Answered by Clayton C. Anderson, 2-time ISS astronaut; 6-time spacewalker, 30-year NASA employee (retired).
Consider housekeeping your launchpad to happiness. Clearing away what no longer sparks joy (thanks, Marie Kondo), creating space for what you envision, and anticipating beauty -- that's what opens you up to the heavens. Let the good rush in and through you, and then ship your art.
I took off my helmet and it felt like I was holding the anchor of the U.S.S. Nimitz in my hand. Oh great, I thought, how am I ever going to brush my teeth -- the brush will be too heavy!
That long-term data recorded on these missions, along with computer analysis tools, should help scientists get a better understanding of how the planet is changing -- and hopefully help come up with solutions that help balance some of the negative effects that have impacted our water resources.
There's plenty of real estate for extraterrestrial life, right? Well, maybe not.
A recent Hubble image of the galaxy IC 335 shows it to be a star-filled galaxy with a flat shape not unlike our own Milky Way. But whereas the Milky Way contains vast collections of nebulae and dust clouds, IC 335 seems to have none. A look behind the curtain gives us clues to how two similar galaxies like IC 335 and the Milky Way could turn out so differently.
The planets Venus and Jupiter return to the evening skies this January. Jupiter will be rising in the east as Venus sets in the west. Both planets will be so incredibly bright that you might mistake them for something else...
It's not about changing your life, your job. It's about making space by un-cluttering your schedules; it's about accumulating less and focusing on the quality of your time and concentrating on doing a little more of the things you really enjoy; the things that matter.
NASA's successful launch of the Orion spacecraft was an important step, but it is only like dipping a toe in the cosmic ocean. In fact, the future of U.S. space leadership is being starved by lack of funding. Continued neglect will harm our national security, and our economy.
If you are a planetary scientist, you are having one of your best years... ever! Beyond the drama of the images, the technology that makes them possible is also amazing. How could anyone NOT be excited by the exploration of our solar system? Who needs the distant stars... for now.
The 96-mile-wide crater that NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring probably once held a vast lake.
In a city known around the world for its overindulgance, a beacon in the muddy, drunk darkness has arrived. For those of us who don't know our alcohol...
I have come to the understanding that in many ways, looking up has been a convenient distraction from looking around. It allows me to opt out of facing the darkness here on Earth.
In recent years, it seems that the allure of space has once again captured the minds of a generation.
Interstellar was more than just a movie about space and discovery. It was a movie about love. It was a movie that showed everyone that love is still the most powerful thing in this world.