Today NASA launched its first weather and climate-forecasting satellite. It's designed to collect environmental data, monitor weather patterns, natural disasters and surface temperatures -- all in the aid of better weather and climate prediction.
A group of amateurs who humbly describe themselves as a "volunteer-based DIY space program" have set a new record for the highest flight of a powered airship, sending one up 18 miles and well on the way to... space.
There's something pretty magical about watching the big blue ball that we call Earth spinning in space. Sit back and watch a stunning compilation of recent orbital fly-bys by the ISS, as it hurtles around our spinning globe. [Space.com]
Otherworldly, out-of-body experiences and alien abductions -- they've been the stuff of legend for decades. Turns out, they're probably just figments of our imaginations and scientists are trying to prove it.
Good news! The ROSAT satellite didn't destroy all humans. Most of it just burned up in the atmosphere, as expected — but not all of it! Nearly two tons of German space junk hit the ocean—and almost China.
ROSAT, the latest man-made object to fall from the heavens and threaten humanity's safety, has apparently burned up in Earth's atmosphere. The 1 in 2,000 chance of death from above we had all feared never materialised.
Launching satellites is a risky proposition — costing as much as £14,000 per kilogram to make orbit with little recourse if it malfunctions. So, DARPA has devised a system to recycle the £190 billion worth of orbiting dead satellites into a zombie antenna array.
This stunning photo is of a giant gas bubble that's been blown by the Bubble nebula, NGC 7635. The bubble was created by the intense radiation and stellar winds coming off a nearby star -- not quite as serene as it looks. [Larry Van Vleet via Space.com]
Will GPS be a thing of the past? The European Commission sure hopes so, as it's aiming to surplant it with its version, Galileo. The first two operational satellites will be blasting into orbit on top of a Soyuz rocket on Thursday.
NASA's space shuttle program may be kaput, but that doesn't mean they've given up their space adventuring entirely: in the future, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will house research missions for the government organization.