Spacecraft Size Comparisons: Present, Past, Future, and Fictional
"Space, the final frontier." Do I even have to go on? I'm sure many of you know it by heart. Although we haven't exactly been able to explore strange new worlds or seek out new life and new civilizations, we certainly have gone where no person has gone before. Whether in the cosmos or in our own imaginations, humans have pushed the boundaries of science and exploration. Astronomy junkie, graphic artist, and blogger, Invader Xan created a size comparison chart of some of the most prominent spacecraft that humans have built (or plan to build). However, if real spaceships don't scratch your geeky itch, you may want to turn to Jeff Russell, who began a similar project seven some-odd years ago to compare the sizes of starships found in works of science fiction.Read on...
50 Years Ago, America Put its First Man in Space [Video]
This was the scene on May 5, 1961, when Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Though his first flight was a brief 15minutes and suborbital, it was the beginning of a long and storied career for Shepard. He would go on command the Apollo 14 mission making him the fifth man to walk on the moon and the first and only to play golf on another planet. NASA is commemorating Shepard's first flight with a postage stamp, and has an interactive site up now with details about the mission that began America's history as a space faring nation.Read on...