There's Going To Be A Race On The Moon

There's been a bit of hooning on the moon before (Apollo 16, see below), but there's never been anything involving more than one wheeled vehicle that could really be thought of as a 'race.' But that looks like it's about to change, with the possibility of a three-way rover race coming in 2016. FINALLY. » 2/24/15 12:02pm 2/24/15 12:02pm

Watch NASA's Full TV Broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Right Here

Exactly 45 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. And right now, NASA is replaying the full TV broadcast from that fateful day in real-time. Watch it below—it's just as exhilarating today as it must have been 45 years ago. » 7/21/14 12:16am 7/21/14 12:16am

Chinese rover diorama shows Europe being nuked

China deserves all the congratulations in the world for landing its first spacecraft on the Moon. It's a big deal – both for China and humanity at large. But can somebody please explain why the background image at this exhibit for China's recently deployed Yutu Rover depicts a massive mushroom cloud over Europe? » 12/17/13 1:04pm 12/17/13 1:04pm

Bang, Zoom, Straight to the Moon: China Launches Its First Lunar Rover

Just a decade after entering the space race, China is headed to the moon. With the successful launch of a Long March rocket carrying the Chang'e 3 lunar lander earlier this morning, China is attempting to become the third nation in history to land (rather than crash) a spacecraft on the lunar surface. » 12/02/13 4:45pm 12/02/13 4:45pm

This Early Lunar Rover Prototype Was Almost Forgotten

I excavated this photo of an interesting US moon rover concept from a 1962 Hungarian science journal. I have not seen this prototype before, and sadly there is only a little info about it. » 5/06/13 2:48pm 5/06/13 2:48pm

Watch An Airplane Fly Across The Moon

Some of life’s little surprises don’t reveal themselves until you find yourself shooting footage of the Moon at night with a Canon 5D Mark II attached to a huge-ass Meade Instruments LX200 telescope. It’s an airplane passing against the face of the Moon, its contrails black in the strange light. What a beautiful sight. » 5/01/12 12:30pm 5/01/12 12:30pm

How To Build The Perfect Lunar Rover

Editor's Note: This is the first of a new Jalopnik series called "Objects In Motion" where we pose car-related questions to our on-call physicist, Dr. Stephen Granade. This week we're asking him how to convert a car to work on the moon. —Ed. » 1/31/12 12:00pm 1/31/12 12:00pm

How Driving On the Moon Made Us Care About Space Again

Back in 1969, the Apollo 11 mission put mankind on the moon. It was a massive accomplishment. Two years later, though, people were getting bored. 40 years ago today, it become the moon buggy's job to make space fun again. » 7/30/11 4:10pm 7/30/11 4:10pm

Goodyear's Moon Tires Simply Do Not Deflate, Ever

When NASA and Goodyear set out to develop a tire, they could not do so with the Earth in mind. This tire is Moon-bound and beyond, you see, where failure is not an option. » 11/28/10 1:25pm 11/28/10 1:25pm

Yeah, But Will it Out-Accelerate a Saturn V?

If we were living in the golden age instead of the shoeless age of air travel, airline posters would look like this prop plane passing in front of the Moon. » 10/06/10 10:30am 10/06/10 10:30am

One Giant Leap For Mankind: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Today, forty years ago, mankind took a giant leap and stepped foot on the surface of our moon. It's a perfect time to celebrate with a look back at the Apollo 11 mission. » 7/20/09 5:15pm 7/20/09 5:15pm

Ring Cam Catches First Full Moon Of Season

It's snowy weather in the Eifel mountains and there's not much to see on the ol' Ring cam, but a couple of German hoons thought they'd give a little moonlight show for anyone watching. » 1/14/09 9:30am 1/14/09 9:30am

NASA Reveals New Rover For Manned Extraterrestrial Missions

NASA today released photos of their strange-but-functional next-generation lunar rover concept: the Small Pressurized Rover. Built on the NASA Chariot » 10/29/08 12:00pm 10/29/08 12:00pm chassis, the futuristic rover is like a covered wagon for exploring new frontiers of the lunar environment. The SPR can be driven from inside without the need for space…

Mooneyes X-mas Party Show & Drag


The collection of mechanical iconography and fine old junk that determines what is a hot rod and custom is at once ever changing and at the same moment forever etched in time - or sometimes a set of valve covers. A good lot of the very things visually say fast or custom grew from racing jalopies out on the street,… » 12/09/06 10:10pm 12/09/06 10:10pm

The 2005 Mooneyes Christmas Party!

We schlepped our draggin' bottom outta Pedro and on up to Whittier for the Mooneyes 2005 Christmas Party on Saturday, which was weirdly-enough held in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Academy. Do not ask us. We do not know. We did some elbow rubbing with the likes of J. Hetfield and Billy Gibbons and generally felt… » 12/12/05 2:02pm 12/12/05 2:02pm