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Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let’s Go!

Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let’s Go!

It was just after midnight at mission control center at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Carl Sagan was exuberant. The Voyager 2 spacecraft had just completed its decade-long mission by making its closest pass to Neptune, before continuing on into interstellar space. It was the […]

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

So you have $52 million burning a hole in your pocket and just can’t decide what to do with it. Buy a private island? Too cliché. A new McLaren? You have enough of those. Pay off college administrators? Your kids have already graduated. But have […]

These Sumptuous Images Give Deep Space Data an Old-World Look

These Sumptuous Images Give Deep Space Data an Old-World Look

“This was probably the hardest to make,” says Lutz, who combined five different data sets to produce this image of every known thing in our solar system with a diameter bigger than 10 kilometers. At first she struggled with distinguishing all the different orbits. Every […]

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

Later this month, a small satellite will hitch a ride on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket for the world’s first demonstration of “green” satellite propellant in space. The satellite is fueled by AFM-315, which the Air Force first developed more than 20 years ago as […]

New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls

New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls

If we ever have giant inflatable telescopes in space, you can thank Chris Walker’s mom. Years ago, Walker was making chocolate pudding when he had to interrupt his culinary undertaking to field a phone call from his mother. He took the pudding off the stovetop, […]

NASA Went to the Stock Exchange to Try to Sell the ISS

NASA Went to the Stock Exchange to Try to Sell the ISS

On Friday morning, three senior members of NASA leadership gathered at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York to announce that “the International Space Station is open for commercial business.” The trio outlined the space agency’s plan for the world’s only orbital laboratory, a move […]

NASA Is Ready To Get Down To Space Business, and More News

NASA Is Ready To Get Down To Space Business, and More News

NASA is welcoming for-profit companies to space, Californians are slipping out of their measles vaccinations, and we’ve got some Father’s Day gift ideas for you. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute round up as […]

The WIRED Guide to Aliens

The WIRED Guide to Aliens

It’s late on a clear night. You’re driving down a winding county highway—no headlights for miles—and you steer the car over to the shoulder. You get out, wait for the dome light to blink off, and actually look up at that sky for the first […]

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

Since the birth of the space age, the dream of catching a ride to another solar system has been hobbled by the “tyranny of the rocket equation,” which sets hard limits on the speed and size of the spacecraft we sling into the cosmos. Even […]

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

A group of undergraduates from the University of Southern California became the first students ever to launch a rocket into space, as WIRED reported last week. The rocket, Traveler IV, reached an altitude of 339,800 feet and a top speed of 3,386 miles per hour. […]