This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 2/04/15 2:57pm 2/04/15 2:57pm

What Would A Ride In The Millennium Falcon Actually Do To Your Body?

The Millennium Falcon pulls some pretty crazy stunts in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while we recognize Star Wars takes place in a fictional universe, we couldn't help but get pedantic about the physics of the scene, and the effects it might have on the human body. » 12/27/14 2:59pm 12/27/14 2:59pm

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television. Anyone who's witnessed something as awe-inspiring as human spaceflight will surely identify with her sense of wonder. All together now: ISSAWOCKETSHIIIIIIIIP! » 8/24/14 10:02am 8/24/14 10:02am

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 2:26pm 8/01/14 2:26pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Us A Detailed Breakdown Of NASCAR Physics

Back in May, astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson found his show was bumped due to a NASCAR race. Undeterred, he took to Twitter to explain some of the physics of racing. We're fans, but we thought his math was a little off. So Dr. Tyson just showed up in the comments to explain it all. » 7/03/14 9:43am 7/03/14 9:43am

The First American Rocket Pilot

The Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager shattered the sound barrier or the fabulous X-15, perhaps the world’s first spaceship, hardly sprang into being from nothing. They were the products of a long evolution of rocket-propelled aircraft that had its roots as far back as the seventeenth century, when legend tells (in… » 6/15/14 11:43am 6/15/14 11:43am

Elon Musk: SpaceX Will File Suit Against the U.S. Government

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Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force's awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive… » 4/26/14 12:13pm 4/26/14 12:13pm

Don't Drive 1,000 MPH: Raindrops Will Destroy Your Windshield

Rain hitting your windshield can mean dicey road conditions and traffic snags. According to XKCD's What If, the force of those drops hitting your windshield can also destroy your car's windshield. Lesson learned: don't drive at speeds of Mach 1.5 in a downpour if you want your glass to survive. » 4/26/14 10:20am 4/26/14 10:20am

Celebrate the Birth of Human Spaceflight, with Yuri's Night!

Fifty three years ago today, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in history to venture into outer space. Below, Mika McKinnon talks about Gagarin's incredible journey to Earth orbit (and how to best commemorate that journey: by finding the Yuri's Night party nearest you!) » 4/12/14 6:24pm 4/12/14 6:24pm