It’s been a few really good months for SpaceX, and now, the commercial spaceflight company is kicking rocket production into high gear in anticipation of a packed launch schedule.
Curiosity is busy poking and prodding the Bagnold Dunes, learning some new tricks in the first-ever interplanetary fieldwork on a sand dune. And of course it looks absolutely stunning while doing it in this latest sand dune selfie.
Thirty years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The tragedy shocked a nation caught in launch fever, and reshaped how NASA thought about risk.
Today was supposed to mark a step forward in human flights for the Apollo program. Instead, flames exploded inside the capsule during a pre-flight test. The fatal accident changed the nature of America’s space program.
On Friday, Blue Origin launched their same New Shepard rocket booster that it launched into space two months ago. Looks like the commercial space race for reusable rockets is on—SpaceX is flashier with bigger trajectories, but Blue Origin keeps winning the race to first.
It’s just as true in space as it is on Earth: the best way to kick off the New Year is by doing all those nagging chores. A pair of astronauts are heading out of the ISS to replace a failed voltage regulator today. Astronaut chores are so much cooler than terrestrial ones.
This. This is how dirty. Coolest part? Check out those huge clean swaths where the landing legs protected the rocket’s paint job from soot, dust, and singeing. We never thought we’d feel tingly about a grungy old rocket, but this one is doing the trick.
A team of scientists has finished analyzing rocks collected by the Chinese lunar rover Yutu in 2013 — the first geologic sampling effort to hit the Moon in forty years. The regolith is unlike any we’ve seen before, and it suggests that the Moon’s history is far more complex than we realized.
Are you ready to watch SpaceX try to make history with a bold attempt to send its souped-up rocket all the way into space and back to Earth in a spectacular nighttime launch? Of course you are!
During campaign stops this week, Jeb Bush proclaimed his zeal for space exploration, defending Newt Gingrich’s widely mocked plan to colonize the moon. While it’s fun to see a candidate come out in favor of space, don’t get too excited.
How much do you know about Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space? This detailed profile sheds light on the cosmonaut's life and accomplishments, as well as her struggles.
Across Russia and the Eastern Bloc, the Soviet side of the space race was celebrated in massive, colorful murals. And while some of them are starting to crumble, they still stand as inspiring visions of human progress.
After his father dies, Edward races to his childhood home to uncover a secret that has been weighing on his heart for decades: What landed in his family farm in 1960 and how did his father's reaction to it alter history?
Operation Avalanche is a quiet little film, but it just got a whole lot of our attention. The premise is being kept under wraps, but we do know that it's allegedly about the CIA's role in the 1960s Space Race with the Soviet Union. Go on...
Tuesday was a sad day for those of us who live at the intersection of the Venn diagram "Lovers of sketch comedy" and "history nerds" because CBBC's Horrible Histories aired its very last episode. But before they went, they took the time to speed-talk their way through the Space Race.
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik and gave the United States a run for its money in the Space Race. But after the U.S.S.R. went under, all of its brilliant Space Age facilities were left to crumble. Looking at the ruins is like gazing at a fallen space empire.
The earliest practical precursor to the human space flight program was Project Albert. It was a horrific failure, with nearly all its pilots unable to survive the ordeal. Of course, these pilots were monkeys. Still, their story — full of confiscated rockets, drugs, and desert skies raining body parts — is one of the…
Today, SpaceX recovered its Dragon spacecraft after a successful journey to the International Space Station — thus proving that a private company can transport supplies, or maybe even crew, to the ISS. Everybody's saying this is the real beginning of the era of private space travel.
The era of "Googie" design and architecture is half a century ago — but in many ways, it feels fresher than anything that's come along since. The optimism and brightness that comes out of these buildings and their facades still shines out like a sign of what humans are capable of when we believe. To see these Space…
On October 29, 1933, the London Sunday Referee published a report from Rugen, an island in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Germany. Someone named Otto Fischer had flown inside a 24-foot steel rocket, to an altitude of six miles. Were the Germans really testing out a rocket that could carry people, nearly three…