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Open thread for night owls: Live long and prosper

4 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Nimoy and other Star Trek cast members celebrate the unveiling of the NASA space shuttle 'Enterprise', 1976 NASA: NASA is mourning the passing today, Feb. 27, 2015, of actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as Star Trek's Vulcan science officer Mr. Show More Summary

Goodbye Mr Spock, our kids’ kids will make that Star Trek

NASA has released the following photo on news of the death of actor Leonard Nimoy who was Mr Spock in the Star Trek cinema and television series. He is shown in 1976, with the first Space Shuttle Enterprise, in the open necked blue shirt in them middle of the image, and without the famous pointed [...]

A Brief History of Endeavour: NASA's Space Shuttle Built from Spares

Fifteen years ago today NASA launched the space shuttle Endeavour on a mission to take the highly detailed images of the Earth’s surface. It was the company’s final, and most advanced space shuttle. To celebrate the lifetime of Endeavour, here are some interesting facts about this amazing spacecraft. Show More Summary

How Astronauts Eat Cheeseburgers in Space

Back in 1985, Mexican astronaut Rodolfo Neri Vela brought some tortillas in space aboard the space shuttle Discovery, and ever since then, NASA astronauts have been using them to “contain” their food while in zero gravity. Pictured above and below, you can see astronaut Terry W. Show More Summary

This Is How You Eat a Cheeseburger in Space

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

In 1985, Rodolfo Neri Vela, a Mexican scientist, served on a mission of the space shuttle Discovery. He brought tortillas. These proved to be an incredibly practical food in zero gravity. NASA astronauts have been using them ever since when attempting to make sandwiches. Show More Summary

The First Woman in Space

4 days agoHumor : Neatorama

Apparently there is a generation of Americans who think that Sally Ride was the first woman in space. Those of us who came of age before Ride's historic first trip on the space shuttle are well aware that cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched into space in 1963. Show More Summary

Ground Stations are Just the Beginning: The SatNOGS Story

When you think of satellites, you may think of the Space Shuttle extending its robot arm with a huge piece of high-tech equipment waiting to pirouette into orbit. This misconception is similar to picturing huge mainframes when thinking about computers. Show More Summary

Chicago native to join Astronaut Hall of Fame

As if being an astronaut isn't cool enough, John Grunsfeld will soon join Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the elite band of space explorer legends. After five space shuttle missions, the Chicago native and Highland Park High School...Show More Summary

Minimundus Space Shuttle

This incredibly detailed model of the Space Shuttle Atlantis resides at Minimundus, a theme park in Klagenfurt, Germany. The model isn’t just static – the shuttle has a full countdown sequence and actually “lifts off,” without leaving the ground.

Fitzhugh 'Fitz' Fulton, revered military and NASA test pilot, dies at 89

Pilot Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton Jr., known as the "Dean of Flight Test" for his involvement in pioneering programs including the space shuttle piggyback flights, died Wednesday at home in Thousand Oaks. He was 89.

The Big Picture: NASA decommissions its shuttle mounting port

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

NASA's defunct space shuttles have found homes around the US and the 747s that brought them there have also been put to pasture. With no more shuttle carrier aircraft (SCAs), the agency has no more use for the Kennedy Space Center mate-demate facilit...

RIP Giant Machine That Put Space Shuttles on Top of 747s

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It's a great American tradition. When something is old and less useful than it once was, we just tear it down to make room for new and more useful things. That's exactly what's happened to the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. It used to mount Space Shuttles on 474s. Now it's scrap metal. Read more...

This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally unsustainable. So how will we get off this rock? Read more...

The ESA's New Space Shuttle Gets Dressed For Its First Trial Outing

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), a new wingless space plane, is set to be tested on February 11th. Here, it's show during fairing encapsulation in preparation for the launch. Read more...

Video: LaFerrari Vs Porsche 918 Vs McLaren P1 Comparison By TopGear

3 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : TopSpeed

As anyone who’s watched an episode of the TV show or turned a few pages of the magazine will tell you, the folks over at TopGear have a penchant for absurdity. From converting a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle, to carting around half-rotten...Show More Summary

This Gleaming Monolith May Spawn the Next Space Shuttle

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This is the European Space Agency's test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100 minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana. Read more...

Challenger photographer: ‘I knew there was something terribly wrong’

4 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

The moment it happened, when the boosters separated from Space Shuttle Challenger, Red Huber knew something was wrong. Huber, a photographer for the Orlando Sentinel who covered the space program, stood on Astronaut Road in Cape Canaveral, surrounded by out-of-town photographers there to capture images of the first teacher heading into space. Show More Summary

This Is An Official Portrait Of Astronaut Leland D. Melvin 

4 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Astronaut Leland D. Melvin worked for NASA for 25 years, leading the Vehicle Health Monitoring team for the X-33 space shuttle successor, leading NASA's office for education and outreach program in the 2010s, and logging over 565 hours in space. Also, he likes dogs. Read more...

29 years later, memories of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster linger

Twenty-nine years ago today, the '80s generation was rocked by the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Here's it it looked on CNN.

Today in Media History: Coverage of 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion

At 11:38 a.m. on a cold January 28, 1986, TV broadcast the launch of what was assumed would be a successful space shuttle mission. At 11:39 a.m. the space shuttle Challenger exploded after take off killing all seven astronauts aboard. The...Show More Summary

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