After record number of applications, NASA announces the future generation of astronauts

Take a good look at these people. A few years from now, they will be conducting research off the Earth and in deep space.

We’ve (unknowingly) created a radiation shield around the Earth using radios

Can your Internet landline do this? No.

China plans to have an asteroid mining base up and running “in the near future”

Epic loot.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy — the most powerful rocket in the world — is nearly ready

Heavy metal in space.

Stunning image of the Crab Nebula put together from five telescopes’ worth of data

Breathtaking.

Long-term exposure to mictrogravity can lower physical fitness down by half

And exercise doesn’t fix it.

This is why space armor is becoming more important

Things are getting pretty dicey in outer space.

Morning glory seeds are hardy enough to survive in space, experiment reveals

Seeds — the tiny bunkers of life.

Turns out you can make harder-than-concrete bricks on Mars simply by compressing soil

That’s surprisingly convenient.

NASA is designing small away-from-home-ecosystems to make space exploration sustainable

Recycle everything!!!

From fiction to reality: scientists grow potatoes in Mars-like conditions

Interplanetary potato, yeah!

Curiosity’s wheel grousers show damage after five years of off-roading on Mars

:(

Researchers found a supermassive black hole choking on its meal

Greedy!

NASA plans to use repellent coatings to coax liquids into flowing even when there is no “down”

Not a problem many would even think possible — but a real one nonetheless.

Israeli company designs anti-radiation body armor to protect astronauts in space

+3 armor +25 radiation resist.

Earth-born methanogen bacteria species could survive in Mars’ crust, new study shows

Life can be surprisingly hardy.

NASA establishes first Space Technology Research Institutes to make Mars a self-sufficient colony

“Producing > packing” — NASA.

First artwork to be made in space is now orbiting above all our heads

“A laugh star floating in space, above all our heads, is my attempt to create a contemporary metaphor for the hanging ‘Sword of Damocles,’ a reminder that the beauty of human life is so fragile.”

Tomorrow, India will launch a record-shattering 104 satellite missions

I can’t even muster enough willpower to count up to 104.

NASA creates computers that can survive on Venus, 30 years after the last landings

They’ll have to face boiling acids and extreme pressures.