Buying Pieces of the Space Race at Bonhams' Space History Auction

This week, Bonhams hosted an auction of historical space items in Manhattan. The Space History Sale featured troves of objects and documents, both American and Soviet, dating back to the heyday of the space race.  Gizmodo got the chance to take a peek. Read More >>

Being a Celebrity Astronaut is Tougher Than it Sounds

For a brief period in the American saga, the astronaut was the man of the moment. No profession commanded as much awe and admiration. Widely regarded as the personification of all that was best in the country, the first astronauts were blanketed with the adulation usually accorded star quarterbacks, war heroes, and charismatic movie stars. Yet this was never part of NASA's agenda. Read More >>

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This Aluminium Mecha Taught Apollo Astronauts How to Land on the Moon

In the early 1960s, when the Apollo missions were underway and America was hellbent on reaching the moon, NASA researchers faced a nearly endless litany of technical hurdles and engineering obstacles nobody had even dreamed of up to that point. Chief among them: Once you shoot three guys across 384,472 kilometres across space at an orbiting body with just a fraction of the mass of Earth, how do you put them safely on the surface? That answer: lots and lots of practice in this gangly hardware simulator. Read More >>

Watch All 13 Saturn V Rocket Launches in One Jaw-Dropping Video

The Saturn V is the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket humans have ever built. In 13 missions, it took 24 astronauts to space, including all 12 who ever set foot on the moon, without a single loss of life. Watch in awe as its entire career launches before you.
Once again, it's the audio in this mashup that gets my heart racing. News legend Walter Cronkite, covering the first unmanned Saturn V test launch in November 1967, can barely contain his giddy exhilaration as the rocket takes flight — the launch was powerful enough to knock down ceiling tiles and nearly blow out the blast window in his observation room three miles away. "The roar is terrific!" he wails, 120db of noise and fury swirling around him. 46 years later, it still is. [lunarmodule5, Apollo 4, Saturn V] Read More >>

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The Suit Won't Save You: Four Ways Space Can Kill You Dead

Turns out, being blown out of an airlock and turning into a meat popsicle after succumbing to hypoxia isn't so bad. At least, not when compared to the multitude of other deadly maladies that await you in the depths of space. Here are just a few ways that interplanetary exploration is conspiring to kill us all. Read More >>

Remembering Apollo 1, NASA's First Major Disaster

46 years ago yesterday, veteran astronaut Gus Grissom; first American spacewalker Ed White, and rookie Roger Chaffee were killed in a cabin fire during an Apollo 1 launch pad test. The first majorly-fatal accident in NASA's history, the fire was caused in part by the cabin's pure oxygen atmosphere and a number of other dangerous design flaws that were correct over the 20 month delay that followed the incident. Read More >>

Inside NASA’s Mysterious Rubber Room

Ever since learning about the Rubber Room and Blast Room deep below launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center I had been hopeful that I would one day get to photograph this mysterious remnant of the Apollo Program. I had seen very few photos of this room online and by talking to friends at KSC I seemed to have confirmed that access to this underground bunker had been very limited over the years. Read More >>

The Computer for the Apollo Program Used Rope Memory Woven by Little Old Ladies

If you thought the fact that an iPhone was four times as powerful as the on-board computer of the Curiosity Rover was unbelievable, take a look at the meager tech the Apollo Program used to get into space. The computer was so pitiful that the software of the Apollo guidance computer was literally hand woven into its memory. Read More >>

The Only Film Camera I Would Kill to Own

I can't put this Hasselblad 500EL in my pocket. And I can't use it to snap shots on a daily basis—it will cost a gazillion dollars on film and development. But I would love to have one at home. Just to look at it. It's a work of art. And it was used in the Apollo program. You know...On the Moon. Read More >>

Windows Phone 8 Details Leak: Bigger and Faster

While Microsoft is still trying to get people to care about Windows Phone, details of the next big version are already nailed down, claims Pocketnow. The site says it's acquired a Microsoft video spilling the beans on Windows Phone 8. Read More >>

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Nokia Says the Next Version of WP7 Will Have the Big Features

Many people -- myself included -- have been pretty judgmental about Nokia's first WP7 phones. Rather than come out with guns ablazin' today, making the other manufacturers envious of their partnership with Microsoft, we'll have to wait for the next WP7 update, codenamed Apollo, to see the true extent of their relationship. Read More >>

Get These Spacenerdgasmic NASA Ringtones for Your iPhone and Android

Attenshun space nerds with NASA underpants! NASA is now offering some really awesome ringtones for your iPhone, Android or whatever other phone you have. You must must must get these. MUST. Read More >>


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