Welcome To Los Angeles, Space Shuttle

Today the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew into Los Angeles to enjoy a sunny retirement and possibly start dating some younger aircraft. Happily, NASA gave the Shuttle a great tour of Los Angeles, including two flyovers of Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. » 9/21/12 6:00pm 9/21/12 6:00pm

Holy Shit, That's The Space Shuttle Outside My Plane Window!

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is on the way to Los Angeles where it will be displayed for posterity. It was flying on the back of a 747 yesterday and today on the way to its final destination. » 9/21/12 1:30pm 9/21/12 1:30pm

Neil Armstrong, The First Man On The Moon, Dead At 82

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, passed away earlier today. He was 82. The cause was complications from heart surgery three weeks ago. » 8/25/12 3:05pm 8/25/12 3:05pm

How To Use Rockets To Make The Ultimate Handling Car

There's been a number of rocket-powered cars, and while they're all pretty fun, they're basically only good for one thing: going fast, in a straight line. » 8/22/12 2:00pm 8/22/12 2:00pm

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

NASA Prototype Lander Crashes Like A Drunk Robot, Then Explodes

As a nice counterpoint to the Curiosity landing, NASA today demonstrated they have the capacity to fail spectacularly as well. A prototype lander, Morpheus, designed as a testbed for greener fuels, crashed today during a test flight. » 8/09/12 2:40pm 8/09/12 2:40pm

The Man In Charge of Moving The Shuttle Through LA Once Rolled A French…

On September 20th, the 26th and final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be a perilous journey to that most strange region of space, Los Angeles. » 8/09/12 2:00pm 8/09/12 2:00pm

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… » 8/07/12 2:45pm 8/07/12 2:45pm

Seven Reasons Curiosity Is The Baddest Rover Ever

While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back on earth. In a simulation area called the Mars Yard, scientists put the duplicate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through a series of experiments to perfect… » 8/07/12 11:00am 8/07/12 11:00am

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

Famous Spaceships And The Cars That Are Just Like Them

If there's anyone reading this who hasn't pretended their car was a spaceship on a long, boring night drive in the middle of nowhere, then click that close box now. A dark road, the glow of your instruments, stars in the sky — why wouldn't you pretend to be in a spaceship? » 7/31/12 2:00pm 7/31/12 2:00pm

A Crazy Guy Just Jumped Out Of A Balloon At 96,000 Feet, Hit 536 MPH,…

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner just accomplished a feat that adds to Red Bull's ever growing arsenal of extreme sports accomplishments. » 7/25/12 2:20pm 7/25/12 2:20pm

Watch All 135 Space Shuttle Launches At Once

From Kottke comes this spectacular video from McLean Fahnestock showing all 135 of NASA's Space Shuttle launches simultaneously. It ably captures the drama, power, and danger of our ascent into space. » 7/06/12 10:45pm 7/06/12 10:45pm

The Supercar’s New Clothes

We love our supercars to death. We obsess over their top speeds and great power. But what is it like to actually use one? Over 500 miles of European motorway, we discover an inconvenient truth. » 7/04/12 1:00pm 7/04/12 1:00pm

Before It Came To New York, Space Shuttle Enterprise Flew Over The…

These days, photos of Space Shuttles piggybacking on 747’s tend to signal their last trips. For Enterprise, the prototype Shuttle used by NASA to test the concept, one of those last trips came almost thirty years ago. » 7/04/12 12:00pm 7/04/12 12:00pm

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