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Recently Declassified Photos Show the Birth of the Soviet Space Program

Kapustin Yar (known today as Znamensk) is one of the Soviet Union’s first rocket launch and missile development sites. The test ground was established on May 13, 1946, and to mark its 70th anniversary Russia’s Defense Ministry has declassified revealing photographs of the site that offer a peak inside the top secret…

Blue Origin Rocket Landing Looks Absolutely Stunning When Seen From the Booster

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company, recently released some amazing footage filmed during the third successful landing of its New Shepard suborbital rocket. The video shows the flight of the reusable booster from just ahead of reentry through descent and landing. The landing sequence was recorded by a…

Here's How Spacecraft Dashboards Evolved, and Where They're Headed 

When you drive, the second most important thing you should keep your eyes on is the dashboard of your car (the first thing being the road). In space, however, it’s the controls that are the most essential for navigating and operating your spacecraft. From Gagarin to Scott Kelly, here’s a brief visual history of the…

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There’s Only One Way You Could Personally Visit an Exoplanet

Sorry, Han Solo and Mr. Sulu. Based on everything we know right now, you’ll never be able to punch a button and travel through “hyperspace,” or go to warp speed. Traveling faster than light is almost certainly impossible. According to scientists, the only way you could personally visit other stars is by taking a long,…

Nasa's 4K Earth Porn Montage Is Basically Perfect if You Are High

Queue up that 2001 soundtrack, baby! Following up on the incredible Aurora Borealis and Australis footage that Nasa posted a few days ago, we can now marvel at crystal clear 4K footage of our home sweet home, covered in white clouds and blue sky. Now that Nasa and the astronauts on the ISS are shooting and sharing…

Hawking's Interstellar Starship Would Revolutionize the Search for Alien Life

Yesterday, Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner made the mind-blowing announcement that they want to build a fleet of interstellar spacecraft that can travel at relativistic speeds—up to 20 percent the speed of light. But it’s not just about reaching our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, although that is the new…

The Space Tech of Today That Could Power Stephen Hawking's Interstellar Craft of Tomorrow

Stephen Hawking’s plan to create a starcraft that can traverse the inky blackness separating us and our cosmic neighbor is fantastically ambitious and filled with lots of “the tech will come” assumptions. But at its core, the technology that Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner want to use to create the ship is already…