The Universe's Most Important Alarm Clock Will Wake-Up Rosetta Tomorrow

Three years is a long time to sleep—even for a machine. That's how long Rosetta has slumbered in its decade-long journey towards the comet where it will land. But at 10:00 GMT tomorrow morning, Rosetta will awaken. Here's how its alarm clock works. Read More >>

Super Bugs Inadvertently Created by Spacecraft Sterilisation Protocols

The European Space Agency has been collecting examples of "spacecraft associated biology" in a small collection housed at the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ in Brunswick, Germany. 298 strains of "extremotolerant" bacteria, isolated from spacecraft assembly rooms because they managed to survive the incredible methods used to clean spacecraft, are now being studied for their biological insight. How on earth can they still be alive? Read More >>

NASA's Psychedelic Space Plane Is Glowing with Pure Science

So much of real science is publishing articles and peer reviewed studies, so it's always great to see that crazy, fluorescent, glowing space plane, movie type science is really out there too. NASA is doing it with the best of them. Read More >>

Romain Jerome's Spacecraft Watch Looks Like It's From Another Galaxy

Taking a page from Tokyo Flash's bewildering design playbook, Romain Jerome's latest watch—the Spacecraft—takes an unconventional approach to displaying the time. But thankfully it's not as difficult as deciphering the array of dials and switches on a NASA-designed craft. Read More >>

monster machines
The Hi-C Suborbital Spacecraft Snaps the Sun's Hottest Spots

The Sun's corona—essentially its plasma "atmosphere"—is actually hotter than the surface of the star itself. Scientists have long suspected that the region's million-degree temperatures influence its massive magnetic fields, and have hypothesized that solar flares originate there. But researchers had never been able to observe these phenomena first-hand—until now. Read More >>

image cache
Why Are Scientists Firing Rockets Against Auroras?

NASA scientists are now firing 46-foot-tall two-stage rockets against auroras because they hate them and they smell bad. Or maybe because they want to test how extreme space weather can affect digital communications between ground bases and spacecraft or satellites. Read More >>

NASA Wants You to Drive Its Spankin New Spacecraft

Heads up if you hold a degree in math, science or engineering and have logged hours flying high-performance jet aircraft. NASA is looking for its next class of astronauts! Read More >>

Like Throwing Astronauts Into a Flaming Barrel

Astronaut Ron Goran may sound like he's being creative when he describes what returning from the ISS feels like for today's space-faring souls, but really, no he isn't. [Fragile Oasis via Boing Boing, Image] Read More >>


Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?