Building It - The Space Shuttle Orbiter

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Machines don't just happen. They are dreamt, designed, developed, built and flown. The Space Shuttle Orbiter came out of the same malaise era that brought us rich Corinthian leather, 180 HP V8s and chassis stiffness akin to a wet sheet. Nonetheless, the orbiter was a remarkable machine. It was designed and built by… » 9/22/13 1:25pm 9/22/13 1:25pm

I Want This 3-Foot-Long Lego Space Shuttle So Badly

The space shuttle Enterprise, has a new baby brother. A fully-detailed, 1/35th scale replica of the prototype orbiter. Today, Ed Diment, Lego "Master Builder," unveiled his latest model at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It's on display this weekend ONLY, so get off your ass and check it out! » 7/28/13 4:20pm 7/28/13 4:20pm

Sandy took its toll on the Space Shuttle Enterprise, too

It appears that the Space Shuttle Enterprise was damaged during the Superstorm. The shuttle, which is NASA's original prototype orbiter, was on display inside an inflatable covering aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. CollectSpace reports: "Photos show the 180-foot-long (55 meters) by 60-foot-high (18… » 10/31/12 6:34am 10/31/12 6:34am

Space Shuttle Endeavour takes its final trip through the streets of…

The retired space shuttle Endeavour rolled into its final home this morning, the California Science Center at Exposition Park. But before being put out to pasture, Endeavour got one final ride this weekend, through the streets of Los Angeles, treating locals to the surreal sight of a space shuttle in their midst. » 10/14/12 1:00pm 10/14/12 1:00pm

This concept art from the Shuttle Program's early days is gorgeous,…

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… » 9/25/12 8:20am 9/25/12 8:20am

Space shuttle Endeavour’s journey to museum will require 400 trees to…

Next month, the retired space shuttle Endeavour will be making a 12-mile journey to its final resting place at a Los Angeles museum. But to get there, local officials will have to make way for the 112-foot-long, 78-foot-wide, and 5-storey-tall behemoth. And in order to do so they'll have to remove 400 trees, and… » 9/19/12 11:20am 9/19/12 11:20am

Dinosaurs! DNA! Space Shuttles! 10 Things to Make With Your 3-D Printer

It'll probably be a few more years before 3-D printing begins revolutionizing the world of retail, but it's already making a sizable splash in today's DIY community. For around 1500 bucks, it's now possible to get your hands on a consumer-grade 3-D printer that's capable of churning out some pretty cool objects. » 5/14/12 10:00am 5/14/12 10:00am

Breathtaking new photos of Space Shuttle Discovery preparing for its…

For the last several days, Space Shuttle Discovery has been preparing for one final flight. Tomorrow, weather permitting, Discovery will make the trip from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA from atop a repurposed Boeing 747… » 4/16/12 2:00pm 4/16/12 2:00pm