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Category: Space

Curiosity Hits the Road after Software Glitch Grounded it for a Week

Curiosity Hits the Road after Software Glitch Grounded it for a Week
NASA isn’t immune to software glitches that can cause some of its incredibly expensive hardware to stop functioning. Such was the case about a week ago when a software update caused a fault on the Curiosity…
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Study Claims At Least 8.8 Billion Earth Size Planets Exist in the Milky Way Alone

Study Claims At Least 8.8 Billion Earth Size Planets Exist in the Milky Way Alone
Not all Earth-sized planets are Earth-like. Take for instance the planet Kepler 78b, it’s Earth like in size but orbits too close to its parent star for any chances supporting life as we know it. That…
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Dream Chaser Prototype Spacecraft Suffers Landing Gear “Anomaly” after Free Flight Test

Dream Chaser Prototype Spacecraft Suffers Landing Gear “Anomaly” after Free Flight Test
One of the three private space companies that NASA has invested significant money in to develop private spacecraft is Sierra Nevada Corporation. The company has a lifting-body spacecraft called Dream Chaser that reminds me a bit…
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NASA Celebrates Halloween by Unveiling Three Spooky Images from Space

NASA Celebrates Halloween by Unveiling Three Spooky Images from Space
NASA has offered up three amazing images captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The three images are somewhat eerie, yet incredibly beautiful to look at. All three of the images are 100% real and are actually…
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Halloween Jack-O’-Lantern Sent 30 Kilometers into the Sky

Halloween Jack-O’-Lantern Sent 30 Kilometers into the Sky
I love it when people attach things like smartphones and cameras to the bottom of helium balloons and launch them into the atmosphere. A man and his grandson have carved a Halloween pumpkin named Patches and…
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JAXA Test Fires Space Cannon It Plans on Firing at Asteroid

JAXA Test Fires Space Cannon It Plans on Firing at Asteroid
The Japanese space agency known as JAXA has announced that it has conducted a test of its space cannon that will be used to remotely fire a 4-pound metal projectile into the surface of an asteroid.…
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World View Space Capsule Will Take Six Friends 100,000 Feet into the Air

World View Space Capsule Will Take Six Friends 100,000 Feet into the Air
I’m not a huge fan of heights. It’s not necessarily that I’m afraid of being up high, I simply dislike the thought of an abrupt stop if I should fall from some undisclosed height. This is…
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Russians Pull Gigantic Half-Ton Meteorite Fragment from Lake

Russians Pull Gigantic Half-Ton Meteorite Fragment from Lake
If you follow the sometimes strange happenings to do with space and science in general, you probably remember back on February 15th of this year when a massive meteorite entered the atmosphere over the Russian city…
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NASA Says Asteroid Probably Won’t Hit the Earth in 2032

NASA Says Asteroid <em>Probably</em> Won’t Hit the Earth in 2032
One of the scary things about the asteroids that zip around our solar system is that scientists simply don’t know all of them that are out there. While the chances of a gigantic asteroid smashing into…
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New Video Shows Stratos Skydive from Jumper’s Point of View

New Video Shows Stratos Skydive from Jumper’s Point of View
Just over a year ago on October 14, 2012, daredevil Felix Baumgartner made history with his daring jump from 128,000 feet – setting a record for the world’s highest skydive. Baumgartner exceeded speeds of 825 mph…
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Glow in the Dark Rockets & Planets Bedding: Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Glow in the Dark Rockets & Planets Bedding: Sweet Dreams are Made of This
This bedding from Garnet Hill is pretty cool – especially if your kid(or you) are afraid of the dark. Night lights are cool, but when they burn out, you are left in total darkness and we…
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Astronomers Spot Lonely Planet with No Sun

Astronomers Spot Lonely Planet with No Sun
Astronomers have discovered a very unusual planet roaming freely through the galaxy. The planet is about 80 light years from Earth and is believed to be about six times more massive than Jupiter. The interesting thing…
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NASA Will Pay up to $5000 per Month for Study Participants to Stay in Bed

NASA Will Pay up to $5000 per Month for Study Participants to Stay in Bed
NASA recently announced that it is looking for people to perform what may be the easiest job ever. The space agency is looking for participants for 70 days of study and they will pay you $5000…
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Mars Curiosity Rover Takes Its Longest Drive Yet (Without Drawing a Penis)

Mars Curiosity Rover Takes Its Longest Drive Yet (Without Drawing a Penis)
NASA has announced that the Curiosity Rover took its longest drive yet on the surface of Mars earlier this week. The longest one-day drive in the rover’s history occurred on September 5, putting it within viewing…
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Asteroid Upstages Mumford & Sons during Outdoor Concert

Asteroid Upstages Mumford & Sons during Outdoor Concert
A bunch of music fans at an outdoor concert for the group Mumford & Sons were treated to quite a sight earlier this week. The concert was being held at an outdoor amphitheater in Pelham, Alabama…
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Scientists Realize Massive Near-Earth Asteroid Is Actually a Comet after Three Decades

Scientists Realize Massive Near-Earth Asteroid Is Actually a Comet after Three Decades
This story proves that sometimes even really smart people get things horribly wrong. For the last 30 years, astronomers have believed that a massive object known as Don Quixote was a near-Earth asteroid. In fact, the…
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