Tagged: Space

SpaceX Launches and Lands Another Rocket!

SpaceX has just launched its 12th resupply mission to the International Space Station, and has succeeded in its second landing of its stage 1 one Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground (instead of a barge at sea)! This is great news, as the better they get at landing their rockets...

Why SpaceX is Really Landing Rockets

SpaceX has become more and more successful at landing their first stage rockets, and Elon Musk says it is for reusability, which will save money in the long run and allow for quicker turn-around on launches. Sure, but, maybe there’s another reason, too. Elon Musk has become increasing vocal about...

More on TRAPPIST-1 Star System

Riding on my earlier post about the TRAPPIST-1 star system, I’ve decided to post a couple more informative videos. The first is a 9 minute PBS video describing some of the science behind the discovery and the possible implications for any life that might have evolved there. The second video is...

Seven Planets found in One Star System

NASA has just announced the discovery of a star system (TRAPPIST-1) with not one, not two, not three… not six, but seven Earth-sized rocky planets, two of which are potentially habitable! The star system is just a Kessel Run away (12 parsecs, or 40 light years), so spin up the...

SpaceX Plans to Colonize Mars

Tony Stark Elon Musk has announced SpaceX’s big plans for getting a human colony set up on Mars, perhaps sometime mid-century or so if everything pans out. That’s some pretty big ambitions, and it’s risky too, but ambition and risk are two things humanity must have in abundance if we...

Wanderers – Humanity’s Expansion Into the Solar System

Wanderers is a short film by Erik Wernquist envisioning the future of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos...

Kepler Finds Even More Exo-Planets

NASA’s Kepler mission has just announced finding some 1,284 new largish balls of rocks and somewhat larger balls of gas orbiting distant stars. That brings the total number of exo-planets discovered to nearly 5,000. That’s 5,000 planets known to exist orbiting distant stars. Wow! They also revealed that 9 of...

Terran Trade Authority – Spacecraft 2000-2100 AD

I just ran across this amazing CGI animation by Adrian Mann of Stewart Cowley’s Spacecraft, 2000-2100 A.D sci-fi art book. I had this book as a kid, and it was absolutely amazing–a vision of mankind’s exploration of space in all its breathtaking wonder and grandeur. Although long out of print, you can still find...

Everything, the Universe, and Life

The final episode of Phil Plait’s “Crash Course in Astronomy” is out, and it’s a pretty good wrap-up to the series. If you been watching the show, be sure to watch the last episode, and if you haven’t seen the show, but have any interest in space or astronomy, then...

This Is The Way The World Ends

Have you ever wondered how the universe will end? Will it end with a bang, a whimper, a crunch, a fizzle, a freeze? To find out, have a look at the latest episode of Crash Course Astronomy with Phil Plait. Spoilers: it will be a very cold, dark, empty place, but not for a...