Where are all these awesome spaceliners of the future?

The other day a friend saw that cool reusable Falcon 9R rocket video and he wondered where the hell are the spaceliners of the future—the epitome of them all being Pan Am's space clipper Orion, from Stanley Kubrick's 2001. I think about that myself many times. Why haven't we advanced in propulsion technology? We are… » 4/22/14 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

Reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Makes Successful First Flight

This morning on Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted this video of the Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket making a successful first flight. It ascended to approximately 250 meters before returning back to Earth vertically, on its own "legs." The video was filmed using a hexacopter drone. » 4/18/14 4:25pm Friday 4:25pm

Astronaut suit spins out of control in macabre real life Gravity scene

Watching this gives me the chills. A cosmonaut floats away from the International space station, spinning out of control as the camera follows it, orbiting planet Earth for seven months before plunging into the atmosphere, burning and disintegrating. A terrifying scene that looks like the movie Gravity, but the video… » 3/09/14 12:44pm 3/09/14 12:44pm

The Most Retro-Futuristic DMV in America

In 1979, two artists covered a Southern California building with futuristic murals. They painted moon motorcycles, high-tech highways, and spaceships that would look right at home in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as delightfully retro-futuristic as the building is on the outside, what happens inside may surprise … » 3/06/14 3:02pm 3/06/14 3:02pm

In memory of the men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden participates in a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. » 2/02/14 3:36pm 2/02/14 3:36pm

Beautiful footage of SpaceShipTwo's latest supersonic test flight

Virgin Galactic's space plane, SpaceShipTwo, finished its third rocket-powered test flight yesterday, breaking the sound barrier and reaching an altitude of 71,000 feet – the loftiest in a spate of recent test-runs. Here for your enjoyment is a highlight reel of yesterday's flight. » 1/11/14 5:27pm 1/11/14 5:27pm

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 awesome roaming city would actually work in real life

Architizer showcases this awesome engineering and architectural project: a roaming city that would will actually work if someone builds it. In the past, some people have imagined roaming cities but nobody got to turn these pipe dreams into functional projects. This is the first one that actually makes sense. » 11/04/13 11:42am 11/04/13 11:42am

The First Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Docked With The ISS

The Cygnus spacecraft, which launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning after astronauts aboard the ISS nabbed it with the station's robotic arm. Built by private aerospace group Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus was… » 9/29/13 11:30am 9/29/13 11:30am