With the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and only one more launch before the program is retired, NASA officially announced the shuttle's replacement today: the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). How uninspiring of a name is that?
A company calling itself Advocate Auto Consultants says they're afraid this week's Endeavour space shuttle launch will cause drivers to look away from the road and crash. First, you're morons. Second, Floridians never need an excuse to crash.
In 1954, the Czech cartoonist Zdeněk Miler was tasked with creating educational films about the merits of Communist industry. Miler subverted the project to create Krtek (The Mole), and showed children behind the Iron Curtain the wonders of American cars, rockets, and skyscrapers. Not in vain: this Friday, Miler’s…
Washington was not the first word spoken on the moon. When a situation turns bad no one says "Los Angeles, we have a problem" because no wants help from Charlie Sheen. Houston is Space City, the birthplace of the shuttle program, and the rightful home of one of the retired shuttles.
Space Shuttle mission STS-133's not even back on Earth yet, but our friends at NASA have already edited together this amazing HD video of Discovery's last takeoff and orbit before retirement. It's simply amazing.
This video is an amazingly detailed close-up of three Space Shuttle launches tracked by multiple cameras shooting at 60,000 frames-per-second. What we view in a couple of minutes is stretched to 45 minutes of glorious high definition slow motion.
Why did NASA quietly move two long-grounded X-34 space planes for inspection? Did they want to see if they could fly? Were they eyeing a return to space via reusable, airplane-style vehicles? Here's what they were doing and why.
Yelken Octuri designs interiors for Airbus, but in his spare time he creates fanciful, futuristic airplanes. This is my favorite - a special Space Shuttle for people who want a honeymoon suite in space.
Taken by a NASA employee after a Shuttle landing as it's being transported to the hangar bay. [Reddit]
The Space Shuttle approaches earth backwards at approximately 18,000 mph before turning nose-down towards home. This incredible video shows what it's like to glide to Earth after slowing to 700 mph. The landing gear is jarringly loud.
Because the Space Shuttle occasionally has to use alternate landing places, NASA uses two heavily modified 747 aircraft to ferry them around the world. Check out how they mate the shuttle to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft below.
Talk about burying the lead. Recently, parts of a Soviet era Buran spacecraft were floated down the Rhine river to Speyer, Germany, assembled on site, and transported to the Technik-Museum. Daimler took advantage of the tugging operation to put out a breathless press release about their Actros SLT 4160 8x6/4…
Their nicknames are "Hans" und "Franz," and yes, they are far from styro-puff faux Austrian bodybuilders. They're NASA's twin Crawler-Transporters; machines that make the run from the hangar to the launch pad for many of America's most important space vehicles. Gobsmacking facts: The duo are the largest self-powered…