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Dissecting the Apollo 18 Trailer

Is there even a shred of truth in the upcoming space thriller Apollo 18? A Smithsonian curator has the answers.

Mars Colony Needs Doctors, Soldiers, Engineers … and Artists?

If you love the red planet, you’ve probably been following the exploits of the Mars500 crew, a team of European, Russian, and Chinese volunteers who are conducting a mock mission to Mars. Run by Russia’s Institute for Biomedical Problems and the European Space Agency, the Mars500 project aims to simulate the psychological challenges involved in…

Last Chance to Vote for Discovery’s Wakeup Songs

The space shuttle Discovery is slated to launch on its final mission this week, and that means voting will soon close on NASA’s Space Rock contest. —Image courtesy NASA As we reported back in August, it’s been a tradition since the Apollo program to rouse slumbering astronauts with music selected either by flight controllers or…

Apollo 13 Anniversary: What if NASA Had Failed?

Forty years ago today the collective heart of the nation missed a beat when an oxygen tank on the Apollo 13 service module ruptured as the craft was en route to the moon, nearly 200,000 miles (322,000 kilometers) from Earth. Famously, NASA held true to their motto that failure is not an option, and the…

That Space Shuttle Would Look Great on My Mantle …

In December 2008 NASA put out a press release that pretty much cinches the upcoming retirement of the space shuttle program: Shuttles for sale, $42 million/ea. Well, it’s not really that the shuttles are gonna cost ya—that’s just the price for shipping and handling. And if you’re really keen, lucky for you, the cost has…

Could Earth Have Two Moons?

It’s our closest neighbor in the solar system and the only one we’ve set human feet on so far. But there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding our orbital partner, the moon. —Image courtesy NASA Perhaps one of the biggest questions is why we have a lone natural satellite, and a pretty big one at that.…

Biggest Full Moon Photos

As luck would have it, the weather just did not feel like playing nice with me today. I was super excited to see the rain clear up over Washington, D.C., this morning, and I got a couple nice peeks of tonight’s biggest full moon of the year as I was walking home. By the time…

One of These Days, Chandrayaan …

Bang! Zoom! Straight to tha moon! That’s what officials at the Indian Space Research Organization hope will happen early tomorrow, when India sends up its first ever mission to the moon: Chandrayaan-1. Starting at 5:50 a.m. local Indian time, you can watch a live webcast of Chandrayaan-1 lifting off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on…

Genesis Rock (Phil Collins Fans Need Not Apply)

It was with a certain amount of glee that I arrived at my aunt’s house near Houston, Texas, a few weeks ago and told her the highlight of my media tour at NASA’s Johnson Space Center was putting on a bunny suit. The incredulous eyebrows were lowered when I explained that this is the playful…