This is a very cool dress. It’s varying shades of blue and black and has stars all over it. In fact some of these stars make constellations. What makes it extra cool is that the constellations glow in the dark when the lights are off.
Some NASA scientists are proposing a new definition of what a planet is to replace the definition adopted in 2006. That change resulted in Pluto being demoted to a dwarf planet. The definition was put forward by Caltech Astronomer Mike Brown.
According to the head researcher for the group proposing the new definition, planetary scientist Alan Stern, listening to an astronomer about planets is “bullshit.”
If you enjoy viewing the night sky and want to get to know the constellations better, this DIY Star Globe is the ticket. It’s a black cardboard orb, printed with glow in the dark ink.
With the glowing ink, you can see the constellations whenever you want.
When I was a kid all I wanted was to be an astronaut. Like 99.9% of all kids with that dream, it never came true for me. About as close as we normal folks can get to being an astronaut on the International Space Station is watching this awesome new video from NASA.
The video was produced by Harmonic just for NASA and takes us on a 4K fisheye exploration of the ISS, module by module.
If you like writing with fancy pens, MB&F and Switzerland-based pen maker Caran d’Ache have created a beautiful pen in the shape of a rocket ship. It is called the Astrograph and it was four years in the making.
NASA calls its RASSOR 2.0 rover “a blue collar robot.” That’s because it gets down and dirty and is tough as nails. It digs, it climbs, it flips over. It’s a real workhorse. It is an awesome design and it is fun to watch it in action.
RASSOR stands for Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot, but is simply pronounced “razor.”
Space geeks are going to love this. Remember Carl Sagan’s message for extraterrestrials? Right now it is about 13 billion miles away from Earth aboard the Voyager I spacecraft. Hopefully some aliens (or the crew of the Enterprise) will find it soon.
If you visit the Kennedy Space Center you now have the chance to check out the surface of Mars, courtesy of Microsoft HoloLens tech. The augmented reality experience uses real images of Mars captured by the Curiosity rover, along with a guided tour by astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Curiosity driver Erisa Hines of Jet Propulsion Laboratories.
The Destination: Mars exhibit grew from a scientific tool created by JPL and Microsoft that is used by international researchers.
During a recent typhoon in China, residents greeted the day with an unreal sight. A huge moon rolled over pedestrians and drivers, who all no doubt spotted it and at first said, “That’s no moon!” before being swallowed up by it’s cratered face.
The moon recently rampaged through the city of Fuzhou in eastern China.
Of course NASA used a creepy robot to test space suits meant for real-life astronauts. Because they can. That’s always the reason for creepy robots. The Power-Driven Articulated Dummy as it was apparently called, was designed specifically for NASA by the IIT Research Institute, and used to test space suits between 1963 and 1965.
NASA used it to measure things like how much pressure was being applied by their space suits, what kind of internal pressure was being kept stable, and various other pieces of data.
Over a year ago, Russian scientists operating the RATAN-600 radio telescope discovered a very strong deep space signal. But they kept their discovery from the rest of the world until now. The story broke after journalist Paul Gilster laid hands on a research paper announcing the discovery of a “strong signal in the direction of HD164595.”
If you are a fan of Amercia’s space program, get ready to watch an amazing video. Here is some cool time-lapse footage released by NASA that shows the construction of a rocket fuel tank for the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket.
It took a long time for them to construct this fuel tank, but you can watch it happen in just 60 seconds.