challenger

Star Talk

We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About the Human Future in Space

If humans want to expand beyond Earth in an optimal way, we’ll need novel language to keep pace with novel technologies.
Frank White
6.25.18
Features

An Afternoon With the World’s Most Powerful Rocket Booster

This week, in middle-of-nowhere Utah, a NASA contractor tested the rocket booster that will get future astronauts to deep space. I went.
Sarah Scoles
6.29.16
Match Fixing

"Just Ask Anybody": Searching for Match-Fixing in Minor League Tennis

If you want to understand why professional tennis is vulnerable to corruption and match-fixing, spend some time with the sport's underpaid minor leaguers.
Brian Blickenstaff
2.11.16
nasa

The Challenger Disaster’s Minority Report

Richard Feynman was the renegade of the Rogers Commission.
Becky Ferreira
1.28.16
Art

GIF Six-Pack: Letters That Move (You)

Adam Osgood, Chris Piascik, Sanfok, and others design the dropcaps of the future.
Anya Tchoupakov
12.11.15
Words

You Can Sample Sounds from NASA's Soundcloud Now (Just Don't Pull a Beyoncé)

Welcome to the space jam.
VICE Thump
10.23.14
Features

How Challenger Exploded, and Other Mistakes Were Made

Torrents of big data can't stop mistakes—sometimes they make them more likely. The tragedy of Challenger, as with G.M. and others, was that some people had tried to stop it.
ALEX PASTERNACK
6.24.14
Motherboard Blog

Hollywood's Unreality: Challenger And The Unfortunate Timing of 'Space Camp'

Pity Hollywood. When art imitates life -- like in the September 12th-and-every-day-after film _Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close_ -- everyone misinterprets it as exploitative and manipulative and "demands":http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan...
Ben Richmond
1.28.12
Motherboard Blog

The Bright Yellow Asterisk: A Recollection of the Challenger Disaster

January, 1987. I stood alone 167 feet above the launch pad’s surface. I was staring into the open, small, white room. At the other end was an open doorway and beyond it was the blue expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Between me and that 167 foot drop, the...
DENNIS CHAMBERLAND
1.28.12
Motherboard Blog

Was Space Shuttle Challenger a Casualty of Bad Data Visualization?

The U.S. is no stranger to the collapse of complex systems. But two decades before the break-up of Space Shuttle Columbia, the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and Fukashima Daiichi, America witnessed the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, and saw...
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.27.12
Motherboard Blog

NASA Needs To Relearn How To Roll The Dice

NASA used to take risks. It used to occasionally throw caution to the wind and just go for broke on some pretty dangerous missions. In short, and to be slightly crude, NASA used to have balls.
Amy Shira Teitel
7.29.11
Motherboard Blog

NASA's Documentary About the Challenger Disaster

This 30 minute documentary by NASA chronicles the history of Space Shuttle Challenger, and explains why it exploded some 70 seconds after lift off. It illustrates just how amazingly meticulous NASA's documentation and analysis is, at least after the...
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.27.11