This Is Why The Space Shuttle's External Fuel Tank Stopped Being Painted White

Maybe you’ve noticed that in older pictures of the once-budding Space Shuttle Program, the Shuttle’s giant external tank appears brilliant white instead of the rusty orange color we have become so accustomed to over the years. So what caused the tank’s change in color palette? »10/16/15 9:02am10/16/15 9:02am


Did The Soviets Build A Better Shuttle Than We Did?

For some reason, my social media feeds lately have been filled with images of “Russia’s secret space shuttles” that have fallen into ruin. This is a little puzzling, since those shuttles haven’t been ‘secret’ for decades, and they’ve been in terrible condition for over 20 years. But that got me thinking — was it a… »6/23/15 2:16pm6/23/15 2:16pm

The Space Shuttle’s Military Launch Complex In California That Never Was

Everybody identifies Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center as the epicenters of America’s now defunct Space Shuttle Program. What most people don’t know is that the Shuttle almost had a second home at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the south central coast of California. »6/10/15 2:24pm6/10/15 2:24pm

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 10:02am8/24/14 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 10:17am9/22/13 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 6:32pm7/27/13 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 11:38am7/27/13 11:38am

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 2:00pm10/15/12 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 12:00pm10/05/12 12:00pm

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

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 11:40am9/25/12 11:40am