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Did The Soviets Build A Better Shuttle Than We Did?

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… » 6/24/15 6:00am 6/24/15 6:00am

These Are the Sad Remains of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Russian photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs just published one of the saddest photoseries on space exploration. He managed to get inside an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where two Burans—the prototype space shuttles of the Russian space program—are slowly decaying in their burial crypt. » 6/12/15 1:13pm 6/12/15 1:13pm

The Space Shuttle’s Military Launch Complex In California That Never Was

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. » 6/10/15 4:10pm 6/10/15 4:10pm

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television. Anyone who's witnessed something as awe-inspiring as human spaceflight will surely identify with her sense of wonder. All together now: ISSAWOCKETSHIIIIIIIIP! » 8/23/14 3:50pm 8/23/14 3:50pm

Early Design Specs Show The Space Shuttle Could Have Been Much Cooler

The first Space Shuttle didn't reach orbit until 1981, but NASA was working on designs for nearly a dozen years before that. And looking at the progression of these concept drawings, you can see how compromises were made and budgets were cut. Here's the evolution of the Space Shuttle, in pictures. » 4/01/14 8:00am 4/01/14 8:00am

Building It - The Space Shuttle Orbiter

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… » 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 Los…

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

Mae Jemison always knew she would go to space

Mae Jemison is nothing short of a scientific visionary. In the 1990s, when she was working as a medical doctor, she decided to try out for the Space Shuttle program. A few years later, she was an astronaut, doing medical experiments on the Space Shuttle and making history. After leaving NASA, she worked on developing… » 7/11/12 11:41am 7/11/12 11:41am