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.
JFK and the American-Soviet Moon Landing That Wasn’t
“Why don’t we do it together?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Soviet Architect Who Drafted the Space Race
Galina Balashova's futuristic illustrations propelled the Soviet space program.
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.
America's Newly Announced Rocket Will Be Recaptured in Midair With a Helicopter
The reusable rocket space race is on.
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.