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Here's How Ludicrously Fast A Space Probe Is

Your regular commercial airliner, like a Boeing 747 is fast. A super-spy jet like the SR-71 Blackbird is much faster than that, traveling at over three times the speed of sound. So how does a deep-space probe like New Horizons, which recently flew past Pluto, compare? Thanks to this animation, you can see it’s very,… » 8/28/15 9:16am Yesterday 9:16am

Here's How China Could Land People On The Moon By 2020

First of all, I should preface this by saying I’m no rocket scientist. Anyone who has ever seen me attempt to open a carton of milk can attest to this. But that doesn’t mean I can’t daydream. And today I’m daydreaming about how China could land on the moon as quickly and cheaply as possible. Within five years, let’s… » 7/02/15 10:40am 7/02/15 10:40am

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 3:00am 6/24/15 3:00am

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. » 5/06/15 10:00pm 5/06/15 10:00pm

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 4:14pm 10/07/14 4:14pm

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 3:38pm 8/28/14 3:38pm

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 10:49am 2/20/14 10:49am

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 10:34am 12/22/13 10:34am

Saturn-IB, My Kind of Chrysler

The Saturn-IB was smaller brother to the mighty Saturn V. The first stage was assembled at Chrysler's Michoud facility near New Orleans from 8 Redstone rocket fuel tanks, a Jupiter rocket liquid oxygen tank and 8 Rocketdyne H-1 engines putting out a combined 1.6 million pounds of thrust. The IB first stage, along with… » 12/01/13 10:37am 12/01/13 10:37am

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 10:22am 10/02/13 10:22am

Check Out These Beautiful Photos From The Apollo 11 Moon Mission

Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of the first time humans set foot upon the Moon, when the Lunar Module of Apollo 11 landed on July 20th, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took plenty of stunning photos, and here are a few shots from angles you may not have seen before. » 7/21/13 10:00am 7/21/13 10:00am

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 12:41pm 6/17/13 12:41pm