Space Shuttle

urban exploration

Photographing These Abandoned Space Shuttles Made Me a Russian Target

How one man broke into a secret facility housing the last of the Soviet Union's experimental space ships.
Julian Morgans
3.9.18
Space

The United Nations Will Launch Its First Space Mission In 2021

To open space up to less wealthy countries.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.28.16
Features

The Moon-Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued By NASA

A Radio Motherboard chat with the late astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man on the moon and a connoisseur of consciousness, psychics, and aliens.
ALEX PASTERNACK
5.14.16
Health

Space-Faring Mice Return to Earth with Liver Damage

A new concern for future Mars missions.
Michael Byrne
4.20.16
videos

An Astronaut Describes What It's Like to Come Back to Earth from Space

You may remember Leland Melvin as the astronaut whose NASA portrait includes his two dogs.
Rachel Pick
2.22.16
nasa

The Challenger Disaster’s Minority Report

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

Here’s How NASA Names the Spacecraft It Hurls Into the Void

Would the Apollo mission have been as sweet by any other name?
Daniel Oberhaus
9.8.15
nasa

How Is Critical 'Life or Death' Software Tested?

Ideally, it's so good that it barely needs to be in the first place.
Michael Byrne
5.31.15
Travel

Inside Titusville, Florida's Space Shuttle Ghost Town

The economy hasn't picked up here since NASA left.
Chris Balogh
6.30.14
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
Good Morning, Sinners... with Warren Ellis

The Valley of Expectations

Human spaceflight may be dead, but the future's still death from above. Ever look up and notice how much the American Space Shuttle resembles some styles of drone? That happened when we weren’t looking.
Warren Ellis
10.15.12
Motherboard Blog

Sally Ride's Astronaut Class Completely Changed NASA's Demographics

Though Sally Ride was the first woman in space, her astronaut cohort marked a number of important changes in NASA's astronaut selection.
Amy Shira Teitel
7.25.12
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