How The Astronauts Became Known As Gods

The stories told of ancient beings so powerful that they could fling themselves into space and explore the points of light in the heavens. When Lady Adelaide moved into one of their unused crafts, many called it blasphemy. She called it research. » 9/21/14 5:00pm 9/21/14 5:00pm

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

Declassified Memos Reveal Debate Over Naming the Shuttle "Enterprise"

NASA had initially planned to name the first Space Shuttle Constitution. Now, declassified White House documents reveal what convinced President Gerald Ford to overrule that decision and thrill Star Trek fans by calling it Enterprise. » 7/10/14 12:00pm 7/10/14 12:00pm

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

Watch this gorgeous time-lapse video of Endeavour's epic journey…

Bryan Chan has put together an extraordinary time-lapse video chronicling the agonizing twists and turns made by the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it made its 19 km (12 mile) journey through Los Angeles to the California Science Center. [LA Times] » 10/19/12 6:25am 10/19/12 6:25am

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

NASA's Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its big debut

Space enthusiasts in the Northeast have a new reason to visit New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: today marks the grand opening of the museum's Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit. » 7/19/12 11:40am 7/19/12 11:40am

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

The time an astronaut called into Car Talk from the Space Shuttle

In January 1997, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers of NPR's Car Talk, received an unusual phone call. A John from Houston wanted to pick their brains about the odd behavior of the government vehicle he was driving, and the car-savvy duo quickly realized he wasn't talking about a car. » 7/08/12 5:00pm 7/08/12 5:00pm

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

Absolutely mindblowing video shot from the Space Shuttle during launch

Drop whatever you're doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you've never seen one prepared as masterfully as this. » 3/15/12 10:19am 3/15/12 10:19am

An infographic depicting every manned American space mission

Between 1961 and 2011, the U.S. launched 166 manned missions to space. This infographic, created by the artists at mgmt. design, depicts every last one of them. [Click here for hi res] » 3/13/12 9:00am 3/13/12 9:00am

Watch a LEGO space shuttle make its maiden voyage high above the clouds

As a tribute to the end of the space shuttle era, YouTuber vinciverse sent this LEGO shuttle 35,000 meters in the air, so we could take a wistful look at back at space shuttle flight, even if it's just in miniature form. [via The Mary Sue] » 3/04/12 3:30pm 3/04/12 3:30pm