space history

space stations

We Are About to Enter a New Era of Space Stations

Motherboard talks to Robert Pearlman about his new book Space Stations, and how NASA, China, and space companies are building the next phase of human life off Earth.
Becky Ferreira
10.31.18
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
nasa

America’s First Female Rocket Scientist Ran Away From Home to Become a Chemist

Today would have been Mary Morgan’s 95th birthday.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.4.16
Space

Happy Anniversary Giotto, the Probe That Flew By Halley’s Comet 30 Years Ago

Giotto's legacy paved the way for ESA's current Rosetta mission.
Victoria Turk
3.14.16
kickstarter

Pilot the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in This Detailed VR Recreation

Experience Armstrong’s “giant leap” for yourself.
Becky Ferreira
3.13.16
Space

The Mir Space Station Was a Marvel, a Clusterfuck, and an Underdog Hero

Fires, collisions, and mutant alien bacteria were all in a day’s work for Mir astronauts.
Becky Ferreira
2.19.16
News

How an Alabama Scrap Dealer Became the Owner of NASA's Lunar Rover Prototype

One of the earliest lunar rover prototypes was lost for more than 50 years until it surfaced earlier this fall.
Jason Koebler
12.4.15
history

How This Unlucky, Irritable, Disorganized Astronomer Was Thwarted by Uranus

Let’s celebrate Pierre Charles Le Monnier’s 300th birthday by highlighting his biggest blunder.
Becky Ferreira
11.23.15
News

NASA's Quest to Reclaim Lost Spacesuits Before They Were Auctioned

There's an incredible amount of bureaucracy that goes into proving you didn't steal NASA's stuff.
Jason Koebler
11.11.15
News

Heroic Junkyard Owner Says He Saved Priceless Moon Rover From Scrap Heap

An Alabaman junkyard owner says he has preserved a lunar rover that NASA thought was destroyed.
Jason Koebler
10.28.15
nasa

Someone in Alabama Sold a Priceless Lunar Rover for Scrap Metal

According to NASA documents, an early lunar rover prototype was left to rot in someone's backyard, then sold to a junkyard.
Jason Koebler
10.27.15
News

How Viking 1 Won the Martian Space Race

The lander that forced the Soviet space program to finally give up on Mars.
Becky Ferreira
8.20.15
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