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Russia designs new spaceship

Russian rocket corporation Energia has completed the designs of a brand new manned spacecraft. Hot on the heels of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, Russia…

World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships, Part II

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

The True Stories Behind 10 Bad Album Covers

Even though it’s been years since Ransom Riggs posted about bad album art, those “what were they thinking?” covers have stuck with me all this time. After I wiped away the initial tears of laughter, it occurred to me that bargain bin recording artists are people, too. In the interest of balanced reporting, I hereby [...]

How to You Explain Anti-Submarine Warfare to Children?

(Video Link) The Lockheed P-3C Orion is an anti-submarine warfare aircraft in the inventory of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (among other navies). This video shows a demonstration of its capabilities by using scooters as mock-ups for the P-3C and an enemy submarine. Apparently the Orion’s electronics suite broadcasts Star Wars theme music while it drops [...]

NASA Unveils Moon Rocket

Next generation space travel is closer to reality with the Ares 1-X rocket making its debut this week. The Constellation Program’s centerpiece is supposed to be the rocket that launches Orion, the ship that will take astronauts back to the moon, but that dream may be fading away. Nasa officials plan to go ahead with the [...]

Spaceship passes critical review

NASA’s new space shuttle replacement, the Orion capsule, has passed a critical review. The new spacecraft is expected to be ready by 2015 and will…