Halle Berry to Star in Steven Spielberg's Astronaut Series

Halle Berry is set to star in the Steven Spielberg-produced TV show, Extant. It'll premiere on CBS next summer, and will be about an astronaut (played by Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect to her life on Earth. But it's even more dramatic than all that because "her… » 10/07/13 10:25am 10/07/13 10:25am

Creepy NASA Researchers Want to Watch You Sleep for 70 Days

Would you let NASA watch you sleep on a slight, six-degree decline for free? What about for $18,000 and a little certificate saying you were once an assistant astronaut, but also with the catch that researchers could draw funny, ineffable doodles on your face with a laundry marker? If you’re in reasonably good shape… » 9/21/13 2:30pm 9/21/13 2:30pm

Lady Astronaut Gave Sandra Bullock Astronaut Advice from Space

Cady Coleman is a veteran NASA astronaut who was two-thirds of her way through a five-month stay at an International Space Station when Sandra Bullock phoned her up to get info on how to act like an astronaut. What's more impressive here — the fact that she was in space or the fact that Sandra Bullock can summon… » 9/16/13 9:30am 9/16/13 9:30am

Fear of Irradiated Ladyparts Limits Missions for Female Astronauts

It’s hard enough to be an astronaut. You basically have to be a genius physical specimen with enough intelligence to understand astrophysics, but not enough self-awareness to fear being strapped to a rocket and hurled into low orbit by a column of fire. For aspiring female astronauts, though, the selection process is… » 9/02/13 3:00pm 9/02/13 3:00pm

NASA Chooses Four New Lady Astronauts to Menstruate in Outer Space

JUST KIDDING I'M OBVIOUSLY JUST KIDDING. Although I'm sure there's some dumb dude in some backyard somewhere meat-chortling about zomg what happens when they all get their periods in null gravity and their synced-up cycles pull all of Jupiter's moons out of whack you can't drive a spaceship when there's melted Dove… » 6/17/13 7:00pm 6/17/13 7:00pm

Cosmic Rays Might Be Giving Astronauts Space-Alzheimer's

Here's some bum news for anyone harboring romantic notions about outer space: even if a manned trip to Mars is possible, it'll kind of melt your brain in the process. Researchers examining the effects of radiation on brain degeneration have uncovered what they believe is a link between cosmic rays and accelerated… » 1/01/13 12:00pm 1/01/13 12:00pm

Sally Ride, The First American Woman in Space, Succumbs to Cancer at 61

Early this morning, astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away after a 61-year-long life of exploration, boundary breaking, and ass kicking. When she blasted into space in 1983, she became the youngest American and the first American woman to leave the earth's atmosphere, thus igniting space camp dreams in a… » 7/23/12 6:00pm 7/23/12 6:00pm