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Tag: Space

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.

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.

Curiosity Makes Its Final Flight Path Tweak before Landing

Curiosity Makes Its Final Flight Path Tweak before Landing
If you follow the space program at all, you probably know that NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, is on its way to the red planet. Curiosity is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars at 1:31 AM EDT on Monday, August 6.

NASA Designing a New Spacesuit, Astronauts to Look Like Buzz Lightyear?

NASA Designing a New Spacesuit, Astronauts to Look Like Buzz Lightyear?
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. 

Wheatley Actually Makes it to Spaaaaaaace!

Wheatley Actually Makes it to Spaaaaaaace!
If you’ve ever played the video game Portal 2, you surely remember the floating robotic orb or personality core known as Wheatley. If you’re a fan of Wheatley, you will certainly appreciate this. An unnamed tech working at NASA has etched a likeness of Wheatley with the phrase “In spaaaaaaace!” 

ISERV Camera Headed to the International Space Station

ISERV Camera Headed to the International Space Station
The International Space Station is set to get a new camera that is specifically designed to image the Earth. The camera is called ISERV and it was launched on board the Japanese Aerospace exploration Agencies HTV-3 transfer vehicle.

Astronomers Discover Giant Asteroid Only Four Days before Earth Flyby

Astronomers Discover Giant Asteroid Only Four Days before Earth Flyby
Distances in space can be a little bit confusing because what science considers close is in reality usually very, very far away. Take for instance the giant asteroid that was discovered on June 10 by Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.

NASA Launching NuSTAR X-Ray Telescope Today to Search for Black Holes

NASA Launching NuSTAR X-Ray Telescope Today to Search for Black Holes
NASA is set to launch a new X-ray telescope into orbit today. The telescope will be on a two-year mission to see objects that lurk at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy and galaxies beyond.

ESA Proba-2 Satellite Records Awesome Video of Venus Solar Transit

ESA Proba-2 Satellite Records Awesome Video of Venus Solar Transit
I’ve been telling my kids for a week now that last night we were going watch Venus creep across the face of the Sun. Naturally, when the time came, it was cloudy and we couldn’t see the sun much less get a glimpse of the last transit of Venus for the next 100 years.

Space Shuttle Enterprise Gets Wing Damage on its First Boat Trip

Space Shuttle Enterprise Gets Wing Damage on its First Boat Trip
It’s no secret that the Space Shuttle fleet has been retired and is no longer carrying astronauts and cargo into space. The Shuttles will spend the remainder of their days on display for fans of spaceflight to look at.