But given all the references to Bruce Willis in Armageddon, I felt compelled to point out the obvious. Since Obama’s president, we have no way to get there now. Bruce, like the rest of us, would have to just sit and watch it hit.
NASA apparently is rolling out their new spacesuits:
This seriously isn’t a joke. Not sure how much they’re paying Pixar in royalties.
The secret mini shuttle launched again yesterday. A friend of mine got the video of the launch, not sure you all can see it, but here it is via Facebook:
This just gives me a cynical feeling when I see this thing. Namely:
This is just cool:
For the first time in history, a recorded song has been beamed back to Earth from another planet. Students, special guests and news media gathered at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., today to hear “Reach for the Stars” by musician will.i.am after it was transmitted from the surface of Mars by the Curiosity rover.
On July 24, 2012, NASA ran this visual and accompanying story:
The text was not too subtle:
Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt
And NASA tears into several paragraphs of how extensive this event is. As if that were not clear enough, they later refer to the event on their Facebook page as “the record surface ice melt”.
Tucked away in it all was this little bit at the end of the first article:
“Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.
OK, which is it? A “record” or something repetitive? Maybe this post explains it a lot more clearly:
The President’s Budget will also increase NASA’s funding, accelerating work — constrained for years due to the budget demands of Constellation — on climate science, green aviation, science education, and other priorities.
Remember when Obama slashed space flight and funded climate research? Apparently NASA didn’t.
OK, so I understand that the size and weight of Curiosity bar it from being able to be bounced around on the surface of Mars. But really, this seems kinda crazy in a way:
What if one single latch fails to unhitch after the landing? Just seems a little too precarious considering all that goes into a Mars mission.
Hope I’m wrong and this works flawlessly!
This picture is truly worth a thousand words:
The SpaceX module actually made it to the International Space Station. Only three years behind schedule. But, I’m still impressed. They didn’t dock with ISS, rather they just got kinda close and ISS’s robotic arm reached out and grabbed it. But, it worked. That marks the first successful mission by someone other than a federal government. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a wide open free enterprise market just yet, but it is a start. Congrats SpaceX!
This is just too cool. Jump straight to the 34 second mark.
That’s right. That’s what you saw. Romulans de-cloaking next to Mercury!
NASA has the usual cover-up, this time’s it’s some crazy far-fetched fantasy like an echo ( ghost ) image on the camera. That takes a lot to buy in order to believe. It’s just so much more obviously Romulans.
Actually, upon closer examination:
It’s obviously the Enterprise.
This artist’s conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star’s habitable zone — the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun.
Finding not-quite suns was pretty cool, but fairly meaningless. Now we’re looking where things should be living. Only problem of course is what we’re looking at is something that existed 600 years ago. Now if we could just over that pesky traveling at the speed of light problem we’d be rockin!
On September 12, 1991, the Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite was launched. Almost 20 years later to the day, it’s expected to return . No big deal you say?
It’s the size of your average school bus.
Granted all of it won’t make it to Earth, what does will be several hundred pounds most likely. And,
It’s going to traverse some pretty popular areas.
Guess this is a good time do rehash my space junk rants?
The irony is someone might very get killed by a satellite designed to research man’s damage to the environment.