exploration

Inside The DIY World Of Mapping Caves With Radio

Underground, where this is no GPS and certainly no Wi-Fi, mapping caves requires a different kind of technical ingenuity. Thus, there is cave radio. To learn about the DIY world of cave radio and underground exploration, Gizmodo picked the brain of Stanley Sides, tinkerer and former president of the Cave Research Foundation.


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.


Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole In One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole — on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, it was in New York City walking us through the expedition’s high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L’Herpiniere might be before the New Year. Just in time, they’ve reached the southernmost point on our planet.


This Robotic Sea Turtle Is Built To Find Hidden Treasure In Shipwrecks

Thanks to millions and millions of years of evolution, sea turtles work. They work well. They can swim stealthily around the ocean, sliding between chunks of coral if necessary. That in mind, it’s no wonder the sea creatures are the inspiration for the latest underwater robots.


Ooh, Heaven Is A Place On Earth

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the extreme environments used as offworld training landscapes for future astronauts — where bleak, windswept and often highly remote locations act as surrogates for the surfaces of other planets — a new guidebook will help you find them. Assembled for the European Space Agency by scientists at the Open University, The Catalogue of Planetary Analogues is now available for download.


Walking To The South Pole (And Returning Alive)

Endurance athlete, polar explorer and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott’s heroic but ultimately doomed “Terra Nova” expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot — and, more importantly, to walk back to the coast alive. If successful, this will make him and his co-traveller, Tarka L’Herpiniere, the first human beings ever to have done so.


Secret Cold War Sonar Tech Is Being Used To Map Underwater America

Space may be the final frontier of exploration, but there’s plenty of Earth left unmapped too — from the giant canyon recently discovered beneath Greenland to American waters that have been left largely unexplored. But that’s quickly changing, thanks in part to Bob Ballard’s latest project.


The Space X Dragon Has Made Its Historic Dock With The International Space Station

Space X and NASA have now made history. The Dragon capsule has just made its final approach toward docking with the International Space Station, marking a new chapter both for NASA and privatized space exploration.


James Cameron's Sub Makes It To The Base Of The Mariana Trench

Is there nowhere that social media can’t reach? Not content with being the first solo human being to explore the very depths of the ocean, James Cameron’s also the first man to tweet from down there.


James Cameron's New Sub Will Take Him To The Deepest Spot On Earth

James Cameron has long been a filmmaker who embraced the latest technologies, but his newest toy, the Deepsea Challenger, is a submarine that’s capable of diving to the deepest part of the ocean, also known as the Challenger Deep.