Earlier this week, NASA uploaded an incredible treasure trove of images to a new gallery on Flickr: unprocessed photographs from all of the manned Apollo missions. They represent an incredible look into what the astronauts saw on their missions to the moon.
Apollo 13 is often called a "successful failure" because of the way NASA managed to turn the situation around and successfully bring the astronauts home. But just how did the failure happen in the first place? Through a perfect storm of incredibly unlikely, but aligned, events.
I didn't know about this fun factoid: On April, 1970, the Grumman Aerospace Corporation—manufacturers of the Lunar Module—sent a $312,421.24 bill to North American Rockwell—who made the service module that malfunctioned in the Apollo 13 mission—for towing services. Why, you ask? Here's the story.
Humanity is never thrown into so stark relief as when we journey into space. In that alien environment, we find out who we are. And even though space movies are often seen as pure adventures, the best space films are great personal dramas. Here are 12 powerful psychological dramas that happen to be set in space.
Humans have landed on the moon six times, but conspiracy theorists still insist the actual number is zero. They cite bad science, misunderstandings of physics, and outright lies to try to convince you that American astronauts never set foot on our moon. Here's one more way to prove those wackos wrong.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program, Zenith Books has published two books that are perfect for space enthusiasts.
When mission commander James A. Lovell uttered his gut-wrenching warning, "Houston, we have a problem," neither he nor the army of NASA engineers back on Earth really knew if his crew would—or even could—make it back home.
Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity heralds the return of the glorious space porn movie. The swoon-worthy visuals make you feel as though you're actually in space, on a unique adventure. But there's a proud tradition of breathtaking space movies. Here are the 10 most lovely space films, before Gravity.
I know Neil Armstrong was an Apollo 11 guy, but Apollo 13 still gives you a lot of insight into the sort of danger astronauts willingly put themselves. Landing on the moon is an insane accomplishment, and there was so much that could have gone wrong.
This is the Lunar Module Systems Activation Checklist Book of Apollo 13. The handwritten numbers are part of the calculations made by Commander James Lovell, just two hours after a service module's oxygen tank explosion left them marooned in space.
Check out this fun timeline documenting all of NASA's Apollo missions, from 1966 to 1972. As part of the viral marketing for the new space-horror movie Apollo 18, they've put together an awesome resource, and here's your first look.
Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. Here's our report card for bad science in 18 movies.
The folks of /dev/fort have taken the space logs from NASA missions and spruced them up digitally. If you've ever wanted to know what exactly happened on missions like Mercury 6, here's your chance.
Last night, Community served up a spoof of sappy space movies that was just as great as its past tributes to action movies and Goodfellas. Here are our favorite moments.
On April 13, 1970—321,860 kilometers into its Moon trip—an oxygen tank exploded in the Odyssey's Service Module. James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise had a really big problem. These pages saved their lives.
Click to view Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. Sound in space, unprotected bodies splatting in vacuum, and alien planets that all look just like Calabasas. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. We rated…