NASA Spent $349 Million On A Test Tower It May Never Use

Six months ago, NASA finished building a brand new $US349 million vacuum test chamber — but it was no occasion for celebration. The space program it was built for was cancelled years ago. This huge structure in Mississippi is now more readily seen as a massive symbol of pork.

Monster Machines: This 'GoreSat' Weather Satellite Will Keep An Eye On Solar Winds

When the solar winds blow strong, it plays havoc with electronics here on Earth. We can protect our sensitive electronic infrastructure — power grids, navigation and communication satellites, and such — but only with sufficient warning. And that’s where the new DSCOVR satellite comes in.

This Is Where NASA's Super Guppy Gets Some Rest

NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft — the aeroplane that carries the space agency’s biggest loads — sits overnight at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, for a well-deserved break. In fact, it had carried the fuselage of… another aircraft, due to be tested at the centre.

NASA's 'All About That Space' Parody Is Perfect

Most interns get coffee and do endless photocopying. At NASA, however, the interns make parody videos of pop songs. Personally, I can’t really imagine a better use of tax dollars.

NASA Has Some Beautiful New Maps Of Saturn's Moons

Back in the 1980s, NASA’s Voyager spacecraft made a brief flyby of Saturn’s moons, providing us with a tantalising glimpse of new worlds. Now, the Cassini mission has finished the job, providing us with high-resolution, colour maps of Saturn’s six icy moons.

Why NASA Put This Spacesuit Through A CT Scanner 

Last year, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned in his own fluids during a harrowing spacewalk-gone-wrong. Now, NASA has teamed with the Houston Methodist Hospital’s research institute to make sure that such a thing never happens again — using a CT scanner.

These Are NASA's Coolest And Strangest Aeroplanes Of The Future

Most people don’t know this, but NASA doesn’t only work in exploring space. Its contribution to aeroplane technology — National Aeronautics and Space Administration — has been crucial to the development of safer, faster, more efficient travel. These are their coolest future concepts — some of which could enter service as soon as 2025.

Monster Machines: The Spacecraft That Will Finally Give Us A Close-Up View Of Pluto

When the New Horizons spacecraft launched, Pluto was still considered a planet. Now, eight years later, the space probe is finally nearing the end of its 4.7 billion kilometre journey to Pluto — and has just roused itself from deep hibernation ahead of its arrival.

Exo-Earths And The Search For Life Elsewhere: A Brief History

Ever since humans first looked up at the night sky, we have wondered whether we are alone in the universe. Dreams of life beyond Earth pervade literature, TV shows and drive Hollywood blockbusters – but the truth of life beyond the Earth continues to evade us.

Watch NASA's Orion Launch Video

Following an unsuccessful attempt, NASA launched its Orion spacecraft and you can watch it right here. Orion finished its successful test flight and its unmanned capsule splashed down in the Pacific. Tune in below!