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Waiting for the James Webb Space Telescope

Mario Livio | Posted 12.24.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Hubble's scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, will literally infuse new meaning into the phrase "the search for our origins."

Gravity: Let's Not Make the Movie a Reality

Bharath Gopalaswamy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Bharath Gopalaswamy

Besides some technical inaccuracies of orbital physics in the film, the big message in this movie is quite clear: space debris poses a grave challenge to routine space operations.

What Seeing 'Gravity' Made Me Appreciate

Blake Kernen | Posted 12.07.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

Go see Gravity. You won't be disappointed. No space aliens or even a love story needed for this space adventure starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Shutdown Not Keeping This Mars Probe Down

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 10.05.2013 | Science

NASA's next Mars probe should get off the ground on time, no matter how long the government shutdown lasts. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evoluti...

NASA's Newest Robotic Explorer Is Off To The Moon!

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science

-- NASA's newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia. The LADEE spacecraft, which is charged...

The Impact of Sex in Space

Saralyn Mark, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science
Saralyn Mark, M.D.

There are interesting differences between men and women on Earth and in space. Understanding these differences will help promote better health and well being for both sexes on this planet and on Mars.

Yes, My Daughter Would Love a One-Way Ticket to Mars

Greg Schwem | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Growing up, my father consistently relied on the same threat when he found fault with behavior or actions that displeased him.

WATCH: Astronaut's Fascinating Take On Going Zero G

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.07.2013 | Science

As a retired NASA astronaut who spent nearly five months aboard a Russian space station, David Wolf is one of the few people on the planet who know wh...

ReThink Review: Europa Report - Danger and Discovery in Space

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.01.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When you think about it, isn't space travel alone -- where only fragile and complex technology can protect you from the most hostile environment imaginable -- a harrowing enough prospect on its own?

Asteroid-Capture Mission Flooded With Ideas

LiveScience | Tariq Malik | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A NASA call for novel ideas on how to tackle its ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon has paid off...

The Final Frontier: Beyond Our Solar System

Priyamvada Natarajan | Posted 09.23.2013 | Science
Priyamvada Natarajan

Thirty-five years on, we as humans have reached the final frontier: the edge of our solar system. The two unmanned probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, launched in 1977 as part of the mission to study Jupiter and Saturn, have actually exited the Solar System.

CEO Confirms Historic Moon Landing Finding

Space.com | Robert Z. Pearlman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science

Forty-four years (and three days) after it helped launch the first men to walk on the moon, a huge rocket engine part salvaged from the ocean floor h...

5 Popular Misconceptions About NASA

Lauren Lyons | Posted 09.09.2013 | Technology
Lauren Lyons

Despite NASA's award-winning social media and web outreach efforts, there are still massive gaps between the public's perception of the agency, and the reality. And unless you are a big space geek like me with daily space Google alerts, it's not unreasonable to be a bit confused.

THIS Could Be A Tiny New Interplanetary Explorer

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science

Researchers plan to launch a tiny spacecraft to orbit Earth and beyond within the next 18 months, in a key test of new propulsion technology that coul...

WATCH: Next Major Mars Mission Unveiled

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science

NASA's next Mars rover should hunt for signs of past Red Planet life and collect samples for eventual return to Earth, a team of mission planners has ...

A Strategy for NASA?

G. Ryan Faith | Posted 09.01.2013 | Science
G. Ryan Faith

On one front, decision-makers argue about the destination to which astronauts should be sent to spark a space race-like sense of purpose. Meanwhile, others ask that the space agency direct its efforts to address a narrow scientific question or parochial interest.

Latest on Crowdfunding... Searching for Alien Planets

Peter Diamandis | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Peter Diamandis

You know I'm a big fan of crowd funding. In 2012, over $2.8 billion of capital was unleashed from the crowd to fund innovative projects. That number i...

PHOTOS: Celebrating 50 Years Of Women In Space

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

The history of women in space is about to turn 50 years old. Sunday (June 16) marks the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's l...

ET-Hunting Mini-Sub May Probe Nearby Moon

Astrobiology Magazine | Jeremy Hsu | Posted 06.15.2013 | Science

One of the first visitors to Jupiter's icy moon of Europa could be a tiny submarine barely larger than two soda cans. The small craft might help stri...

Travels With Cubby: A Father's Legacy

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel
Lindsay Pyfer

Each Father's Day, my dad gave his children gifts. He always enclosed a note of appreciation, telling how proud he was of each of us and our accomplishments -- how happy he was to be our dad. But my father's most lasting gift, which I didn't understand until after he died, was the joy of travel.

UPDATE: Kickstarter Offers Normals The Chance To Search For Aliens

Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 06.21.2013 | Small Business

Ever wanted to visit an alien planet? The technology to “boldly go where no man has gone before” may not be here yet, but one cutting edge company...

Beyond the Politics: Space Exploration Is Imperative to Innovation and Inspiration

Eileen M. Collins | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Eileen M. Collins

As a nation, we must put politics aside to ensure that expanding the space frontier occupies a prominent place on our national agenda. We need strategic, adequately funded and aggressively paced programs to keep America at the summits of technical innovation and exploration.

China Ramps Up Space Program With Edge-Of-Desert Launch

AP | ANDY WONG | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science

JIUQUAN, China — A Chinese spacecraft blasted off to begin the country's fifth and longest manned space mission, taking three astronauts to an o...

End of Space Shuttle Saves World

Anna Leahy | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Anna Leahy

If Richard Godwin's biotech company can do what it thinks it can, no one in the world need go hungry, and we might be able to live forever.

Asteroid Mining Start-Up To Put Selfies In Space

Posted 05.30.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 05/29/2013 01:14 PM EDT on SPACE.com A private company that plans to mine asteroids unveiled a new venture today (M...