Tagged: NASA

Rover On Mars!

The Mars Science Laboratory, more generally known as Curiosity, has made a picture perfect touched down on Mars after a harrowing entry and descent. Says NASA Administrator Charles Bolden: “Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars. Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover...

Mars or Bust

The new Mars rover, Curiosity (or more technically, the Mars Science Laboratory) will reach the Red Planet around midnight on Sunday, August 5th. As far as landings go, this one will be a doozie. Checkout this NASA video, hosted by Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher of Star Trek fame), explaining the...

Tribute to the Space Shuttles

This is perhaps the greatest tribute to America’s Space Shuttle program that I have yet seen. An 8 minute video from Nature Videos (of the Nature¬† science journal), it highlights every mission in the 30 year program–it’s good times and bad times, it’s triumphs and it’s tragedies. So turn up...

Shuttle Age Over, What Now?

The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed this morning at 5:56am EDT on July 21, 2011, bringing to a close the halcyon days of Mankind’s exploration of space. Okay, I suppose it is a bit too harsh to say that this end’s the human exploration of space. The point is simply that,...

End of an Era

On July 20th, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will touch down after a 12 day mission, marking the end of an era. Never again will one of these distinguished spacecraft grace the launch pad of Cape Canaveral, rocket through the sky above the Atlantic, or reach onward to that great...

Keplar Discovers Small Rocky Exoplanet

Big news in science and astronomy, so I can’t pass it up. The Keplar space telescope has recently discovered its first small, rocky exoplanet, designated Kepler-10b, located some 560 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The host star is about 11 billion years old, and unfortunately the planet is...

New Direction for NASA

Back in January I wrote a small article lamenting the end of NASA’s Constellation Program, but was optimistically hopeful for the further development of commercial space ventures. It has always been my hope that our current president would be a progressive, pro-science president. With the announcement of the termination of...

Space… the Enterprising Frontier

It is now the year 2010. Looking back at my childhood, I recall how excited I was about this year. In the 1980s, the year 2010 was envision as the beginning of brilliant era of manned space exploration and scientific discovery. We would have numerous orbiting space stations, a permanent...