As the Curiosity rover crawls its way across the Martian surface, it has to deal with a team of over 20 people to decide its every move. That makes riding in the car with an annoying navigator seem like a luxury.
Anyone who has ever navigated a government website knows that most of them are, for lack of a better word, utter shit. They are janky and disorganized. But NASA, in an effort to do away with that, just pulled all of its incredible images and videos together in one place. Get ready to lose hours of your life gazing at…
I have a friend who is unusually good at salvaging crap. Just this weekend he found, in an abandoned house, a perfect rear bumper (and brackets!) for my Beetle. That’s amazing enough, but he also found a set of NASA documents from the 1970s. Surprisingly, one of those volumes had, of all things, some fascinating…
It looks like 2016's unquenchable thirst for the blood of great people has struck again, as the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn, has died at the age of 95.
Mars has been the vague next big goal of NASA’s manned space exploration since the 1970s, but a real, concrete commitment never quite seemed to happen. Until now. A bipartisan bill passed yesterday in Congress authorizes a new $19.5 billion budget for NASA, and an official mandate to send a crewed mission to mars…
The Air Force’s new F-22 Raptor is known for being super complicated and super expensive. That’s probably why the Air Force called up NASA for help last week when it heard that Hurricane Hermine was headed towards Virginia, where thirteen of its F-22s were hanging out at Langley Air Force Base.
Today we saw the first trailer for Hidden Figures, the film about the black women who were so instrumental in America’s space program, and you should read more about these unbelievably righteous women and the
“human computer” project that started it all.
If you were to stand on the floor of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and tilt your head up, this is the view that would greet you.
If you ever wonder whether you still care about your “ran when parked” race car that you haven’t had time to look at in months, go race someone else’s car of the same model. The single best thing I’ve ever done for my Porsche 944 was to go race someone else’s Porsche 944.
Sick of your dead-end job? Dream of going into space, flipping your old boss the bird as you ride a column of fire into the heavenslike the space hero you know you really are? Then get your ass in gear and apply to be an astronaut! Today’s the last day!
Here’s a bit of news that came out late last year and didn’t get enough attention: as part of a spending bill passed by Congress, NASA got a nice bump in funding. But it also came with a catch: $55 million has to be spent on a “habitat augmentation module,” and that has to be ready by 2018.
Yesterday was a sad day for U.S. naval aviation. Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Thirty (VX-30), nicknamed the “Bloodhounds,” sent their last S-3B, Bloodhound 702, to NASA. This marks the end of the Viking’s U.S. Navy service.
Dainese, one of the best motorcycle safety gear manufacturers, is tackling the final frontier with two new suits designed in partnership with NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) to help keep astronauts safer in space.
There’s trials by fire, and there’s sticking your brand new race car baby in one of the most grueling races in the world: the National Auto Sport Association’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill. That’s exactly what Mazda did to debut its new MX-5 Cup car, and all four of the MX-5 Cups entered just crossed the finish line…
There’s nothing like one of the longest endurance races in the world to convince you that anywhere is a good place to pass right out. Here’s a few of the Flying Lizard team members zonking out because, well, where else are you going to do it?
This is an Élan NP01. It looks a miniature Le Mans prototype, but it was designed with amateurs’ needs in mind: miserly budgets, tendency to crash and all. The NP01 is destined for the National Auto Sport Association’s new club-level spec series. How easy is it for amateurs to drive, exactly? I got behind the wheel to…
“Spec prototype” seems like a contradiction in terms, but if you want to race a purpose-built race car but don’t love the crazy development costs of an open prototype series, here’s the Elan NP01. I’ve got some track time with it this morning, so what do you want to know about this 1,500-lb, 185 hp barrel o’ fun?
NASA’s Morpheus vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft fulfills many science fiction dreams of the last 60 or so years. Maybe one day a scaled-up cousin of it will be able to service extraterrestrial bodies in our solar system. Until then, it is just really cool to watch this thing takeoff, pick a landing spot all…
Maybe you’ve noticed that in older pictures of the once-budding Space Shuttle Program, the Shuttle’s giant external tank appears brilliant white instead of the rusty orange color we have become so accustomed to over the years. So what caused the tank’s change in color palette?
When your mission is to explore the realms beyond earth, sometimes things get weird. Really weird. Like, lawsuits over Mars and conspiracy-feeding video mistakes levels of weird. Welcome to the stranger side of NASA.