spaceflight

space stations

We Are About to Enter a New Era of Space Stations

Motherboard talks to Robert Pearlman about his new book Space Stations, and how NASA, China, and space companies are building the next phase of human life off Earth.
Becky Ferreira
10.31.18
brains

What Scientists Found Inside the Brains of 10 Russian Cosmonauts

By imaging the brains of cosmonauts before and after their stints on the space station, neuroscientists discovered how microgravity influences the mind.
Becky Ferreira
10.26.18
nasa

NASA Lost Lunar Rover Prototype and Other Priceless Artifacts to Sloppy Management, Inspector General Finds

The agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that “a significant amount of historic personal property has been lost, misplaced, or taken” due to inadequate procedures.
Becky Ferreira
10.23.18
Broadly

How NASA Stopped 13 Women from Being the First Women in Space

The "Mercury 13" planned to be the first female astronauts to attempt spaceflight, undergoing rigorous training in a private program — until NASA found out about them.
Bedatri Datta Choudhury
4.24.18
Big Cheese

Trump’s Transition Team Asked NASA About Surveying the Moon for Valuable Resources

Internal communications between NASA and Trump's transition team, obtained by a Motherboard FOIA, show the new administration is also interested in how the agency's research helps private industry.
David Axe
4.12.17
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
4.4.17
Space

Private Lunar Landers Are Coming, and They’re Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

The five final contenders for the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize push the boundaries of interplanetary exploration.
Becky Ferreira
1.25.17
Health

Fish Are Having a Real Hard Time in Space

Live-imaging developing fish bones aboard the ISS reveals stark changes almost immediately upon arrival.
Michael Byrne
1.15.17
nasa

NASA Is Making Soylent-Like Food Bars For Astronauts

Flavors include "ginger vanilla" and "barbeque nut."
Madison Margolin
11.23.16
videos

The Supermoon Rising Behind a Russian Rocket Is Awe-Inspiring

Get ready to feel small.
Carl Franzen
11.16.16
Ottawa

Here's What the Next Generation of Space Travellers Might Be Wearing

"They have to deal with pooping inside a pressurized space suit. That's where NASA is spending their money.”
Bryson Masse
11.3.16
history

55 Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin Became the First Human in Space

55 years isn’t long, but look back at the technology and politics of the first human spaceflight and it seems like a different planet.
Nell Frizzell
4.12.16
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