Watch This Russian Rocket Explode Resulting In A Massive Shockwave

From Foxtrot Alpha: A Proton-M rocket carrying a GLONASS satellite exploded just after leaving the launch pad last summer, and it was chock full of rocket fuel. The shock-wave from the blast is made incredibly clear some ten seconds after the flailing rocket detonates in a huge fireball. » 8/23/14 3:36pm 8/23/14 3:36pm

This Chart Shows Every Space Exploration Rover Ever Launched

Maybe it's been the exciting, messiah-like death-and-rebirth of China's lunar rover, Jade Rabbit, but I've been thinking a lot about robotic space rovers lately. There haven't really been all that many — just eight have actually made it to either the moon or Mars. And now, for your use, are all eight collected on… » 2/20/14 3:23pm 2/20/14 3:23pm

Chinese News Issues Bizarre Farewell From Sad, Dying Lunar Rover

Things aren't going so swell for China's lunar rover. About halfway into its three-month mission to study potential nuclear launch sites explore the moon for science, the Yutu rover is suffering from a possibly fatal breakdown. And the way the Chinese state news agency broke this to the people is... well, different. » 1/27/14 5:18pm 1/27/14 5:18pm

This Is What Happens When You Drive Through Three Miles Of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over a year now, and in the time has traversed nearly three miles. While its wheels are made of high-grade aluminum, they're not strong enough to last forever. NASA announced this week it was taking an extra-long look at the wheels, and boy are they in rough shape. » 12/22/13 2:56pm 12/22/13 2:56pm

This Insane Rocket Is Why The Soviet Union Never Made It To The Moon

Americans tend to talk a lot about the Space Race and how we made it to the Moon and we were first and no one else was second because we are the best. It's put into context by the fact that the Soviet satellite Sputnik was the first in space, but by the time we get around to discussing the moon landings no one… » 10/19/13 1:54pm 10/19/13 1:54pm

The One Really Big Error In Gravity No One Seems To Be Talking About

First off, two things: the movie Gravity is likely the most realistic space travel-based movie ever made, and I'm about to spoil the crap out of it by revealing one huge flaw. So, if you don't like spoiled movie, you may want to leave. Okay, there's your fair warning. Everyone else, come along! » 10/18/13 2:51pm 10/18/13 2:51pm

The Flying Crowbar: The Insane Doomsday Weapon America Almost Built

The Cold War had plenty of disadvantages for the world as a whole, true, but there was never a better time to be a mad scientist with crazy doomsday devices. No longer limited to freelance work delivering threats to the UN, the Cold War meant governments would actually hire you to make things. Things like Project… » 10/03/13 9:58am 10/03/13 9:58am

Check Out These Beautiful Photos From The Apollo 11 Moon Mission

Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of the first time humans set foot upon the Moon, when the Lunar Module of Apollo 11 landed on July 20th, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took plenty of stunning photos, and here are a few shots from angles you may not have seen before. » 7/21/13 12:08pm 7/21/13 12:08pm