These lunar shoes make you feel like you're walking on the moon

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, Nike has made a pair of shoes that'll make you feel like every step you take is on the moon. Because of the all over lunar print, the silhouette of the shoe completely disappears and makes it look like the shoe is made from moon rock. » 7/17/14 7:40pm 7/17/14 7:40pm

Damn This Lunar Rover Video Is Fun

Watch as Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke have a blast driving the lunar rover around the moon. According to NASA, the 16mm film became known as the "lunar rover Grand Prix". Make sure to expand to full screen and turn on the HD option. [NASA via Kottke] » 1/23/13 2:20pm 1/23/13 2:20pm

Moon-Shaped Ice-Cream Sandwich Balls: Coming to a Freezer Near You

The only thing better than ice cream is ice cream with a gimmick. And since ice cream trucks are all actually sort of drugs vans in disguise (right?), and those Pikachu-faced Popsicles aren't even that tasty, please direct your attention to this new and very wonderful upgrade, coming straight from the guys who know… » 10/03/12 8:30pm 10/03/12 8:30pm

What Is This?

Is that a proton torpedo exploding through space? Nah. Maybe the world's most incredibly unsafe powerline crackling in the night sky? Or how about a CGI bit from The Hobbit? Well, no, but close. It has to do with a dragon, see. » 1/23/12 5:20pm 1/23/12 5:20pm

John Gavin, the Man Who Put Neil Armstrong On the Moon, Died Saturday

Aged 90 years old, John Gavin Jr passed away on Saturday from acute leukemia and pneumonia. He played an instrumental role in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, leading the 7,500-strong team which created the Eagle lunar module. [NY Times] » 11/04/10 4:40am 11/04/10 4:40am

This New Year's Eve Brings the Rarest Blue Moon of All

Magical things happen once upon a blue Moon. And this Thursday we get a chance to find out just what those magical things as we watch the rare lunar event coincide with all the beautiful fireworks of New Year's Eve. » 12/28/09 1:10am 12/28/09 1:10am

Moonbell Creates "Beautiful" "Music" From the Lunar Surface

Moonbell, a surprisingly complex MIDI composer and visualizer that draws inspiration from lunar topographical data, poses a pressing question: Are there songs hidden in the moon's jagged geography? The answer depends heavily on your definition of the word "songs." » 8/31/09 12:20pm 8/31/09 12:20pm

NASA to Take Photos of Lunar Landing Sites, End Conspiracy Theories

Suck it up, conspiracy theorists, because soon your cuckoo stories about the US simulating the Moon landings will be over forever. NASA has confirmed to Gizmodo that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will take photos of all the Apollo landing sites: » 7/07/09 3:59pm 7/07/09 3:59pm

NASA's Ares 1 Rocket in Trouble Again: Could Crash Into Launch Tower

NASA » 10/28/08 1:45pm 10/28/08 1:45pm's Ares 1 rocket may be facing another large technological hurdle before it can take part in the future lunar missions: it's apparently in danger of banging into its own launch tower if the wind is up. Actually, the wind needs only be a gentle-sounding 12.7mph from the south-east to cause problems, and it's all to…

First Look At New Russian-Euro Lunar Capsule

Here it is, fellow space-geeks, the first official image of the new joint Russian-European manned spacecraft, and we'll be damned if it doesn't look like something out of the Ikea Kitchen Collection. It's made to ferry up to four people (cosmonauts or astronauts?) to the moon and back, with a two-stage… » 7/22/08 9:30pm 7/22/08 9:30pm

NASA's ATHLETE Hex-Legged Lunar Robots Now Work in Pairs

We've shown you NASA's neat ATHLETE robots before and it looks like the little hexapod machines have been getting more sophisticated. This vid of two ATHLETEs collaborating to lift a heavy habitat load onto the ground sent faint Matrix-esque shivers down my spine. NASA is taking development of the robots seriously,… » 4/04/08 5:00pm 4/04/08 5:00pm

NASA Lunar Chariot Tested by NYT Earthling (Verdict: Best Rims in Outer…

NASA's Lunar Chariot, which costs a reported $2 million to build, has just been tested by the NYT. The top speed of 15 mph may not set tarmac on fire, but it sure as hell can burn a truckload of astro stuff, all with it's six-wheeled wackiness trailing closely behind. The front driving "turret" houses the primary… » 3/30/08 6:00pm 3/30/08 6:00pm

NASA's New Glorious 3D Moon Map to Help Next Lunar Landings

When astronauts return to the Moon in a few years they'll be using NASA's new 3D lunar maps. Produced using Earth-based radar measurements, the maps of the south polar region show details as small as 60 feet across and record heights to within 15 feet&mdash 30 times more accurate than previous surveys. » 2/28/08 8:37am 2/28/08 8:37am

Lunar Astronauts To Have Mobile Phone Service

NASA will definitely beat the Mt. Everest phone calls when they launch mobile phone service on the moon around 2012. Their MoonLite system will link astronauts, the lunar base and Earth via satellite. Even though there is over four years until launch, the service will only have a speed of 3kbps down/2kbps up. One… » 2/20/08 2:40pm 2/20/08 2:40pm

NASA Chariot Lunar Rover Looks Like Something I Made With LEGOs When I…

I can't say for certain how NASA comes up with its designs for lunar rovers, but my guess is that the LEGO Space system plays a big part in it. Today we're looking at Chariot, a 12-wheeled space SUV designed in 12 short months specifically for a proposed 2020 moon landing. » 1/31/08 8:00pm 1/31/08 8:00pm

Speaking of crablike motions, what ever…

One of These Days, ATHLETE... Bang! Zoom! Straight to the Moon (Video)

ATHLETE, NASA's "All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer," was designed for lunar cargo hauling with expertise in hernia-free crouch and lift. A pair of cameras mounted on each of its six sides provide full stereoscopic panoramic view of the lunar surface. The small wheels are used on hard terrain, but they… » 11/07/07 10:35am 11/07/07 10:35am