The Arctic Is Losing 300 Per Cent More Ice Than The Antarctic Is Gaining

A common argument made by climate change deniers is the fact that the antarctic ice shelf hit a record high earlier this year. But that argument doesn’t hold water (so to speak).

How NASA Will Launch And Test Its New Spaceship On December 4

Video: NASA has published a cool video showing how the first test of Orion — the spaceship that will take us to the Moon and Mars — will be. The Orion spaceship will be launched on top of a Delta rocket on December 4.

Engineers Install Orion Spacecraft's Launch Abort System

Briefly: Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida install one of the most important assemblies into its new Orion spacecraft: the launch abort system. Orion will carry astronauts to parts of the Solar System not yet explored by humans — like Mars. [NASA]

How The Alien Surfaces Of Our Solar System Look, Side By Side

With Rosetta hanging out so closely with an asteroid, we’re getting better views than ever before of what the surface of an asteroid looks like. But compared to one another, how do the surfaces we’ve visited in our Solar System stack up?

Humans First Saw The Far Side Of The Moon 55 Years Ago

The side of the moon that faces Earth is familiar to anyone who’s stood outside at night. But it wasn’t until this day in 1959 that mankind was able to glimpse the dark side of the moon, thanks to a grainy-yet-distinct photo sent back by the Russian spacecraft Luna 3.

Giz Explains: Why The Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed — be it 20km/h or 20 billion kilometres per hour — we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it’s lights out for you, permanently.

I Tried On A Bonafide Spacesuit

If you want to experience what it’s like to wear a real-life spacesuit, you can go to one of two places: Russia or Brooklyn. (Or, you know, space.) We took the easy route and recently paid a visit to Final Frontier Design in the Brooklyn Navy yard to try on the outfit of an astronaut.

NASA Reveals Details Of Mission To Capture And Bring Asteroid Near Earth

By the end of the decade, NASA will send a robotic spaceship to grab a 12-metre asteroid and bring it close to Earth, placing it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send astronauts in an Orion spaceship to study it. The space agency just published six papers detailing this historic mission, crucial for humanity’s future.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Files Legal Challenge Against NASA

Briefly: Sierra Nevada Corporation, which was beaten to NASA’s multi-billion dollar contract recently, has just filed a legal challenge against NASA, claiming that their mini-space shuttle proposal was significantly cheaper. This comes a day after Sierra Nevada laid off 100 staff who were working on the (appropriately-named) Dream Chaser project.

NASA Photos Show The Devastation Brought By The King Fire

The King Fire in California has been burning for just 12 days now, but that’s been long enough for the fire to eat up hundreds of thousands of acres and destroy a number of properties. This NASA photo of the area puts all that into perspective.

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