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Watch Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Journey Captured on Time-Lapse Video

Watch Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Journey Captured on Time-Lapse Video
I’m still rather disappointed that NASA retired their Space Shuttle fleet leaving America to hitch a ride aboard foreign spacecraft to get in orbit. If you’re a fan of the Space Shuttle, you probably been following what NASA is doing with the spacecraft now that they’ve been retired.

Red Bull Stratos Launch, Live!

Red Bull Stratos Launch, Live!
After numerous false starts due to weather and other technical challenges, daredevil Felix Baumgartner successfully launched on his expedition to 120,000 feet this morning. The capsule took off at approximately 9:30am Mountain Daylight Time, and is currently on its way up to its peak altitude of about 23 miles.
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Newly Discovered “Super-Earth” is a Really a Diamond in the Sky

Newly Discovered “Super-Earth” is a Really a Diamond in the Sky
Scientists have discovered a planet orbiting a sun-like star called 55 Cancri. The planet is known as 55 Cancri e and is a so-called “super-Earth”. 55 Cancri e is 40 light years from the Earth and its light is visible to the naked eye.

X1 Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Astronauts Exercise and Could Benefit Paraplegics on Earth

X1 Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Astronauts Exercise and Could Benefit Paraplegics on Earth
A lot of the technology we enjoy here on Earth started out as tech created for the space program. NASA has a very cool robot working on the International Space Station right now called Robonaut 2.

Red Bull Stratos Skydive Rescheduled for Sunday

Red Bull Stratos Skydive Rescheduled for Sunday
Update 10/14/2012: Now that the Red Bull Stratos is complete, you can view an archived copy of the jump below… If you’re paying attention to daredevil Felix Baumgartner and his desire to jump out of a pressurized capsule 23 miles above the surface, you may have noticed that he didn’t make the didn’t make the jump earlier this week.

Record-Breaking Skydive Planned for Today

Record-Breaking Skydive Planned for Today
Today is the big day for daredevil Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team. Assuming the weather holds out, Baumgartner will spend two hours climbing to over 120,000 feet inside his pressurized capsule attached to the world’s largest helium filled balloon.

Häagen-Dazs’ Ice Moon Ice Cream Cakes Will Take You to the Moon and Back

Häagen-Dazs’ Ice Moon Ice Cream Cakes Will Take You to the Moon and Back
I’m not particularly fond of sweets but I’m willing to make an exception for Häagen-Dazs’ Ice Moon Ice Cream Cakes that are coming this Christmas. Who knew ice cream could be done up artistically?

Own a Chunk of the Moon (for about $350K)

Own a Chunk of the Moon (for about $350K)
Over the years, people have tried to sell off many artifacts from the Apollo era of space travel. These objects included things like cameras and gloves and at times even little pieces of Moon rock. NASA considers every chunk of Moon rock returned by Apollo astronauts to be government property and has so far barred any sale or gifting to the public.

Star Trek Warp Drive is Plausible!

Star Trek Warp Drive is Plausible!
This is the most awesome bit of science news I’ve heard in a long time. Scientists have determined that a warp drive similar to what the Enterprise used to get around the universe is actually more plausible than previously thought.

Plaques Placed on Space Shuttle Runway Give Details of Shuttle History

Plaques Placed on Space Shuttle Runway Give Details of Shuttle History
Every time I think about the retiring of the Space Shuttle fleet, it bums me out. I’ve been following the Shuttle since grade school when the Challenger disaster was all we could think about. It’s sad to think that for the foreseeable future, United States astronauts will have to catch a ride with foreign governments to be able to make it into space.

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs
A few weeks back I was replacing a valve cover gasket on a race car and accidentally rounded off a bolt that was in a hard-to-reach spot. I was working on that bolt in the garage and it took me hours of cursing and trips to the hardware store to get the damaged bolt out and a new one in.

Solar System Lollipops: Eat the Planets! And Pluto.

Solar System Lollipops: Eat the Planets! And Pluto.
Unleash your inner Galactus with Vintage Confections’ “Planets solar system space ball style hard candy lollipop”. SEO-riffic! The lollipops feature images of the Sun and its planets, plus dwarf planet Pluto. It’s okay dude, we love you all equally, save for Earth.

LiftPort: The Coolest Kickstarter Project Yet?

LiftPort: The Coolest Kickstarter Project Yet?
Typically, when I hear about a project over on the crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, we’re talking about some sort of iPhone accessory or game. A project is up on Kickstarter right now that Arthur C. Clarke would really appreciate.

Romain Jerome Pac-Man Watch Will Gobble up Your Money

Romain Jerome Pac-Man Watch Will Gobble up Your Money
So you just sold your entire videogame collection and you’re swimming in money. You already bought the Space Invaders wristwatch, but you’re still Scrooge McDuck! What to do? I suggest you add the official Pac-Man watch to your shopping list.

Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour Meet Nose-to-Nose One Last Time

Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour Meet Nose-to-Nose One Last Time
It’s more the little sad to many fans of space travel in the US that the space shuttle program has been retired. Right now American astronauts have no way to reach the International Space Station or leave Earth other than catching a ride with astronauts from other countries on their spacecraft.

NASA Unveils Photo of Curiosity Parachuting Towards Mars

NASA Unveils Photo of Curiosity Parachuting Towards Mars
If you follow space and science at all, or watch the news, undoubtedly you would’ve heard by now that NASA was successful in putting the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars yesterday. NASA has released a cool photograph of the Curiosity rover taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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