Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 4:27pm 3/23/15 4:27pm

Behold The Sweet Sound Of Rocket Thrust

If you love the roar of rocket engines breaking the surly bonds of earth, then you need to check out NASA's Soundcloud page. Last week, they added scores of sound bites, including launch sounds, and historic voice recordings from Astronauts. » 10/23/14 1:36pm 10/23/14 1:36pm

Happy 30th Birthday to Discovery, NASA's Greatest Space Shuttle

On August 30th, 1984, the space shuttle Discovery launched on its first voyage to space. It wasn't the first, but over the next 27 years it became the undeniable king of NASA's shuttle program. » 8/30/14 9:08am 8/30/14 9:08am

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

Building It - The Space Shuttle Orbiter

Machines don't just happen. They are dreamt, designed, developed, built and flown. The Space Shuttle Orbiter came out of the same malaise era that brought us rich Corinthian leather, 180 HP V8s and chassis stiffness akin to a wet sheet. Nonetheless, the orbiter was a remarkable machine. It was designed and built… » 9/22/13 10:17am 9/22/13 10:17am

Blast from the past: The best space shuttle launch videos you can watch

It's been almost two years since America launched its last astronauts into space. If you want to feel especially emotional, watch these videos showing the shuttle's ascent in glorious HD: from her point of view, from the ground, and a beautiful tribute with all the launches combined into a single one. » 7/27/13 6:32pm 7/27/13 6:32pm

I Want This 3-Foot-Long Lego Space Shuttle So Badly

The space shuttle Enterprise, has a new baby brother. A fully-detailed, 1/35th scale replica of the prototype orbiter. Today, Ed Diment, Lego "Master Builder," unveiled his latest model at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It's on display this weekend ONLY, so get off your ass and check it out! » 7/27/13 11:38am 7/27/13 11:38am

This Was The British Space Shuttle Concept

The Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device or MUSTARD was a concept explored by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) around 1968 for launching payloads weighing as much as 5,000 lb. into orbit. » 2/11/13 12:22pm 2/11/13 12:22pm

These Are All The Magical Things You Can Buy At NASA's Fire Sale

Last year, we taught you exactly how to steal the Space Shuttle should you find yourself inclined to do so. But a recent development at NASA has made it so that theft may not be necessary — now, you can just straight up buy their stuff if you want it. » 1/06/13 10:00am 1/06/13 10:00am

Space Shuttle Enterprise Structure Sustains Damage

The protective structure over the Space Shuttle Enterprise appears to have been completely torn off. Only the cloth cover remains. It is hard to tell if the shuttle itself was damaged. » 10/30/12 3:39pm 10/30/12 3:39pm

How A 5,600-Pound Toyota Towed A 292,000-Pound Space Shuttle

So, great news for all of our readers with massive reusable spaceships taking up valuable space in your driveway or sitting on your lawn, under a tarp: you can tow it! Toyota demonstrated this nice and dramatically by successfully hauling nearly 300,000 pounds of shuttle orbiter and towing rig across the 405 overpass. » 10/15/12 2:00pm 10/15/12 2:00pm

How To Steal The Space Shuttle: A Step-By-Step Guide

Yesterday morning I was at the California Science Center's press conference outlining their plan to drag a massive spaceship across Los Angeles. It was one of those times where logistics can make even the most outlandish plans seem boring, as they went over schedules and road closures and the like. While they were… » 10/05/12 12:00pm 10/05/12 12:00pm

This Concept Art From The Shuttle Program's Early Days Is Gorgeous,…

The arrival of Endeavour in Los Angeles last week has been described by many as the final note in the coda to NASA's shuttle program. To commemorate its end, we turned to the program's beginnings, where we discovered a stunning assortment of high resolution concept art. (If you've been hunting for a new background… » 9/25/12 11:40am 9/25/12 11:40am

Holy Shit, That's The Space Shuttle Outside My Plane Window!

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is on the way to Los Angeles where it will be displayed for posterity. It was flying on the back of a 747 yesterday and today on the way to its final destination. » 9/21/12 1:30pm 9/21/12 1:30pm

Watch All 135 Space Shuttle Launches At Once

From Kottke comes this spectacular video from McLean Fahnestock showing all 135 of NASA's Space Shuttle launches simultaneously. It ably captures the drama, power, and danger of our ascent into space. » 7/06/12 10:45pm 7/06/12 10:45pm

Before It Came To New York, Space Shuttle Enterprise Flew Over The…

These days, photos of Space Shuttles piggybacking on 747’s tend to signal their last trips. For Enterprise, the prototype Shuttle used by NASA to test the concept, one of those last trips came almost thirty years ago. » 7/04/12 12:00pm 7/04/12 12:00pm

How They Carefully Lift The Space Shuttle

NASA is no longer flying space shuttles, but when the cameras turn away from the breathtaking 747 carrier flyovers or flotillas the real heavy lifting begins. Massive cranes have to delicately lift the shuttle from place to place. » 6/06/12 12:00pm 6/06/12 12:00pm

A New York Barge Pilot Smashed The Shuttle's Wing

Jeezis. This is why we can't have nice things. After the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown spectacularly into New York a bit over a month ago, yesterday it was just a touch less spectacularly floated on a barge through New York Harbor for temporary storage in New Jersey. » 6/04/12 4:30pm 6/04/12 4:30pm

Houston Gets Lame Space Shuttle Replica Delivered In Lamest Way Possible

The deliveries of the real Space Shuttles to their final resting places were grand events that created amazing images. Houston, which deserved a real damn shuttle, is getting a replica. » 6/01/12 1:30pm 6/01/12 1:30pm