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  • Space Shuttle Atlantis To Make Its Final Launch In June

    Space Shuttle Atlantis To Make Its Final Launch In June

    NASA is putting a cap on the long-running Space Shuttle program with STS-135, the final flight by Space Shuttle Atlantis, just recently announced to be taking place on June 28th. There are no more missions planned after this, and the 30-year old shuttle program will finally give way to its successor. This will presumably the Constellation Program, aimed at creating unified architecture for… Read More

  • Happy Holidays From The International Space Station

    Astronaut Pro Tip: Shave your head before entering zero gravity environments. You’ll feel like Captain Picard (because you’re on a spaceship) combined with the nearly mind-over-body control of Professor Xavier. Plus, you won’t look like a fool on the annual Christmas card. Read More

  • Video: Google gets the Nexus S a little closer to a Galaxy. Literally.

    Video: Google gets the Nexus S a little closer to a Galaxy. Literally.

    In order to better judge the hardware requirements for some ready-made satellites that Skynet Google may or may not be making in the future, Google decided it would be a pretty cool idea to strap a few of its brand-spankin’ new Nexus S phones to some weather balloons, and send them skyward and out into the edges of our atmosphere. There, the phones met with tiny little aliens, and… Read More

  • Nasa To Develop Hypersonic Jet: New York To Sydney In 2.5 Hours (Down From 21!)

    Nasa To Develop Hypersonic Jet: New York To Sydney In 2.5 Hours (Down From 21!)

    Wait a minute, Nasa, developing something great? Did we wake up in the 1960s, back when Nasa actually had a budget to, you know, do things? Either way, this is great news. So, Nasa plans to develop a new type of hypersonic jet that would reduce the flight time from New York to Sydney, which currently takes 21 hours, to two-and-a-half hours. Two-and-a-half! You can’t even drive from New… Read More

  • Video: Spaceport America Inaugurated By Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise

    Video: Spaceport America Inaugurated By Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise

    Among the many things about living in the year 2010 that blow my mind (robot vacuums, smartphones, Google Books), the fact that we are at the beginning of commercial space flight is, incredibly, not constantly on my mind. Yet advances are constantly being made, most visibly by Virgin Galactic, which just this last week inaugurated the commercial facility for vertically- and… Read More

  • Homemade Astrophotography Rig For Planet-Lovers

    Homemade Astrophotography Rig For Planet-Lovers

    Wisconsonian Craig Smith wrote in to Make to show off his homemade photo setup for taking pictures of planets and such. This really isn’t something you could do without a lot of astronomical and mechanical know-how, but it’s worth admiring. Read More

  • Virgin's Richard Branson Commits To Space Tourism Within Next 18 Months

    Virgin's Richard Branson Commits To Space Tourism Within Next 18 Months

    Perhaps after Nasa well and truly runs out of money our astronauts should ring up Richard Branson? The British professional rich person says that he plans to launch commercial space travel—space tourism, in other words—within the next 18 months. What do I have to do to be on that first flight? Read More

  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Preparations For Last Flight Ever

    Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Preparations For Last Flight Ever

    Well this stinks. Space Shuttle Discovery is in the closing stages of preparation for its final flight ever. After that I guess American astronauts will have to hitchhike their way into orbit, which is pretty lame, I think you’ll agree. The launch is scheduled for November 1. Read More

  • The Beginning of Geek Love: Bozo In Space

    The Beginning of Geek Love: Bozo In Space

    In our childhood years, long before we ever put our hands on CPUs, cell phones, or e-book readers, there were toys and household items that served as the foundation for our future geek obsessions. Maybe you were fascinated by the cockpit of your X-Wing fighter as a child. Maybe you scribbled detailed blueprints for Spiderman’s web shooters during your math class. Maybe you took a… Read More

  • Package Contents: One (1) Robonaut

    Package Contents: One (1) Robonaut


    Remember the Robonaut? It’s (he’s?) a joint project between NASA and GM aimed at creating a robot that can perform many of the tasks humans do in space. The funny thing is, though, he’s being sent into space as if he’s a crate of eggs. If this guy is going to stand up to heat, vacuum, and micrometeorites, shouldn’t he be able to handle a rocket launch? When they… Read More