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The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon

In the wake of the passing of Neil Armstrong, many people have expressed sadness at the fact that the Apollo lunar missions were so long ago, and that soon there will be no one left alive who actually went to the moon. Randall Munroe of xkcd addressed that concept some time ago. It’s time we [...]

Guess Who These Guys Are

Do you recognize them? You can highlight the following invisible text for a spoiler, or go to the link for the full story. Or both. In this 1960 photograph, the seven original Mercury astronauts participate in U.S. Air Force survival training exercises at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada. Pictured from left to right are: L. [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Animals in Space

1. Laika. You might have heard of little Laika, the first animal to enter the final frontier. Not much was known about space at the time – we weren’t even sure if humans could withstand entry beyond a certain point. So poor Laika the 11-pound stray dog was sent to test that out aboard Sputnik [...]

5 Frightening (But True) Space Stories

There are no aliens in these stories from NASA and the Soviet space program, just true tales of how being an astronaut is no picnic. Decompression? Landing in the wrong place? Using the toilet without a toilet? Not pleasant! On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard wet his pants aboard Freedom 7, but Apollo bathroom facilities would [...]