Tag Archives: Spacecraft


It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years already. We are farther removed in time from the Challenger explosion than that day was from the moon landing. Yet we’re still flying the same shuttles, which one astronaut recently called a “deathtrap.” Here’s an interesting article on what we’ve learned (or what we think we’ve learned) […]

Messenger from Earth

Launched little over a year ago, the Messenger spacecraft sped by the Earth last month on its way to Venus and Mercury, using Earth’s gravity like a slingshot to pick up speed. Scientists assembled into a short movie a series of photos from the spacecraft, in which a glistening Earth recedes in the distance.