The Grisly Failures of Project Albert, Precursor to the Apollo Space…

The earliest practical precursor to the human space flight program was Project Albert. It was a horrific failure, with nearly all its pilots unable to survive the ordeal. Of course, these pilots were monkeys. Still, their story — full of confiscated rockets, drugs, and desert skies raining body parts — is one of the… » 8/30/12 7:00am 8/30/12 7:00am

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

The era of "Googie" design and architecture is half a century ago — but in many ways, it feels fresher than anything that's come along since. The optimism and brightness that comes out of these buildings and their facades still shines out like a sign of what humans are capable of when we believe. To see these Space Age… » 5/10/12 3:01pm 5/10/12 3:01pm

Did the Germans launch a crewed rocket into space in 1933?

On October 29, 1933, the London Sunday Referee published a report from Rugen, an island in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Germany. Someone named Otto Fischer had flown inside a 24-foot steel rocket, to an altitude of six miles. Were the Germans really testing out a rocket that could carry people, nearly three… » 5/08/12 5:00pm 5/08/12 5:00pm

Warp Drive Could Suck Our Entire Planet Into A Black Hole

The good news is, Italian physicists think it's possible we could travel faster than light by creating a kind of "warp drive," encasing a spaceship in a bubble and warping space, so that space itself travels faster than the speed of light. And the spaceship, safe in its bubble, could "surf" that wave of space. The bad… » 6/12/09 3:30pm 6/12/09 3:30pm

India’s First Lunar Mission Proves a Smashing Success

India has officially landed on the moon. Today, the Indian Space Research Organisation advanced its first deep space mission, Chandrayaan-1, by releasing its Moon Impact Probe, which successfully crash landed near the moon’s south pole and opened an exciting new chapter in Asia’s space exploration.ISRO reports that at… » 11/14/08 2:28pm 11/14/08 2:28pm

Behold The Future Of Space Exploration — An Asian Space Race

We're finally getting a new space race — between China and India, which just launched its new Moon probe, Chandrayaan-1, today. China already launched its Chang'e orbiter last year, and "today we are trying to catch them, catch that gap, bridge the gap," the director of India's space agency told Reuters. But that doesn't … » 10/21/08 3:40pm 10/21/08 3:40pm

Cool and Crap Awards of the Week

At least two things happened last week in the worlds of science fiction and science. One was cool and the other was crap.

Coolest way to generate new technologies for colonizing the solar system while also demonstrating once again that China and India represent the future of the world: Last week, India's Chief of… » 6/21/08 2:49pm 6/21/08 2:49pm

The U.S. Needs A Space Race With China

China plans to launch 15 rockets, 17 satellites and a crewed spaceship during 2008. But that's not going to be enough to scare the United States into launching a new space race. And the U.S. really, really needs a new space race to get us to take space exploration seriously again. » 1/24/08 9:00am 1/24/08 9:00am