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5,000 People Applied For 100 Seats On Greenwich’s Driverless Shuttle

A prototype autonomous shuttle bus is being tested in Greenwich, and apparently the public is super excited to try it out. Read More >>

How an Organisational Breakdown at NASA Let the Challenger Lift Off

The "massive malfunction" that killed seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 also forever changed NASA; an agency that seemed infallible. What breakdown in the decision-making process led to the shuttle lifting off? The organisational structure of NASA itself played a bigger role than you might imagine. Read More >>

What the Ukrainian Crisis Means for Astronauts in Space

Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only way to get up to the International Space Station is on a Russian Soyuz. That's why the six humans currently orbiting in space—including two Americans and three Russians—might be paying attention to what's happening on earth two hundred miles below. As tensions run high between the US and Russia over the situation in Ukraine, geopolitics may find its way into space again. Read More >>

This Fantastic Timelapse Takes You on the Space Shuttle’s Final Flight

It may be hard to believe, but it's already been a full two years since the Space Shuttle Program completed its final mission and put its magnificent fleet of ships into retirement. The last of these to settle into its final resting place was Endeavor, and professional launch photographer Scott Andrews caught it all in this fantastic stop-action video for Time. Read More >>

NASA to Sell Giant Shuttle Launch Platforms, Won’t Help With Shipping

The US shuttle program is dead. That's sad. But the parts that made up the shuttle program have morphed into one massively absurd estate sale, the likes of which hoarders have only ever dreamed of. And that's absolutely wonderful. You'll soon be able to bid on one of the three genuine, 4,115-tonne launch platforms that shot all of our wildest hopes in dreams into the great beyond—shipping not included. Read More >>

This Is What a Shrink-Wrapped Space Shuttle Looks Like

I've seen the space shuttle in every possible way and angle. Even at the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. But I've never seen it completely shrink-wrapped, as if someone just ordered one from Amazon. Read More >>

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Is This the Most Stunning Shuttle Flyover Ever?

I don't know if it's the most stunning or not — NYC was pretty awesome — but Endeavour looks absolutely magnificent flying over Los Angeles en route to LAX. The sense of scale is absolutely fantastic. What a beautiful shot. Click to see the ultra-HD version. [APOD] Read More >>

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The Spectacular Last Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour In Ultra-HD Video

Famed cinematographer and Gizmodo friend, Vincent Laforet, went to Los Angeles International Airport to capture the last flight of space shuttle Endeavour using a RED Epic camera at 5K resolution with Canon 800mm 5.6 lens in slow motion—-96 frames per second. Read More >>

Watch All the Space Shuttle Launches at Once

Today marks one year since Atlantis roared on Launch Pad 39A en route to the International Space Station. It was the last of the 135 launches in the history of the space shuttle program. Here is an amazing video that shows them all at the same time. Read More >>

The Starship Enterprise Was Properly Huge

Ever wondered how our real life spacecraft like the recently announced Excalibur Almaz, and the SpaceX Dragon size up against the most famous of sci-fi spaceships? They're puny, truly puny. Even NASA's venerable Space Shuttle looks like a bug on the windshield of Star Trek's Enterprise. Read More >>

Unmanned US “Mini Shuttle” Back to Earth After 15-Month Space Flight

This button-nosed little cutie is the US Air Force's X-37B OTV-2, a sort of miniature space shuttle built for the military by Boeing. It flies itself, lands itself, and has just spent 15 months orbiting the planet doing secret military things. Read More >>

Goodbye, Discovery: Legendary Space Shuttle Takes Its Final Flight

The Space Shuttle Discovery hitched a ride yesterday on NASA's 747 to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. It's yet another period at the end of the melancholy final paragraph of the Space Shuttle program. So long, Discovery. And thank you for the memories. Read More >>

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I Wish This Amazing Photo of the Space Shuttle Piercing the Clouds Was Real

I wish NASA took more photos of the shuttle from other aircraft. There are many that I'd like — like Atlantis launching next to an F-15 — but this one is the best. Too bad it's not a real image but a montage. [E-y-e-l-e-s-s] Read More >>

£4.4 Million Space Shuttle Telescope Comes with Free Shipping, Via eBay

In 1990, the Broad Band X-ray Telescope orbited the Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, gathering data on galactic and intergalactic X-ray energy sources. Now it just gathers dust as government surplus. Unless, of course, you've got $7 (£4.4) million and a hankering for some nifty NASA memorabilia. Read More >>

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One of the Most Beautiful Images of the Space Shuttle

Some cray cray individuals think that the Canary Islands were the door to the lost continent of Atlantis. That's one of the reasons I like this image of Atlantis—the space shuttle—flying parallel to the Canarian island of Tenerife. Read More >>