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Watch Live: ‘Mars’ Crew Emerges From Simulation After 120 Days

If you spent 120 days cooped up in a small habitat with six people, what’s the first thing you’d want to do upon emerging?

Astronaut Spots Violence Over Gaza, Asks What Extraterrestrials Would Think


Expedition 40 astronaut Alexander Gerst took this photo of the Israel and Gaza regions in July 2014 while explosions took place below (which are not visible in the photo).

Video: Warp Into A Star Nursery 3,000 Light Years Away

Zoom! This video brings you up close to a region where a bunch of stars are being born. This new video from the European Southern Observatory shows a so-called an HII region made up of hydrogen gas, which is a common feature of nurseries.

Mapping Dark Matter 4.5 Billion Light-years Away


This image shows the galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1–2403. The blue is dark matter mapped in this study. Image Credit: ESA / Hubble, NASA The Milky Way measures 100 to 120 thousand light-years across, a distance that defies imagination.

To Help Mars Rovers Phone Home, NASA Asks For Ideas To Close Looming Communications Gap


Artist’s conception of commercial satellites orbiting Mars and beaming information back to Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Remember during the government shutdown when it looked as though a NASA Mars mission would be delayed?

Apollo 11 Splashdown 45 Years Ago on July 24, 1969 Concludes 1st Moon Landing Mission – Gallery


Apollo 11 Comes Home. The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic lunar landing mission.

Hubble Finds 3 (Relatively) Dry Exoplanets, Raising Questions About Water Outside The Solar System


Artist’s conception of gas giant planet HD 209458b in the constellation Pegasus, which has less water vapor in its atmosphere than expected.

Neck Of Rosetta’s ‘Rubby Duckie’ Comet Shows A Bright Ring


Rosetta imaged its target comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, from about 3,417 miles (5,500 kilometers) away.

Risk Reduction Milestone Tests Move Commercial Dream Chaser Closer to Critical Design Review and First Flight


Dream Chaser commercial crew vehicle built by Sierra Nevada Corp docks at ISS The winged Dream Chaser mini-shuttle under development by Sierra Nevada Corp.

Ultra-Deep Astrophoto: 75 Hours of the Antenna Galaxies


75 hours of observing time allows for this ‘amateur’ view of the Antennae galaxies in the constellation Corvus.

Split-Personality Pulsar Switches From Radio To Gamma-Rays

Another snapshot of our strange universe: astronomers recently caught a pulsar — a particular kind of dense star — switch off its radio beacon while powerful gamma rays brightened fivefold.

Video: A Dizzying, Whirly View Of The Earth From Space!

We’ve got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo ship berthings and Earth observations.

‘Weak’ New Meteor Shower Due To Fragile Comet Dust


A Camelopardalid seen frame-by-frame in a recording taken May 24, 2014 at 1:58:08 a.m. UT (9:58:08 p.m.

ESO’s La Silla Observatory Reveals Beautiful Star Cluster “Laboratory”


In this image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust.

Watch the Falcon 9 Rocket Booster Descend into the Ocean for its “Soft” Landing

SpaceX today released video from the Falcon 9 first stage flyback and landing video from the July 14 launch of six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites.

Carnival of Space #363


Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Kimberly Arcand at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory blog.

Watch Live As Underwater Astronauts Drill Into The Ocean Floor


Two unidentified divers participating in a past NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) increment.

Cosmic Fireworks: A Supernova Feast And Google+ Hangout For Chandra’s 15th Anniversary


A collection of supernova remnant images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory marking its 15th anniversary in space.

‘Lopsided’ Ghostly Galactic Halo Has Some Starry Surprises


An image of Centaurus A. The halo goes across four degrees in the sky, about eight times the apparent width of the moon seen with the naked eye.

Threatened Spitzer Telescope Gets NASA Nod For Extension, Subject To Congress Funding


Artist’s concept of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope surrounded by examples of exoplanets it has looked at.


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