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Space Shuttle Now Officially A Tourist Attraction

Space Shuttle Now Officially A Tourist Attraction Nov 4th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived this week at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to begin life as the star of a $100 million exhibit called the Shuttle Launch Experience, expected to open in July 2013. It was the historic final journey of a space shuttle orbiter, signaling the beginning of life after space for the shuttle fleet. "We think visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor...

Student Spaceflight: Watch Live This Weekend

Student Spaceflight: Watch Live This Weekend Oct 5th, 2012 at 5:00PM: NASA's Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) enables students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). This weekend, SpaceX launches the first official resupply mission to the ISS to be broadcast as it happens on Livestream with SSEP experiments on board. Space history will be made this...

SpaceX Mission Viewing Available Live

SpaceX Mission Viewing Available Live Sep 30th, 2012 at 1:00PM: The first SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) happens October 7, 2012. The flight begins a series of missions to deliver and return cargo to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract aboard the privately run Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX's Dragon will bring 1,000 pounds of supplies to the six person Expedition 33 crew aboard the ISS. Those astronauts...

Photo Of The Day: Endeavour In San Francisco

Photo Of The Day: Endeavour In San Francisco Sep 22nd, 2012 at 5:00PM: This Photo of the Day, "Endeavour in SF - see you in LA!" comes from Gadling Flickr pool member jrodmanjr and is taken with a Canon EOS 7D. In 19 years of service, Endeavour went on 25 missions, carried 133 astronauts, spent 299 days in space and traveled 122,883,151 miles. Captured here by jrodmanjr is the shuttle's last journey, which began Monday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and...

Faster-Than-Light Travel May Be Possible

Faster-Than-Light Travel May Be Possible Sep 20th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Faster-than-light travel was once seen as simply a key element in science fiction tales that made stories work. Faster-than-light warp drive made all that possible, at least between the covers of a good sci-fi book. In the real world though, travel to distant planets at speeds known to man, was thought to be impractical. Now, NASA is re-thinking warp drive with a focus on making fantasy into...

Space Shuttle Atlantis Move Scheduled, Public Invited

Space Shuttle Atlantis Move Scheduled, Public Invited Sep 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Space Shuttle Atlantis will make one more trip in November. No engines will fire. No astronauts will be on board. No visit to the International Space Station will be made. Still, the last voyage of Atlantis will a memorable one and NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSC) is inviting us along for the ride. A series of events, open to the public, are centered around the 10 miles...

Space Attractions Down To Earth In California

Space Attractions Down To Earth In California Sep 14th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Space Shuttle Endeavor arrives at the California Science Center soon and space exploration is on the minds of local and visiting space travel fans. Visitors to Los Angeles can see a variety of historical and futuristic space exhibitions and attractions within driving distance from LAX. California residents and visitors alike are rediscovering the state's rich space-oriented past along with...

Space Travel To Include Interstellar Trips In 100 Years

Space Travel To Include Interstellar Trips In 100 Years Sep 10th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The idea of space travel has its fans. But other than NASA astronauts or those wiling to pay a hefty fee to Richard Branson for a sub-orbital flight, few of us will actually see space, the final frontier. Interstellar flight, human travel beyond our solar system, seems even more elusive. The 100-year Starship Initiative, aims to change all that and even has the backing of one former U.S...

Space Program Spinoff: New York To Tokyo In 90 minutes By 2030

Space Program Spinoff: New York To Tokyo In 90 minutes By 2030 Sep 4th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Throughout the years, space program spinoffs have served us well. Everyday products include freeze-dried food, firefighting equipment, emergency "space blankets," Dustbusters and more. First they were proven in space, then adapted to fulfill earthly needs. Today, forward-thinking scientists are talking about adapting technology not even in practice yet to address current real-life desires. XCOR...

Windowless Hybrid Wing Plane Successfully Tested By NASA And Boeing

Aug 10th, 2012 at 3:00PM: <p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://video.news.com.au/2265300444/NASAs-blended-spacecraft" href="http://video.news.com.au/2265300444/NASAs-blended-spacecraft">VIDEO: NASA's blended spacecraft</a></p> Passengers may need to wave goodbye to window seats on the planes of the future. However, although your view may not be as nice, there will be many other perks. NASA and...

Happy Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope!

Happy Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope! Jun 14th, 2012 at 1:00PM: The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for 22 years today, and to celebrate, NASA has released this awesome image of the Tarantula Nebula, also known by its less romantic scientific name of 30 Doradus. A nebula is a massive cloud of gas and dust in which some areas are coalescing and igniting into stars. The Tarantula Nebula is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy orbiting...

Visit NASA's Control Room And Launch Pad In This Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Visit NASA's Control Room And Launch Pad In This Behind-The-Scenes Tour Jun 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: We may not be flying into space anymore – at least not on the government dime – but the idea of visiting the Kennedy Space Center still puts a sparkle in our nerdy little eyes, particularly when we heard of this new package. For the first time in more than 30 years, NASA is allowing Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests inside the Launch Control Center – where NASA...

Photos: Space Shuttle Enterprise's Epic Final Journey

Photos: Space Shuttle Enterprise's Epic Final Journey Jun 8th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Seeing NASA's Space Shuttle Program come to a conclusion has been tough on space travel geeks. Luckily, over the past few months, NASA has given us a few final treats as the shuttles make their way to their new museum homes. The journey of Space Shuttle Enterprise has been particularly epic because of its barge trip on the Hudson River this week. In order for Enterprise to get to the...

Space Travel Update: Man On Mars, Soon

Space Travel Update: Man On Mars, Soon Jun 1st, 2012 at 2:00PM: As the SpaceX Dragon mission to the International Space Station comes to a successful close, the future of space travel comes a bit closer. That's good news for NASA and America's refocused space program. But they better not get too comfortable with their accomplishments so far, another company already has plans for a human settlement on Mars by 2023. Mars One plans to send the first crew of...

Commercial Space Travel Set Back But Not Discouraged

Commercial Space Travel Set Back But Not Discouraged May 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Commercial space travel, well on its way to replacing traditional space exploration, took a step back Saturday, aborting a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Just a little step back though – the launch is set to try again early Tuesday after swapping out a faulty part. SpaceX scrubbed Saturday's mission less than a second before liftoff after high temperatures were...

Historic Space Travel Event Signals Start Of New Space Race

Historic Space Travel Event Signals Start Of New Space Race May 19th, 2012 at 6:00AM: Space travel gets farther from the dream stage and closer to reality every day. Today, SpaceX will attempt to become the first private company to dock a capsule with the International Space Station. It's a critical step in NASA's plan for private contractors to transport cargo and crew into space and another step towards a new generation of space travel. Called the Commercial Crew...

The Discovery Channel Crashes A 727 Intentionally (Video)

The Discovery Channel Crashes A 727 Intentionally (Video) Apr 30th, 2012 at 4:30PM: After building a plastic model airplane I used to fantasize about what it would look like crashing. This urge became overwhelming when my best friend was over at my house trying to annoy me to death. So I sent a B-52 across my bedroom for a bombing run. The end result was a crash that was a bit of a let down. Someone at the Discovery Channel recently had a similar idea, albeit on a more...

Space Travel Robots Take Tiny Steps Toward Future

Space Travel Robots Take Tiny Steps Toward Future Apr 17th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Still fascinated by space travel, Americans can't seem to get enough of the romantic side of it all. But in the day-to-day business of space exploration, scientists and those who make a living in space have little time to be sentimental. NASA planning and implementation people are looking to get there in a realistic, cost-conscious way, one step at a time. "Space and space exploration have...

Future Of Space Travel Is Here, Next Month Anyway

Future Of Space Travel Is Here, Next Month Anyway Mar 29th, 2012 at 4:00PM: If all goes according to plan, privately owned, space travel company SpaceX will send an unmanned capsule, launched from its own Falcon rocket, to dock with the International Space Station on April 30. It will be the first time a privately owned spaceship docks with a space station in orbit and it will mark a new era of private, manned space travel. Under the watchful eye of NASA, the...

From the Gadling Archives: Travel smarter in 1982

From the Gadling Archives: Travel smarter in 1982 Mar 24th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The following post was uncovered while we were researching our Travel Smarter 2012 series. Deep in our archives, we discovered this article, titled "Travel smarter in 1982," which was published in the spring 1982 edition of "The Illustrated Gadling Quarterly." We are republishing it here as a reminder that, though a great deal has changed in 30 years, travel is still pretty tubular. We have...

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