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Declassified: The US Government's Secret Plan For A Military Moon Base

More than 50 years ago, before man had ever stepped foot on the moon, the US government hatched a plan whose ambitions were exceeded only by its total infeasibility: A secret, self-sustaining, Soviet-shaming military moon base.


The Webb Space Telescope's Sunshield Is Complete And It Looks Amazing

NASA has finished and stacked the Sunshield for the Webb Space Telescope and it’s now getting ready to test it. Look at this huge thing. That’s enough tinfoil to cover a roasted chicken — if the chicken was the size of Tyrannosaurus Rex. According to NASA, it provides the equivalent of a 1,000,000 Sun Protection Factor.


NASA Made An Underground Water Map To See Just How Bad The US Drought Is

News about the drought that has engulfed most of the western United States continues to get worse. But how do we know how extensive the current megadrought is? We actually can measure from the sky, but not in the way you think.


A Brief History Of Voyager 1 Not Quite Exiting The Solar System

You may have heard that Voyager 1 has exited the Solar System. And that it hasn’t. This is a chronicle of that probe’s greatest journey in headlines, including a few of our own.


Monster Machines: America's Next Big Space Launch Rocket Is A Total Beast

With its forthcoming Space Launch System, NASA hopes to send astronauts farther into space than it ever has ever before — to Mars and beyond. And when the first crew does leave to make interplanetary history, they will do so aboard these rocket engines.


Monster Machines: NASA's Moon-Bound Geology Lab That Never Quite Got Off The Ground

The rigour of operating outside the atmosphere has often led to rather outlandish NASA vehicle designs, but few have been more alien than this mobile lunar field laboratory from the heyday of the Space Age. Shame it never actually made it past New Mexico.


All The Supernovas Ever Photographed By NASA

Image Cache: NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument — the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58 — to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all.


Watch NASA's Full TV Broadcast Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Right Here

Exactly 45 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. And right now, NASA is replaying the full TV broadcast from that fateful day in real-time. Watch it below — it’s just as exhilarating today as it must have been 45 years ago.


How NASA Would Have Handled A Failed Apollo 11

This weekend marks the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the moon. Like all missions, NASA had a contingency plan. Space historian Amy Shira Teitel explains the astronauts’ grim orders if a lunar lander malfunction had left Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon.


Buzz Aldrin: Second Man On The Moon, But First To Take A Space Selfie

This weekend is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when man first set foot on the moon, but Buzz Aldrin just tipped us off to another of his many accomplishments: He took the world’s first space selfie back in 1966. Eat your heart out, Instagram.