Where the Hell Are All Our Moon Rocks?

Adrian Chen · 12/09/11 05:38PM

An audit released yesterday found that NASA is missing hundreds of precious moon rocks. Imagine that: Going all the way to the Moon only to lose this stuff in couch cushions.

Don't Freak Out About Tonight's Enormous, Blood-Red Moon

Max Read · 12/09/11 11:43AM

So, if you wake up early tomorrow morning and the moon looks, like, enormous? And is blood red? Don't worry! It's not because the elder gods have returned to exact their brutal form of justice upon humankind.

Enormous Robot Begins Journey to Mars in Search of Life

Max Read · 11/26/11 11:29AM

Right now, several miles above the surface of the earth, a huge wheeled robot is on its way to Mars, where, armed with "rock-zapping laser," it will seek out evidence of ancient extraterrestrial life.

Stephen Colbert Mocks NASA's Useless Satellite Projections

Matt Cherette · 09/23/11 01:10AM

You've probably heard by now that a satellite once used by NASA will fall to Earth this weekend after 20 years in orbit. Because the thought of something as big as a bus slamming into the the planet at 18,000 mph is a scary one, NASA tried to quell fears by releasing projections of when and where the satellite will hit. But as Stephen Colbert pointed out on tonight's Report, projections only help if they're not too general, and these ones completely suck.

Dinosaurs Don't Have That Asteroid to Kick Around Any More

Hamilton Nolan · 09/20/11 04:35PM

Frozen feathers! Getting shorter! Asteroid redemption! NASA engineers! Weight brain! Giant telescopes! Desperate dolphins! Indian frogs! And hypothetical questions with real world consequences! It's your Tuesday Science Watch, where we watch science—like ka-blow!

How Much Does This Hurt, Exactly?

Hamilton Nolan · 09/14/11 04:11PM

Pain measurement! Pyromania analysis! NASA rocket! Hefty bacteria! Galaxy shapes! Hot summer! Murderous bird! Flying snails! And scientists playing with hoses for fake experiments! It's your Wednesday Science Watch, where we watch science—in agony!

Watch Out for NASA's Giant Rogue Satellite

Jeff Neumann · 09/09/11 05:26AM

Pieces of NASA's six ton, out of control Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will soon smash into the earth, according to a somewhat unconcerned NASA. The space agency in statement said that the risk of people being crushed by falling debris is "extremely small," and the Telegraph spoke with a scientist who said there's a 1-in-3,200 chance that someone will be obliterated by a piece of the satellite. But still, they basically have no clue where it will hit. Part of NASA's statement reads: