Soviet Union

June 26, 2018

Russia’s Proton rocket, which predates Apollo, will finally stop flying

Technical problems, rise of SpaceX are contributing factors. The Russian-manufactured Proton rocket has been flying into space since before humans landed on the Moon. First launched […]
November 15, 2017

Earthquakes on Venus Could Be Detected by an Atmospheric Balloon

A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes deploying a balloon in Venus’s atmosphere to detect seismic activity. Venus’s atmosphere is the heaviest of any planet […]
October 5, 2017

60 years after Sputnik, Russia is lost in space

MOSCOW — Just over 30 years after the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, the nation that opened the space race stood on […]
February 18, 2016

A Nigerian Astronaut Is Not Really Trapped In Space

Email scams from fake wealthy Nigerian princes promising a generous return if you pay upfront to unlock their riches are a dime a dozen. But what’s […]
January 26, 2016

Drone films Russia’s new cosmodrome

When the Soviet Union broke apart, one thing the Russian space program lost was, well, space. Specifically, with the independence of Kazakhstan, Russia lost its Baikonur […]
November 12, 2015


After much delay, an important space bill has finally passed in the Senate. The Space Act of 2015 would do a lot of things to encourage the private […]
December 30, 2014

NASA Samples Turn Into 'Space Music' on '80UA' EP

Two months ago, NASA compiled decades’ worth of sound samples and placed them on SoundCloud to create a library filled with space noises, rockets launching and transmissions […]
April 8, 2014

Space Foods Across the World

For astronauts on orbital missions, living in space for extended periods presents many logistical challenges. One of the most basic involve, well, one of the basic […]
December 28, 2013

Private space trips in focus as China lands on moon

For the first time in nearly four decades, a man-made device has once again landed on the moon. The Yutu lunar probe is a source of great national pride in […]