'Alien' Director Challenges Actors Like a Xenomorph, Star Says

By Tereza Pultarova, Space.com Contributor | May 23, 2017 01:00pm ET
How will people on interplanetary space missions feel and act? Locked inside claustrophobic spaceships for months and years with no escape, future space explorers will have to be the toughest of the tough and exceptionally easygoing. They will have to be prepared to face out-of-this- world challenges, such as encounters with giant, scorpion-like xenomorphs.
Space.com asked the cast of Ridley Scott's new sci-fi horror film "Alien: Covenant" how they prepared to play such superhumans in distress.

In Nat Geo's 'Genius,' Visualize Einstein's Theory of Relativity

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | May 23, 2017 11:30am ET
Johnny Flynn stars as young Albert Einstein in National Geographic's "Genius." Credit: National Geographic/Dusan Martincek
After struggling for years to be recognized for his controversial scientific ideas, Albert Einstein finally reaches science celebrity status in Chapter 5 of "Genius," which airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel.

Meet 'The Mars Generation': In Documentary, It's Red Planet or Bust

By Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor | May 23, 2017 02:23pm ET
A new featurette for the Netflix original documentary "The Mars Generation" - which explores the potential for today's teenagers to go to Mars in 20 years if humanity plays its cards right - highlights the legacy of Apollo in setting up aspirations for Mars.

NASA's Acting Chief Is Upbeat About Proposed $19.1 Billion Budget in 2018

By Calla Cofield, Space.com Staff Writer | May 23, 2017 03:59pm ET
NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, maintained a positive and hopeful tone today (May 23) in a speech regarding the agency's newly released 2018 budget estimate. Although NASA is facing a 08-percent budget cut compared to 2017, Lightfoot said that considering the administration's budget tightening across the board, he considers the White House budget proposal for the agency to be a sign of general support for NASA.

Roger Moore, Who Took James Bond to Space, Dies at 89

By Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor | May 23, 2017 01:22pm ET
In "Moonraker" (1979), James Bond ventured in outer space to battle villian Hugo Drax. Credit: United Artists
Roger Moore, the British actor who launched James Bond into space in "Moonraker," died Tuesday (May 23) in Switzerland, according to press reports. He was 89.

Opportunity Knocks! Farthest-Driving Mars Rover Explores Eroded Valley

By Samantha Mathewson, Space.com Contributor | May 23, 2017 04:48pm ET
Wheel tracks from NASA's Mars rover Opportunity descending and departing the "Cape Tribulation" segment of Endeavour Crater's rim are visible in this April 21, 2017, view from the rover's Panoramic Camera (Pancam). The rover looked back northward during its trek south to "Perseverance Valley." Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

NASA guru Dennis Andrucyk answers your space questions

By national science and technology reporter Jake Sturmer
External Link: NASA's Dennis Andrucyk answers space questions on ABC Facebook live
We caught up with one of NASA's top science gurus в─" Dennis Andrucyk from the administration's Science Mission Directorate.
We asked him your questions about everything from Mars to whether you could survive a gravity slingshot. Here's what he had to say:
Do you think that there's the public support for the Mars mission like there was in the '60s with man on the Moon?

$4m bag of moondust collected by Neil Armstrong star of first space auction

Nasa fought to keep dust bought for $995 that was sample collected from Sea of Tranquillity
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Space is the final frontier for auction house Sothebyв─(tm)s whose star lot in its inaugral space exploration-themed auction is a bag with an astonishing back story and a guide price to match.
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Hot-Donut Earth? Planet May Once Have Taken on Odd 'Synestia' Form

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 23, 2017 07:00am ET
The structure of a planet, a planet with a disk and a synestia, all of the same mass. Credit: Simon Lock and Sarah Stewart
Earth probably became a "synestia" for a brief period about 4.5 billion years ago, according to a new study.
That's the term for a newly proposed cosmic object: a huge, hot, donut- shaped mass of vaporized rock that results from the collision of two planet- size bodies.

Watch Astronauts Do a Quick But Vital Spacewalk Repair Today

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer | May 23, 2017 07:00am ET
Two NASA astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station today (May 23) on a last-minute spacewalk to replace a vital computer data relay box.
The spacewalk is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), although it will start earlier if the crew prepares quickly, and video coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT). You can watch the spacewalk live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.

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