Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

And while this image is incredibly detailed, Cassini was a whopping 870,000 miles above the plane of the rings when it took this photo in 2014.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteThis maelstrom on Saturn is one of the biggest storms ever observed on the planet.

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter

Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSDid you know Jupiter has rings?Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRIThis May, the spacecraft swooped outward in its orbit and captured this stunning photo of Jupiter and its turbulent atmosphere from 11,600 miles away.

Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

We have the Voyager program to thank for some of this week’s spirals: When Voyager 1 first flew past Jupiter in 1979, it photographed the monster tempest swirling around and over on itself, and in 1989 Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and spied a small spiral storm that NASA nicknamed “Scooter.” Farther beyond are galaxies like our own spiral that contain gorgeous illuminated arms speckled with starlight.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

For the last four years, the 34-year-old has been building a functioning replica of the custom Hasselblad camera that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong used on the moon.The cameras that Aldrin and Armstrong used were left on the moon, so Rise had to rely on archival NASA photos to understand the camera’s design.

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

It’s a far cry from the spacious beds we have on Earth, but it’s still better than the shared sleeping compartment on the space shuttle, which Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut, describes as “a big slumber party.” The trick, Massimino says, was to remember to strap your sleeping bag to the wall so your body wouldn’t drift around during the night.

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

There’s an entire lab at the Johnson Space Center dedicated to the culinary arts, where NASA chefs—ahem, food tech­nologists —spend their days designing meals that strike the right balance between taste and nutrition.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

On July 20, I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing with my mother, an astronomer at Princeton University and the former chief scientist of NASA ’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

“We literally sat in a room next to a plastic jug of it when we were fueling the satellite,” says Chris McLean, an engineer at Ball Aerospace and the project lead on NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls

New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls

He is also working on two NASA proposals to send the large balloon reflector to the stratosphere and the Terahertz Space Telescope to orbit.

NASA Is Ready To Get Down To Space Business, and More News

NASA Is Ready To Get Down To Space Business, and More News

NASA Is Ready To Get Down To Space Business, and More News. NASA is welcoming for-profit companies to space, Californians are slipping out of their measles vaccinations, and we've got some Father's Day gift ideas for you. WIRED Recommends: Father's Day Gifts.

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

Over the course of 55 experiments, Tajmar and his colleagues registered an average of 3.4 micro-Newtons of force from the EmDrive, which was very similar to what the NASA team found.

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

If NASA hoped to keep its moon-based instruments working on future Apollo missions, O'Brien concluded, it would need to study the matter of dust-spraying thoroughly.

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

In a teleconference with reporters on Monday evening, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the budget amendment was a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program.

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

By showing up, these rocket chasers are uncovering news about the secretive happenings at SpaceX.This past March, Chylinski was hunkered down in a cramped bungalow in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a small tourist town just down the road from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Space Photos of the Week: Black Holes and Jellyfish Rainbows

Space Photos of the Week: Black Holes and Jellyfish Rainbows

Space Photos of the Week: Black Holes and Jellyfish Rainbows. This is a big week for space—including news from our local planets, crazy rockets from NASA making jellyfish rainbows in the sky, and oh, no big deal, just the first-ever photo of a black hole.

The Failure of NASA's Spacewalk Snafu? How Predictable It Was

The Failure of NASA's Spacewalk Snafu? How Predictable It Was

In her commentary accompanying the 2014 decadal review, Mark highlighted problems like a failure to fully enforce gender inclusion policies, lack of astronaut data segregated by sex, and a misguided belief that because the data that exists on women in space comes from such small sample sizes, it can’t be trusted.

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal JPL/NASA It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming.

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

A Space Act Agreement signed in 2018 shows that the aerospace company wants to include a handful of the Shuttle’s smaller orbital maneuvering engines in a secret Department of Defense project.

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

(They were, however, very poetic.) What Really Happened: A 15-year space mission finally came to an end last week when NASA announced that it had given up attempts to re-establish contact with Mars rover Opportunity after it fell silent last summer following a dust storm.

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System NASA announced that, after 15 years and 5,000 charge cycles, the Mars rover Opportunity is officially dead.

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

A new study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation used the distribution of dark matter in young galaxies to better understand what could have been feeding these dense objects so early on.

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images Last Thursday, a shiny new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sat perched atop NASA’s historic Pad 39A, at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, waiting to briefly fire its engines.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera capture the surface of the planet in unprecedented detail, and that includes dunes like the ones seen here. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, stars, and galaxies aren’t even the half of it.

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

Pinball in space: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory found jets of particles and energy streaming from a black hole, only to run into a wall of gas and then bounce back toward the region they came from.

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

“When I see all these headlines about the wolf blood super moon, I go nuts,” says Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI On Thursday, January 3, New Horizons mission scientists revealed their best images of Ultima Thule to date—and they're in stereo vision!

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