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… » 9/02/13 3:00pm 9/02/13 3:00pm

Today is Moon Day, forty-four years to the day after Apollo 11 made their first lunar landing in 1969. You have a few choices. You could howl at it, or you could read Lily Koppel's new book The Astronaut Wives Club, the true story of the ladies married to NASA's Mercury Seven team in 1959. » 7/20/13 1:45pm 7/20/13 1:45pm

In 1962, NASA Didn't Want Any Girls in Space

In "history was hella sexist, year 1962," NASA's Director of Public Information responded to a woman inquiring about becoming an astronaut that they had "no existing program concerning woman astronauts nor do we contemplate any such plan.” Ouch. » 7/11/13 11:10am 7/11/13 11:10am

Watch an Astronaut Wash Her Hair in Zero Gravity

Direct from the International Space Station, astronaut Karen Nyberg lets us watch as she washes her hair IN SPACE. As you can see, it is a hair-raising experience. » 7/10/13 4:45pm 7/10/13 4:45pm

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

Boning in the Cosmos

A cosmological study about "Sex on Mars" discusses the potential future of space copulation, including baby-making on Mars. Apparently NASA's got no firm morality-based opinions on space sex, so if you've got a space shuttle and condoms then go ahead. » 1/15/11 4:35pm 1/15/11 4:35pm

China Selects First Female Astronaut Candidates

China has selected 15 female and 30 male air force pilots as astronaut candidates. The country completed its first spacewalk last year, and its first two female astronauts (along with five men) will attempt three more missions by 2012. [AP] » 9/17/09 9:40am 9/17/09 9:40am

"A Study Of Women As Space Flight Candidates" From Space World

One of the best parts of working in a library is stumbling across weird items in the discard pile; occasionally, you come across a gem like this one: "A Study Of Women As Space Flight Candidates" from Space World magazine. » 6/28/09 2:30pm 6/28/09 2:30pm

Moms In Space

Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki has been selected » 11/14/08 9:40am 11/14/08 9:40am to be a crew member on NASA's next space shuttle Atlantis flight, which is scheduled for February 2010. Yamazaki, who has a 6-year-old daughter, will be the second Japanese woman to fly into space and the first mom. Go moms! []

Today's a historic day for female astronauts. Pamela Melroy, the second-ever woman shuttle commander under the employ of NASA, is navigating the space shuttle launched this morning to meet up with astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is the first-ever female commander of the International Space Station. Says Melroy of this… » 10/23/07 1:45pm 10/23/07 1:45pm