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You Must Watch The Acid Trip Of A Light Show Orion Produced on Reentry

A few days ago, we saw what astronauts see when they reenter Earth’s atmosphere in the Soyuz space capsule. But that awesome array of sparks and glowing heat waves pales in comparison to new reentry footage recently taken from a camera on the Orion crew module.


The Weirdest Stuff We've Launched Into Space

From the minute we started sending humans into space, authorised and unauthorised paraphernalia have gone with them. Even unmanned spacecraft hauled oddities to the far reaches of our solar system. Here are a few items that have reached where most of us will never go.


Kepler Just Discovered A New Super-Earth, Against All Odds 

In May 2013, NASA’s exoplanet-seeking spacecraft, Kepler, seemed doomed. Two of four wheels that stabilised its telescope had malfunctioned — and NASA appealed to scientists from around the world for ideas to salvage its mission. Yesterday, it announced the discovery of a brand-new super-Earth 180 light years from our own.


Gift Guide: 10 Gifts To Send A Space Fan Over The Moon

You have a space enthusiast in your family? Lucky you! There are tons of remarkable space gifts and collectible memorabilia out there you can surprise him or her with. The following 10 gift ideas may help you out when you need to choose the perfect present for your space fanboy/girl.


The Staggering Mass Of The Craft We've Sent Into Space, Visualised

Ever tried to picture how much one rocket weighs compared to another, or how heavy some of the craft orbiting our planet really are? Well this chart explains all.


I Want To Live In This Cool Spaceship From Star Citizen

This is the Anvil Industries’ Carrack, a 123m ship and a maximum crew of five. It is not real, but it feels real because every detail in its interior has been designed as if it were a real vessel. It’s one of the ships from Chris Roberts’ Star Citizenpersistent alternative universe, where I’m sure I will get lost forever.


NASA Spent $349 Million On A Test Tower It May Never Use

Six months ago, NASA finished building a brand new $US349 million vacuum test chamber — but it was no occasion for celebration. The space program it was built for was cancelled years ago. This huge structure in Mississippi is now more readily seen as a massive symbol of pork.


Monster Machines: This 'GoreSat' Weather Satellite Will Keep An Eye On Solar Winds

When the solar winds blow strong, it plays havoc with electronics here on Earth. We can protect our sensitive electronic infrastructure — power grids, navigation and communication satellites, and such — but only with sufficient warning. And that’s where the new DSCOVR satellite comes in.


SpaceX Plans To Land A Rocket On This Barge

SpaceX is working hard to make its rockets land-able and, by extension, reusable. Now, it plans to try and land its Falcon 9 craft on this barge.


Rosetta Update: What It Found, What's Next

Rosetta’s lander is hibernating on a comet now, waiting for a brighter sun. The mission’s scientists, though, have been hard at work, scrutinising reams of data and predicting how the lander could wake up. At the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting today, Rosetta’s scientists dropped some intriguing hints of what’s to come.