Space Timeline

Name A Crater! NASA Asks The Public For Help Naming Mercury Craters

Name a crater on Mercury

NASA is looking to name five craters found on Mercury. However, instead of having NASA scientists name the craters, NASA is opening voting and name suggestions to the public. Discovery reports that NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is coming to the end of its mission. In honor of the mission’s achievements, NASA, teams at the Johns Hopkins… Read more »

Mars Methane Spikes Could Be First Evidence Of Alien Life

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has made a new discovery of momentary methane spikes in the Martian atmosphere that could be the first evidence of life on the planet. The methane spikes could have come from microbial organisms on Mars. Curiosity rover discovered a momentary spike in methane levels at its Gale Crater landing area. The rover… Read more »

Lunar Mission One: A Chance To Reserve Your Place In Space [Video]

Lunar Mission One Exploration

Lunar Mission One is scheduled to go deep below the surface of the moon in 2024. This scientific lunar exploration will include a time capsule, or digital memory box of the history of humankind on Earth, including a species database that chronicles earth’s biodiversity from rainforests to coral reefs, and memories of an entire generation…. Read more »

Mysterious Circular Island On Mars Leaves NASA Scientists Confused [Photo]

Mars Photo

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft observed a strange island located in the planet’s Athabasca region. The Huffington Post notes that the image looks to many like some sort of deformed waffle, and is one of the many mysterious landforms found by the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft. This particular image is being described by scientists as an… Read more »

Orion Launch A Success: Will Manned Missions To Outer Space Follow? [Video]

Orion Launch A Success

Following the disappointment of a last-minute delay, the Orion spacecraft was successfully launched early Friday morning. At dawn, Orion began a brief but extremely important mission. The launch meant that the unmanned craft would orbit the Earth twice, getting as far away from the planet as 3,600 miles. This would mean that Orion would have… Read more »

Japanese Probe Sets Out To Discover The Origins Of Life

The Japanese Probe, Hayabusa 2, lifts off to retrieve samples from an asteroid thought to hold key compounds necessary for the creation of life on Earth.

A Japanese probe, the Hayabusa 2, launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center Tuesday evening on a mission to find the origins of life on Earth. The launch of the probe had been twice postponed due to inclement weather, but the Japanese probe has now successfully launched and is on course to intercept an asteroid. Before… Read more »

Scientists Discover An Invisible Shield Surrounding Earth, Baffled At How It Formed

Invisible Shield Protects Earth

Scientists have discovered something truly remarkable above the Earth’s atmosphere. An invisible shield is located approximately 7,200 miles above Earth that scientists are likening to “force fields on Star Trek.” According to Front Line Desk, the shield was discovered in the Van Allen radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped rings above Earth that are filled with high-energy… Read more »

NASA – Astronauts Now Using 3D Printing Technology In Outer Space

3D Printer

NASA is now enabling its astronauts to utilize 3D printers while in outer space. In The Capital reported this morning that astronauts on the International Space Station printed the first object out on their 3D printer; an engraved faceplate for the printer itself. The project proved not only that successful 3D printing in space is… Read more »

Best Time To Watch The 2014 Leonid Meteor Shower?

Leonid Meteor Shower 2014

Each year, stargazers from around the globe step outside to view one of the most impressive annual meteor showers: the Leonid meteor shower. So what is the best time for viewing the Leonid meteor shower in 2014? The meteor shower will peak late Monday night into Tuesday morning. According to Calla Cofield of Scientific American… Read more »

Did NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Find Fish Fossil On Mars?

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Curiosity Mars rover has provided numerous intriguing insights into the mysteries of the Red Planet since it landed on the Martian surface two years ago. It has also supplied armchair astronomers with plenty of fringe theories about the planet that unfortunately seem to catch more attention on the internet than the actual research being done… Read more »

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Has Captured Some Breathtaking Images [Photos]

Hubble Space Telescope images

The Hubble Telescope was launched by NASA in 1990 and it continues to send some amazing pictures back to Earth. Almost reaching its 25th anniversary in service for the study of space and its stellar bodies, this extraordinary piece of equipment has taken extremely high-resolution images with almost no background light. On April 24, 1990,… Read more »

SpaceShip Two Crash Cause Confirmed — But Is There More To The Story?

Virgin Crash

The cause of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two crash has been determined by investigators, according to Fox News. SpaceShip Two’s feathering system, which slows the spacecraft as it returns to Earth, deployed too early and without a prompt from the pilot. However, the accident remains under investigation by the NTSB. Reportedly, the feathering system of SpaceShip… Read more »

Why NASA Never Returned To Moon: Documentary Explains Why [Video]

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It’s been nearly 50 years since the Apollo 11 Mission was successfully carried out when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first stepped on the surface of the moon, while Michael Collins floated in lunar obit awaiting their return. Since then, nine other humans have walked the lunar surface. However, a question about the space… Read more »