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NASA's New Mars Rover Has Some Fun Easter Eggs

One of the few non-shitty things to happen in the recently-deceased (see you in hell) year 2020 was that the next generation of Mars rover, Perseverance, was launched, and is currently on its way to the Red Planet, where it will land on February 18. If my local CVS feels comfortable putting up Valentine’s Day crap…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Easter Eggs, Cvs, Red Planet, Perseverance, Spacelopnik


NASA's New Water-Hunting Rover Will Be The First Off-Planet Rover To Have Headlights

It’s kind of hard to believe that, of all the wheeled rovers and robots that have been sent from Earth to other places — three crewed Apollo-era lunar rovers to the moon, two Soviet Lunokhods, a Chinese lunar rover-bot, and five wheeled American robots to Mars (one of which is en route) — none of them have actually…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Rover, Mars, Headlights, Spacelopnik


There's A Bold New Shitter Headed For The International Space Station

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft is currently docked to the International Space Station (ISS) and among the 8,000 pounds of cargo the craft is bringing to the station is a very exciting bit of new space-equipment: an all-new space-shitter. Yes, there’s a new toilet, officially called the Universal Waste…Read more...
Tags: Science, International Space Station, Toilet, Iss, Northrop Grumman, International Space Station ISS, Spacelopnik


NASA Blasts The Shit Out Of The Desert In Deep Space Rocket Test

If you’re American you might be having a tough time over the past couple of months feeling like you live in a functional society. If so, I invite you to watch this footage of NASA testing its SLS Flight Support Booster rockets at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Promontory, Utah, yesterday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Northrop Grumman, Spacelopnik, Artemis Mission, Promontory Utah


Lots Of Idiots In Private Boats Swarmed Where The SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashed Down From The ISS

There hasn’t been a splashdown of an American crewed space capsule since the Apollo capsule from the Apollo-Soyuz joint U.S.-Soviet Union space mission in 1975, at least not until yesterday, when astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth from the International Space Station in orbit, splashing down just…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Soviet Union, Spacelopnik, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


America Once Planned To Send An Apollo Spacecraft To A Soviet Space Station

I’d think that even casual dorks interested in humanity’s actual space programs would be aware of the very first joint mission between two spacefaring countries: the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project of 1975, where an American Apollo spacecraft and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docked in Earth’s orbit, allowing the crews to have…Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Earth, Apollo, Soyuz, Spacelopnik


This Animation Of Transparent Rockets Is Ideal For Space Travel And Fuel Consumption Fetishists

This is such a wonderfully simple idea that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. It’s four well-known launch vehicles, launching, but with transparent bodies so you can see the amount of fuel and oxidizer in them, and how rapidly it gets consumed. It’s almost hypnotizing. Read more...
Tags: Science, Rockets, Fuel Economy, Spacelopnik


This Chart Will Tell You What Kind Of Space-Based Sci-Fi You're About To Watch Just By Looking At The Main Ship

The other day, I was scrolling through Netflix, looking for a distraction from all the pain of my hair and all my terrible car opinions, seeking out some quality space-travel-focused sci-fi, because I love that crap. As I was scrolling, looking at the thumbnails of the various movies and shows and whatever, I realized…Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Sci Fi, Spaceships, Spacelopnik


There's An Actual Name And Reason For Those Beeps You Hear In Recordings Of Astronauts In Space

The American space program, I think we’d all agree, has its own very particular set of audiovisual signatures that immediately evoke all kinds of images and feelings. There’s a certain NASA look to the objects of space travel—that gold foil stuff, lightweight aluminum frameworks, white panels with American flags on…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Apollo, Spacelopnik


All About SpaceX's Ambitious New Starship

I’m very excited about the SpaceX Starship, mostly because it represents the first spacecraft being designed for general-use space travel that goes beyond Earth orbit, and, well, that’s exciting. Currently, SpaceX has built a rough steel full-size prototype called Starship Mark 1, which they plan to launch in a…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Earth, Starship, Spacelopnik, SpaceX Starship, Starship Mark


Space Genius Ted Cruz Is Super Worried About Space Pirates Stealing our Space Booty

President Trump’s proposed Space Force has found new support from a fleshy sack of dogfood and charmlessness that wears a suit and calls itself “Ted Cruz.” This talking sack is the Senator from Texas, and has decided that we need to fund the proposed Space Force to protect us from space pirates. Yep. Pirates, in space.Read more...
Tags: Texas, Science, Ted Cruz, Trump, Pirates, Spacelopnik, Space Force


Fuck You, Pepsi, and Your Sky-Advertising Satellite Plans

If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve lain on your back on the grass at night, and gazed up into the inky, never-ending blackness of the night sky, and marveled at all the stars. While you were losing yourself in vertiginous gazing, I’m sure you were probably thinking “Damn! I sure wish someone…Read more...
Tags: Science, Solar Sail, Pepsi, Spacelopnik


Watch F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Bring Up the Moon Landing Hoax to Actual Astronauts

Believe it or not, Formula One drivers are real people, too. They have heroes and they can get awkward when faced with those heroes, just like the rest of us. Sometimes, it can be comforting to know you’re not the only person out there who brings up absurd subjects at the wrong time—sort of like Lewis Hamilton asking…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Racing, Formula One, Lewis Hamilton, Spacelopnik


If the Space Force Won’t Fight Aliens, Who the Hell Will?

Late last week, military news site Task & Purpose confirmed a disturbing fact: the newly created U.S. Space Force has no intention of fighting aliens. Despite the recent uptick of military UFO sightings, the Pentagon appears uninterested (at least officially) in the possibility of hostile aliens. But if an alien…Read more...
Tags: Science, Pentagon, Ufo, Spacelopnik, Space Force, U S Space Force


A Failed Soviet Venus Probe Might Just Crash Back to Earth This Year, So Heads Up

One of the lesser-known achievements of the Cold War-era Space Race is the Soviet successes in landing probes on the incredibly harsh and unforgiving surface of Venus, which has temperatures that can reach a hellish 870 degrees Fahrenheit (465 degrees Celsius) and atmospheric pressures 90 times that of Earth. Despite…Read more...
Tags: Science, Venus, Soviet, Spacelopnik


Watch a Soyuz Rocket Launch from Absurdly Close to the Launch Pad

I’ve attempted to watch rockets launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base a few times when I was in California, and the thing I remember most about it was just how far away the official viewing areas were. The rocket is a tiny spike in the distance, and it’s like that for many valid safety reasons. At the Baikonur…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Soyuz, Spacelopnik, Vandenburg Air Force Base, Caught On Camera


The Three Things No One Ever Tells You About Teleportation

Even though the routine teleportation of humans and objects from one point in space to another is, at this point, entirely fictional, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t hiding things from you. Because, let’s face it, they are. I know most people are too chickenshit to take on Big Teleport, but I’m not, so get ready…Read more...
Tags: Science, Torchlopnik, Spacelopnik, Teleportation, Big Teleport


Elon Musk's Tweet About Rockets On A Car Is The Same Idea I Had Six Years Ago

Come on, Elon, try to keep up. I know you’re busy running all those companies and spending some quality Grimes-times, but if you took a minute or two to do a quick Google search, you’d have noticed that I wrote about incorporating small rockets into a car just like you proposed in your tweet. This was back in 2012! I…Read more...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Grimes, Elon, Spacelopnik


Bacteria Is Why The Space Tesla Could Really Mess Up A Planet (If It Ever Hits A Planet)

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a car into space in February, acting on something most thought was a joke. But less humorous are potential impacts the car could have on a planet, should it crash into one. Professors at Purdue University said the car could end up being a biological threat—or benefit.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Purdue University, Spacelopnik


This Taxi Test Of The World's Biggest Airplane Looks Fake But Isn't

Scaled Composites’ Stratolaunch is the largest airplane in existence by wingspan, which is an insane 385 feet. It needs to be this big because this twin-fusalage’d aircraft isn’t really an aircraft at all—it’s an airborne rocket launching pad. This taxi test of the plane gives a good sense of just how huge this thing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Scaled Composites, Planelopnik, Spacelopnik


Some Guy Is Planning To Paint His Aston Martin Valkyrie With 'Moon Dust' And I Have Many Questions

There’s a really, really rich guy named Kris Singh who loves to buy very exclusive, very expensive cars. This is a guy who dropped $4 million on a Lamborghini Veneno before he even saw one, and he’s the only guy who owns a Koenigsegg Agera XS. Also, he’s about to acquire an Aston Martin Valkyrie, which he plans to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Spacelopnik, Hypercars, Kris Singh, Lamborghini Veneno, Aston Martin Valkyrie


The Falcon Heavy's Boosters' Landings Made Twin Triple Sonic Booms And They're Loud As Hell

While there may now be , and the core of the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched it may be a bit worse for the wear, the twin Falcon 9-based boosters that helped make it all happen are safe and sound back on Earth. And not only did they look good, they made two big bangs doing it.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Tesla, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Spacelopnik


Russia Is Planning To Put A Luxury Hotel On The ISS 

If you read that headline and got a sense of whatever deja vu is in Russian, don’t worry: they’ve been talking about this for years. I suppose the Russians may finally launch an orbital ‘hotel’ soon, but to be honest, I’m pretty skeptical of most Russian ISS segment plans, which were once quite elaborate, but seem to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Russia, Iss, Roscosmos, Spacelopnik


SpaceX's Incredible Launch Display Over Los Angeles Has Everyone Thinking It's Aliens

If you’re in Los Angeles and you looked up this evening, you can be forgiven for losing your shit. After all, it’s mere days after made alien visitors seem more plausible than ever, and now you’re seeing an indescribably weird light display! Rest assured, it is not aliens, probably,…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Los Angeles, Spacelopnik


Here's How Far The Apollo 17 Astronauts Drove On The Moon

It was December 11, 1972, 45n years ago to the day. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt had just stepped out of the lunar lander. And thus began one of humanity’s greatest road trips.Read more...
Tags: Science, Gene Cernan, Jack Schmitt, Spacelopnik, Lunar Rover, Apollo 17


How This Guy’s Love Of Cars Sent Him To The International Space Station

Drew Feustel is a true Jalop if there ever was one. He grew up in the Detroit area, where he worked as an auto mechanic in college. He’s had an enviable list of cars over the years and nearly went into car design himself, but ended up using his mechanical and science background for something more incredible: becoming…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Detroit, Spacelopnik, Wrenching, Drew Feustel, Jalop


Elon Musk Is Sending A Tesla Roadster Into Space On The Falcon Heavy Rocket [Update: No]

The maiden voyage of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will have some interesting cargo, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter last night. Musk’s own cherry red Tesla Roadster playing “Space Oddity” over its stereo system will be aboard the rocket with its final destination being Mars’ orbit. [Update: Just kidding! He made it all…
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Falcon Heavy, Tesla Roadster, Space Oddity, Spacelopnik


Demand For Electric Cars May Be Just What We Need To Get Back Into Space

Yesterday, we reported on an alarming development for the future of electric cars: we may not have enough of the crucial minerals needed for their batteries to meet the expected demand. Supplies of nickel and cobalt are going to be needed in far larger quantities than ever before, and it’s looking like we may not have…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tesla, Car Tech, Spacelopnik


The Mystery Of The Space Shuttle In That Simpsons Episode Where Homer Went To Space

Remember the Simpsons episode where Homer was sent into orbit? It had Buzz Aldrin and James Taylor as guests, and gave the world the Overlord Meme. The episode was titled Deep Space Homer, and I have some serious questions and theories about the spacecraft featured in the episode, a strange spaceplane called the …Read more...
Tags: Science, Simpsons, James Taylor, Homer, Buzz Aldrin, Torchlopnik, Spacelopnik


China Needs To Send A Woman To The Moon

China is planning to land people on the moon by 2036. If China does this right, then at least one of those people will be a woman. Objectively, it seems absurd that this needs an explanation, but we know what the world is like. So here’s why.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Women, Spacelopnik