Category: Space

The final frontier. Geeks love space for all of the possibilities that are out there. Plus we just want to leave all the dullards on Earth.

NASA Discovers a Protoplanet in the Asteroid Belt

NASA Discovers a Protoplanet in the Asteroid Belt

NASA researchers have utilized the data from the Dawn probe to confirm a long held suspicion, that Vesta is actually an ancient protoplanet.

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SpaceX is Forced to Delay Yet Again

SpaceX is Forced to Delay Yet Again

This flight has been delayed many times within the last year or so, and this is the second time it has been delayed just within the last month. SpaceX has claimed that they want to make sure they do their due diligence before the launch happens.

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Will Asteroid Mining Produce Viable Results?

Will Asteroid Mining Produce Viable Results?

If Planetary Resources is successful in their asteroid mining attempt, then they could potentially provide a very viable new resource for obtaining nickel, iron and other essential minerals.

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NASA Looks to Solar Satellites as Earth’s Next Source of Energy

NASA Looks to Solar Satellites as Earth’s Next Source of Energy

Availability of power has become a concern in recent years as renewable sources of energy run dry. NASA has come up with a new idea about how to make solar power from space practical.

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Space Suits in Sci-Fi and Real Life

Space Suits in Sci-Fi and Real Life

A space suit consists of many different layers of garments, environmental systems and equipment. There is one function that all space suits were designed for, and that is to keep astronauts alive while in space.

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Alien Planet Found Within the Habitable Zone

Alien Planet Found Within the Habitable Zone

NASA recently announced that their Kepler spacecraft, which was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 2009, has found evidence of an alien planet located within the habitable zone of it’s sun.

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Is StarTram the Future of Space Travel?

Is StarTram the Future of Space Travel?

While trains that have stations in outer space might sound like something out of a steampunk science fiction novel, proponents of the StarTram system feel that it is a technology that is truly worth looking into.

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The Curiousity Mars Rover Launched Today

The Curiousity Mars Rover Launched Today

The Mars rover that was supposed to have been launched on Friday, November 25, 2011, has taken flight today. The launch had been rescheduled for the replacement of a suspect battery that is in the flight termination system. This was enough time for engineers to work on the rocket. This is a protective measure in […]

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Alien Planet 700 Found

Alien Planet 700 Found

Alien planet number 700 has been discovered by astronomers. The discovery comes less than 20 years since the first world beyond our own solar system was discovered. The total number of exoplanets is at 702, according to Extrasolar Planets. Extrasolar Planets is a database that was put together by Jean Schneider, an astrobiologist. There are […]

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Orion Drop Test at Langley

Orion Drop Test at Langley

Engineers at NASA Langley conducted the third drop test of the Orion test article as part of Phase 1 water impact testing on Nov. 8. The capsule was hoisted about 20 feet above the ground with a pitch of 17 degrees. It reached a horizontal velocity of about 22 mph before splashing into the Hydro […]

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The Giant Nebula, NGC 3603

The Giant Nebula, NGC 3603

Thousands of sparkling young stars nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603. This stellar “jewel box” is one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. NGC 3603 is a prominent star-forming region in the Carina spiral arm of the Milky Way, about 20,000 light-years away. This image shows a young […]

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Space is Still Florida’s Final Frontier

Space is Still Florida’s Final Frontier

July’s “last” NASA shuttle launch may have been the end of an era, but it isn’t the end of Florida’s heart for space exploration. Would-be space loving travellers should not fret.  I still remember my first trip to Florida in the early ‘90s. A school trip took me and about twenty other students from Canada […]

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Supercomputers Show Milky Way Formation

Supercomputers Show Milky Way Formation

If you can stand the cheesy 80′s synthesizer soundtrack, this video created by astrophysicists from the University of Zurich and astronomers from the University of California at Santa Cruz, show how the Milk Way was possibly formed. The animation shows the galactic center stars speed up over time and also provides a visual clue that […]

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Asteroid Coming Close on Monday

Asteroid Coming Close on Monday

Only discovered on June 22nd, an asteroid the size of a house (estimates are from 10 to 50 yards in diameter) will come within 7,630 miles from Earth’s surface on Monday, June 27th at 17:00 UCT (noon in the centeral U.S.). For reference the moon is 200,000 miles away from the Earth. Kudos to LINEAR […]

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Make Your Own Backyard Listening Station

Make Your Own Backyard Listening Station

Humans have long questioned whether or not the Earth is home to the only intelligent life in the universe. As technology has advanced, more people have become interested in searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, creating a field known as “SETI.” SETI is an acronym that stands for the “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence,” and professional astronomers and […]

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SETI Allows You to Help Search for Aliens

SETI Allows You to Help Search for Aliens

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Dr. Carl Sagan The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has plagued humanity for ages. With the advance of science and space exploration, the possibility of finding life occurring elsewhere in the universe is becoming more and more likely. However, the gulf […]

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Rockstars of Science – James F. Bell III

Rockstars of Science – James F. Bell III

Professor James F. Bell III is an astronomy scientist who has recently received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science for his contributions in bringing the public greater understanding of current discoveries and research in the planetary sciences. Professor Bell’s work focuses on creating complete pictures of the different physical […]

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We Are Going to Need More Bruce Willis!

We Are Going to Need More Bruce Willis!

Discovered on December 28, 2005, the asteroid 2005 YU55 made its first pass of the Earth on April 19th. Passing within 1.5 million miles of Earth, which is roughly six times the difference between us and the moon, the asteroid then continued on its trip around the sun. While this asteroid has been deemed harmless, […]

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I need to research this and see if it ever came to pass.

Cool Space Pictures I Scanned Today

Just popped open the box on my new flatbed scanner.  I have always wanted one for some unknown reason.  Only took just a few minutes to set up and install.  But I discovered a problem. With 2 printers, cell phone, keyboard, mouse, camera, desktop hard drive and NOW a scanner I’m getting low on USB […]

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Can corporations do better than governmental agencies?

NASA and Commercial Space Exploration: The Future of the Final Frontier

With the space shuttle due to be retired in mid-2011 after almost 20 years of service, geeks everywhere are wondering what the future of space exploration will hold. Was the Narrator of Fight Club right? Will the big corporations name everything in deep space exploration: IBM Stellar Sphere, Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks? Not exactly. Where […]

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We all have to start somewhere

Starting Model Rocketry As a Hobby

Having Fun with Model Rockets Model rocketry is a hobby that is enjoyed by many enthusiasts. For many beginners, it is necessary to understand the two main parts of model rocketry: the building and then the launching of rockets. For those who are just starting out, a model rocket kit is the best way for […]

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Government Motors and NASA build a bot

Watch the Super Bowl Pregame Show, For the Robots

Now I have a geeky excuse to watch the Super Bowl pregame show on Fox.  Robonaut 2 (R2) is going to make an appearance there today.  R2 is scheduled to launch into space via the shuttle at the end of this month. Although I don’t like the implications that something like this could effectively end manned […]

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Might be a little outta my price range.

Thinking of Getting a Model Rocket

When I was a kid I remember building and launching a couple of model rockets with my little brother.  So now 25 years later I think my two girls might have fun doing it.  Something with a camera would be pretty cool.  They were out of our price range back in the 80′s and were […]

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The Andromeda Galaxy - just one out of the hundreds of billions of galaxies out there.

Do You Realize How BIG the Universe Is?

The curiosity of people has always been piqued by the cosmos, as for thousands of people have turned their eyes towards the sky in a state of amazement. People’s understanding of the universe was incredibly limited until the birth of the telescope in the early 17th century, a technological innovation that completely expanded the common […]

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