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

Here's How To Drive The Lunar Rover

Right now, sitting unattended and unlocked, in a pretty empty neighborhood, are three of the most valuable cars ever built — the lunar rovers from the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. Those sweet, sweet mesh-tire’d rides could be yours for the taking — if you only knew how to drive one. That’s where we can help. » 5/07/15 1:00am 5/07/15 1:00am

Engineering Professor: Rocket Boots Are Possible Thanks To The Segway

Rocket boots are one of those things that comes up again and again in science fiction because the fundamental idea is so basic and desirable. More stylish than a jetpack, too. Iron Man loves them, as does the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I just never thought they could work, until I talked to Dr. Larry… » 10/07/14 7:14pm 10/07/14 7:14pm

What NASA Isn't Saying In NASA's Big Rocket Announcement

Yesterday, NASA announced that they'd reached a milestone in the development of America's next major space transportation system, the SLS (Space Launch System). They'd reached Key Decision Point C, which is a crucial review and approval point. The SLS looks promising, but NASA isn't talking about some important things. » 8/28/14 6:38pm 8/28/14 6:38pm

This Chart Shows Every Space Exploration Rover Ever Launched

Maybe it's been the exciting, messiah-like death-and-rebirth of China's lunar rover, Jade Rabbit, but I've been thinking a lot about robotic space rovers lately. There haven't really been all that many — just eight have actually made it to either the moon or Mars. And now, for your use, are all eight collected on… » 2/20/14 1:49pm 2/20/14 1:49pm

This Is What Happens When You Drive Through Three Miles Of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over a year now, and in the time has traversed nearly three miles. While its wheels are made of high-grade aluminum, they're not strong enough to last forever. NASA announced this week it was taking an extra-long look at the wheels, and boy are they in rough shape. » 12/22/13 1:34pm 12/22/13 1:34pm

The Flying Crowbar: The Insane Doomsday Weapon America Almost Built

The Cold War had plenty of disadvantages for the world as a whole, true, but there was never a better time to be a mad scientist with crazy doomsday devices. No longer limited to freelance work delivering threats to the UN, the Cold War meant governments would actually hire you to make things. Things like Project… » 10/02/13 1:22pm 10/02/13 1:22pm

Russia Lied About How The First Man In Space Died

On March 27, 1968, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, died. He was in a MiG-15 on a routine training flight with his instructor when his plane crashed. The official explanation has been that he had to avoid a "foreign" object, but new information from Cosmonaut Alexi Leonov tells a different story. » 6/17/13 3:41pm 6/17/13 3:41pm