Watching a rocket blast into outer space is a remarkable experience. But watching a rocket engine strapped into a test facility release its explosive fury here on Earth is somehow even cooler. It gives you a better idea of the engines’ power, and it’s a better opportunity to hear their deafening roar.
SpaceX has been kind enough to release this two-minute supercut of its Falcon 9 rocket launches in the gloriously high-def 4K format. I hope your connection's up to it, because 4K space porn is the best kind of space porn.
The guys at AtomCentral uploaded this video depicting the failed test of the Atlas missile back in 1961. The footage—scanned to HD from the original film—shows the rocket exploding in an epic and mesmerizing slow motion that would make Michael Bay drool.
You may think that a close up video of a rocket engine failure would be just hell and mayhem—and you would be right. But there's something strikingly beautiful and poetic when the camera flies away in slow motion, spinning down a tornado of fire in this video from Copenhagen Suborbitals.
Today, NASA has officially committed to build the new Space Launch System, the world's most powerful rocket ever, which hopefully will take us to Mars by 2030. The program is now set for development—the 'first time that an exploration class vehicle has gotten this status since the space shuttle.'
See those black fins moving on the surface of this Falcon 9R rocket? That's SpaceX's magic sauce. These steerable surfaces will allow used rocket stages to safely land back on Earth, ready to be refilled and launched again. This on-board video of their new 1-kilometer-high test show how they work.
This 16-foot-long metal cylinder of unknown origin recently washed up in a Siberian village following severe flooding. Nobody knows where it came from but Aleksey Yaskin, a professor of aerospace engineering at Biysk Technology University, told Reuters that it may be the first stage of a rocket.
If you think watching the launch of a single rocket is cool get ready to see all the thirteen Saturn V rockets launching at the same time. The video is composed in a single screen so you see all of them ignite and launch at once—like if it was a horse race.
Behold the first test of the Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, launching and then smoothly landing in another location—an entire rocket going up and landing back on Earth ready to be refilled and launched again. Unlike the Grasshopper, this thing is huge! It is so amazing that I squeaked like a little girl when I saw it in…
I love rocket launches photos, especially when they are as awesome as this photo by Pat Corkery, featured by the US Air Force.
A group of University of Washington researchers is working on a completely new kind of spaceship that could make relatively fast interplanetary travel possible: a nuclear-fusion rocket that will shorten the time of a trip to Mars "from eight to nine months to less than three."
A Russian Proton-M rocket lost its navigation control on Monday, lurching and swerving until it finally turned upside down, crashing on the ground in a ball of fire right after its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Its cargo was jettisoned before the crash. There are no reports of victims.