Cassini Took One Last Look at a Mysterious Glitch in Saturn’s Rings Before It Died

Peggy is something along the edge of Saturn’s ring, a glitch whose source we’ve never seen. Cassini took a last peek at Peggy during its Grand Finale destructive plunge, adding a final piece to the puzzle for future researchers to pour over when trying to understand this mysterious disturbance. Read More >>

The Cassini Team Reflects on How it Feels to Say Goodbye to Their Spacecraft

Yesterday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slammed into the day side of Saturn, the brief flash of its vaporisation marking the end of a 13-year mission. But it took people to turn this hunk of aluminum and silicon into an extension of our curiosity. Read More >>

50 Years On: The Tragedy of Apollo 1 Reshaped the Future of NASA

January 27, 1967 was supposed to mark the first day of human flights for the Apollo programme. Instead, flames exploded inside the capsule during a pre-flight test. The fatal accident changed the nature of America’s space programme. Read More >>

This Startup is Creating Stories That Adapt, Learn, Evolve, and Breed

Why do stories need to be linear and repeatable? What if instead of finishing a film, you could keep exploring it? What if your favourite side-character could become central to the plot? Why can’t we harness technology to explore our creativity in a new hybrid of full-interactive, immersive animation? A new startup is determined to do just that. Read More >>

Cygnus is the Cutest of the Space Station Cargo Craft

The new Cygnus spacecraft is the cheeriest of the cargo tugs hauling gear to the International Space Station. Those new round solar panels are effective, efficient, and adorable! Read More >>

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Savour the Snow from Far, Far Away

The beauty of winter can be lost when constantly scraping ice off cars, and tromping through freezing slush. That’s why it’s nice to get a view from above, far away from the chilly realities of the winter. Read More >>

A Timeline of the Tragic Shuttle Launch That Changed NASA Forever

Thirty years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The tragedy shocked a nation caught in launch fever, and reshaped how NASA thought about risk. Read More >>

Wanted: Reusable Rockets for NASA Research

Reusable rockets just went from a party trick to a research necessity. Have a rocket you can launch, land safely, and launch again? NASA wants you, now. Read More >>

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This Might Be the Prettiest Mine We’ve Ever Seen 

All these rich greens usually hint at vegetation, but what's pictured is an arid, salty Chinese land almost totally inhospitable to plants. Instead, those are the markers of a brine rich in minerals, concentrated as the water evaporates. Read More >>

Astronaut Scott Kelly on Liquid Salt, a Stinky Station, and Sleeping in Freefall

There are lots of things most of us never contemplate when we fantasise about living in space: what happens to your arms when they don’t naturally fall at your sides? Do you keep your calluses when you aren’t walking? What’s it like to sleep in free fall? Read More >>

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Sink Into the Beauty of This Frozen Mountain Lake

Our planet can be too beautiful to be plausible some days. This frozen lake in the Himalayas is shockingly deep blue set against the slightly oxidised rusty landscape. And it’s completely real, photographed from the International Space Station. Read More >>