The excitement that greeted the announcement of a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access didn’t quite reach Star Wars sequel levels, but fans are definitely talking. Of course, just like the reaction that accompanied The Force Awakens, enthusiasm is tempered by fear: what if the new series fails to meet expectations? »
Bleak cousin, with your empty sands of red,
Your once-canals now dried-up, mocking scars:
How could you now be anything but dead?
The Vikings told us: there’s no life on Mars.
We watched you still: we sent our rovers there
To raid your rills and analyze your dust
In hopes of finding any life you’d bear
Or moisture flowing… »
If you’re in London sometime in the next six months you can check out “Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age” at the Science Museum. The exhibit displays several items from the 1960s Russian space program including the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. »
Tuesday will mark the 171st of the planned 342 days for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko to spend on the International Space Station as the One Year Crew. NASA released a video to observe the milestone with Billy Dee Williams narrating. »
Ardbeg Distillery sent a vial of unmatured malt whiskey to the International Space Station back in 2011 which returned to Earth last year. The distillery has released the results of its tests which show a significant difference in taste for the space sample. »
Currently there are nine occupants of the International Space Station after a Soyuz craft docked this morning. The nine occupants represent five different countries with four Russians, two Americans and one each from Denmark, Japan and Kazakhstan. »
Reboot the Suit made its stretch goal, with over 10 hours to spare. Thats pretty cool, I’ll probably still throw some money their way, cause I want that poster. Don’t care to talk about spacesuits? Thats fine be that way. »
NASA is going to announce something regarding the Kepler Space Telescope at 9 a.m. PDT tomorrow. Probably some new Earths (i.e., rocky planets roughly the size of the Earth in the habitable zone), but I’m really hoping they found a Dyson Sphere. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/anoth... »
I promised several of you a guide to everything we’ve learned about Pluto, Charon, and all its little moons by Sunday morning. The guide was delayed until now; just letting you know it’s (finally!) ready. »
Before Tuesday, nobody really knew what Pluto looked like. But since 1933, its (now former) status as “the ninth planet” merited its inclusion in countless depictions of the Solar System. Which means up until Tuesday, every time a TV show showed a picture of Pluto they were largely guessing. »
After almost 10 years, New Horizons has traveled three billion miles to the Kuiper Belt to take pictures of Pluto. In 85 years, we’ve gone from this: »
It’s been a busy few days for NASA’s astronauts. First, the eight astronaut candidates selected in 2013 completed their training and joined the astronaut corps this week (pictured above with their new astronaut pins). »
I’m here at a beach near Kennedy Space Center, FL awaiting my very first rocket launch, the SpaceX Dragon capsule with Falcon 9 rocket. The crabs are scuttling, and there are yellow stakes everywhere marking turtle nests. I’m so excited. It’s due to launch from those 4 towers in the distance next to the dome. … »
“Steve Austin...Astronaut...A man barely alive.” And so one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970s would begin. And it certainly seemed reasonable, based on the archival footage of the aircraft disaster in the opening credits, that anyone in that plane would be, at best, “barely alive.”
Anyone, that is, except test… »
Astronaut Terry Virts has been on the International Space Station since November of last year but it wasn’t until now that he was able to get this shot. »
Here are a couple of videos released last week by the European Space Agency with Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti explaining personal hygiene and toilet use on the International Space Station.