Here's How Ludicrously Fast A Space Probe Is

Your regular commercial airliner, like a Boeing 747 is fast. A super-spy jet like the SR-71 Blackbird is much faster than that, traveling at over three times the speed of sound. So how does a deep-space probe like New Horizons, which recently flew past Pluto, compare? Thanks to this animation, you can see it’s very,… » 8/28/15 9:12am Friday 9:12am

NASA's Orion Capsule Makes Perfect Test Landing, Minus A Few Parachutes

NASA hasn’t sent humans into space on its own spacecraft since the Space Shuttle orbiters retired, so they really want to be sure things are working properly before astronauts climb aboard the next-generation Orion capsule. Earlier today, NASA simulated a “Minimum System Test” in which some of Orion’s parachutes were… » 8/26/15 7:07pm 8/26/15 7:07pm

Our Physicist Explains The Deal With Mass And Weight Once And For All

If people in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks, then I’m a pitching machine crammed with gravel and I live in Philip Johnson’s summer house. You see, I’m a brutal little bitch when I find stupid mistakes in articles about cars, and then just the other day I made one of the most basic physics mistakes you can make. I… » 7/16/15 12:20pm 7/16/15 12:20pm

You Can Now Get An Apollo-Edition Mustang Because The World Is Great

Special edition cars are often just motorized platforms to test the limits of human eye-rolling. There’s something about those Harley Davidson-edition F150s or the Fiat 500 Gucci cars that just feels like shameless brand-whoring. But not this one. Not these Mustangs made to honor the Apollo moon missions. These are… » 7/15/15 1:40pm 7/15/15 1:40pm

This Is What You'd See If You Were On The Probe That Just Buzzed Pluto

The New Horizons probe just came within spitting distance of Pluto. And while it’s still in data-gathering mode, we’re hoping to see the best-ever images of the frozen dwarf planet. But that doesn’t mean the probe hasn’t been gathering images the whole nine years it’s been flying. Here’s all of those images, all… » 7/14/15 12:01pm 7/14/15 12:01pm

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 7/02/15 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 6/30/15 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

Here's How To Drive The Lunar Rover

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. » 5/06/15 10:10pm 5/06/15 10:10pm

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