Last week the world mourned for the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle that claimed seven lives. Today, we mark the 13th anniversary of Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia’s breakup upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Maybe you’ve noticed that in older pictures of the once-budding Space Shuttle Program, the Shuttle’s giant external tank appears brilliant white instead of the rusty orange color we have become so accustomed to over the years. So what caused the tank’s change in color palette?
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…
Everybody identifies Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center as the epicenters of America’s now defunct Space Shuttle Program. What most people don’t know is that the Shuttle almost had a second home at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the south central coast of California.
Back in 2012, Endeavour took its final ferry flight over the Los Angeles area while mounted to the trusty and highly modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier. No cheesy music soundtrack, no stupid dubstep, no seizure inducing edits, just raw, unadulterated plane porn.
If you love the roar of rocket engines breaking the surly bonds of earth, then you need to check out NASA's Soundcloud page. Last week, they added scores of sound bites, including launch sounds, and historic voice recordings from Astronauts.
How do you go about moving one of the world's largest planes through city streets? It takes a thousand-foot convoy of self-propelled trailers, and a legion of police and utility crews to move light poles, power lines and traffic signals along the 8-mile route over the course of two nights.
Dan O’Bannon and Thomas Warkentin’s “Soft Landing” features a first generation Corvette dropped from orbit by Space Shuttle Enterprise. You may be interested!
Last year, we taught you exactly how to steal the Space Shuttle should you find yourself inclined to do so. But a recent development at NASA has made it so that theft may not be necessary — now, you can just straight up buy their stuff if you want it.
The protective structure over the Space Shuttle Enterprise appears to have been completely torn off. Only the cloth cover remains. It is hard to tell if the shuttle itself was damaged.
So, great news for all of our readers with massive reusable spaceships taking up valuable space in your driveway or sitting on your lawn, under a tarp: you can tow it! Toyota demonstrated this nice and dramatically by successfully hauling nearly 300,000 pounds of shuttle orbiter and towing rig across the 405…
Yesterday morning I was at the California Science Center's press conference outlining their plan to drag a massive spaceship across Los Angeles. It was one of those times where logistics can make even the most outlandish plans seem boring, as they went over schedules and road closures and the like. While they were…
The arrival of Endeavour in Los Angeles last week has been described by many as the final note in the coda to NASA's shuttle program. To commemorate its end, we turned to the program's beginnings, where we discovered a stunning assortment of high resolution concept art. (If you've been hunting for a new background…
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.
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.
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.