Like many of you, I had dreams of being an astronaut and heading into space when I was a kid. While my life’s path sent me in a different direction, it still would have been cool to see what it was like to wear a space suit at least.
If you are a space geek, you might remember last summer when we mentioned that NASA was testing out a prototype spacesuit that looked a lot like Buzz Lightyear’s outfit. The spacesuit has a large dome, humped back, and fluorescent green accents.
While most of us will never get the chance to travel to far-off planets in a spaceship, that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about space travel right here on planet Earth. If you’ve always wanted to be an astronaut, then you might want to order your very own space helmet.
NASA is trying to bring it’s equipment into the 21st century and that includes updating its spacesuits. Scientists and engineers at NASA have been working to develop the new prototype called the Z-1. This is the new spacesuit that is being developed to replace the twenty-year old model that was first put into service in 1992.
Like ice cream, but don’t have a freezer or cooler handy to keep it from melting? Despite the frigid temperatures outside their space ships, astronauts face the same dilemma. Hence, the existence of freeze-dried ice cream for astronauts.
A while back, NASA opened up its astronaut program to normal people that didn’t have a military background. Naturally, a bunch of geeks that always wanted to be astronauts applied even though they’ll never get the call.
NASA and its astronauts from the early years of spaceflight including Apollo program astronauts have been having words over who owns the items astronauts brought home after their missions. NASA has recently blocked several auctions when astronauts tried to sell off what they believed to be their personal belongings.
We have an unnatural fascination with LEGO around here. When those little blocks are used to build geeky and awesome things, we get really excited. ISS astronaut Satoshi Furukawa from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency recently built a LEGO replica of the International Space Station while aboard the International Space Station.
This simple, yet clever “Spacebar” t-shirt design by Montro has yet to be made, but truly deserves to be.
It combines four of my favorite things, computers, astronauts, passing out drunk, and hipster t-shirts all in a single package.
This great painting is by Scott Listfield. Scott has got quite a few paintings featuring these lonely astronauts in them. The whole concept reminds me of 2001: Space Odyssey. Except for the R2-D2 part – that reminds me of Star Wars.
Apollo 11 member astronaut Buzz Aldrin teamed-up with sportswear giant Nike for the Rocket Hero, a modified version of the Nike 6.0 Mavrk show. The Rocket Hero has Aldrin’s footprints on the moon adorning the insoles of the shoes.
NASA wants to put you in space–sort of–and they’re willing to build an MMO to prove it. With Astronaut: Mars, Moon and Beyond, the folks behind the American space program hope to produce a game that will be to space what America’s Army was to, uh… American’s actual Army.
“Houston, we have a problem.”
Eagle this is Houston, what’s poppin? Over?
“Yeah, so.. I float over to where the cooler’s supposed to be, but in it’s place there’s this…I’m looking at this machine labeled “Urine Recycler”.
NASA is thinking about a new technology to save the lives of astronauts if something goes wrong at launch time. The proposed new emergency escape system is actually based on those vertical drop roller-coasters that have popped up at amusement parks around the country.