Anniversaries

Sputnik Turns 60

How Dreams of Spacefaring Zombies Led to the Launch of Sputnik

What, you think there’s enough room on Earth for everyone who has ever lived? No way, we need a spaceship stat.
Becky Ferreira
10.4.17
space monkeys

The First Primate in Space Was Drugged and Strapped into a Nazi-Designed Rocket

On June 14, 1949, Albert II became the first primate to visit outer space, paving the way for human spaceflight.
Becky Ferreira
6.14.17
Spacecraft Repo

The Tale of the Only Robot Humans Ever Visited on Another World

“Hey, we got a nice brown Surveyor here, Houston.”
Becky Ferreira
4.20.17
nasa

The First Probe to Visit Two Planets Launched on this Day in 1973

Mariner 10 was the first probe to visit Mercury, to use a gravitational slingshot maneuver, to hit up two planets in one mission, and to photograph Venus and Mercury up close. Not bad for a drama queen.
Becky Ferreira
11.3.16
Anniversaries

The Other First Moon Landing

Apollo 11 achieved the first crewed Moon landing in 1969. Ten years earlier, it was the Soviets who had the edge with Luna 2.
Becky Ferreira
9.14.16
russia

The Brave Bitches Who First Orbited Earth and Lived to Bark About It

Laika may have been the first animal to orbit the Earth, but Belka and Strelka were the first to survive the journey.
Becky Ferreira
8.19.16
Photos

Why the First Close-Up Image of Mars Was Hastily Painted in Pastels

On July 14, 1965, Mariner 4 snapped pictures of Mars, revealing what an alien planet looked like for the first time.
Becky Ferreira
7.14.16
Space

Short Film Celebrates First Spacecraft to Send Data Back from Another Planet

Venera 4 threw itself into the Venusian inferno so we wouldn’t have to.
Becky Ferreira
6.12.16
uk

Why Do More People Not Know About Helen Sharman, the First Brit in Space?

25 years ago today, Helen Sharman became the first Brit in space.
Victoria Turk
5.18.16
Space

The First Lunar Orbiter Was Programmed to Sing Communist Anthems from the Moon

After a five-year-long losing streak, Luna 10 helped revive the Soviet Luna space program.
Becky Ferreira
4.3.16
nasa

Growing Up With the Space Race

Roger Easton Jr. reflects on the legacy of his father, Roger Lee Easton, who led Project Vanguard, America’s answer to Sputnik.
Roger Easton Jr.
3.17.16
Wikipedia

Wikipedia Celebrates Its 15th Birthday With 15 Data Visualizations of the Site

These truly impressive data visualizations showcase the might of Wikipedia.
Rachel Pick
1.15.16
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