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… »
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… »
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… »
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… »
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… »
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… »
Here on earth we’re thankful to have the pull of gravity to keep us and our favorite objects grounded to the ground. When you head a couple hundred miles up, all of that changes.
Right now, sitting unattended and unlocked, in a pretty empty neighborhood, are three of the most valuable cars ever built — the lunar rovers from the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. Those sweet, sweet mesh-tire’d rides could be yours for the taking — if you only knew how to drive one. That’s where we can help. »
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. »
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.