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Space Launch System fires up

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA is another step closer to manned deep-space missions with the completion of the latest round of RS-25 rocket engine tests. Based on the engines that sent the Space Shuttle into orbit, the new power plants will form the core of the...Show More Summary

Space debris around Earth is a major hazard.

It is amazing to know that a paint chip 0.2 mm in size that was floating around in space managed to damage a space shuttle window. A paint chip so tiny that most would not even see it, assumes huge proportions when we assign a speed of 10km per second to it. Show More Summary

Kerbal Space Program confirmed for Wii U

Space shuttle simulator Kerbal Space Program is coming to the Wii U. Nintendo and Squad have confirmed that Kerbal Space Program will be making its way to the Wii U at the same time of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release. No date was given, but Nintendo said the Wii U gamepad can be […]

NASA's Orion Capsule Makes Perfect Test Landing, Minus A Few Parachutes

5 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

NASA hasn’t sent humans into space on its own spacecraft since the Space Shuttle orbiters retired, so they really want to be sure things are working properly before astronauts climb aboard the next-generation Orion capsule. Earlier today,...Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Flying Through Space With The Greatest Of Ease

6 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Space travel isn't exactly a routine thing just yet. In the 70s, some people thought we'd have shuttles going up to space on a regular schedule, but that didn't exactly happen. Rockets haven't gotten all that much cheaper or more reliable, but presumably they will someday if we continue to build them and improve upon them. Show More Summary

NASA’s space shuttle to fly again – or at least pieces of it

If you get to a museum to see one of the shuttles that actually flew in space, your jaw may drop. Just don’t mind the guys pulling parts from it. NASA recently sent engineers to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to dust off the mothballs of the space shuttle Endeavor and remove four […]

Why NASA Still Can't Put Humans in Space: Congress Is Starving Them of Needed Funds.

On Aug. 29, 2015, a few days from now, it will have been 1500 days that NASA has been relying on Russia to hitch a ride to the International Space Station. It was that long ago when the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center — the last Shuttle flight to the ISS, and in fact the last Shuttle flight of them all. Show More Summary

Back on Track: Russia to Revive Its Reusable Space Launcher Program

After a 25-year pause since the death of Russia’s winged space shuttle program, known as Buran (Snowstorm) designed to serve as the Soviet counterpart to the US Space Shuttle, Russia is set to develop a new Reusable Space Rocket System, or MRKS in Russian.

NASA scours retired space shuttles for spare parts

Two of the four NASA space shuttles on display in US museums have had their water tanks removed for possible use in a storage system for the ISS

NASA Considers Using Old Water Tanks in New ISS Storage System

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could reuse old water tanks from retired space shuttles by incorporating them into a new storage system on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soviet Architect Who Drafted the Space Race

During the space race in the 1950s and 1960s, the task of designing the look of the Soviet Union's booster rockets, orbital laboratories, space shuttles, and other masterworks of engineering fell to one woman: Galina Balashova. For the...Show More Summary

This concept art from the Shuttle Program’s early days depicts two spacecraft and what looks like an

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This concept art from the Shuttle Program’s early days depicts two spacecraft and what looks like an early vision of an orbital outpost. This illustration comes from the archives of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where you’ll find lots of “ideas that never flew...but might have led to other successful aircraft!” Read more...

NASA test-fires shuttle engine for SLS rocket

A former space shuttle engine roared to life during a nearly nine-minute test firing.        

Your Fake Diamond Ring Might Be Resistant to Radiation

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Zirconium is best known to the public as the ring you get your fiancée if you don’t love her enough to invest in a blood diamond. Popular as it is in “fake” jewelry, zirconium is more often used in power plants and space shuttles, because it has a remarkable resistance to damage by radiation. Read more...

NASA: Seats on Russian rockets will cost $490 million

3 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The price to send American astronauts to space without our own shuttle craft comes to nearly $82 million a seat

SpaceX's New Hangar Is Looking Good

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

SpaceX is taking over Launchpad 39A, the iconic pad at Kennedy Space Center that launched all the Apollo missions, and the first and last Shuttles. Things are looking good at the future launchpad for Dragons. http://gizmodo.com/spacexs-new-ha... Read more...

NASA to Congress: Want to stop using Russian capsules to get to space? Let us work.

3 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

Ever since we mothballed our last space shuttle in 2011, we've been relying on Russian spacecraft to help put U.S. astronauts into space. It's not a little embarrassing, as it basically means renting seats on Soyuz capsules like you're a budget passenger on some Greyhound bus to low-Earth orbit. And now, NASA says, we're about to throw even more money at the […]

Emotional responses to Challenger, Columbia exhibit

4 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA's first display of debris from the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles has powerful impact

Challenger Wreckage Hidden From View Is Finally Shown

The remnants of two tragic space shuttle disasters are finally seeing the light of day. Hidden away for decades, Columbia and Challenger debris is on display at a new NASA exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., the AP reports. Among the remnants are a large body...

Why Did NASA End The Space Shuttle Program?

At the time the space shuttle program ended, the three remaining shuttles had flown 25, 33, and 39 times respectively. They were designed for a lifetime of 100 flights each. More »      

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