Buying Pieces of the Space Race at Bonhams' Space History Auction

This week, Bonhams hosted an auction of historical space items in Manhattan. The Space History Sale featured troves of objects and documents, both American and Soviet, dating back to the heyday of the space race.  Gizmodo got the chance to take a peek. Read More >>

The Planet Mercury is Shrinking

Just like a flat-cap-wearing old man, the planet Mercury, closest to the Sun in the Solar System, is shrinking in size as it ages. Scientists now estimate that Mercury measures 8.6 miles smaller in diameter than it was before it started picking up its pension four billion years ago. Read More >>

NASA Probe Found Han Solo on Mercury's Surface

Not at all long ago, in our galaxy just two planets away, NASA's Messenger probe discovered a what appears to be a raised human shape in the surface of Mercury—and it bears a striking resemblance to Star Wars' Han Solo. Read More >>

Unique Photo Shows the Ridiculous Size of America's First Spaceships

One of the things that always shocks me when I go to the Kennedy Space Center is the tiny size of the Mercury (left) and Gemini (right) capsules—the missions that jumpstarted the American space exploration program. This unique photo clearly shows how ridiculous these tin cans are. Read More >>

Watch This Hypnotizing Footage Of a Rainbow Mercury Spinning Through Space

While Curiosity's off drilling into the surface of Mars, plenty of other man-made, space-bound machines are surveying the rest of the solar system, and coming with some pretty cool stuff. NASA's MESSENGER, for instance, put together quite the mesmerizing footage of Mercury's spin. Read More >>

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Mercury Sure Looks Good in Blue

It might look like poor old Mercury is feeling a bit blue, but fear not - these are false-colour images produced by NASA's Messenger space probe. Read More >>

Giant Smiley Discovered In Mercury

NASA scientists are having a lot of fun with Messenger, the spacecraft now orbiting Mercury. Not only they are documenting the planet at a resolution of 200 metres per pixel, but they are spotting all kinds of fun stuff. A few weeks ago it was the Sesame Street's cookie monster. Today it's a smiley crater. Read More >>

NASA on Mercury's Craters: "Anyone Else Think This Looks Like the Cookie Monster?"

The Messenger spacecraft has photographed some neat craters on Mercury's surface and NASA thinks they look like the cookie monster. What kind of magic cookies are you eating, NASA? Hmmm, wait. I think they are right. Read More >>

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Mickey Mouse Spotted On Mercury!

The image on the left was just captured by NASA's Messenger spacecraft, now orbiting Mercury. The image on the right is a famous rodent. I wonder when Disney's lawyers would sue the solar system for intellectual property theft. From NASA: Read More >>

Man Killed With Poisonous Umbrella

This is really bad: a man hit with a poisonous umbrella in a street of Hannover, Germany, has died after a long struggle in the hospital. It sounds like a James Bond movie, except that it's real and it sucks. This is what happened: Read More >>

Frozen Water Found in Scorching Hot 752F Mercury Hell

NASA's Messenger has found very strong indications of frozen water in Mercury. But how can there be frozen water in a hell like Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, boiling at 752º Fahrenheit (400ºC)? Read More >>

Vaccines Don't Cause Autism, Please Vaccinate Your Children

Yet another study has found no association between vaccines and autism. Mercury, the main ingredient in vaccines suspected of causing learning disabilities, hasn't been used to preserve the medicines since 2001. And since then, the incidence of autism has still decreased. Read More >>

Has NASA's Satellite Captured an Unidentified Object Near Mercury?

A camera onboard NASA's STEREO A satellite seems to have captured video of an unknown object that looks like an actual spaceship. The unknown object appeared when a Sun's coronal mass ejection (CME) reached planet Mercury. Watch the video and judge by yourself. Read More >>

Get These Spacenerdgasmic NASA Ringtones for Your iPhone and Android

Attenshun space nerds with NASA underpants! NASA is now offering some really awesome ringtones for your iPhone, Android or whatever other phone you have. You must must must get these. MUST. Read More >>


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