Buying Pieces of the Space Race at Bonhams' Space History Auction

This week, Bonhams hosted an auction of historical space items in Manhattan. The Space History Sale featured troves of objects and documents, both American and Soviet, dating back to the heyday of the space race. And Gizmodo got the chance to take a peek. » 4/10/14 4:00pm 4/10/14 4:00pm

Watch the development of America's next space shuttle

In 2016, a new kind of space shuttle will rise to the skies atop an Atlas V rocket. Developed by a private company—the Sierra Nevada Corporation—it would be able to ferry seven astronauts to orbit and back. Its name is the Dream Chaser and this video shows its (spectacular) development progress so far. A fine spaceship … » 1/28/14 12:42pm 1/28/14 12:42pm

This Week in Time Capsules: Retired Shuttles and Moldy Baseball Cards

This week we have a school in England that filled its new capsule with the latest in tech, a casket from the Reagan administration that for some reason includes biscuits and gravy, and a public ceremony in Florida which will show off a capsule for the retired space shuttle Atlantis. And a town that hates fun. Like,… » 9/06/13 4:50pm 9/06/13 4:50pm

The Insane Camera Tech That Captured NASA's Space Shuttle Launches

Sadly NASA’s Space Shuttle program is shuttered, but when you're feeling whimsical at least you can still watch footage of the behemoth being sent into space. What you might not know, though, is that NASA threw all kinds of camera tech at recording the launches for posterity—and this video shows it off. » 5/02/13 5:18am 5/02/13 5:18am

Need Some Old Space Shuttle Facilities? NASA's Got a Deal for You

Ever since NASA started wrapping up its space shuttle program, it's had a lot of extra gear on its hands. The shuttles were sent off to retirement and other assorted equipment was cleaned out of the garage. Now NASA's game to lease or sell some of the infrastructure that's still hanging around at the Kennedy Space… » 1/05/13 10:00am 1/05/13 10:00am

This NASA Simulator Fakes Space in the Middle of Texas

With modern space travel now the work of private industry operating under the guidance of NASA, how do you make sure that the custom hardware running on, say the Dragon Module interfaces with the custom hardware aboard the ISS? You bug-test the shit out of them beforehand in NASA's Systems Engineering Simulator. » 6/20/12 11:30am 6/20/12 11:30am

Watch the Space Shuttle Enterprise Float Merrily Up the Hudson River

Today, Space Shuttle Enterprise is making its way up the Hudson River towards the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. If you're on the west side of Manhattan, you might have caught a glimpse, otherwise you can see a snippet of the journey, which was rather fantastic, in the above video. » 6/05/12 3:03pm 6/05/12 3:03pm

The Space Shuttle Is Sailing Around New York Today

Atten-shun, New Yorkers! This will not be as spectacular as her flyover on top of her 747 mothership, but it will be a great view for all of you: NASA's Space Shuttle Enterprise is going around New York right now! » 6/03/12 12:30pm 6/03/12 12:30pm

NASA Captures Shuttle's Capitol Hill Flyby With—What Else—Instagram…

On its final flight, the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that bore Space Shuttle Discovery took the liberty of buzzing Capitol Hill and NASA was there to preserve the moment—then apply a filter and post it on the Internets. » 4/17/12 9:40pm 4/17/12 9:40pm