A Brief History of Space Travel as Told by the Art That Inspired It

Humanity has been obsessed with exploring the stars for millennia, it just took a little while for us to obtain the means of actually doing so. In his new book, The Art of Space, author Ron Miller explores both how we developed the technology necessary for space travel and how that technology has steadily migrated… » 12/07/14 4:00pm 12/07/14 4:00pm

Salyut 7: The Last and Longest-Running Soviet Space Station (Until Mir)

By the latter half of the Space Race between the United States and the USSR, focus had shifted from simply putting people into orbit to seeing how long they could stay up there. And while the U.S. won the sprint to the moon, it was actually the Russians who won the endurance test with the Salyut 7 space station. » 10/07/14 11:40am 10/07/14 11:40am

9 Forgotten NASA Concepts For Space Stations That Never Flew

The ISS has been around for 16 years now, and we're used to the idea of having a permanently-manned station in orbit. But in the decades leading up to its creation, NASA floated dozens of other ideas for a station—some of them prescient, others seemingly ridiculous to our eyes. » 7/14/14 9:00am 7/14/14 9:00am

Psychedelic Space Station Concepts from the 70s Will Blow Your Mind

Forty years ago, America was still reeling from the astronomical success of the moon mission and high on the idea that space age innovations would keep happening at a breakneck pace. Well, we got the shuttle, and we got the Mars rover(s). What we did not get, however, were mind-bending super space stations capable of… » 8/05/13 11:00am 8/05/13 11:00am

This Perseid Meteor Was Photographed from a Very Special Place

NASA astronaut Ron Garan has captured something remarkable. A shooting star. Not in his hand or with his telescope, but with a camera. Still not impressed? He did this while orbiting above the meteor! » 8/14/11 8:45pm 8/14/11 8:45pm

The First Space Station Ever Launched 40 Years Ago Today

By 1971, people had been in space. They'd even flown around the earth! But there'd never been a real home for humans in orbit—they went up, and they came down. That changed 40 years ago today. » 4/19/11 7:10pm 4/19/11 7:10pm

Retro Ringworlds

Back in the day, when NASA pilots posed with Corvettes and we were just getting to the Moon for the first time, our brightest minds thought space colonies might look at little something like this. » 3/19/11 6:00pm 3/19/11 6:00pm

Decades-Old NASA Concept Art Imagined Slightly More People Living On…

In the 1970s, NASA conducted a number of summer studies to create artwork depicting the future of space colonies. At 10,000 people, these colonies housed slightly more people than the current three-person ISS crew. » 2/08/09 3:00pm 2/08/09 3:00pm