NASA

  • NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA announced that it will send its next lander to Mars, known as the InSight Mars lander, in May of 2018. The mission was originally on schedule to launch later this month, but a technical issue found late last year put the InSight launch on hold. The new launch date comes as great news to the InSight team because there was a possibility that the technical issue would not be resolved in time… Read More

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    When former International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly steps out of a Soyuz descent module on the Kazakhstan steppe at around 8.30PM PST later today, after 340 days on the International Space Station, he will have spent more continuous time in space than any other American astronaut. You probably best know the 52-year-old former United States Navy test pilot from his prolific… Read More

  • LinkedIn’s First TV Ad Says 3M Members Are Qualified To Become An Astronaut

    LinkedIn’s First TV Ad Says 3M Members Are Qualified To Become An Astronaut

    Okay, be honest. How many of you dreamed of becoming an astronaut when you were a kid? I certainly did — and in my heart of hearts, I still kind of regret that it didn’t happen. Well, that might not be as unrealistic as you might think, at least according to a new ad from LinkedIn. The company says this is actually its very first TV ad, and it will air during the Academy… Read More

  • Why NASA Received A Record Number Of Astronaut Applications And What They Can Expect Next

    Why NASA Received A Record Number Of Astronaut Applications And What They Can Expect Next

    Over 18,300 people have applied to join NASA’s latest astronaut class, breaking the previous record of 8,000 submissions set in 1978. This year’s turnout was also nearly 3 times higher than NASA’s last call for applications in 2012. Each of these hopefuls is competing to be in the newest class of 14 astronauts who will ultimately fly on one of NASA’s next spacecraft. Read More

  • “Space Music” Heard On The Far Side Of The Moon And The Science Behind It

    “Space Music” Heard On The Far Side Of The Moon And The Science Behind It

    Cernan: Boy, that sure is weird music. Young: We’re going to have to find out about that. Nobody will believe us. -Apollo 10 transcript This weekend, the Science Channel released the preview for their newest episode of NASA’s Unexplained Files that told the story of Apollo astronauts who heard weird sounds during their trip around the moon. The “space music” was… Read More

  • Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

    Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

    This week the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a new space observatory designed to study black holes, dying stars and the history of galaxy clusters. The X-ray Astronomy Satellite, known as ASTRO-H, will be able to detect X-rays more than 10 times fainter than its telescope predecessor, Suzaku. ASTRO-H was launched on the Japanese launch vehicle H-IIA from… Read More

  • Europe Launches Sentinel-3A And The International Nature of Earth Observation

    Europe Launches Sentinel-3A And The International Nature of Earth Observation

    Yesterday at 12:57 pm EST, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the Sentinel-3A satellite into orbit. The Earth-observing satellite was launched by the Russian-made Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia and is the latest satellite to join Europe’s environmental monitoring program known as Copernicus. The Copernicus program consists of around 30 Earth-observing… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Twitter rolled out its new algorithmic timeline, Tesla confirmed the price of its next car, Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad exited the company and on the science front, gravitational waves were detected in space. TechCrunch held the 9th Annual Crunchies awards show, which you can watch in full here. Or, you can just read about the winners. These are the top tech stories of the week to… Read More

  • Watch OK Go Fly Weightless In Their New Music Video

    Watch OK Go Fly Weightless In Their New Music Video

    The band OK Go released their latest creative music video and this one was taken on a parabolic airplane tens of thousands of feet in the sky. The video, which features OK Go floating in weightlessness, was for their song “Upside Down & Inside Out.” OK Go, who is famous for producing highly creative and meticulously choreographed videos, partnered with Russian airliner… Read More

  • NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface

    NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface

    Today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a new 360-degree video, giving you a virtual tour of the Martian surface. The video was created by stitching together images taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover on December 18th, 2015. The scene takes place at Namib Dune with a view of Mount Sharp on the horizon. Curiosity’s Mast Camera took the images on the 1,197th sol (a Martian… Read More

  • NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    Today the Orion capsule, NASA’s spacecraft designed to bring humans to Mars, starts its next phase of development at Kennedy Space Center. The remarkable part is that just this morning, that large spacecraft was at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. In order to carry Orion from New Orleans to Cape Canaveral, NASA recruited their Super Guppy aircraft. The Super Guppy has… Read More

  • NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

    NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

    This week NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover celebrated its 12 year anniversary on the red planet. What’s truly remarkable about this is the fact that the rover was only designed to operate for about 90 days. Due to helpful unforeseen surface conditions and few creative software changes, NASA has been able to keep Opportunity alive and operational to this day. After a… Read More

  • NASA Spacewalk Cut Short After Spacesuit Malfunction

    NASA Spacewalk Cut Short After Spacesuit Malfunction

    NASA terminated a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) today due to a spacesuit malfunction with one of the American astronauts. NASA’s Timothy Kopra and British astronaut Timothy Peake were scheduled to complete a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to switch out an electrical component in the ISS’s solar power system. Read More

  • NASA Adds Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser To ISS Supply Vehicles

    NASA Adds Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser To ISS Supply Vehicles

    Today, NASA announced the winners of the second round of commercial resupply services (CRS-2) contracts. The winners, Orbital ATK, SpaceX, and the newcomer Sierra Nevada Corporation, will be responsible for providing new cargo, disposing of unneeded cargo, and safely bringing back research samples from the International Space Station (ISS). Read More

  • NASA Receives Patent For A New Type Of Squishy Amorphous Robot

    NASA Receives Patent For A New Type Of Squishy Amorphous Robot

    Last week, NASA was awarded a patent for a new type of squishy, amorphous robot that could one day slither and roll around other planets. Amorphous robots can passively change their shape and because of their enclosed nature they’re less susceptible to damage from small particles. These unique abilities make them particularly useful in dusty and sandy environments.   Dust and sand… Read More

  • NASA Formalizes Efforts To Protect Earth From Asteroids

    NASA Formalizes Efforts To Protect Earth From Asteroids

    Last week, NASA announced a new program called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) which will coordinate NASA’s efforts for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs). If a large object comes hurtling toward our planet, it will be this office’s job to identify it, determine a way to deflect it, and give the public a heads up. Most asteroids and comets in our… Read More

  • NASA Initiative Puts Space Age Technologies At Entrepreneurs’ Fingertips Crunch Network

    NASA Initiative Puts Space Age Technologies At Entrepreneurs’ Fingertips

    The space administration recently announced its startup initiative by opening up around 1200 patented technologies to US startups to commercialize at no upfront costs. Soon, the space-age technologies that appear ripped from the pages of science fiction, and initially intended for deep space exploration, could make their way into our living rooms, reshaping our daily lives. Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Microsoft announced new hardware, Twitter finally got a permanent CEO, and Facebook confirmed it is working on augmented reality. Here in the TechCrunch studio, we talked about India’s massive mobile market with Mohit Aron on Bullish, and our video team took a trip to the DogVacay HQ on TC Cribs. These are the biggest stories of the week. 1. Microsoft held a massive… Read More

  • NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

    NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

    The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The Martian,’ a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s book about one man’s struggle to survive on Mars, rocketed to the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    It was a big week in tech news, with Google’s massive hardware event, a major announcement from Tesla, and a huge discovery from NASA. These are the stories to catch you up on everything tech this week. 1. Google held an event in San Francisco to announce a few new products. In particular, the company unveiled two new flagship Nexus phones — the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. We… Read More