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NASA Creates Space Harpoon for Comets: Thar She Blows!

NASA Creates Space Harpoon for Comets: Thar She Blows!
Those cats over at NASA come up with some wild ideas from time to time and one of their latest ideas may well be the strangest I have seen in a while. NASA has devised a plan to harpoon a comet as it streaks by.

Far Out Space Nut Drops $380,000 on Apollo 13 Checklist

Far Out Space Nut Drops $380,000 on Apollo 13 Checklist
If you are the sort of geek that likes space travel, you have to be enamored by the manned missions to the moon in the 60’s and 70’s. Of all the missions slated to put astronauts on the moon, the one that famously didn’t make it was Apollo 13.
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Alianoid Humidifiers: Steaming Mad Space Aliens

Alianoid Humidifiers: Steaming Mad Space Aliens
I don’t live in a dry climate, so I’ve rarely needed a humidifier, but if I did, I’d like one like this please. The Alianoid Humidifier was designed by Minwoo Lee and was inspired by alien robots from outer space.

Asteroid to Streak Closer to Earth than Moon’s Orbit

Asteroid to Streak Closer to Earth than Moon’s Orbit
NASA says that the Earth is in no danger, but an asteroid will come very close to Earth in the cosmic scale of things. The asteroid is called YU55 and it will streak by Earth closer than the moon’s orbit next week.

NASA Makes Little Old Lady Pee Her Pants Over Sliver of Moon Rock. Really?

NASA Makes Little Old Lady Pee Her Pants Over Sliver of Moon Rock. Really?
Apparently, a 73-year-old woman named Joann Davis has had a tiny sliver of rock from the moon smaller than a grain of rice since 1987 when her husband died. Davis claims the tiny piece of moon rock was given to her husband by Neil Armstrong in the 70’s when her spouse was an engineer at North American Rockwell.

DARPA’s Phoenix Assimilates Other Satellites

DARPA’s Phoenix Assimilates Other Satellites
DARPA has had some wild ideas, but any time I hear something from the agency that seems really improbable, I don’t discount them completely. Those cats at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have a way of making the improbable into reality.

Moon Shine Clock Goes Through its Many Phases

Moon Shine Clock Goes Through its Many Phases
When I was much younger, I used to think that the sun was this huge gigantic lamp and the moon was a nightlight. I didn’t understand why the nightlight kept changing its shape and sometimes disappeared altogether during certain times in a month.

Giant 54-Pound LEGO Battlestar Galactica Spaceship Taunts Cylons

Giant 54-Pound LEGO Battlestar Galactica Spaceship Taunts Cylons
I was a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica both when the original series aired when I was a kid and when the new series was on Syfy. I was pissed both times the show was cancelled.

NASA Lays 1-in-3200 Odds That We’ll Get Pegged by a Satellite Chunk

NASA Lays 1-in-3200 Odds That We’ll Get Pegged by a Satellite Chunk
We all think we can win the lottery even though the odds against us are in the millions to one range. NASA has a massive satellite the size of a bus set to come blazing back into the atmosphere this week.

NASA Grabs Amazing Moon Landing Site Pics

NASA Grabs Amazing Moon Landing Site Pics
I bet that we have all heard the conspiracy theorists that claim we never actually went to the moon. These folks think that the entire Apollo program was filmed on a movie set. Perhaps to help put these theories to rest once and for all, NASA has changed the orbit recently of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO to take some of the highest resolution images of the landing sites for the Apollo missions ever.

Domino’s Japan Wants to Build First Pizza Restaurant on the Moon: In Other News, I Want a Million Dollars.

Domino’s Japan Wants to Build First Pizza Restaurant on the Moon: In Other News, I Want a Million Dollars.
If the prophet Matt Groening is to be believed – and why the hell not –  in the future there will be an amusement park on the Moon. Also it will be ruled by the head of Al Gore.

Russia’s Orbital Technologies Wants to Put Space Hotel into Orbit by 2016

Russia’s Orbital Technologies Wants to Put Space Hotel into Orbit by 2016
We have heard about space hotels before and so far, none of them have come to be. Back in 2009, we talked about one space hotel that was supposed to launch in 2012 but never got off the ground.

Bloon Balloon: A New Way to Get Into Orbit

Bloon Balloon: A New Way to Get Into Orbit
I was pretty disappointed that when NASA’s space shuttle program (STS) was shut down, they didn’t have a replacement ready to go. The replacement was actually canceled last October due to budgetary constraints. Nevertheless, check out this ingenious way to get into space, using a balloon instead of a rocket, so going into space won’t be as rough as you first imagined.

SETI Raises Enough Loot to Keep Searching for E.T.

SETI Raises Enough Loot to Keep Searching for E.T.
If you follow space exploration, you probably know about the long running SETI project that uses the Allen Telescope Array to search the skies for radio signals from distant planets. Back in April, the government cut the funding for SETI out and the project went offline for the first time.

Drought Stricken Texas Town to Recycle Pee for Drinking Water

Drought Stricken Texas Town to Recycle Pee for Drinking Water
You might think its hot where you are. However, you don’t know hot until you visit Texas in the summer. We are going on 40 consecutive days of temperatures in the 104-107°F range in many areas, and on top of the heat, we are having our annual drought and it is one of the worst ever.

First Pilots of Boeing CST-100 Space Capsule Won’t Be from NASA

First Pilots of Boeing CST-100 Space Capsule Won’t Be from NASA
I’m not sure why I had assumed that if the CST-100 gets the funding it needs to become the replacement for the retired Space Shuttle fleet it would be piloted by NASA astronauts. I guess I assumed that all astronauts would need to be NASA trained, but that isn’t the case.
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