On Saturday, for the first time, a rocket blasted off from the US West Coast to fling its payload on an interplanetary trajectory. Despite being at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars InSight’s historic launch atop an Atlas V rocket, I never saw the spacecraft before it tore free from Earth’s greedy grasp.
If all goes according to plan, NASA’s Mars InSight mission will launch this weekend from California. Onboard the Atlas V-401 rocket is the InSight lander, a nearly 800-pound machine loaded up with cameras, a robotic arm, a heat probe, and a seismometer that, for the first time, will allow us to examine the inner…
Peggy is something along the edge of Saturn’s ring, a glitch whose source we’ve never seen. Cassini took a last peek at Peggy during its Grand Finale destructive plunge, adding a final piece to the puzzle for future researchers to pore over when trying to understand this mysterious disturbance.
I’m baaaackkkk! Only kinda, but you’ll see my byline sneaking into Gizmodo occasionally as a freelancer. I was at JPL for Cassini’s final moments on Friday, so I’m here to help you mourn the loss of a truly great robot.
Yesterday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slammed into the day side of Saturn, the brief flash of its vaporization marking the end of a 13-year mission. But it took people to turn this hunk of aluminum and silicon into an extension of our curiosity.
Remember those secret projects I hinted about? We’ve crossed those magical thresholds of silence for me to tell you about a few of them!
Former-astronaut and io9 dreamguy Chris Hadfield is going on a cruise into the Arctic circle. He’s bringing an entire menagerie with him of scientists and entertainers, but now he’s looking for people to embed and report out on the experience. You know where this is going.
Good news, everybody! Your favourite writers who survived the Great Culling are finally part of a union and will be treated like real-live humans. Fantastic!
After the Great Rearranging following the iomodo merger and new Editor-in-Chief, our science subsites scattered to websites unknown. Here’s an update on where we’re publishing now.
Physicists and physics fans imitating gravitational waves is my new favourite thing.
It’s taken half a century, but we’re finally getting a handle on our Sun’s complex magnetic field. A new model from NASA captures the strange surface interactions that create dramatic swirls of plasma and coronal mass ejections .If we can better understand the Sun’s magnetic field, we might one day be able to predict…
Parent-child relationships are challenging. They just get more complicated when the pair is father Morland Holmes, a universally-feared manipulator of global markets, and his renowned detective of a son, Sherlock.
Astronauts fired this small, rectangular hunk from the International Space Station today. The payload will separate into two autonomous satellites as part of a research program to take us one tiny step closer towards making asteroid mining a reality.
It’s hard to remember the beauty of winter when constantly shovelling walkways, scraping ice off cars, and tromping through freezing slush. That’s why it’s nice to get a view from above, far away from the chilly realities of the season.
Reusable rockets just went from a party trick to a research necessity. Have a rocket you can launch, land safely, and launch again? NASA wants you, now.
Curiosity is busy poking and prodding the Bagnold Dunes, learning some new tricks in the first-ever interplanetary fieldwork on a sand dune. And of course it looks absolutely stunning while doing it in this latest sand dune selfie.
Thirty years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The tragedy shocked a nation caught in launch fever, and reshaped how NASA thought about risk.
The new Cygnus spacecraft is the cheeriest of the cargo tugs hauling gear to the International Space Station. Those new round solar panels are effective, efficient, and adorable!