SAN FRANCISCO — There’s an asteroid floating in space that’s worth more than the world’s entire economy. NASA released pictures of the object called “16 Psyche” and it is estimated to be valued at $10 quintillion.
Framed by an infinite backdrop of dark, lifeless space, a robotic arm on the International Space Station in 2015 mounted a box of exposed microbes on a handrail 250 miles above Earth. The hearty bacteria had no protection from an onslaught of cosmic ultraviolet, gamma, and x-rays. Back on Earth, scientists wondered whether the germs might survive these conditions for up to three years, the length of the experiment, and if they did, what the results might tell the researchers about the ability of life to travel between planets. Continue reading Scientists Discover Exposed Bacteria Can Survive in Space for Years
One thing most of us Earthlings may not realize is that outer space smells. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, so can you. Over a decade ago, NASA chemists developed a scent that mimics the “smell of space” in order to give astronauts a whiff of the cosmos before they left Earth’s atmosphere. Now, the company Eau de Space has gotten its hands on that scent, and you can order a bottle (or ten) through its Kickstarter. Continue reading NASA’s ‘smell of space’ is available as a perfume
From this point forward, NASA’s Washington DC headquarters will be known as the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters, named after the agency’s first Black female engineer. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the change today. Continue reading NASA names its DC headquarters after its first Black female engineer
The Solar Orbiter project, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA, has begun a critical new stage of the mission after the probe’s first close encounter with the Sun. Continue reading The Solar Orbiter Has Entered a Thrilling New Phase of Its Journey to the Sun
Thirty-six years after becoming the first American woman to walk in space, Kathy Sullivan has made history yet again. On Sunday, the 68-year-old oceanographer and former NASA astronaut became the first woman to reach the deepest known spot in the ocean after returning from a 35,810-foot dive from the Challenger Deep. At the same time, she also became the first person in history to have both walked in space and descended to the deepest part of the earth. Continue reading The first American woman to spacewalk has now conquered the deepest ocean
Now that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has become the first private company to take humans into space, they’re breaking down the high-tech spacesuits worn by astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on the Falcon-9-powered Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. Continue reading SPACEX EXPLAINS HOW DRAGON SPACESUITS WORK IN NEW VIDEO