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DARPA just announced it's one step closer to building a hypersonic space plane

The Pentagon's research and development shop is moving one step closer toward building a hypersonic space plane that could shuttle satellites or people into space in record time. In an announcement on Wednesday, DARPA said that Boeing,...Show More Summary

Encore cartoon: NASA climate science set adrift

I’m on a brief vacation in America’s wide-open spaces, so I offer this updated version of a drawing done a few years ago when NASA’s space shuttle program ended. At the time, the American space agency had no way to get to the International Space Station without hitching a ride with the Russians....

A leap for 3-D printing

When the Space Shuttle hit the Earth's atmosphere on its return trip from the cosmos, it was traveling at 17,000 miles per hour—25 times the speed of sound. Were it not for the protection of the ceramic tiles that acted as heat shields, the entire spacecraft would have burned to nothing.

BIG LIFT: SpaceX Launches Super-Heavy Communications Satellite. The 23-story-tall booster soared …

BIG LIFT: SpaceX Launches Super-Heavy Communications Satellite. The 23-story-tall booster soared off its seaside launch pad, which once hosted NASA’s space shuttles and Apollo moon rockets, at 7:21 p.m. EDT (2321 GMT). It was the sixth of more than 20 missions SpaceX plans to fly this year. Perched on top of the two-stage rocket was […]

Newly Declassified Document About Spy Satellites On The Space Shuttle Leaves The Sexy Bits To Your Imagination

What's the first thing you think about when you think of NASA's space shuttle program? Sally Ride? Spinning in microgravity? The Challenger explosion? That episode of The Simpsons? You might not think about the US military and intelligence community launching spy satellites, but you should. Show More Summary

Newly Declassified Document About Spy Satellites on the Space Shuttle Leaves the Sexy Bits To Your Imagination

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

What’s the first thing you think about when you think of NASA’s space shuttle program? Sally Ride? Spinning in microgravity? The Challenger explosion? That episode of the Simpsons? You might not think about the US military and intelligence community launching spy satellites, but you should. NASA’s shuttles were… Read more...

Robot spaceplane returns from hush-hush mission

Craft touches down on the Kennedy Space Centre runway where the now retired space shuttle landed 78 times from 1984 to 2011 The US Air Force’s X-37B robotic space plane landed on 7 May after 718 days in orbit. This was the unmanned spacecraft’s fourth trip into space and, as before, the precise details of the sojourn are classified. Show More Summary

Mysterious X-37B plane lands after secret two-year mission

2 weeks agoNews : The Cutline

The US has landed its experimental X-37B plane in Florida, bringing to an end a two-year mission that is a complete secret. The plane — which can fly itself and looks like a small space shuttle — landed over the weekend at Cape Canaveral, bring to an end a flight that began in May 2015. Show More Summary

Unmanned military space plane touches down after two-year secret mission

2 weeks agoNews : USAToday: News

Details about the purpose of the space planes, which house smaller versions of shuttle payload bays, are mostly kept secret.        

US military's secret space plane lands with sonic boom in Florida

Unmanned X-37B, which looks like a miniature space shuttle, was in orbit for more than 700 days before landing caused sonic boom heard across state The US military’s experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the US air force said. Show More Summary

Unmanned U.S. Space Plane Lands After Secret, Two-Year Air Force Mission

The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, touched down at 7:47 a.m. EDT on a runway formerly used for landings of the now-mothballed space shuttles.

Secretive space plane lands after nearly two years in orbit - CNET

2 weeks agoTechnology : CNET: News

The Boeing-built mini space shuttle is back in the hands of the Air Force after breaking its own unmanned record.

Veteran CBS newsman Bruce Hall dies

3 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

"Gentleman journalist" Bruce Hall covered more than 3,000 stories for CBS News, including the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster

Porsche Cayenne sets a world record by towing an Airbus A380

It's always fun to watch something small try to tow something very large. Remember back in 2012 when a Toyota Tundra towed the Space Shuttle Endeavor? That was a pretty amazing sight. But it pales in comparison to what a Porsche Cayenne just pulled off. There's a new world record for heaviest aircraft pulled by a production vehicle, because a...

How Twitter’s Logo Perched in Our Cultural Consciousness and Came to Signify the Brand All by Itself

Lots of things made the news on June 6, 2012: the last transit of Venus for this century, the 68th anniversary of D-Day, the arrival of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at its new home at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. But the biggest buzz in the digital realm concerned some plastic surgery...

Celebrate Hubble's Birthday by Tearfully Reviewing Its Best Photos

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

For so many nerds, the Hubble space telescope feels more like a friend than a hunk of metal in the cold vacuum of space—a friend whose job you’re super jealous of. The ‘scope, which launched on the space shuttle Discovery in 1990, has sent back some of the most incredible images from the final frontier—over 1.3… Read more...

Benchmarks: April 24, 1990: The hubble space telescope is launched

Five hundred and eighty kilometers above Earth, orbiting at more than 27,000 kilometers per hour, is a 12-ton, bus-sized eye on the universe: the Hubble Space Telescope. When Hubble launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, scientists hoped it would provide answers to many of the great unknown questions of the day. Show More Summary

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