Building It - The Space Shuttle Orbiter

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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 by… » 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

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

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… » 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

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…

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

The Czech Mole Turned U.S. Astronaut Drives On

A year ago, I wrote about Czech illustrator Zdeněk Miler’s animated series Krtek (“The Little Mole”), whose title character drives a wind-up pink Cadillac and was taken to space for real aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-134. » 4/17/12 4:00pm 4/17/12 4:00pm