How To Build A Car On Mars

I'm pretty sure we're going to have a Mars colony one day. In fact, my retirement plans kind of hinge on it. I'm not so deluded that I think I'll be able to ship my beloved Beetle and Scimitar over with me, so I'm going to have to pick up a new car when I get to Mars. » 8/16/12 2:00pm 8/16/12 2:00pm

These Are The Space Cars Of NASA

Cars –- they aren't just for Earth anymore! Proving that America still has mad space exploration skills, NASA sent a highly advanced roving vehicle to Mars last week to research conditions on the Red Planet. But while the Curiosity has gotten a great deal of attention in the news lately, it isn't the first time we've… » 8/12/12 1:30pm 8/12/12 1:30pm

These NASA Video Games Are Pretty Damn Good

If there was the fun, cool uncle of government agencies, NASA would have to be it. Not only does he have an amazing job (landing robots on Mars), but Uncle Nasa also gives us cool gifts. Not like stupid Uncle Department of Agriculture, who's always trying to pawn off corn husk dolls and garden trowels. Uncle Nasa gives … » 8/07/12 2:45pm 8/07/12 2:45pm

Why It's Great We Send Robots To Mars And Why People Should Follow

While I was live-blogging the spectacular landing of Curiosity on Mars last night, I knew in the back of my head at some point there would be a particular comment posted. It's a comment that gets posted any time there's an article about space exploration anywhere. It may be trolling, but it's consistent and common… » 8/06/12 3:30pm 8/06/12 3:30pm

Live From NASA: Blogging The Curiosity Mars Rover Landing

We're hours away from humanity's most advanced robot explorer ever landing on another planet. Curiosity, the car-sized, six-wheeled mobile laboratory, will very soon slam into the Martian atmosphere, then be placed on the surface of the planet in a way never before tried. This rover has the potential to change… » 8/05/12 8:23pm 8/05/12 8:23pm

The Ford Raptor Goes Head To Head Against The Curiosity Mars Rover

Ford has released this very helpful guide comparing the new 2013 Ford Raptor to the 2012 model NASA Curiosity Mars Rover, for those of you comparison shopping. Both are impressive vehicles, and this nice, tall-format chart really takes the guesswork out of a complex evaluation. » 8/01/12 1:30pm 8/01/12 1:30pm

NASA Has The Coolest Vending Machines In The World

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual open house earlier this month, and like any good space dork I was there. There, of course, was all manner of exciting and interesting stuff to see, tended by scientists who seemed genuinely surprised and delighted by the fact that so many locals want to come gawk at… » 6/19/12 1:30pm 6/19/12 1:30pm

China's New Space Station Isn't Really A Space Station

Sometime very soon, China will be launching three Taikonauts to their new space station, making them only the third country ever to accomplish such a feat. The station, Tiangong 1 (it means Heavenly Palace, which sounds like a place I have a take-out menu from) was launched back in late September of last year. If you… » 6/15/12 10:30am 6/15/12 10:30am

How They Carefully Lift The Space Shuttle

NASA is no longer flying space shuttles, but when the cameras turn away from the breathtaking 747 carrier flyovers or flotillas the real heavy lifting begins. Massive cranes have to delicately lift the shuttle from place to place. » 6/06/12 12:00pm 6/06/12 12:00pm

A New York Barge Pilot Smashed The Shuttle's Wing

Jeezis. This is why we can't have nice things. After the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown spectacularly into New York a bit over a month ago, yesterday it was just a touch less spectacularly floated on a barge through New York Harbor for temporary storage in New Jersey. » 6/04/12 4:30pm 6/04/12 4:30pm

Houston Gets Lame Space Shuttle Replica Delivered In Lamest Way…

The deliveries of the real Space Shuttles to their final resting places were grand events that created amazing images. Houston, which deserved a real damn shuttle, is getting a replica. » 6/01/12 1:30pm 6/01/12 1:30pm

SpaceX Was Not The First Private Rocket Company

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk must be pretty happy right now. His other major venture, SpaceX, has just succeeded in a monumental first: the first docking of a private spacecraft, the Dragon, to the International Space Station. Up to now, docking a craft, even an unmanned one, has only been accomplished by some big… » 5/29/12 4:00pm 5/29/12 4:00pm