How an Organizational Breakdown at NASA Let the Challenger Lift Off

The "massive malfunction" that killed seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 also forever changed NASA, an agency that seemed infallible. What breakdown in the decision-making process led to the shuttle lifting off? The organizational structure of NASA itself played a bigger role than you might… » 6/02/14 11:20am 6/02/14 11:20am

What the Ukrainian Crisis Means for Astronauts in Space

Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only way to get up to the International Space Station is on a Russian Soyuz. That's why the six humans currently orbiting in space—including two Americans and three Russians—might be paying attention to what's happening on earth two hundred miles below. As… » 3/04/14 1:20pm 3/04/14 1:20pm

This Fantastic Timelapse Takes You on the Space Shuttle's Final Flight

It may be hard to believe, but it's already been a full two years since the Space Shuttle Program completed its final mission and put its magnificent fleet of ships into retirement. The last of these to settle into its final resting place was Endeavor, and professional launch photographer Scott Andrews caught it all… » 10/14/13 12:41pm 10/14/13 12:41pm

You Can Buy NASA's Giant Launch Platforms—Assuming You Can Move Them

The shuttle program is dead. That's sad. But the parts that made up the shuttle program have morphed into one massively absurd estate sale, the likes of which hoarders have only ever dreamed of. And that's absolutely wonderful. You'll soon be able to bid on one of the three genuine, 4,115-ton launch platforms that… » 8/23/13 2:20pm 8/23/13 2:20pm

What It Looks Like Inside the Space Shuttle Discovery

Since you'll probably never be an astronaut and since the Space Shuttle program is ending, you're probably never going to see the innards of the massive machine in real life. It's okay though, this amazing 360-degree panorama lets you see every seat, switch, button, knob and thing that blasts people into space. » 4/17/12 11:00pm 4/17/12 11:00pm