The crew of the International Space Station is boldly going where no one has gone before – to see the new Star Trek film. The three astronauts were offered a sneak peak of Star Trek Into Darkness days before it opens in the US, seeing it not
Bobak Ferdowsi’s Mohawk Blows Up Twitter As NASA’s Curiosity Rover Lands On Mars. “Curiosity” got the best of the internet last night.
The amazing zoomable photo and video below, shot by Russian weather satellite Electro-L, are derived from the the highest resolution images ever taken of Earth.
Like pretty much every other agency in the government, NASA is likely to be hurting for money over the next few years.
If you want to make sure you get enough sleep on Tuesday night, you might have to get to bed earlier. You don’t have to adjust your schedule by much: about 1.26 millionths of a second ought to do it
For years, scientists have ridiculed NASA’s claim that the International Space Station is a grand platform for groundbreaking research and plenty of the science done there has just reinforced that attitude. Who can forget, for example, this classic opening sentence from a landmark 2006 paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology: “During space ﬂights, tadpoles of the clawed toad Xenopus laevis occasionally develop upward bended tails “?
You can think of NASA’s Discovery program as a sort of outer-space American Idol: every few years the agency invites scientists to propose unmanned planetary missions. The projects have to address some sort of fundamental science question, and they have to be relatively cheap to pull off say, half a billion dollars or so
Nobody does anniversaries quite like NASA. Launches and landings and all of the other things spacecraft do may be governed by nonnegotiable variables like orbital mechanics and weather, but in NASA’s world, they seem to take a lot of fortuitous calendrical bounces too
Controlling Mars rovers: there’s an app for that What if, instead of pocket-dialing, you could pocket-send-a-Mars-rover-over-a-cliff? That was the goal of two programmers at EclipseCon 2010 (via Slashdot). A competition at the conference asked developers to either create an e4-Rover client or use one to move a demo robot over a model Mars landscape. Two […]
NASA launched its Ares I-X rocket Wednesday, after multiple delays over two days because of bad weather.