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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!


Orion Is A Triumph. Let's Not Waste It.

NASA’s spacecraft Orion just survived its very first test flight. The shiny, new space capsule will one day carry a human crew to Mars or to an asteroid — wait, which is it? Amidst the hype, there’s still an unforgivable confusion about what comes next.


That Time US Congress Considered Building Cities In Space

Forget the flying cars and robot maids, we’re just a few precious generations away from ditching this hunk of space rock called Earth and living among the stars. The dream of off-world living is thanks, in large part, to a single Princeton physics professor who not only envisioned a new path for humanity but nearly convinced Congress to go along with it. Piers Biznoy explains just how close we came to building orbital habitats in the 1980s in his new book New Space Frontiers.


NASA's Most Ambitious Spacecraft Ever Is About As Smart As Your Phone

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is being heralded as the saving grace of restless, star-gazing pioneers everywhere. And for good reason! It’s the first real attempt in decades at pushing human space travel to its furthest possible limits. And what feat of engineering is powering this manifestation of mankind’s greatest ambitions? An obsolete processor circa 2002.


What Is This Strangely Circular Outcrop On Mars?

This oddly circular outcrop has been discovered on Mars. Scientists don’t know exactly what the 2km wide feature is — although it appears to be surrounded by mass of smooth, solidified lava flows.


Watch The Orion Spacecraft's Test Flight Right Here

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, arguably the most advanced spacecraft ever constructed, is scheduled for liftoff today from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If successful, we could soon see the craft toting astronauts to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Follow along live.


The History Of NASA's Iconic Countdown Clock (And A Look At The New One)

A few days ago every space enthusiast got sentimental when, after 45 years of operation, the iconic countdown clock at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site was disassembled for removal. Perhaps more than any other piece of equipment near the launch site, the countdown clock was a piece of history.


Photo Of NASA's Newest Manned Spaceship Ready For Launch

Good news, everyone! Orion, NASA’s first manned spaceship after the retirement of the space shuttle, is ready for launch this Thursday, December 4. You can see it here at Space Launch Complex 37, on top of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. Meteorologists say there’s a “60 per cent chance of acceptable launch conditions.”


Gizmodo Visits NASA Microgravity University: Future Spaceflight In Zero G

How do you test a new method for CPR in space without actually going into space? You take flight in a microgravity plane, obviously. For the last 20 years, NASA’s Reduced Gravity Office has opened up its zero-g planes to college students from around the country, who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to test physical experiments in a weightless environment. Yes, they get to play with fire in zero g. Lucky…