space exploration


The Plan to Seed Life on Alien Planets

The 50th anniversary of "Earthrise" is the perfect opportunity to think about sending Earth's life to the stars.
Becky Ferreira
lunar life

Corporations Are Ready to Build Moon Villages, Our Laws Are Not

Moon community concepts are being developed by federal space agencies and private spaceflight companies. What legal, economic, and social frameworks should apply to these communities?
Frank White

NASA Announces the First Astronauts Who Will Fly in the SpaceX Dragon

On Friday, NASA debuted the teams that will pilot America’s two commercial spacecraft: Boeing's Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon.
Becky Ferreira
Star Talk

We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About the Human Future in Space

If humans want to expand beyond Earth in an optimal way, we’ll need novel language to keep pace with novel technologies.
Frank White
free play

This Spooky Space Exploration Game is Not How Telescopes Work

'Junk Shop Telescope' is a wildly creative microgame.
Danielle Riendeau

Why We Need a Decentralized Autonomous Space Agency

Everyone should have the chance to explore the stars.
Giulio Prisco

So Long, Rollable Solar Array, and Thanks for All the Photons

After attempts to repack ROSA into the SpaceX Dragon capsule failed, the experiment was jettisoned.
Becky Ferreira
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Neil Armstrong's Bag of Moon Dust Is Going Up for Auction

After being stolen, lost, and snapped up by a private citizen, the historic space artifact is now expected to sell for at least $2 million.
Drew Schwartz
on the shoulders of giants

I Felt Every Emotion Standing in the Shadows of NASA's Apollo 1 Fire

Traveling to Pad 34 last week—a trip generously arranged for me by NASA staff—made me feel like I finally knew my grandpa, who tried to save three astronauts.
Kaleigh Rogers
RIP Spaceship

Watch NASA’s Tribute to Its Doomed Saturn Orbiter, and Cry for Our Robot Friends

On September 15, Cassini will throw itself into Saturn after nearly 20 years in space.
Becky Ferreira
Trump Budget

Nothing to See Here: Trump Cuts NASA and NOAA's Eyes on Earth

NASA fares relatively well overall in the budget, with the exception of its Earth science division.
Becky Ferreira
Cute Pic

Here’s Our First View of TRAPPIST-1, the Alien Solar System With Earth-Sized Planets

Super pixellated, but still amazing.
Samantha Cole