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.
The United Nations Will Launch Its First Space Mission In 2021
To open space up to less wealthy countries.
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.
Space-Faring Mice Return to Earth with Liver Damage
A new concern for future Mars missions.
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.
The Challenger Disaster’s Minority Report
Richard Feynman was the renegade of the Rogers Commission.
Here’s How NASA Names the Spacecraft It Hurls Into the Void
Would the Apollo mission have been as sweet by any other name?
How Is Critical 'Life or Death' Software Tested?
Ideally, it's so good that it barely needs to be in the first place.
Inside Titusville, Florida's Space Shuttle Ghost Town
The economy hasn't picked up here since NASA left.
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.
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.
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