space race

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
JFK Centennial

JFK and the American-Soviet Moon Landing That Wasn’t

“Why don’t we do it together?”
Becky Ferreira
5.29.17
RIP Roger Moore

Let’s Remember Roger Moore With This Absurd ‘Moonraker’ Space Laser Battle

The beloved actor died on Tuesday at 89, but his sense of comic absurdity lives on.
Becky Ferreira
5.23.17
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
history

55 Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin Became the First Human in Space

55 years isn’t long, but look back at the technology and politics of the first human spaceflight and it seems like a different planet.
Nell Frizzell
4.12.16
News

How the Soviets Got Scooped on Their Own Historic Moon Landing

Fifty years ago, the rest of the world saw the first snapshots from the Luna 9 lander before Soviet citizen did.
Becky Ferreira
1.31.16
News

Blue Origin Just Secretly Landed a Reusable Rocket

Jeff Bezos's space company becomes the first to launch a rocket to space and then land it back on Earth.
Jason Koebler
11.24.15
history

On the Anniversary of Sputnik, Here’s What the Probe Actually Discovered

The satellite is often remembered more as a cultural event than as a bonafide scientific experiment.
Becky Ferreira
10.4.15
russia

The Soviet Architect Who Drafted the Space Race

Galina Balashova's futuristic illustrations propelled the Soviet space program.
DJ Pangburn
8.18.15
nasa

The Lost Photos of America's First Spacewalk

The 50th anniversary of the Gemini IV mission is a great time to marvel at some spaceflight porn.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.3.15
News

America's Newly Announced Rocket Will Be Recaptured in Midair With a Helicopter

The reusable rocket space race is on.
Jason Koebler
4.13.15
Space

​Why We Still Want Laika the Space Dog to Come Home

57 years ago, a Muscovite street dog became the world’s first orbital explorer. She also suffered for our gain.
Becky Ferreira
11.3.14
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