We owe our current digital age to the 1960s Space Race. What will today’s Space Race herald for the future? This summer, on July 20, we will mark the golden anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing, and we’ll do so … Continue reading Why the Moon landing matters, 50 years later
SpaceX will attempt to pull off the world’s first successful triple rocket landing during the company’s first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission today (April 10), and you can watch it all live online. The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful … Continue reading Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy Launch Today!
For many decades, a medical myth persisted that people were either “right brained” or “left brained.” The theory went that we are naturally predisposed to either being more creative (right-hemisphere dominant) or more mathematical (left-hemisphere dominant). But that phenomenon has … Continue reading What it’s like to paint in space—according to a NASA astronaut
Over the last half century, spacecraft have visited every planet and their major moons, as well as two dwarf planetsand more than a dozen asteroids and comets. Thanks to high-res images, we know these worlds intimately and can appreciate what makes each of them unique. These … Continue reading Meet Chesley Bonestell, The Most Important Space Artist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
NASA has selected nine teams to study untouched moon samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions, which have been locked away in storage for the past 50 years. The teams have been handed a … Continue reading NASA to open untouched moon samples for 1st time since Apollo missions (VIDEO)
NASA TV posted raw video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashing into the Atlantic Ocean earlier today, and it’s truly a sight to behold. This particular craft was unmanned, but it’s theoretically capable of carrying human beings into space and … Continue reading Video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule returning to Earth is pretty stunning
In a new book on space exploration, Smithsonian curator emeritus Roger D. Launius predicts boots on the Red Planet ground by the 2030’s Mars has always held a special fascination for humanity. Its reddish color in the night sky has … Continue reading A Smithsonian Researcher Reflects on What It Will Take to Land Humans on Mars