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Who Doesn't Want to Go to Mars?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

If any are left among us, the 706 remaining Mars One candidates, who aren't that serious about moving to Mars forever, it's time to opt in or opt out. Revealing oneself to the universe is not for the timid or the unsure.

This Selfie Tops All Others--Literally

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.25.2014 | Science

Some selfies are better than others. This one, snapped by an astronaut in orbit hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface, tops them all--literally....

Sounds From Space -- Music for Yuri's Night 2014!

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Zoe P. Strassfield

Wow, where did the past year go? It's once again time to dust off your space helmets and dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the anniversary of t...

The Right Design Stuff Begins Here

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Any event involving multiple astronauts is a "must-attend" for a self-defined space geek like me.

Kbit's Orbital Space Flight

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

What better way to start an album such as this then with the voice of President Dwight Eisenhower honoring the seven men who were selected for the very first NASA project Mercury?

The Specter of Space Station Sanctions: MAD

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The dilemma for the West is how to really punish Russia and make it suffer without inflicting similar pain and suffering on itself.

In 10 Years I Hope to Live on Mars

Kellie Gerardi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science
Kellie Gerardi

People tend to get hung up on a small detail of this seriously cool mission. Here's the catch: it's a one way trip.

WATCH: Antarctic Explorers Test New 'Astroskin'

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Science

Remember that pivotal scene in the movie "Apollo 13" in which crewmembers rip the biomedical sensors off their bodies? In a few years, the same proced...

The Space Age, Race and a Quiet Revolution

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Mae Jemison

Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.

Humans in Space: Finding a Shared Voice

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

Each of us seems to think ours is the only worthwhile goal. And of course we also each have our own favorite spacecraft, our own perfect solutions and systems and approaches, and everyone else be damned, because my way is the space highway.

What NASA Is For: Straight From the Panda's Mouth

Charles Seife | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Charles Seife

Despite all the agency has done, despite all it has to offer, so long as human spaceflight is at the core of NASA's existence, it will never evolve beyond a faint echo of its prior self.

Denied, Deferred, Demented

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The 472 women, including me, who have advanced to what Mars One calls Round Two have a reasonable expectation of being among the first to colonize Mars. It's even conceivable that I could be the one to take the sure-to-become-iconic first footstep onto the surface of the red planet.

What NASA Is For -- Now Shut Up and Listen

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

I believe both sides -- those who are pro-toasters in space and those who are pro-studs to the stars -- are lost, losing, and will in the end be seen as engaged in a dated and rhetorical dance that will have no meaning, if the rest of us choose the right path moving forward.

Record-Setting Astronauts Headed For Hall Of Fame

Space.com | Robert Z. Pearlman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Science

A spacewalker who flew a record seven times into orbit and the first American woman to complete a long-duration space station mission will be inducted...

Ten Tough Days for NASA

Clayton Anderson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Science
Clayton Anderson

As we close-to-NASA folk pause to reflect on the Apollo 1 fire (Jan. 27, 1967), the Challenger disaster (Jan. 28, 1986), and the Columbia tragedy (Feb. 1, 2003) -- I took some time to reflect on whether we as a nation learned anything from these tragedies.

"Aviatrix" Is My New Word

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Dr. Mae Jemison

The word bothered me greatly years ago, as aviatrix, a feminization of aviator, seemed to make their accomplishments parenthetical. But I think of it differently these days as I understand the women of that era were different than the men -- they had to be "more."

Dad Sends 'Youngest Astronauts Ever' To Infinity And Beyond

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

Tero Tähtinen's mission for Christmas last year definitely went above and beyond the call of parental duty -- to infinity and beyond, some might say....

WATCH LIVE: Spacewalk To Fix Space Station

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 12.24.2013 | Science

Two American astronauts are spending Christmas Eve working in the vacuum of space to hopefully fix the vital cooling system aboard the International S...

Where Do We Go From Here?

Clayton Anderson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Clayton Anderson

In spite of what you may read in the media, for a majority of NASA employees, it is my feeling that the question has yet to have a valid answer.

New Spacesuit Issue Forces NASA To Reschedule Spacewalk

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 12.22.2013 | Science

NASA has delayed the second of three planned holiday spacewalks by 24 hours, setting up a Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) excursion from the International Spa...

Moon Goddess and Jade Rabbit: How Science and Spirituality Commingle

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.05.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

She neither lives nor dies and has no name; she has been internalized. She's the moment of wonder itself. In her presence the child still gazes, wide-eyed. Beyond her, there dances a marvelous night sky full of stars.

WATCH: What's It Like To Have Thanksgiving In Space?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.28.2013 | Science

There you are at home, chowing down on your Thanksgiving feast of turkey and mashed potatoes. Meanwhile, folks high above you are experiencing the hol...

WATCH: Astronaut's Guide To Movember

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science

By now you're probably familiar with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his five-month stint in space that came to an end this past summer. Wel...

WATCH: Cosmonauts 'Walk' With Olympic Torch

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Science

Update: Russian cosmonauts have successfully passed the Olympic torch in orbit in today's spacewalk. See the full story and photos below. For the fi...

Beloved Astronaut Learned A Lot About Spirituality In Space

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion

During an emotional interview with NPR's Terry Gross, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield opened up about his views on space, faith and our place in the...