The Inside Story of the Crazy Rocket Research at Jet Propulsion Labs

Everybody knows the cowboy reputation associated with early astronauts, the test-pilot swagger immortalized by Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff. But the rockets that took those astronauts to space were built by a group with an equally cinematic image: the nearly-unhinged, completely unfettered mad scientists at Jet… » 3/29/14 8:00pm 3/29/14 8:00pm

How To Turn Dry Pasta Into a Rocket Engine

You may not realize it, but your kitchen is one of the most well-stocked chemistry sets you could ever hope for. And it's not only for creating edible chemical reactions. NASA might rely on giant laboratories and factories to build its rocket engines, but all you need is a piece of pasta, a jar, some hydrogen peroxide, … » 2/03/14 11:40am 2/03/14 11:40am

Spectacular photos of SpaceShipTwo breaking the sound barrier

SpaceShipTwo just finished its third rocket-powered test and reached the highest altitude its ever been at 71,000 feet by hitting a maximum velocity of Mach 1.4. You can see the new reflective coating on the rocket plane's tail booms which perfectly reflects the flame and our Earth. Lovely. Cant wait to book my ticket! » 1/10/14 10:45pm 1/10/14 10:45pm

A Measuring Tape For Anyone Who's Dreamed of Blasting Off This Rock

Tools like chainsaws and nail guns are tons of fun, but tape measures? It's hard to get excited about the ones that don't involve lasers. But a measuring tape that looks like a tiny earth with an even tinier rocket that blasts off leaving a trail of inches and centimeters? You've got our attention. » 12/13/13 5:20pm 12/13/13 5:20pm

Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Make Another Launch Attempt (Update)

The original launch of SpaceX's redesigned Falcon 9 rocket was planned for just a few days ago on Monday—but that mission was scrubbed at the last minute due to a technical glitch. It was sad for those who tuned in at the beginning of the week to watch the livestream, but the good news is that right now SpaceX is » 11/28/13 5:55pm 11/28/13 5:55pm

This Insane Rocket Is Why The Soviet Union Never Made It To The Moon

Americans tend to talk a lot about the Space Race and how we made it to the Moon and we were first and no one else was second because we are the best. It's put into context by the fact that the Soviet satellite Sputnik was the first in space, but by the time we get around to discussing the moon landings no one mentions … » 10/19/13 1:54pm 10/19/13 1:54pm

Watch the SpaceX Grasshopper Reach A New Record-Setting Height

In the past few months SpaceX's Grasshopper has done test runs that included jaunts to 250 and 325 meters above ground. The rocket has been regularly sticking its landings and has even done some side-to-side maneuvering. And now the Grasshopper has taken its biggest hop yet to 744 meters aka 2,441 feet aka almost half… » 10/12/13 3:10pm 10/12/13 3:10pm

The First Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Docked With The ISS

The Cygnus spacecraft, which launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning after astronauts aboard the ISS nabbed it with the station's robotic arm. Built by private aerospace group Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus was… » 9/29/13 11:23am 9/29/13 11:23am

An Experimental Cargo Ship Launched For the ISS Today

The first flight of the Cygnus, a new experimental spacecraft, lit off at 10:58AM today from NASA’s newly popular Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus is an unmanned cargo vessel, and for this test mission it’s carrying about 1,300 pounds of supplies to the three astronauts currently orbiting in the… » 9/18/13 12:40pm 9/18/13 12:40pm