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NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

NASA’s next Mars rover will pack a suite of sensors, cameras and an oxygen brewing kit.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Urine-Powered Phone, Fossil Treasure Trove, and…

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: Scientists have apparently created the world’s first phone powered by urine, a fossil “treasure trove” has been discovered in Australia, and…

‘Pop Astronaut’ Hadfield Adjusting To Terra Firma

  After returning to terra firma after five months aboard the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) with great fanfare, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says he feels the drag of gravity and like he has aged quite a bit. “It really feels like the day after I played a hard game of rugby or hockey…I am…

Live from Space, It’s the Videos of Chris “Space Oddity” Hadfield

Ground control to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield: Your videos from the space station really make the grade, especially your music video in which you sing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and send your guitar for a floating journey. And the papers want to know: “What other videos have you made?” Here are some of my favorites:…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Plague Ended Roman Empire, “Bugs Are Food”…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Researchers have pinpointed the bacteria responsible for mass deaths in the 6th century, the UN suggests people should eat more bugs, and…

Nat Geo 125th Anniversary Celebration Reaches Space

Orbiting miles above the Earth, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford celebrates our shared passion for exploration and sends his best wishes for Nat Geo’s 125th anniversary.

In Memoriam: Astronaut William “Bill” Lenoir

William Lenoir, an astronaut who flew aboard the first space shuttle mission to deploy commercial satellites, died August 26 from head injuries sustained during a bicycle accident. —Image courtesy NASA Born March 14, 1939, in Miami, Florida, Lenoir earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ultimately graduating with a Ph.D. in electrical…

Astronaut Idol: NASA Calls for Space Shuttle Wakeup Songs

Since the heady days of the Apollo program, NASA has asked friends and family of astronauts to select “wakeup music” for slumbering spacefarers. Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson rests in his sleeping bag on the space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009. —Picture courtesy NASA After all, sunrises are a dime a dozen in low-Earth orbit, and…

Countdown to Shuttle Launch

On the 225-foot level of Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-126 crew poses for a group photo. —Image courtesy NASA What an exciting week! This is Susan Poulton sitting in for Victoria Jaggard who is hopefully loving every minute of her trip to Egypt. I’m very excited to be…

Cupcake Recipe Contest: Our Sweet Solar System

Surprise! This is Victoria again… Many thanks to Stephen for diving right into the blogosphere with us—his debut here is a totally rad behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic‘s space special issue, which blows me right out of the digital water. Not to interrupt his groove, but I do have one more thing to share before…