE Armageddon conspiracy theory that the world would be wiped out by a mysterious Planet X today has AGAIN been proved wrong. And a NASA scientist is now getting fed up with claims that the planet "Nibiru" will trigger a wave of apocalyptic earthquakes and destroy Earth. Theorist Terral

Here’s a tool to see how screwed you’ll be by climate change

As the earth continues to heat up thanks in large part to the effects of scientifically-proven human factors, our little blue sphere’s collection of ice is gradually melting into the oceans. Scientists have already measured sea level spikes and have predicted on numerous occasions that coastal cities will

Scientists find origin of creepy space whistles

Space is weird. It’s full of weird rocks, weird balls of gas, weird stars, and weird things that we can’t even properly categorize. It’s also full of weird sounds, and if you spent a moment to sample NASA’s Halloween playlist of spooky space noises you know exactly what

Fruits and vegetables may soon grow on Mars

NASA and the European Space Agency already have countless proposed and tentative plans to further explore Mars and potentially even land humans on the planet within a couple of decades, but they’re not the only ones eyeing up the red planet as a location for a possible settlement.

Stray plane delays supply run to ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed a day by a stray plane. Everything was going well in Saturday morning’s launch countdown in Virginia. But at the last minute, a plane flew into the restricted airspace at Wallops Island. That prompted

Trump Wanted NASA to Fly Past the Moon and They Just Said "No"

Not many people — and certainly not many government agencies — have the opportunity to say "no" to the president. However, NASA's acting director, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., might be living your wildest fantasy: he just outright denied Donald Trump something he requested. According to The New York Times,

Uber inks deal with NASA to map aerial taxi routes

It’s the wild blue yonder for Uber. The ride-hailing service signed a deal with NASA on Wednesday to develop software for managing aerial taxi routes — part of its plan to make self-flying cars a reality by 2020. Chief product officer Jeff Holden plans to announce at the Web Summit conference

An ocean on Saturn’s moon could hold life

Alien life may be thriving in a warm underground ocean on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, research suggests. Scientists say tidal forces could have kept the sea liquid for billions of years, enough for organisms to have developed. This year NASA spacecraft Cassini found the first evidence of chemical reactions deep

What life will be like on Mars in a few decades

You get in from a long day of farming in near-zero gravity, ditch your spacesuit at the airlock and write an email to your fans on Earth, all before settling down for the night in your radiation-proof home. The year is 2040 and you’re one of the first pioneers living on

This astronaut came a little too close to drifting off into space

Spacewalks outside the International Space Station are no joke. When an astronaut straps on their suit and ventures out into space, the work being done is often a crucial repair or maintenance that simply cannot go undone. There are, of course, some very important safety features in place to prevent