Most Americans Wouldn't Take a Trip to Space, Even If It Was Free

If you grew up during the space race of the 1960s, you probably thought that tourist flights into space would be common by now. Sadly, nobody is honeymooning on the moon just yet. But a new poll shows that most Americans actually have no desire to go to space — even if the trip was free. » 2/20/15 1:25pm 2/20/15 1:25pm

A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:20pm 7/09/14 3:20pm

Yuri's Night, the 53rd Anniversary of Man's First Voyage to Space

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to enter outer space and orbit our planet. Tonight, science and space fans worldwide celebrate this milestone of human exploration with Yuri's Night. Mika McKinnon tells us more about the man, his voyage, and the ways we honor him today. » 4/12/14 8:00pm 4/12/14 8:00pm

North Korea's New Space Agency Logo Is a Space Age Throwback

North Korea's space agency is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new logo. And the Wall Street Journal fittingly describes its design in retro-futuristic terms: a "Jetsons-era throwback that captures the optimism of the Space Age." » 4/01/14 8:25pm 4/01/14 8:25pm

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space Race

The Space Race between the USA and USSR was the most intensive scientific competition of the twentieth century, and its indirect effects were perceivable even in the toy industry. » 2/04/14 9:00am 2/04/14 9:00am

This Was An Electronic Christmas Card In 1960

Imagine being able to send a Christmas card electronically. Sounds crazy futuristic, right? Well that's what this Sunday newspaper comic promised to the good people of 1960. Though it was a bit more complicated than the e-cards and emails we send today. » 12/20/13 11:50am 12/20/13 11:50am

Are Astronauts Still Sexy?

Back in 1962, Parade magazine asked American women about the sexiest professions for a potential partner to have. Doctor topped the list. And somehow writer came in second. But astronaut came in a very respectable third place. Which got us thinking: is being an astronaut today more or less sexy than it was during the… » 12/05/13 11:25am 12/05/13 11:25am

Would You Be on a Reality TV Show That Sends You to Space?

It's everyone's fantasy to get strapped to a giant rocket and blasted into the heavens. Right? Well, except for the space sickness, the difficult-to-operate space toilet, the inevitable contingency that your trip could turn out like the movie Gravity. » 10/04/13 1:20pm 10/04/13 1:20pm

A Space Age Dream Deferred

What you're seeing are the remains of the Aerojet-Dade rocket manufacturing plant, built in 1963, deep in the Everglades. "Space Miami" documents how the people there hoped to put a man on the moon, and how those hopes were dashed. » 6/27/11 2:00pm 6/27/11 2:00pm

Fifty Years Ago, We (Tensely) Put the Second Man in Space

This week's situation room photo will likely be marked as one of history's most famous—fraught with anxiety. But there've been other American rooms filled with tension. When the US put Alan Shepard into space, it was serious business. » 5/05/11 12:57pm 5/05/11 12:57pm

Internet Forum Users Plan Manned Space Launch

The amateur rocketry scene is about to take one giant leap forward, thanks to a collection of volunteers who are planning to put a man into orbit. Via a home-made submarine-mounted floating launchpad. » 8/24/10 7:00am 8/24/10 7:00am

Happy 50th Birthday to Echo 1, Grandpappy of Satellite Communications

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Echo 1, history's first passive satellite. NASA's Echo mission began rather poorly. A test launch had exploded so brightly, so spectacularly, that it prompted frightened calls up and down the entire eastern seaboard. » 8/12/10 10:00am 8/12/10 10:00am

Russia Wants Nuclear-Powered Rocket to Go to Mars

The space race is on again: The Russians are planning a nuclear-powered spacecraft that will get them to Mars faster than Duck Dodgers in the 24 and a half century. Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov promises a design by 2012: » 10/30/09 11:59am 10/30/09 11:59am

Space Age Fetishism Getting Silly New Moniker: Atompunk

Are you obsessed with Sputnik, the Space Race, Googie architecture and radioactive powers for superheroes? Look out, it seems like your fetish is about to get a name: "Atompunk." » 12/04/08 3:00am 12/04/08 3:00am

Soviet Dog Cooked in Space Only Got this Lousy Statue

It's the stuff of canine legends. Fifty years ago Laika the dog went from stray zero to hero when the Soviet Union strapped her to Sputnik 2 and launched it into the cold reaches of outer space. The trailblazing pooch, who had a statue to her unveiled in Russia last week, proved that living things could survive in… » 4/13/08 6:00pm 4/13/08 6:00pm