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This Graceful Orion Test Flight Is Really Simulating a Launch Disaster

NASA's Orion spacecraft is this generation's moonshot: mankind's first-ever manned spacecraft built to go beyond the moon into deep space. It's equipped with a Launch Abort System that safely lands the craft if a problem occurs during liftoff. This week, NASA drop-tested the system. Falling from 13,000 feet never… » 4/25/14 10:00am 4/25/14 10:00am

The awesome spaceship and vehicle concepts of Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson is one of my favorite concept designers of all time, a true master (both figuratively and literally). Anyone who loves science fiction and space and cars and mechs and any kind of awesome vehicle should own at least Blast and Drive. Here's a tiny sample of his extraordinary work. » 3/20/14 3:37pm 3/20/14 3:37pm

Watch These Lasers Print a Microscopic Spaceship In Under a Minute

Building a spaceship generally isn't something you do on a whim. But that's not quite the case with this tiny one, which can be fully printed by lasers in under a minute. Using mirrors and—fittingly—lasers, the laser lithography system flashes laser power to solidify piles of powdered polymer into a pretty sweet… » 2/09/13 9:00am 2/09/13 9:00am

Who Gets the Space Shuttle Discovery When It Lands?

There's a custody war brewing between interested parties over NASA's space shuttle Discovery when it finally returns to Earth tomorrow for the final time. Houston's Johnson Space Center, New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Seattle's History of Flight Museum, Florida's Kennedy Space Center, L.A.'s… » 3/09/11 12:00am 3/09/11 12:00am