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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.


What's Hiding Behind These Giant Holes On The Moon?

You’ve probably seen the mysterious giant hole that was discovered in Siberia, which appears to lead into a large cave. We don’t know its origin yet, but it isn’t the only hole like that on Earth. Or the moon: NASA found these formations there too, which are perfect for future human outposts. Or current alien/Nazi UFO bases.


This Is The Most Detailed Map Of Mars' Surface Ever Made

Ever wondered how you might navigate your way across the surface of Mars, if you ever find yourself there? Well, perhaps you could use this: the most detailed map of the Red Planet’s geology ever made.


Moon Boot Sneakers: Celebrate Apollo 11's Anniversary In High-Top Style

Forty-five years ago, man first set foot on the moon. And to celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 11′s historic mission, GE (of all companies) is releasing a limited edition set of high-top sneakers inspired by the moon boots worn by the astronauts.


See How The First Moon Photos Are Being Recovered In An Old McDonald's

Earlier this year, the internet was collectively tickled at the reports of how NASA was conducting the recovery of some of the first photos of the moon inside an abandoned McDonald’s. This new video takes a closer look at how this surreal research lab came to be.


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?


9 Forgotten NASA Concepts For Space Stations That Never Flew

The ISS has been around for 16 years now, and we’re used to the idea of having a permanently-manned station in orbit. But in the decades leading up to its creation, NASA floated dozens of other ideas for a station — some of them prescient, others seemingly ridiculous to our eyes.


How NASA Uses The Full Moon To Calibrate Its Earth-Gazing Satellite

The full moon — like this weekend’s glorious Super Moon event — is a great show for us here on Earth. But for NASA, it also plays a critical role in keeping its Landsat 8 satellite working properly. How? By using the moon exactly like a photographer uses a light meter.


NASA Has 3D Printed 'The Great Eruption', A Nebula 7500 Light-Years From Earth

While we’re all excited about the possibilities of 3D printing cars and organs, NASA has another use in mind — physical representations of galactic phenomena. Its first such creation is that of the Homunculus Nebula, a massive, fast-expanding formation centred on Eta Carinae star system.


The Plan To Resurrect NASA's Long-Lost Satellite Has Failed

Someone throw together an IndieGoGo for a 21-gun salute. The crowdfunded project take control of ISEE-3, NASA’s 30-year-old satellite, is kaput. The sad news is a blow to anyone who loves space, science or stories of redemption by scrappy underdogs.