Next month is an important month for the NASA space program. It will mark the first visit of a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station in history. With the Shuttle fleet retired, most of the supplies and visits to the ISS have been performed using Russian spacecraft.
G-Form, this is an intervention. You don’t need to do this anymore. First the bowling ball, then the parachute, and now you launch yourself to the edge of space? We need to talk. You don’t need to keep proving your worth.
Back in December, we talked about the checklist that was put up for auction by Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell. The checklist was the item that Lovell used to make calculations needed to get his spacecraft home after an explosion ended the trip to the moon.
This is just wild to me. I mentioned way back in August that SETI had raised the money needed to continue operating. Generally, they search the heavens for proof of an alien life by picking up radio signals.
The Russian space program and satellite launching business is in serious jeopardy after a series of failed launches over the last 12 months. While we were all off getting ready for the Christmas holiday, a fifth failed launch occurred on December 23.
Somehow, I missed most of the hubbub over this mysterious ball that is said to have fallen from the sky and landed in Namibia. It looks rather like a canon ball. It seems that while the ball may have in fact fallen from space and crashed into the ground in Namibia, it’s not some alien orb waiting for its masters to show up and turn it on to destroy the world.
Comets are cool, both literally and figuratively. They are generally made of frozen gases and other stuff. I can remember years and years ago when a particularly bright one was in the sky, and looking at it each morning on the way to work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.