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
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....
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 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 […]
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
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...
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
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
Details about the purpose of the space planes, which house smaller versions of shuttle payload bays, are mostly kept secret.
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
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.
The Boeing-built mini space shuttle is back in the hands of the Air Force after breaking its own unmanned record.
"Gentleman journalist" Bruce Hall covered more than 3,000 stories for CBS News, including the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster
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...
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...
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...
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