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This Is How Astronauts Practice Jetpack Missions In Space

Forget your Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. In the International Space Station, virtual reality is vitally important — but a rather more makeshift affair.


Black Hole Emits Ferocious Winds With The Energy Of A Trillion Suns

A black hole and its galaxy are locked in a cosmic struggle, evolving in tandem and balancing each other’s growth. In this artist’s recreation, you can see cosmic winds howling out of supermassive black hole PDS 456. These winds are so strong that they prevent the galaxy from forming new stars.


The Crappy NASA Photographs You Never Get To See

We are used to see the epic, awe-inspiring, perfect photos from the golden age of NASA, during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Those are not the photos that you will find in Drewatts Bloomsbury’s auction. In fact, these are all pretty shitty — poorly exposed, badly framed and just plain boring.


This 227kg Meteor Lit Up The Sky Last Night

NASA reports that it observed a 227kg meteor, around 60cm in diameter, which zipped through the Earth’s atmosphere above Pittsburgh last night. If you were in the vicinity, you may well have just noticed it.


This Polish Human Centrifuge Has Special Ways Of Making You Sick

The human centrifuge has been a staple of space cinema and Bond movies for decades, and they’re still used to prepare astronauts and pilots for the effects of gravity shifts. But this Polish version has an extra-special trick up its sleeve, to to make your guts spin almost as fast as it does.


The Most Bizarre And Clever Ideas For Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan

Forget a boring old rover and try nuclear-powered boats or quadcopter space drones. If we want to explore Saturn’s moon Titan — with its liquid methane lakes and dense nitrogen atmosphere — we’ll need exploration schemes that are just as unique as the alien moon itself.


The Remnants Of An Exploding Star Is Beautiful Outer Space Chaos

NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory snapped this image of the aftermath of a thermonuclear explosion of a white dwarf star. It’s beautiful, right? According to NASA, it’s the result of a type Ia supernova, involving more than one star in close proximity to amplify the scale of the blast.


NASA Warns That This Century Could See Crippling Droughts

This week, NASA published its most robust study of drought prediction — and the news isn’t good. Within the next century, the American southwest, and more regions across the world, could experience landscape-altering megadroughts due to rising carbon emissions and global warming.


This Is Where NASA's Lab-With-Wings Goes For Its Health Check

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy — or SOFIA to its friends — is actually a laboratory with wings. And, right now, it’s getting its decadal inspection at the Lufthansa Technik hangar in Hamburg, Germany.


NASA's Latest Crew Of Astronauts Think They're Jedi Knights

The crew for NASA’s Expedition 45 won’t be all together on the International Space Station until their Soyuz docks in September, but that hasn’t stopped them releasing their official poster. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s some definite space themes hidden in there.