300 Years of Imaginary Space Flight, From Geese to Anti-Gravity Ships

Long before space flight was possible, the human imagination was already charting a course through the stars. Our ideas have been varied and fanciful. The Library of Congress recently collected some of these imaginary space vehicles, which go all the way back to the 1630s. » 1/06/14 3:40pm 1/06/14 3:40pm

Edison's Conquest of Mars (1889)

Rogue NASA Science Team Pitches New Spacecraft Designs to Obama

NASA, when it isn't finding rogue space lights or mysterious BOOMs of the non-Steve Jobsian variety, is apparently sending rogue science teams to brief President-elect Obama on the future of the space program. » 1/11/09 11:00am 1/11/09 11:00am

Virgin Galactic Will Help Monitor Climate As Well As Fly You to Space

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo » 9/30/08 4:23am 9/30/08 4:23am and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they'll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with…

SpaceX Falcon 1 Finally Gets Into Orbit, Makes History

After three failed attempts, one scattering of Scotty's ashes » 9/28/08 8:25pm 9/28/08 8:25pm over the Pacific Ocean, and a few mid-air explosions, the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has finally reached orbit. The achievement marks a major milestone for Elon Musk, whose visions of a privately-funded rocket program appeared just out of reach until today's…

Update: SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket Blew Up, Fourth Time's the Charm?

Bad news for private space flight aficionados-SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket lifted off live via webcast last night, and then proceded to blow up spectacularly in the sky over the Pacific Ocean. If you were following along on the official SpaceX website, you probably saw this: "20:38 PDT — We have heard from launch control… » 8/03/08 9:01am 8/03/08 9:01am

Take a Ride in SpaceShipTwo, Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

We've seen Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo both inside and out, and now you can actually plunk down $1.76 million for a ride in it, blasting you and five of your closest friends 63 miles into space. SpaceShipTwo is expected to start launching paying passengers into space in 2008. » 10/04/06 12:42pm 10/04/06 12:42pm

It's In the Can: Masten Space Systems Offers to Launch Your Stuff Into…

Do you want to launch something into space? Anything? You'll be able to do that for $99 with a CanSat module from Masten Space Systems. The company is now selling $99 payload slots, where you put whatever you want into one of the CanSat modules, as long as it doesn't weigh more than 350 grams. If you have some bigger… » 4/13/06 9:47am 4/13/06 9:47am