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(Mock) Mars Mission Comes To (Mock) Tragic End Thanks To (Real) Fire

The brave men and women living in a (mock) Martian base (in Utah), have met a (mock) brutal and fiery end. After an (actual) greenhouse fire sent flames soaring up 3m into the air, our (mock) astronauts have been laid to rest (in their respective homes as they see fit). Goodbye and godspeed, you magnificent pioneers.


An Inflatable Planetarium Where You Can Climb Into The Night Sky 

If you were one of the millions of people driving over London’s perpetually congested A13 highway in late November, you probably wouldn’t have noticed it: Below the underpass, an eerily glowing orb surrounded by crowds of people who seemed to be crawling in and out of it.


Which Religions Are Prepared To Accept Life In Space?

Assuming we don’t blow ourselves up before then, colonising other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centred around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture? Therein lies an issue that’s often overlooked: Can the major monotheistic religions of the world reconcile what space means for our immortal souls?


Sneakers Inspired By Vintage Space Suits Are Back

Although not actually worn by real-life astronauts, ‘Moon Boots‘ were still an incredibly popular fashion fad during the ’80s. And, 30 years later, designers like Raf Simons are still being inspired by the complex space suits that NASA developed to allow astronauts to safely walk in the vacuum of space.


A Look At How Mini Helicopters Could Help NASA's Future Rovers

Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified these potential snags before they happen.


No, This Isn't Scifi. It's An Actual Spaceplane, Getting Fuelled Up

The European Space Agency is about to launch its remote-controlled experimental spacecraft, IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), on February 11, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. What you see above is that craft being fuelled with hydrazine manoeuvring propellant.


This Telescope Is Shooting A Laser Right At The ISS

Who gave this telescope a lightsaber? Just kidding. This is, of course, the ESA’s Optical Ground Station telescope in Tenerife — in the process of laser tagging the ISS to establish a data connection.


This Greenland Glacier Flows Like Water Around Rock

Found in the northwest corner of Greenland, the Leidy Glacier faces a barrier as it meets the Olriks Fjord that it feeds into: rock. This image shows how, even for a giant, hulking slab of ice and rock, the path of least resistance is often the most favourable.


This Is The Biggest Animated GIF Ever

Video: Grafitti artist INSA created a few months ago the biggest animated GIF ever. He painted it on the ground of Rio de Janeiro over four days with the help of 20 assistants. The image was huge, occupying an area of 14,379 square metres.


Can You Shoot A Gun In Space? 

Space is full of potential dangers — rogue comets, Martians, bags full of astronaut poop, you name it. But if it really came down to it, and you did have to defend yourself against an interstellar attacker, would a traditional gun actually be able to do the trick?