The thing I have always loved about NASA is that it knows the way to keep Americans interested in space and exploration is to share all the awesome stuff its astronauts and scientists discover on missions.
In 2012, we found out about CleanSpace One, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne’s (EPFL) mission to retrieve its small satellite SwissCube in order to reduce space debris. The university recently released an update on their plans, including their projected launch date of 2018.
Originally, the plan was to equip the CleanSpace One satellite with a grappling arm to retrieve SwissCube.
Being from the South, we drink lots of tea. It’s not normally hot tea mind you; we prefer the cold sweetened type. If you are more into hot tea or at least want to brew your smaller pot of hot tea to turn into iced tea later, here is a way to do it without having to get loose tea leaves stuck to your tongue
This is the most awesome tea infuser ever and it looks like a space capsule with an astronaut.
NASA is very serious about sending humans to Mars someday. I can only hope that I am around to see that landing, it will be awesome. There are many challenges to putting us on Mars. One of the most basic issues is how to get enough food and water there to support exploration of the Red Planet.
Once the challenges of getting there and surviving are tackled, NASA needs ways to help humans explore the massive planet.
Late last week, I talked a bit about SpaceX and why it was trying to land the first stage of its rocket on a drone ship in the Pacific. SpaceX planned the third attempt at landing the rocket over the weekend, but things didn’t go to plan.
This time out, rather than the rocket crashing or exploding on the drone ship in the ocean, the rocket never made it into space in the first place.
This Planetary Glass Set celebrates the heavenly bodies in our solar system and lets you use them as drinking vessels. You get glasses that represent each of the planets in our solar system – the Sun and Pluto too.
One of my favorite movies to ever feature anything about Mars is the original Total Recall with Arnie. The remake sucked, but that original was fantastic ’80s fodder. I can’t think of Mars since that movie came out without thinking of Arnold with his eyeballs swelling out of his head before the air machine turned back on.
Astronomers and fans of that movie will want to get hands on this spinning 4.5-inch
If you are a fan of science fiction in any form, you surely know the name Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy played Spock in the original Star Trek series and in many movies on the big screen including the Star Trek reboot.
SpaceX has never been shy about offering up HD video of both its successes and failures. One of my favorite SpaceX videos is the one of the rocket exploding while trying to land. SpaceX has offered up a new video that lacks explosions, but is very beautiful and serene instead.
The video was shot using a GoPro camera that was attached to a fairing used to protect cargo during launch.
Mowing the lawn is one of the more odious tasks homeowners have to deal with, especially during the hot summer months. But iRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, wants to do away with that chore with a new line of robot lawnmowers.
Ground control to Major Tom. Your beer looks very different today. Ground Control is an imperial stout brewed by the Ninkasi Brewing Company in Oregon. The space part is because it is made with yeast they sent into space.
You might not know it, but landing a spacecraft on another planet is an imprecise proposition for NASA right now. Take the Curiosity for instance; the landing area that NASA was targeting to hit with the lander was massive at 12 miles by 4 miles.
NASA launched the Cassini spacecraft way back in 2004 on a mission to orbit Saturn and study the planet and its moons. One of the most interesting things to study in Saturn’s orbit turned out to be its icy moon Enceladus.