The Only Car Endorsed By A Moonwalker Was Not What You'd Expect

Only twelve men have walked on the moon, and it's pretty incredible how little those men used their status as Apollo astronauts to shill for products or endorsement deals. In fact, it seems like only one moon-astronaut was ever used to sell cars, and the car sold just might be the last one you'd expect. » 4/15/14 12:20pm Tuesday 12:20pm

Your Beat Up Van Has Gone More Miles Than A Super-Fast Space Probe

Good news, for fans of beat-up old vans that haven't budged from the lawn you parked them on 20 years ago. Your van has actually racked up a bunch of miles! No, a bunch of hoodlums haven't been stealing it in the night for shenanigans. It's just been sitting there, stuck on Earth, moving at blazing speeds. » 3/08/14 11:00am 3/08/14 11:00am

Is The Air Force's Secret Shuttle The Key To Russia-Free ISS Trips?

Ever since the US retired the Shuttle fleet, we've been bumming rides to the ISS on Russia's old reliable spacecraft, the Soyuz. Technically, this arrangement works well, but tensions with the Russians over the Ukraine, gay rights, and other issues are making the US realize that maybe it's time for a new ride. » 3/06/14 9:00pm 3/06/14 9:00pm

This Chart Shows Every Space Exploration Rover Ever Launched

Maybe it's been the exciting, messiah-like death-and-rebirth of China's lunar rover, Jade Rabbit, but I've been thinking a lot about robotic space rovers lately. There haven't really been all that many — just eight have actually made it to either the moon or Mars. And now, for your use, are all eight collected on this … » 2/20/14 1:40pm 2/20/14 1:40pm

Chinese News Issues Bizarre Farewell From Sad, Dying Lunar Rover

Things aren't going so swell for China's lunar rover. About halfway into its three-month mission to study potential nuclear launch sites explore the moon for science, the Yutu rover is suffering from a possibly fatal breakdown. And the way the Chinese state news agency broke this to the people is... well, different. » 1/27/14 3:20pm 1/27/14 3:20pm

Watch The First High-Definition Video Of Earth Available From Space

When I think of pictures of our planet from space, I tend to think of still images. The big blue marble, my city at night, that sort of thing. But it was curious as to why there there was no video, and especially so as to why there was none in high-definition. Our planet is too fascinating not to be watched. But now… » 12/28/13 5:00pm 12/28/13 5:00pm

This Is How To Solve The Biggest Problem With America's New Spacecraft

We're going back to the moon. And we're going to the asteroids, and later, on to Mars. It's going to be exciting, and the new NASA spacecraft, Orion, seems like a very practical and efficient way to get there. But there's one problem — Orion is really cramped. Luckily, I think I have a solution. » 12/27/13 3:40pm 12/27/13 3:40pm

This Is What Happens When You Drive Through Three Miles Of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over a year now, and in the time has traversed nearly three miles. While its wheels are made of high-grade aluminum, they're not strong enough to last forever. NASA announced this week it was taking an extra-long look at the wheels, and boy are they in rough shape. » 12/22/13 11:18am 12/22/13 11:18am

Saturn-IB, My Kind of Chrysler

The Saturn-IB was smaller brother to the mighty Saturn V. The first stage was assembled at Chrysler's Michoud facility near New Orleans from 8 Redstone rocket fuel tanks, a Jupiter rocket liquid oxygen tank and 8 Rocketdyne H-1 engines putting out a combined 1.6 million pounds of thrust. The IB first stage, along with… » 12/01/13 1:29pm 12/01/13 1:29pm

China All Set To Launch Its First Lunar Rover Tomorrow

As China has grown in prosperity, it's felt the need to expand upon its space program, like all prosperous nations do. And like all prosperous nations, it's felt the need to send something to the moon. And now, it's sending its first lunar rover, which should send back some pretty neat pictures and science. » 11/30/13 3:07pm 11/30/13 3:07pm

Who Needs An Aircraft Carrier?


A paraglider setup was tested a possible landing solution for Project Gemini. The capsule was, infact, intended to land that way, but was changed to go with the more conventional splashdown. Gliding in allowed for a potentially softer landing for the spacecraft and crew and saved on the costs of deploying an aircraft… » 11/10/13 9:33pm 11/10/13 9:33pm

This Insane Rocket Is Why The Soviet Union Never Made It To The Moon

Americans tend to talk a lot about the Space Race and how we made it to the Moon and we were first and no one else was second because we are the best. It's put into context by the fact that the Soviet satellite Sputnik was the first in space, but by the time we get around to discussing the moon landings no one mentions … » 10/19/13 1:06pm 10/19/13 1:06pm