The First American Rocket Flight Was an Advertising Stunt

Chuck Yeager shattered the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, and the X-15 was perhaps the world's first spaceship. But these fabulous machines hardly sprang into being from nothing. They were the products of a long evolution of rocket-propelled aircraft, whose strangest episode may have come when the very first American… » 1/01/14 8:00am 1/01/14 8:00am

Here's what China's Yutu rover is doing on the Moon

This weekend, the China National Space Administration (国家航天局, or CNSA) landed its Chang'e-3 lander on the Moon, deploying the Yutu rover on a 3-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of Bay of Rainbows, northeast of Mare Imbrium. It will also leave a powerful telescope behind, to watch the stars. » 12/15/13 12:20pm 12/15/13 12:20pm