At first glance, this appears to be an old lunar lander, but it's just one of the coolest and geekiest homes you'll ever come across, located on the banks of the Columbia River. Architect Kurt Hughes actually modeled this hexagon-shaped living space after a real lunar lander, complete with three steel beams that lead to a staircase. Inside the 250-square-foot home, you'll first notice a large geodesic dome skylight, a kitchenette, and even a full bathroom. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This incredible image depicts NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam working on the International Space Station's S1 truss during the space shuttle Discovery's STS-116 mission. European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang (out of frame) was his partner in the 6-hour, 36-minute spacewalk. During this mission, the STS-116 crew continued construction of the orbital outpost, adding the P5 spacer truss segment during the first of four spacewalks. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Houston-based company Axiom Space envisions its off-Earth space station as a manufacturing hub just a few years after reaching orbit, if everything goes according to plan once the first pieces launch in 2020. It will initially take the reins from the International Space Station (ISS) to serve as a base for research and a destination for national astronauts as well as tourists. Continue reading to look inside the space station and for more information.
Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean piloted Intrepid during the Apollo 12 mission to a landing within 200 meters of Surveyor 3 on Nov. 19, 1969. During their brief stay of almost 32 hours, the two astronauts performed two moonwalks, each a little less than four hours long. Bean, 86, a former U.S. Navy test pilot who became one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the moon, died at Houston Methodist Hospital on May 26, 2018, after falling ill two weeks ago while traveling in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Continue reading for a video on the Apollo 12 mission and more information.
NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up a remote DSLR camera pointed at the launch pad of the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday during the launch, and when he went to retrieve it, he found the melted mess you see above. Unfortunately, both the $3,500 Canon 5DS DSLR and L were both destroyed. "Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). Sigh. And yes, it made pix until its demise," said Ingalls. Continue reading to see the final shots the DSLR camera took.
Tracy Caldwell Dyson is an American chemist and NASA astronaut, or more specifically a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007. She was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station between April 4, 2010 and September 25, 2010. To date, she has completed three spacewalks, logging more than 22 hrs of EVA including work to replace a malfunctioning coolant pump. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.
Most astronauts would expect a GoPro camera to have an SD card already installed when going out for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, of which this particular one was livestreamed on Twitch. However, that's exactly what happened to astronaut Andrew Feustel, who tried starting up the camera, only to find out that a key component was missing. Continue reading for two more amazing spacewalk videos shot with action cameras, and more information.
NASA announced Friday that it plans to send the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, or to be more specific, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet. It's officially known as "The Mars Helicopter," weighs less than four pounds, and its main body is about the size of a softball. The helicopter will be attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover, which is basically a wheeled robot that will determine the habitability of the Martian environment, while searching for signs of ancient life. Continue reading for another video and more information.
We've heard quite a bit about NASA's X-Plane over the years, but now it's official, the agency has commissioned the $247.5 million project to Lockheed Martin's top secret Skunk Works division. Just to recap, it will be able to travel at supersonic speeds, without the boom, thanks to its uniquely-shaped hull, which sends the shockwaves away from the jet and prevents them from colliding. The proposed aircraft measures 94-feet long and has a wingspan of 29.5 feet. The first delivery is set for 2021. Continue reading for another video from the press conference and more information.
It's not everyday that you get to see rock samples from the lunar surface (gray) or Mars (dark), but Sarah Horst, an Assistant Prof of Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, managed to hold both in her hand. Apparently, the latter made its way to Earth after something collided with Mars, and sent rocks flying through space, before entering Earth. Continue reading for an up-close image and a bonus video.