Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 4:04pm 3/23/15 4:04pm

RIP Giant Machine That Put Space Shuttles on Top of 747s

It's a great American tradition. When something is old and less useful than it once was, we just tear it down to make room for new and more useful things. That's exactly what's happened to the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. It used to mount Space Shuttles on 747s. Now it's scrap metal. » 2/05/15 3:10pm 2/05/15 3:10pm

The Grandfather of the Space Shuttle Looked Like a UFO

On this day in 1975, the venerable X-24B, an experimental aircraft that paved the way for the Space Shuttle's lifting body design, made its 36th and final test flight in the skies over southern California. To honor that aviation milestone, here is the story of how the plane came to be. » 11/26/14 1:00pm 11/26/14 1:00pm

How Cramped Is It Inside a Space Shuttle?

Here's a simple visual exercise you can do to get a better feel for the approximate living area inside one of our amazingly complex and now-retired space shuttles. » 10/01/14 2:33pm 10/01/14 2:33pm

Goodbye space shuttle carrier—and thank you for being awesome

You are looking at the second of the two Boeing 747 space shuttle carriers being taken to its resting place at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, in Palmdale, California. After two decades ferrying the space shuttles across the country, the two legendary aircraft are now retired. » 9/15/14 3:18pm 9/15/14 3:18pm

Happy 30th Birthday to Discovery, NASA's Greatest Space Shuttle

On August 30th, 1984, the space shuttle Discovery launched on its first voyage to space. It wasn't the first, but over the next 27 years it became the undeniable king of NASA's shuttle program. » 8/30/14 9:02am 8/30/14 9:02am

A sneak peek into the guts of the new European Space Shuttle

Photographer Enrico Sacchetti got a peek of Europe's new experimental space shuttle, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, and sent us this cool photo of its guts. The IXV will be launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on October 2014. » 8/25/14 10:30pm 8/25/14 10:30pm

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television. Anyone who's witnessed something as awe-inspiring as human spaceflight will surely identify with her sense of wonder. All together now: ISSAWOCKETSHIIIIIIIIP! » 8/23/14 7:38pm 8/23/14 7:38pm

Video of All 135 Space Shuttle Launches Is a Rocket Tribute to Space

YouTuber lunarmodule 5 is back with another NASA compilation video. This time, it's a four-screen tribute to the Space Shuttle, showing every launch of the Shuttle's 135 missions. It'll make your spine tingle. » 8/02/14 10:00am 8/02/14 10:00am

This Is How NASA Could Have Rescued Astronauts Stranded In Space

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, which killed all seven astronauts on board, effectively ended the US Shuttle Program. Now, a former engineer is proposing a radical (albeit hypothetical) solution to rescuing stranded astronauts that was inspired by the disaster. » 6/24/14 4:00pm 6/24/14 4:00pm

These Shiny Foil Screenprints Of Space History Are Fantastic

The UK designers at Astronomika have launched a limited edition screenprint series that they describe as their attempt to draw everything humans have sent into space. They call it "a growing compendium of beautifully crafted screenprints celebrating the past, present and future of spaceflight." » 4/17/14 5:00pm 4/17/14 5:00pm

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

This is NASA's new giant crawler for its next-generation spaceship

Things keep moving at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the first mission of NASA's Space Launch System and its Orion spacecraft in 2017. The crawler-transporter just passed "the first phase of an important milestone test." » 2/13/14 9:59pm 2/13/14 9:59pm

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… » 1/28/14 12:42pm 1/28/14 12:42pm

An emergency clean-up crew was dispatched to a full-size replica of the Space Shuttle Independence in Houston earlier this morning after some miscreants covered it in graffiti. "Houston We ARE the Problem" is almost a political statement, sure—but vandalizing a national treasure with racial slurs? That's a serious… » 11/27/13 3:12pm 11/27/13 3:12pm

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

I Want This 3-Foot-Long Lego Space Shuttle So Badly

The space shuttle Enterprise, has a new baby brother. A fully-detailed, 1/35th scale replica of the prototype orbiter. Today, Ed Diment, Lego "Master Builder," unveiled his latest model at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It's on display this weekend ONLY, so get off your ass and check it out! » 7/27/13 12:48am 7/27/13 12:48am

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

NASA Dismantles the Last Traces of the Space Shuttle Program

When NASA cleans their garage, they always end up with the largest yard sale in the world. The giant platforms in the photo above are just part of the last shuttle-era equipment being removed from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building. » 11/08/12 2:20pm 11/08/12 2:20pm