Here's a US map showing the constellation of city lights and highways

It's like staring at the night sky only instead of looking up to see stars and constellations, we're looking at the bright lights of cities connected by highways. A Reddit user superimposed state boundaries and interstate routes onto a NASA photograph of the United States of America at night to show how and why things… » 4/16/14 10:05pm 4/16/14 10:05pm

How NASA Solved a $100 Million Problem for Five Bucks

A few years ago, back when the Constellation Program was still alive, NASA engineers discovered that the Ares I rocket had a crucial flaw, one that could have jeopardized the entire project. They panicked. They plotted. They steeled themselves for the hundreds of millions of dollars it was going to take to make… » 1/31/12 3:20pm 1/31/12 3:20pm

NASA's Biggest-Ever Solid Rocket Shakes Utah

NASA's DM-2 rocket motor successfully fired for two minutes this week, pumping out a massive cloud of smoke while technicians carried out their tests. The first test is... are their earplugs in tight enough to block out the incredible noise? » 9/01/10 7:00am 9/01/10 7:00am

Neil Armstrong and 26 NASA Legends Blast Obama's Space Plan

Obama's space plan is bad for the United States' future as a technological superpower. It's actually bad for the entire world. That's basically the summary of Neil Armstrong and 26 NASA legends' open letter to President Obama.—JD » 4/15/10 11:20am 4/15/10 11:20am

$500 Million NASA Ares 1 Rocket Launcher Needs One (1) Rocket

If anyone has an Ares 1 rocket they need launching, NASA has a brand new, never-been-used $500 million mobile launching pad that's just itching to hurl something rocket-sized into space. » 3/28/10 1:00pm 3/28/10 1:00pm

Obama Cancels Kennedy's Dream

Once upon a time, a President thought that taking humans "to the Moon and the planets beyond" was not only good for the economy of the country, but also would push US technology decades beyond everybody's else. He was right. » 2/05/10 11:40am 2/05/10 11:40am

Ares I in Danger of Dying Because of Alleged NASA Money Troubles

A panel of space experts assembled by President Obama were expected to inform the White House today that unless they can round up some more cash, they won't have the funds to make it back to the Moon before 2020. » 8/14/09 8:20pm 8/14/09 8:20pm

The Max Launch Abort System Launch Makes Me Want to Be an Astronaut…

Looks like Flash Gordon came to Virginia this Wednesday. Here you have images and video of the spectacular Max Launch Abort System in action. Sadly, the spiffy spacecraft won't be in Orion. Maybe they can send me one to test. » 7/10/09 10:00am 7/10/09 10:00am

Progress Update on NASA's Constellation Program

NASA's Jeffery Hanley went to the US Human Spaceflght Plans committee in Washington to do a show and tell on Constellation, the space program that will take us to the Moon and Mars. He played this report on its state. » 6/25/09 6:40pm 6/25/09 6:40pm

From Earth To Moon Redux: How The Next Moonshot Will Happen

May 2019: Our scheduled return to the moon. There's plenty of laboring to be done on the Constellation Program before then, but the foundation is set. Here's how you—as an astronaut—would experience the mission: » 5/09/09 12:30pm 5/09/09 12:30pm

See the New Orion Spacecraft Up Close and Personal

NASA is now showing Orion—the spacecraft that will take humans to the Moon and Mars—at the National Mall in Washington. It's not the real thing, but it looks great (needs more pretty decals). » 3/30/09 6:00pm 3/30/09 6:00pm

Seagate Fires Back with 2TB Constellation Drive

Western Digital may have announced the world's first 2TB 3.5" hard drive last week, but this week, Seagate fired back with a 2TB model of their own. » 2/03/09 9:40am 2/03/09 9:40am

Cool Flash Graphic: Every Craft In NASA's Constellation System,…

Accompanying a long piece on the future of NASA's Orion/Constellation system, the NYTimes threw together a nice Flash graphic detailing the individual components of what may or may not (ahem Fianciapocalypse) replace the Space Shuttle. » 12/30/08 2:00pm 12/30/08 2:00pm

Happy Birthday Saturn V, Still The Biggest Rocket of All

Click to view » 11/09/08 1:00pm 11/09/08 1:00pm Thousands of gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen begin coursing through the giant center F1 rocket engine: The Saturn V's ignition sequence has begun. Next, two outer engines are lit, followed 300 milliseconds later by the other two, ignited in pairs to avoid toppling the 364-foot rocket above. Nine…

NASA Proposes High-Tech Fix for Shaking Moon Rocket: Springs

Development of NASA's Ares Moon rockets continues apace, despite criticisms from an team designing an alternative. Now NASA engineers have announced how they're going to deal with a potentially serious vibration problem in the crew-launched Ares I: springs. » 8/12/08 8:55am 8/12/08 8:55am

How the New Mission to the Moon Will Work

The NASA 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class recruitment-for the first mission to the Moon in four decades-may be over, but if you didn't send your résumé, don't worry: you can still be a space couch potato and look at the pretty images and videos, like this newly-released NASA simulation showing how the whole thing is… » 7/03/08 11:35am 7/03/08 11:35am

Horm Voltaceleste: A Fiber-Optical Star-Spangled Cabinet For Your Stuff

I loved the glowing Full Moon sideboard from the other month, but I wasn't able to convince my wife it'd make a good addition to our home. I reckon I'd have more of a chance with Horm Voltaceleste, from designer Salvatore Indriolo as it's a touch more subtle but just as astronomical. The doors are decorated with… » 6/02/08 7:10am 6/02/08 7:10am

Russian Monkeys May Get to Mars First

Forget about the Constellation missions to Mars, because the first Earthlings set to arrive to the Red Planet may be monkeys: macaques from the Sochi Institute of Medical Primatology, who may get back as fully grown primate overlords, or just prove that humans would be able to resist the 17-month trip in… » 4/14/08 5:30pm 4/14/08 5:30pm

Orion Crew Test Module Timelapse Build

This timelapse video shows the construction of the first Orion crew module, the spacecraft that will take humanity to the moon and Mars. As you can see, this version is not the full ship, as it lacks all computer, engine and support systems, not to talk about the proton torpedoes and turbolasers. However, the… » 3/13/08 7:00pm 3/13/08 7:00pm

Vertu Constellation Luxury Cellphone, Supposedly More Affordable

Vertu is going to launch a line of slightly more affordable "luxury" cellphones sometime this fall, giving them the name Constellation. Three different cellphones will be released under the Constellation moniker, one covered in 18 karat gold (pictured here), and the other two in polished and satin steel. Luxury, baby! » 8/25/06 1:18pm 8/25/06 1:18pm