Here's How China Could Land People On The Moon By 2020

First of all, I should preface this by saying I’m no rocket scientist. Anyone who has ever seen me attempt to open a carton of milk can attest to this. But that doesn’t mean I can’t daydream. And today I’m daydreaming about how China could land on the moon as quickly and cheaply as possible. Within five years, let’s… » 7/02/15 12:11pm Thursday 12:11pm

Houston's New Spaceport Will Launch Spacecraft Horizontally

After being turned down for one of NASA’s three surviving space shuttles (that actually flew in space) and enduring a two-year review and approval process, Houston, Texas just became the tenth space launch site in America to win an operator’s license from the FAA. And those launches can happen horizontally, a key… » 6/30/15 10:00pm Tuesday 10:00pm

NASA's Planned Venus Mission Would Have Put Astronauts In A Fuel Tank

Venus has never been really high on us Earth-people’s priority list for exploration or colonization, mostly because as a species we tend to be big candy-asses when it comes to sulfuric acid rain. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth exploring, and plans have been made to do so — even ones that would stick astronauts… » 6/26/15 7:00pm 6/26/15 7:00pm

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 2:16pm 6/23/15 2:16pm

The One Way Russia's Investigation Of The US Moon Landings Can Be Good

Yesterday, Vladimir Markin, the spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee, proposed that an “international probe” be launched into the details of America’s Apollo moon landings. While this sounds like a wet dream for the aluminum-fedora’d set, it actually could be a really great thing for everyone, if done… » 6/18/15 12:30pm 6/18/15 12:30pm

Why The Woman Who Just Set A New Space Endurance Record Is So Great

Thursday, Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, bounced back on earth in her Soyuz capsule. She’d spent nearly 200 days on a single spaceflight, the new record for a female astronaut, and probably 11th overall. That’s amazing. What really sets her apart, though, is how well she shared that… » 6/13/15 10:00am 6/13/15 10:00am

There's A Cargo Ship Spinning Out Of Control En Route To The ISS

Progress unmanned cargo ships have been the key to long-term human spaceflight since they were first launched back in 1978 to the Soviet space station Salyut 6. They’ve been incredibly reliable over the years, which is why it’s so alarming that one is tumbling out of control on its way to the ISS. » 4/28/15 5:16pm 4/28/15 5:16pm

Spend Over An Hour Floating In Space Thanks To NASA


There are many, many reasons why NASA is the greatest government agency ever created (just try and fight me, National Park Service.) One of the reasons, beyond all the rockets, is that they got the genius idea to attach GoPros to their astronauts. And then they uploaded all of that footage straight to the Internet.
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Russia Just Proved It's All Talk With Its Space Station Threats

It hasn’t even been a year since Russia threatened to take their ISS toys and go home, but now they seem strangely delighted by a space station-invitation from NASA that NASA doesn’t recall ever making. Why would they be so wildly eager to work with us on a new station if they were just talking about breaking up? » 4/02/15 6:55pm 4/02/15 6:55pm

NASA And Nissan Are Teaming Up To Make Robo-Cars Of The Future

Now that everyone's getting on the autonomous car bandwagon, each manufacturer needs its own angle. Audi takes its cars to the track, Mercedes makes its cars look like an egg, and Google's cars just have a weird face. Nissan, however, has gone with the betterment-of-humanity route, and just teamed up with NASA. » 1/08/15 8:05pm 1/08/15 8:05pm