Someone Incorrectly Labeled This Rocket Ship Bed As a Kids' Item

We all make mistakes, and we can only assume that Etsy-seller FableBedworks was in a rush when they posted this phenomenal transforming rocket ship murphy bed on their online store. Why else would they mistakenly refer to it as a "childrens bed" when there are certainly more than enough adults who would love a… » 3/17/15 3:23pm 3/17/15 3:23pm

After Earth Falls, Will Interstellar Space Travel Be Our Salvation?

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It may be just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable. As astrophysicists and avid science fiction fans, we naturally find the prospect of interstellar colonization intriguing and exciting. But is it practical, or even possible? Or is there a better solution? » 1/23/15 10:23pm 1/23/15 10:23pm

Japanese craftsman creates perfect sci-fi ship replicas using just paper

This is one of the most amazing craftsmen I have ever seen. He doesn't only make the exterior of his sci-fi ships using just paper but also the guts! The level of detail is amazing—some look like perfect resin models but it's only paper. Behold the X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Viper Mk2, 2001's Orion and many more! » 1/21/15 7:45pm 1/21/15 7:45pm

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

The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel

Technically savvy scientists and engineers have put much effort into conceiving far-future technologies that might make possible near- light-speed travel. You can learn a lot about their ideas by browsing the web. It will take many centuries for humans to make any of those ideas real, I think. But they do convince… » 11/14/14 2:08pm 11/14/14 2:08pm

A size comparison of the comet 67P with popular sci-fi spaceships

Christopher Becke, a high school physics teacher, made this outstanding size comparison showing what the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko would look like next to famous spacecrafts from science fiction. His images show the comet next to ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. » 11/12/14 11:40pm 11/12/14 11:40pm

This Documentary Explains the Crazy Reality of Living on Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can—if you have a shitload of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it's entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet. » 10/30/14 3:51pm 10/30/14 3:51pm

The spaceships and alien worlds of Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle is one of my favorite concept illustrators. Some of his stuff—like the landscape with a spaceship taking off above—border on abstract art. The unholy space-age son of Turner and analytical cubism Picasso, if you will. His work excites my eye because my brain has to fill the blanks. » 10/04/14 12:27am 10/04/14 12:27am

Yes, I can't have enough of these futuristic spaceships and city scenes

The biggest comparison of sci-fi spaceships ever is complete at last

At last, it's done. The biggest spaceship size chart ever created is now complete and fully operational. 4,268 x 5,690 pixels of technological terror that includes everything from the smaller Star War ships to EVE. According to its author, Dirk Loechel, this is the last update. It's epic. » 9/17/14 10:29am 9/17/14 10:29am

Normal guy catches a super fun ride on a spaceship back to Earth

The sad truth is that most of us will never be astronauts who can ride spaceships back to Earth. Here's one hilarious way we can pretend though: be like this genius prankster who brought a blow up spaceship with him on a skydiving jump from a hot air balloon. Yup, he rode a spaceship back to Earth. » 9/05/14 7:33pm 9/05/14 7:33pm

Dad Builds Kids a NASA Simulator That Would Make Chris Hadfield Jealous

Remember that fridge box you turned into a rocket ship as a kid, complete with crayon-drawn control panels and a fancy sparkle glue paint job? Yeah, that was an embarrassment to our nation compared to this NASA simulator that Jeff Highsmith designed and built for his sons. » 7/31/14 3:06pm 7/31/14 3:06pm

Watch NASA's Flying Saucer Test Flight Live, Right Here, Right Now

NASA is about to send this sci-fi flying pie into the far reaches of Earth's atmosphere, then watch it fall back to earth. The testing starts at 2:15 PM EST, and we've got a live feed for you right here after the jump. » 6/28/14 2:07pm 6/28/14 2:07pm

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

Oh Man, I Want This DIY Mission Control Desk So So Bad

Jeff Highsmith is probably the best dad in the world. But it's OK other dads, you can take a shot at the king if you too build an incredibly awesome mission control desk. What are you waiting for? » 2/20/14 11:20am 2/20/14 11:20am

I want a ride in the sleekest Lego spaceship I've seen in a long time

I love Lego everything, but spaceships are by far my favorite subject. The great ones—like this one by sioka sculpting—are outstanding examples of sci-fi design and engineering—it's the best way to materialize your future space exploration dreams. » 11/02/13 6:12pm 11/02/13 6:12pm

You Need to Hit 1.2 Million MPH to Exit the Milky Way

If this entire planet, solar system and galaxy just doesn't hold enough excitement for you, be prepared to pick up some speed—because scientists have worked out that you need to be travelling at a staggering 1.2 million mph to exit the Milky Way. » 9/24/13 7:39am 9/24/13 7:39am

Massive Lego Mass Effect 2 Spaceship Is Massively Cool

A high school student built this sexy 4-foot long, Mass Effect 2 replica of the Normandy SR2, and it's simply gorgeous. Ben Caulkins completed this build while preparing for college and taking the SATs. So, it's no wonder that it took him 7 months. » 6/12/13 8:43pm 6/12/13 8:43pm

How Big Is the New Enterprise Compared to the Old One?

725.35 meters. A whoppumental 2,379.75 feet. That's how big the new super-sized Enterprise is. Here you can see it compared against the Galactica, the good old Enterprise, the Blockade Runner, and the ISS.
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