SpaceX has tried to land its CRS-6 first stage rocket on a barge in the middle of the ocean three times. And each time it's failed. But damn if it doesn't make for some spectacular video. »
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.
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? »
When it comes time for an automaker to take photos of their new car to distribute to the media and to stuff in brochures, they normally pick a location like, I don't know, an Italian villa or a country road or a racetrack. Other times, they choose outer space. »
There's been a bit of hooning on the moon before (Apollo 16, see below), but there's never been anything involving more than one wheeled vehicle that could really be thought of as a 'race.' But that looks like it's about to change, with the possibility of a three-way rover race coming in 2016. FINALLY. »
Chrysler is a company now known for making dowdy family cars, pickup trucks, and the occasional Hellcat. But long before the modern-day era of staid sedans and Italian ownership, there was the Chrysler Space Division. And the Chrysler Space Division made rockets. »
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. »
"Butch" Wilmore needed a socket wrench. That's a problem since he's 155 vertical miles from the nearest Ace Hardware.
Tomorrow is a big deal for those of us who one day hope to open the first Pinkberry on Mars: it's the first test of humanity's first interplanetary-capable manned spacecraft, Orion. The four-hour test will prove the spaceworthiness of the capsule. So what, exactly, will it be doing up there? »
If we're going to venture out into space in a serious way, at some point we're going to need to be able to manufacture stuff. Replacement parts, tools based on needs we don't yet know, novelty Pez dispensers, etc. 3D printing is probably the best way to do this, and a major first milestone was reached on Tuesday. »
An Antares supply rocket headed for the International Space Station blew to smithereens just above the launch pad last month, and video of it was pretty crazy. But also, it wasn't quite as subway-mumbling insane as it could've been, because the video was from far away. Here's that huge explosion close up. »
Elon Musk really understands the internet. This is, of course, news only to newborns and the recently coma-awoken, but it's impressive to see in action. This weekend, Musk tweeted about 'X-wing' developments to his rocket, making a technical recovery system seem like sci-fi, even if it actually makes perfect sense. »
If you were driving along at saw what looked to be, at the very least, a small atomic explosion in the night sky, you might pull over. At the very least, to process what just happened. Not in Russia, where the second meteor in a year appears to have exploded over western Siberia. »
An unmanned Antares rocket was set to launch this evening from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, but the event ended in an explosion seconds after it began. An investigation is underway. [UPDATED] »
Bigelow Aerospace has been experimenting with the concept of inflatable space modules for quite some time, and they're finally ready to put it to a real test: at least two years docked to the ISS. Now, finally, ISS astronauts and cosmonauts can have those zero-g wrestling tournaments they want so badly. »
Rocket boots are one of those things that comes up again and again in science fiction because the fundamental idea is so basic and desirable. More stylish than a jetpack, too. Iron Man loves them, as does the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I just never thought they could work, until I talked to Dr. Larry… »