Clay Dillow
at 14:00 PM Oct 19 2011
Space // 

NASA and its partners at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) have released an improved and updated version of the most complete topographical map of Earth ever compiled. Produced from data beamed down from NASA's Terra spacecraft, the map data represents the most complete and highest-resolution topographical data available today, covering 99 percent of Earth's landmass.

Danika Wilkinson
at 12:19 PM Oct 19 2011
Space // 

For us common folk, $200,000 is a lot of money. It’s a very cool car, a deposit on a house or a lavish round-the-world holiday - but, for some, it’s a two-and-a-half hour trip into space. So is it worth it?

Dan Nosowitz
at 09:32 AM Oct 18 2011
Space // 

Virgin Galactic and its thoroughly British CEO, Richard Branson, announced another milestone on their way to opening the world's first commercial spaceport: Construction is finished, and the terminal and hangar have been dedicated.

Paul Adams
at 02:54 AM Oct 15 2011
Space // 

New Mexico's Very Large Array, a giant radio telescope observatory which took a PopSci largeness prize recently, is named in a fine tradition of utilitarian monikers like the European Extremely Large Telescope and the ultimately impractical Overwhelmingly Large Telescope.

Clay Dillow
at 07:05 AM Oct 14 2011
Space // 

This morning, PopSci's dedicated "space monkey" news feed lit up with some distressing news: When Iran indefinitely suspended its plans to launch a monkey into space earlier this month, it was actually because they had already tried and failed.

Clay Dillow
at 17:30 PM Oct 13 2011
Space // 

NASA has gone to great lengths to seed and cultivate the commercial space industry over the past few years, but it may want to be careful that it doesn't make the grass look too much greener on the commercial side. Mike Moses, NASA's deputy space shuttle program manager and former flight director--the guy who oversaw all shuttle operations over the last three years of the program--is jumping ship, heading over to Virgin Galactic to oversee operations at the space tourism front-runner.

Danika Wilkinson
at 13:17 PM Oct 12 2011

Over two dozen new free-floating brown dwarfs have been discovered in two young star clusters, Science Daily reports. A University of Toronto-led research team made the discovery - and found an unusual surplus of ‘failed stars’ in each constellation.

 
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