astronauts

Why Neil Armstrong Got To Take The First Step On The Moon

On July 20, 1969, with “one small step”, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. But why did he get to go first?


Playing Soccer In Space Looks More Fun Than Playing In The World Cup

Video: To get ready for the World Cup, astronauts on the ISS decided to play a little friendly soccer match on the ISS to show countries on Earth how the beautiful game is played in space. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, mostly because seeing a bicycle kick in zero gravity is what dreams are made of.


The Story Behind That Giant Astronaut Floating Around Coachella

Last year, Coachella’s main event art installation was a giant snail. But this year, the mobile art installation at the popular music festival is a three storey tall astronaut, formally known as “Escape Velocity”. And it’s totally awesome.


What Happens To Bacteria In Space?

In the otherwise barren space 350km above Earth’s surface, a capsule of life-sustaining oxygen and water orbits at 27,000km/h. You might know this capsule as the International Space Station (ISS), currently home to six humans — and untold billions of bacteria. Microbes have always followed us to the frontiers, but it’s only now that scientists at NASA and elsewhere are seriously investigating what happens when we bring Earth’s microbes into space.


Bacon Was The First Thing Ever Eaten On The Moon

Setting foot on the moon for the first time was perhaps one of the biggest technological, scientific and political achievements of our age. So what better way to celebrate, after exploring that new lunar landscape, than with bacon?


Testing Is About To Begin On These Futuristic Robot Space Surgeons

If you’re an astronaut on your way to Mars, there aren’t too many options if your appendix bursts. That’s why a technology company has developed mini robot space surgeons that can actually climb inside of astronauts’ bodies. The first zero-gravity tests on the machine are about to begin.


The Human Heart May Not Be Able To Handle The Trip To Mars

Anyone dreaming of casting off the shackles of Earth for the microgravity wasteland of Mars is in for some (more) bad news. In addition to a host of other problems, the necessary 18-month spaceflight would, apparently, lead to one very unhealthy (and spherical) astronaut heart.


You Can Decide What NASA's Next Spacesuit Prototype Will Look Like

The Z-2 suit is the newest prototype in the Z-series, NASA’s next-generation spacesuit platform. After creating the Z-1 prototype, the U.S. space agency wants you to get involved to the development process, because they have three quite different design concepts — and, some times, professionals need a little help.


Astronaut Suit Spins Out Of Control In Macabre Real Life Gravity Scene

Watching this gives me the chills. A cosmonaut floats away from the International space station, spinning out of control as the camera follows it, orbiting planet Earth for seven months before plunging into the atmosphere, burning and disintegrating. A terrifying scene that looks like the movie Gravity, but the video above is real — except no human was inside that suit.


NASA's Astronaut Escape Plan Uses Hand-Me-Down Army Trucks

This past December, a free shipment of four heavily armoured vehicles arrived at NASA courtesy of the US military. The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) are all veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they’re about to embark on an unexpected second life as getaway vehicles in case something goes horribly wrong at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.