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What Would a 21st Century Moon Base Look Like?

6:00 am PDT, July 21, 2019

Humanity has never seen the settlement of another world. Here's what it might look like.

How the Moon Landing Was Filmed

6:00 am PDT, July 20, 2019

A half-pint camera and a mere whisper of power were teamed to beam clear, strong images across 230,000 miles of space. Here's how the remarkable setup worked.

Why I Walked on the Moon

6:00 am PDT, July 20, 2019

25 years ago, Buzz Aldrin relived his moonwalk in the pages of Popular Mechanics, and told us why the Moon remains a part of man’s destiny in space.

25 Great Moon Landing Stories from Popular Mechanics Readers

6:00 am PDT, July 20, 2019

Here’s what it was like to witness history.

Michael Collins Is Ready To Go To Mars

6:00 am PDT, July 20, 2019

While immensely proud of the first moon landing, Apollo 11 Command Module pilot MIchael Collins, 88, believes there's no need to go back.

Airbus's New Concept Passenger Plane Is for the Birds

2:51 pm PDT, July 19, 2019

The Bird of Prey is "meant to inspire," the European aviation giant says.

How To Use a Map and Compass

12:31 pm PDT, July 19, 2019

Know where you are, and where you want to go, even when the batteries die

Looking Back at What It Took to Land on the Moon, 50 Years Later

12:31 pm PDT, July 19, 2019

Astronaut Charles M. Duke walks us through Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX Tests the Safety Parachute on Its Crewed Dragon Capsule

11:25 am PDT, July 19, 2019

Not the sexiest part of space travel, but one of the most crucial.

Man's First Day on the Moon

9:00 am PDT, July 19, 2019

After scanning the desolate moonscape, Neil Armstrong will descend the LM's ladder to become the first man ever to set foot to the moon. Serious exploration then begins.

The Very Real Aircraft of Area 51

8:47 am PDT, July 19, 2019

Never mind the UFOs, here are eight wonder planes that have called the secret base their home.

This Is What the Next Space Suit Will Look Like

6:00 am PDT, July 19, 2019

The vintage Apollo moonwear is getting a major upgrade.

Don't Stop Denying

6:00 am PDT, July 19, 2019

Fifty years after Apollo 11, Moon landing conspiracists remain as staunchly skeptical as ever. But in 2019, does not believing in humanity's greatest achievement mean the same thing it did back in 1969?

A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?

8:15 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

Chevrolet just revealed the 2020 mid-engine Corvette, but we rode in one back in 1988.

20 Things You Didn't Know About The 2020 Corvette

8:15 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

Like: will it smell like a Corvette?

How Chevy Created the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette

8:15 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

We go inside GM's proving grounds to find out how GM built a fake pickup truck and learned to reinvent its iconic sports car.

After 30 Years, the B-2 Bomber Is Still As Lethal As Ever

1:51 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

America’s deadly batwinged bomber just turned the big 3-0.

'Top Gun' Returns With the First Trailer for 'Maverick'

1:25 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

The first trailer shows the resurrection of Pete Mitchell...and some badass planes.

Your Ultimate Grill Buying Guide—Tested and Approved

1:12 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

These are the 22 best charcoal, gas, and pellet grills available right now.

We Might Soon Be Getting a Pickup Truck Emoji

12:49 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

But it won't be available until at least 2020.

The Oral History of Apollo 11

12:00 pm PDT, July 18, 2019

The knuckle-biting story of the first lunar landing from the people who were there.

Google's Plan To Build a Chinese Search Engine Is Finally Dead

11:43 am PDT, July 18, 2019

The secretive plan for a Chinese search engine has come to an end, company official say.

Does a Rust-Proof Bike Really Exist?

9:50 am PDT, July 18, 2019

The Priority Coast is a rust-proof bike—we put that assertion to the test.

This Duck-Billed Dino Is One Weird-Looking Creature

8:05 am PDT, July 18, 2019

That's a nose built for some serious garden work.

Which Nintendo Switch Is Right for You?

7:07 am PDT, July 18, 2019

See how the original Switch console and the new Switch Lite compare.

The Northern (and Southern) Lights Explained

7:00 am PDT, July 18, 2019

Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Australis are the Earth's greatest natural light shows—here's how they work.

The U.S. Army Is Working on 3D Printed Body Armor

6:57 am PDT, July 18, 2019

3D printing body armor will allow the Army to print new and custom armors on the fly.

Google's Tribute to Apollo's Margaret Hamilton Is Larger Than Central Park

3:00 am PDT, July 18, 2019

Margaret Hamilton changed software forever. Google wants to make sure you know that.

So...Did the Pentagon Use Ticks for Biological Warfare?

12:57 pm PDT, July 17, 2019

Is the Pentagon responsible for the epidemic of Lyme disease?

Elon Musk Wants to Upgrade Our Brains to Compete With AI

12:33 pm PDT, July 17, 2019

The company wants to link humans and computers, and they say they're getting closer.

10 Things You Need to Beat the Heat

12:25 pm PDT, July 17, 2019

From hydration to sun protection to sweat-wicking clothes, these summer products are a must-have.

Giving Your FaceApp Selfie to Russians Is a Really Bad Idea

11:43 am PDT, July 17, 2019

The #FaceAppChallenge is fun. It's also foolish.

You Can Still Get This Electric Mower For Cheap Post-Prime Day

9:52 am PDT, July 17, 2019

These best-selling Greenworks mowers and other lawn equipment are some of our top picks.

Scientists Are Arguing About Dark Matter Again

9:08 am PDT, July 17, 2019

We love a feisty deep space debate, and this one is hot.

The Scientific Reason Some of Us Find Robots Creepy As Hell

9:03 am PDT, July 17, 2019

You can thank this part of your brain for your robo-induced paranoia and fears.

A Military Flyboard Doesn’t Make Any Sense

8:05 am PDT, July 17, 2019

They’re not useful on the battlefield—even if France might think otherwise.

The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51

8:00 am PDT, July 17, 2019

There are no aliens at America's most famous top-secret military base, but what is there is just as interesting.

I Found Bigfoot...Maybe

6:00 am PDT, July 17, 2019

I spent a weekend with the Bigfoot Field Research Organization searching for the large primate. We didn’t find the elusive creature. Or did we?

We're One Step Closer to Invisibility Cloaks Being Real

3:17 pm PDT, July 16, 2019

Rejoice, Harry Potterheads.

Lotus Evija Aims to Be the World's Most Powerful Electric Car

3:15 pm PDT, July 16, 2019

Lotus targets almost 2000 horsepower for its new hypercar.

Watch Dutch 'Magnet Fishermen' Catch a WWII Assault Rifle

2:31 pm PDT, July 16, 2019

There certainly are a lot of interesting things in Holland’s rivers and streams.

The Specialized Turbo Creo SL Is an E-Bike That Changes Everything

1:14 pm PDT, July 16, 2019

Light, fast smooth, and powerful, the Creo SL is part of a new generation of fast e-bikes.

Get the Nintendo Switch With Games You Want During Walmart's Bundle Sale

1:00 pm PDT, July 16, 2019

Your choice between five games with this bundle will save you almost $50.

Launching To Space at a Crawl

11:30 am PDT, July 16, 2019

How NASA’s massive crawler-transporters get millions of pounds of rocket to the launchpad one inch at a time.

Shop the Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on 4K Smart TVs

11:11 am PDT, July 16, 2019

You can score 4K TVs with hefty discounts from brands like Samsung, TLC, and Toshiba.

The 5 Best Outboard Motors for Powering Your Aquatic Adventures

10:35 am PDT, July 16, 2019

From a 3-horsepower electric to Mercury Racing's new 450R, there's a lot happening with outboards.

The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden

9:18 am PDT, July 16, 2019

These are the best 9 hoses for your lawn, garage, farm, or RV.

Alan Turing Will Be the New Face on the £50 Note

8:43 am PDT, July 16, 2019

"Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand."

The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land Mine

7:06 am PDT, July 16, 2019

The mines must take commands from long ranges, threaten “peer threats” such as the Russian Army, but minimize harm against civilians.

The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket

6:40 am PDT, July 16, 2019

'We Have a Liftoff': Welcome to Apollo Week

6:32 am PDT, July 16, 2019

50 years ago today, three astronauts began their journey toward the moon—the world would never be the same.

Lodge Cookware Is More Than 50% Off for Amazon Prime Day

5:41 pm PDT, July 15, 2019

Now's your chance to save on cast iron cookware and grilling accessories!

Robotic Ants Function Just Like Real Ones

2:40 pm PDT, July 15, 2019

The insect-like bots could aid in search-and-rescue missions.

The Fuell Fluid-1 Is What Happens When a Motorcycle Racer Makes an E-Bike

2:21 pm PDT, July 15, 2019

Erik Buell has raced and designed motorcycles his entire life—now he’s built a powerful, long range e-bike.

One of Amazon's Best Prime Day Deals Is on DeWalt Tools

12:42 pm PDT, July 15, 2019

Save on full kits for first-timers or individual tools and accessories for experienced users.

The Retired F-117A Nighthawk Is Doing...Something...in the Desert

12:21 pm PDT, July 15, 2019

Retired in 2008, the F-117A Nighthawk is doing who-knows-what in the California and Nevada deserts.

This Portable DEET-Free, No-Spray Mosquito Repellent Is on Sale Right Now

11:56 am PDT, July 15, 2019

It's tiny, but effective.

How NASA Is Trying to Keep the Voyager 2 Satellite Alive

11:32 am PDT, July 15, 2019

While the 42-year mission is still going, time is forcing compromise.

Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train

7:31 am PDT, July 15, 2019

Meet the locomotive that just wouldn't die.

The Best Automotive Amazon Prime Day Deals for 2019

7:11 am PDT, July 15, 2019

We've selected some great car stuff, briefly available at bargain prices.

10 Surprising Moon Facts! (That Were Totally Wrong)

6:00 am PDT, July 21, 2019

There are plenty of conspiracy theories, recent discoveries, and just plain old misconceptions about the moon.

How To Celebrate the Moon Landing This Weekend

2:25 pm PDT, July 19, 2019

You can stream the landing footage or attend one of many events across the U.S.

The 40 Best Space Movie Moments

6:00 am PDT, July 18, 2019

From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, these stunning sci-fi scenes stand the test of time.

10 Reasons Why Storming Area 51 Maybe Isn't a Great Idea

6:00 am PDT, July 18, 2019

It is a military installation, after all.

17 Original Sketches That Reveal How the Apollo Missions Worked

12:33 pm PDT, July 17, 2019

Unearthed on Reddit, these space-age schematics explain the gear that took us to the Moon.

20 Facts You Didn't Know About Apollo 11

8:00 am PDT, July 17, 2019

Even 50 years later, there are a few facts that have escaped common knowledge.

30 Pieces of NASA Gear to Celebrate the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

6:30 am PDT, July 17, 2019

Our favorite NASA apparel and accessories for every wannabe astronaut.

Upgrade Your Home Security With Ring Smart Doorbells on Sale for Prime Day

4:16 pm PDT, July 15, 2019

Some even come with a free Echo Dot.

5 Scientific Reasons for Believing in Aliens

11:09 am PDT, July 15, 2019

We can't be the only ones in the vast expanse of the cosmos ... right?

The 15 Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals to Shop (So Far)

9:10 am PDT, July 15, 2019

Get yourself a new vacuum, an Amazon smart device, or a 4K television.

The 7 Best Cordless Power Sanders

1:03 pm PDT, July 12, 2019

Power sanders are a fast way to prep weathered exterior paint, remove a finish, smooth a tabletop, or do basic metal prep.

The 50 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever

6:00 am PDT, July 12, 2019

These big and small series completely elevated the genre.

9 Close Encounters of the Shark Kind

2:51 pm PDT, July 10, 2019

Just in time for Shark Week.

The 30 Best Video Games of 2019 (So Far)

6:00 am PDT, July 5, 2019

It's been a banner year for gaming, and we're only halfway through.

The 30 Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far)

6:00 am PDT, July 4, 2019

Your next binge watch could be a click away.

The Science Behind Your Favorite Fireworks

8:00 am PDT, July 3, 2019

Be the smartest person at this year's Fourth of July barbecue.

The 30 Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

6:00 am PDT, July 3, 2019

From Marvel masterpieces to thrilling space documentaries, these are the year’s standout flicks.

All the Times We Put UFOs on the Cover of Popular Mechanics

7:50 am PDT, July 2, 2019

The truth was out there—especially in the ‘90s.

Huckberry’s Summer Sale Has the Outdoor Gear You Need This Season

6:46 am PDT, June 28, 2019

Save up to 35 percent on some of our favorite apparel and gear.

The 15 Best Mario Games of All Time, Ranked

1:28 pm PDT, June 27, 2019

With Super Mario Maker 2 coming out this week, we're revisiting 36 years of excellent Mario Bros. games from Nintendo.

12 Best Gas BBQ Grills We’re Obsessed With

1:36 pm PDT, June 25, 2019

Get ready for summer with these new gas grills for all budgets.

The 50 Best New Board Games

6:00 am PDT, June 25, 2019

Order a pizza, invite over one to three friends, and try out the best new board games.

REI's Fourth of July Sale Has Arrived — Here Are The Best Deals

8:14 am PDT, June 24, 2019

Celebrate America's birthday with some steep discounts.

11 Cool Things We Learned Driving This Tomcar Military-Spec 4X4

8:24 am PDT, June 21, 2019

Born during a top-secret mission in 1967, the Tomcar TX 4x4 pushes the limits to maximum.

Stock Up On All Your Outdoor Essentials At REI's Outlet Sale

1:17 pm PDT, June 19, 2019

The savings will only last a few more hours.

Save 25% Off on Everything You’ll Need for Your Next Camping Trip

1:03 pm PDT, June 19, 2019

Hurry, before Huckberry’s sale ends tomorrow.

The Best Roller Coaster and Thrill Ride in Every State

11:19 am PDT, June 17, 2019

From speed to drops and wood to steel, strap in for a hell of a ride.

A Visual Evolution of the American Flag

6:04 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Relive the many versions of "Old Glory."

The 11 Best Light Beers

8:16 am PDT, June 7, 2019

The craft beer revolution has finally come to light beer and we love the results. Here are our favorite IPAs, wheat beers, and lagers, all clocking around 100 calories.

You Can Save Big on Apple Watches and iPads at Walmart Right Now

10:19 am PDT, June 6, 2019

Just in time for Father's Day.