This is MACS 1206, a galaxy cluster 4.5 billion light-years from Earth. The photo was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as part of a new broad sky survey. Can you notice something weird? Yes, some of the galaxies are distorted.
Despite the fact that every single facet of NASA's moonwalks were government-controlled expeditions, astronauts were not exempt from the annoying processes involved with foreign travel. Case in point, this customs form, signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
...and it's only a few hundred million miles away. Better fuel up your rocket and get started today, however, because we're talking about Saturn's moon Enceladus and the incredibly fine, snowy powder that covers its surface:
The auroral lights dancing across the night sky is a beautiful sight. Viewed from the ISS they look even better, but when you combine that with a couple of Russian spaceships, it truly is out-of-this-world. [NASA via MSNBC]
In typically random British fashion we're sending a phone into space. No, it's not an iPhone, or a Galaxy S2 -- that would have been appropriate -- no the lucky little guy will be the Google Nexus One.
Human space travel! Already difficult because of the gnarly technology and expensive £$€ it costs but even more difficult because humans just can't stay alive long enough for interstellar trips. We need to, like, have sex to procreate and raise kids and stuff.
China has successfully launched the Tiangong-1, its first space lab. It's the first of a series of small test stations, and the first step towards the Country's goal of having a 60-ton space station in orbit by 2020.
We're going to put someone on an asteroid by 2025. Crazy. But the gravity on asteroids is so weak that we won't stick to it. NASA plans to harpoon an asteroid like a giant space-whale. Now that's my kinda crazy!