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We Believed We Could Touch the Sky

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.28.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Armstrong's death last week has evoked numerous gauzy tributes to his amazing courage. But romantic memories of that historic moment belie the real triumph for Armstrong, NASA, and our deeply conflicted nation of the late 1960's.

PHOTO: Outer Space 'Jungle Juice' Is Your Next Awesome Party Cocktail

Posted 08.17.2012 | Science

Dig that black light out of the depths of your garage and get ready to impress people with it all over again. The Campus Companion created a drink ...

Pickup Lines for Your Next Mars-Rover-Related Party

Vanity Fair | Posted 10.09.2012 | Comedy
Vanity Fair

Last night astrological enthusiasts gathered at "Curiosity-landing parties" to party and watch Curiosity land. Here is a sampling of Curiosity-landing-party pickup lines, archived for purposes of science.

Astronaut Sally Ride's Obituary Reveals She Leaves Behind Female Partner Of 27 Years

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Sally Ride's death after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer has brought to light a less-reported fact about the first American woman in space: h...

Coming Soon: Your Vacation To The Moon

Smithsonian | Posted 09.21.2012 | Travel

Forty-three years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Nowadays, the idea of vacation on the moon is gaining traction with the American public.

WATCH: When Aliens Invade Weddings

Posted 07.02.2012 | Weddings

Would you want aliens to touch down on your wedding day? You'd be surprised how many couples do. In honor of UFO Day on Monday, we scoured the Inte...

From Spider Webs to the Cosmic Web

Mario Livio | Posted 08.14.2012 | Arts
Mario Livio

For an astrophysicist, perhaps the most amazing aspect of 3D spider webs is how much they resemble computer simulations of the cosmic web -- the filamentary structure of the Dark Matter in the universe.

WATCH: Stewart Calls 'Bullsh*t' On Asteroid Mining

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 04.26.2012 | Comedy

This week, a collective of independently wealthy people, including two Google execs and "Titanic" director James Cameron, announced the launch of a co...

INFOGRAPHIC: Women Astronauts Are Pretty Cool

LiveScience | Posted 04.25.2012 | Women

China is preparing to launch astronauts to a prototype space station for the first time, and the crew may include the first female Chinese astronaut, ...

WATCH: Amazing Video Shows Saturn Like You've Never Seen It Before

Posted 06.24.2012 | Science

It's almost hard to believe that "Outer Space," the two-minute film from Netherlands-based editor and director Sander van den Berg, was...

High Schoolers Launch Rubber Chicken Into Space

Posted 06.21.2012 | Education

The newest member of the exclusive space exploration club: A rubber chicken. During last month's solar storm -- the most intense radiation storm si...

Incredible Jewel-Like Galaxy Discovered By Astronomers

| Sid Perkins | Posted 03.23.2012 | Science

The vast majority of galaxies are either flattened, disklike spirals like our own Milky Way, ellipsoidal rugby ball-shaped blobs, or irregular clumps ...

Newt's Vision: Moon Sex, Lunar Honeymoons & Farmers

Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

Newt Gingrich's fixation with the final frontier is far from new. Gingrich made headlines this week by pledging to build a permanent base on the ...

Could Aliens On Other Planets Be Spotted If They Like Bright City Lights?

| Posted 11.18.2011 | Green

By John Matson (Click here for original article.) There's probably no intelligent life in the outer solar system. But it couldn't hurt to check. ...

Hubble Telescope Looks Toward Galaxy Clusters To Find Dark Matter

| Posted 11.18.2011 | Green

By Kelly Oakes (Click here for original article.) Galaxies do not usually exist alone. They tend to bunch together in small groups, like the Local...

Alien Probes for Real?

Seth Shostak | Posted 01.10.2012 | Technology
Seth Shostak

It's probably hopeless to do a thorough reconnaissance of our solar system. Nonetheless, there are certain places, such as the Lagrange points between the Earth and Moon, where a detailed search for not-made-on-Earth hardware could be undertaken.

Amazing Space Pictures

Posted 01.02.2012 | Weird News


NASA Orbiter Reveals Mercury To Be Surprisingly Complex

| Posted 12.04.2011 | Green

By John Matson (Click here for original article.) Mercury, a hard-baked pebble of a planet patrolling the inner solar system, has long been a bit ...

Up on the Roof, Part 2

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 11.17.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

Galileo could probably see more stars from Florence than we could from Boston, but I had a feeling his sense of relaxation in turning to the skies after a long day was probably similar to my own.

WATCH: Drinking Water In Space Looks Like Something Else

Posted 11.01.2011 | Comedy

Zero gravity may lend itself to some LOL-worthy aerial stunts, but we have a feeling this footage of a woman drinking water in space is being passed a...

Watch: Earth's Oldest Fossil Could Point To Life On Mars

Posted 10.22.2011 | Green

A team of scientists believe they have uncovered the fossilized remains of the earliest life on earth. Fossilized, single-celled organisms were di...

WATCH LIVE: Space Shuttle Prepares For Final Flight

Posted 09.07.2011 | Technology

UPDATE: Atlantis successfully completed its launch. The AP reports, "Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit Friday on NASA's last space s...

Artists Meditate On Extraterrestrial Life

Posted 08.26.2011 | Arts

The landscapes in Kahn & Selesnick's "Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea" feel as though they're being explored for the first time. The new inhabitants...

Tips for NASA: Houston, You Have a Problem

John Bobey | Posted 07.26.2011 | Comedy
John Bobey

You shot yourself in the foot by calling them Space Shuttles. "Shuttles" don't boldly go where no man has gone before, they go to Chicago, and occasionally bring you from Parking Lot T to the front entrance of the State Fair.

Lee Speigel

ET, Are You Home? Scientists Search 86 Planets For Life | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.12.2011 | Weird News

As scientists suggest they're close to discovering the first habitable planet beyond our own, 86 individual planets are now being scanned for signs of...