14 Exquisite Clandestine Cameras From The Golden Age of Espionage

The upcoming rare cameras auctions at Bonhams will feature rare photography equipment and accessories crafted by iconic manufacturers (Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, Rolleiflex just to name a few). But for those who are fond of the history of spying, the real stars of the event on December 3 in Hong Kong) will be these… »Friday 6:00pm11/27/15 6:00pm


The Only Thing NASA Is Better At Than Space Exploration: Making Up Acronyms

The sounding rocket you can see above will be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the 4th of December, and according to NASA it “will be MUSIC to the ears of aspiring and early career engineers testing new space technology on a suborbital vehicle.” That’s because the name of the payload stands for Multiple… »Thursday 4:45pm11/26/15 4:45pm

Old Cigarette Card Prophecies of Future Were Sometimes Surprisingly Accurate 

Giant human brain for research purposes? Nope, nope. Nuclear fuel for ships? Yes, yes! Aerodromes in the middle of big cities? Sadly no. Will man travel in space? Absolutely! Hidden away in a sub collection, these old cigarette cards from the Digital Collections of the New York Public Library were sometimes eerily… »11/16/15 11:00am11/16/15 11:00am

Newly Declassified Photos Show The Crewed USAF Spy Spacecraft That Almost Was

On October 22, 2015 the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) declassified and released 282 rarely or never before seen images and 825 confidential records (a total of 20,681 pages) about the so called Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), the project which would have sent American astronauts to orbit over the Soviet Union… »10/30/15 1:00pm10/30/15 1:00pm

This Artist's Cheerful Renderings of Space Exploration Look Like Stills From The Martian

As eager plans for revisiting the Moon and colonizing Mars fill the everyday news, Patrick Rawlings’ scientifically and technically accurate paintings are more appropriate than ever. The following images from our ongoing aerospace artist series showcase one of the most optimistic, colorful body of space art ever… »10/20/15 7:40pm10/20/15 7:40pm

The Best Operations Security Propaganda Posters From World War II

“Loose tweets destroy fleets.” That’s the slogan of the United States Air Force’s latest operations security (OPSEC) campaign, and if the phrase sounds familiar, don’t be surprised. We collected 50 propaganda posters from World War II that show an age when keeping military secrets was a matter of life or death. »8/27/15 3:35pm8/27/15 3:35pm

The Last of the Vulcans Retires After 55 Years of Service

On the 1st of July, 1960 Avro pilot Tony Blackman climbed into the cockpit of a Hawker Siddeley Vulcan delta wing strategic bomber in order to deliver her from the aircraft manufacturer (A.V. Roe and Company, Avro) for Royal Air Force service. The British four-jet aircraft dressed in antiflash white–military serial… »7/03/15 9:30am7/03/15 9:30am