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Space Unites on the Soccer Field

There’s a soccer team that brings space engineers from around the country together on the field. Not as adversaries in a race to the moon or Mars, but as a team — united.


September 22, 2020
article

We Don't Talk Enough About Ron McNair

Ronald McNair was just 35 years old when he died aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle. That tragedy ended a brilliant life spent conquering adversity.


September 22, 2020
article

Surviving the Earth Like an Apollo Astronaut

The Survival Goggles, Sun Bonnet, and Quilt are a painstakingly handmade homage to the Apollo survival missions of August, 1964.


September 15, 2020
article

How (Not) to Design a Space Station

The International Space Station is a modern marvel of engineering. Designing it was a nightmare.


September 08, 2020
longform

SpaceX Launches a Polar Orbit Mission for Argentina

SpaceX launches the first Polar Orbit mission from Cape Canaveral since the 1960s.


September 01, 2020
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The Space Age Museum

Space Age Museum holds the largest archive of this unique moment in popular culture, during a time that radically transformed our perspective.


August 31, 2020
podcast

Cold War Politics Shaped the International Space Station

A global surge of nationalism and the commercialization of space means the ISS may be the first — and last — space station of its kind.


August 25, 2020
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SpaceX Passes New Milestone for Rocket Reusability

A Falcon 9 rocket has now launched and landed a record six times


August 18, 2020
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A Trip Through The Universe

There’s a deep connection between psychedelic culture and space art. The earliest blotters advertised their possibilities with crescent moons, swirling nebulas, and starscapes.


August 06, 2020
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India's Role in the New Race to the Moon

India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan 1, confirmed the existence of water on the Moon. It was a groundbreaking achievement for Mission Director Srinivasa Hegde.


August 04, 2020
article

The Perseverance Rover Launches to Mars

Mars is hard. The global success rate of Mars missions is just 48%, yet NASA has a seemingly impossible 88% success rate. Perseverance hopes to raise the bar even higher.


August 01, 2020
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Trekking to Mars with ULA Chief Tory Bruno

ULA has launched every NASA mission to Mars — and Perseverance, their most important mission, will carry the first flying machine to the surface of another planet.


July 29, 2020

NASA's First Puerto Rican-born Director Aims for a Moonshot

Marla Pérez-Davis now heads NASA Glenn and will help ensure that the first woman arrives safely on the surface of the moon.


July 15, 2020
article

China's Massive Telescope is the Next Great SETI Hope

Embedded within towering limestone mountains, the giant Five-hundred-meter F.A.S.T. is the world’s most powerful radio telescope. It’s also the next great hope in SETI.


July 13, 2020
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Driving Cars on the Moon

Supercluster's own Jamie Carreiro and Eric Collins discuss the outlandish engineering that made it possible for humans to drive on another world.


July 08, 2020
podcast

How to Destroy the Big Bang

A new book outlines how to upend the most dominant theory in cosmology. Good luck actually doing it.


July 07, 2020
article

Peace and Progress Aboard the International Space Station

This year the International Space Station turns 20. Astronaut Nicole Stott reflects on her time aboard the station, what it means for science, and what it means for humanity.


June 23, 2020
article

Wiley Post and His Adventures at the Edge of Space

Join us for this special episode of the Supercluster Podcast as we look back into aviation history to bring you the incredible story of legendary American aviator Wiley Post.


June 18, 2020
podcast

Crew Dragon in Photos

Crew Dragon's stunning launch, and Falcon 9's triumphant return from its first human mission.


June 04, 2020
article

A Computer Game is Helping Make Space for Everyone

Kerbal’s Developers built a space program for the rest of us.


June 03, 2020
article

Keeping Millions of People Connected to the Space Station

With 3.1M following the ISS Twitter account, Leah Cheshier and her team at Johnson Space Center have a massive audience that depends on them for the latest space news


May 26, 2020
article

SpaceX Will Return Human Spaceflight to American Soil

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley stand on the precipice of history, like so many space explorers before them.


May 25, 2020
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Space Fan Stuck At Home Survival Kit

It's not a ticket on Starship, but hopefully this library of wallpapers, zoom backgrounds, and a collection of greatest hits reminds you what life will be like when we're back under the stars.


May 21, 2020
article

Learning to Live and Work off Planet

Experiments at the International Space Station have paved the way to Mars and beyond


May 18, 2020
article

The Significance of Baking Cookies in Space

Satiating astronauts’ deepest food desires—from freshly baked cookies to crisp apples—is an exciting frontier for those whose jobs it is to prepare and launch more palatable foods to space.


May 04, 2020
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Earth Day at Kennedy Space Center

During this year's Earth Day, SpaceX successfully launched a new batch of Starlink satellites on a reusable Falcon 9 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.


April 29, 2020
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The Search for Rare Species of Aurora

From China and Japan to Scandinavia and beyond, people from all over the planet have their own supernatural interpretations of the aurorae.


April 24, 2020
article

Virgin Orbit's Final Dress Rehearsal

Virgin Orbit performed their final development test while manufacturing ventilators in the fight against COVID-19. Supercluster's Pauline Acalin was there.


April 14, 2020
article

A Group of Scientists Studying Distant Galaxies Needs Your Brain

You can learn a lot about a galaxy by tracing its arms. Like how fast it spins, how much dark matter it contains, or even whether a rare black hole lurks at its core.


April 10, 2020
interactive

What Astronomers Really Think of Astrology Apps

Astrology is a 2 billion dollar business, and the most popular apps crunch data directly from NASA. So what do astronomers think of these high tech horoscopes?


April 07, 2020
article

The First Space Force Mission

On Thursday, March 26th at 4:18 pm Eastern time, ULA fired off the Atlas V from Cape Canaveral on its first mission for the newly established Space Force. Supercluster was there.


March 30, 2020
article

Every Rocket Launch, All Over The World, In Your Pocket

The Supercluster launch tracker is now available for iOS and Android. Get mission info, countdowns, livestreams, viewing locations and customized launch alerts


March 30, 2020
interactive

Spreading Our Ashes Through The Cosmos

The story of Celestis, a company that offers a different kind of memorial — launching the ashes of your deceased love ones into space. Featuring Celestis CEO Charles Chafer.


March 20, 2020
video

Fighting to Preserve Human History on the Moon

Could space tourism pose a threat to the Apollo landing sites?


March 17, 2020
article

Listening for Aliens with Laser Light

In the shadow of Mount Hopkins, four giant, segmented mirrors stare at the night sky.


March 10, 2020
article

From NASA's Archives: The Crash in the Desert

In late 1984, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration intentionally crashed a remote-controlled Boeing 720 passenger jet (filled with crash-test dummies) in the Mojave Desert.


February 28, 2020
video

Bill Nye Loves LightSail 2

Solar Sail technology fascinated Bill Nye for decades. Now, with Planetary Society, he is helping to make it a reality.


February 24, 2020
video

Saying I Do Among the Stars

A literally star-studded wedding might sound romantic, but it’s not without its legal challenges.


February 14, 2020
article

Star Trek’s Most Significant Legacy: Diversity

Star Trek has changed the pop culture landscape in many ways since it first aired in 1966. It’s hard to pinpoint any other franchise that has so fundamentally impacted our world.


February 11, 2020
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