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Astronaut and a Writer at the Movies -
As we recall from bitter memory, the Hubble and the space station are in vastly different orbits. Getting from one to the other requires so much energy that not even space shuttles had enough fuel to do it. The telescope is 353 miles high, in an orbit that keeps it near the Equator; the space station is about 100 miles lower, in an orbit that takes it far north, over Russia.

To have the movie astronauts Matt Kowalski (Mr. Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Ms. Bullock) zip over to the space station would be like having a pirate tossed overboard in the Caribbean swim to London.
space  gravity  movies  to:fb  science 
october 2013 by deusx
New Hardware Rave: Freespace 2 Looks F%#*ing AMAZING! | Space Game Junkie
So a couple of nights ago, I went through the familiar steps of manually adding the Freespace Source Code Project files to my GOG copy of Freespace 2. This time, however, I added all the extra high-resolution stuff from the MediaVPs (i.e. all the optional stuff) because I figured my new rig could run it (my last one totally choked when I added all the optional MediaVPs). Once it was all said and done, I ran the launcher and set up everything as ordered (as well as adding Spidey’s lighting settings) and ran the game at maximum resolution with everything set as high as possible for my first time ever. What resulted was nothing short of breathtaking.
gaming  freespace  freespace2  space  to:fb 
september 2012 by deusx
Digital copy of "The Martian Chronicles" on Mars - CBS News
A digital copy of Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" along with works by other science fiction legends was flown into space in 2007 by NASA's Phoenix spacecraft, which touched down on the Martian arctic plains.
nifty  movies  mars  space  to:fb  bradbury 
june 2012 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth
A BBC team have been working closely with Dr Venn's team to help recover the signals. BBC Television historian Peter Wells, explained "We now know these are original broadcasts. So far we have recovered about 7 weeks of old television signals from space. Every day in our lab is like traveling back in time. And speaking of which we have just started the digital recovery of signals that contain lost Doctor Who episodes.
whoa  scifi  tv  awesome  drwho  seti  cool  science  space 
december 2011 by deusx
Radio hams pick up Mars rover Curiosity's signals • The Register
Amateur radio enthusiasts using a restored dish antenna in Germany say they have successfully picked up telemetry from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, now outward bound for Mars carrying a one-ton nuclear powered robot rover named Curiosity towards a date with destiny in the Elysium Planitia.
hams  radio  nifty  space  mars  nasa 
november 2011 by deusx
NASA working on nuclear rocket for manned Mars trips • The Register
Since being redirected away from Bush-era plans for a base on the Moon towards a manned Mars mission, NASA has realigned its nuclear-tech-in-space efforts away from a Moonbase powerplant and towards an atomic-powered rocket able to get astronauts to the red planet quickly, without receiving dangerous exposure to cosmic radiation.
space  nasa  tech 
november 2011 by deusx
So Long, Launchpads: Pentagon Wants Jets to Send Sats Into Orbit | Danger Room |
The technology to launch an orbiter from the sky, rather than the ground, already exists. The Pegasus rocket launcher, for example, has performed over 40 aerial launches: A carrier aircraft flies the rocket up, and then fires it off — satellite included — into the stratosphere. But to refine that system, then strip it of human personnel, is a tall order — the launching system would need to be entirely self-sufficient. Indeed, Darpa notes that ALASA is looking for a launcher requiring “no recurring maintenance or support, and no specific integration to prepare for launch.”
ifttt  googlereader  space  darpa  satelites  tech 
november 2011 by deusx
NASA says we've been looking for Martian life in all the wrong places
Don't worry—if we do find evidence of Martians, it will still be on Mars, we'll probably just have to dig a little deeper to find it. A new NASA study has concluded that if life ever thrived on the Red Planet, it probably did so underground, just below the planet's surface. In other words, life...
space  mars  life 
november 2011 by deusx
Must Watch: Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pamela Gay, and Lawrence Krauss discuss our future in space
The video, originally shot back in July at TAM 2011 Las Vegas, is of a panel featuring Bill Nye, astronomers Neil DeGrasse Tyson & Pamela Gay, and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss—and the entire discussion is moderated by Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait. The subjects raised are consequential, the discussions thought provoking, and the opinions of the panelists refreshingly diverse (and often conflicting).
science  space  astronomy  videos 
november 2011 by deusx
City lights could reveal alien civilizations | ExtremeTech
New research conducted by Abraham Loeb from Harvard and Edwin Turner from Princeton shows that electric, artificial lights on remote planets could be detected using next-generation ground and space telescopes. The basic approach is simple: planets that are exclusively illuminated by a local sun will have one “light signature,” while a planet with artificial lights will have another. Loeb and Turner say that this technique, with our current telescopes, would be able to pick out a major terrestrial city on the edge of the Solar System, in the Kuiper belt (50 AU) — but future telescopes, or the telescopes belonging to advanced, alien races, could see farther.
aliens  space  science  civilizations 
november 2011 by deusx
Father captures pictures of earth using camera fixed to weather balloon - Telegraph
"Robert Harrison used his ingenuity and a collection of cheap parts worth just £500 to take the spectacular shots using a Canon camera which he launched 35km above the planet's surface."
space  hacks  makers  nifty  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
Charlie's Diary: The myth of the starship
"If we succeed in doing it, it's going to look nothing like the Starship Enterprise. Or even New Horizons. The whole reference frame we instinctively assume when we hear the word "ship" is just so wrong it's beyond wrong-ness: it's on a par with Baron Munchausen's lunar exploits as seen in light of the Apollo Program. We need a new handle for discussing and analyzing such a venture. And the sooner we consign the "-ship" suffix to the dustbin of failed ideas, the better."
spaceships  scifi  starships  space  exploration  from delicious
november 2009 by deusx
Videogames And The Impossibility Of Escape From Planet Earth | > jim rossignol
"if space flight is really going to take thousands of years, hundreds of generations, and immense resources that could be better spent on having a good time, why should millions of sentient beings be expected to sink their lives into making it happen?"
gaming  aliens  space  exploration  future  culture 
june 2009 by deusx
Out of this world: British teddy bears strapped to helium weather balloon reach the edge of space | Mail Online
"It's not often that Britain can claim a win in the space race. But these teddy bears drifting nearly 20 miles above Earth have become the first soft toys to take part in extra-vehicular activity (to use correct NASA jargon) at such an altitude."
space  science  balloons  teddybears 
december 2008 by deusx
How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
"No spaceship. No space suit. Just you versus the cold, empty vacuum of space. Find out about how long you could survive. "
space  vacuum  survival  quizes 
june 2008 by deusx
Charlie's Diary: Alternative boondoggles
"Either way, the direct costs of the Iraq war exceed the maximum cost estimate for a manned Mars expedition, infrastructure and all, by 20%"
mars  iraq  money  space  war 
june 2008 by deusx
In the Shadow of the Moon
remember when the whole world looked up
moon  nasa  astronauts  space  movies 
september 2007 by deusx
Continuum - Meet people from all over the world...then kill them.
"Ever imagine what it'd be like to play Asteroids against your friends? Want to savor the satisfaction of blasting people out of space in some addictive side-scrolling 2D spaceship shooter action?"
gaming  shmups  mmo  networked  space 
may 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows ? Space Walk
"I wonder if survival is different for some people, like we evolved from different apes. Some people panic, scream and run while some people just turn off and sublimate."
space  scifi  stories 
december 2006 by deusx
Damn Interesting - Outer Space Exposure
"Though an unprotected human would not long survive in the clutches of outer space, it is remarkable that survival times can be measured in minutes rather than seconds, and that one could endure such an inhospitable environment for almost two minutes with
space  science  medicine 
november 2006 by deusx
The Onion: Mars Rover Beginning To Hate Mars
The conceit, originating on LJ, that Spirit is a disgruntled goth, while Opportunity is an what we'd call in High School days - a "social" has gone mainstream.
via:whump  funny  humor  mars  science  space  onion 
october 2006 by deusx
Weekly World News
"NASA has developed and manufactured a specially designed space cat suit for Charlie's imminent launch."
funny  space  cats 
april 2006 by deusx News - Sci-Tech - Fly me to the moon - by catapult
"Scots scientists have unveiled plans to develop a giant slingshot to catapult material from the earth to the moon."
science  space  nifty  trebuchet 
april 2006 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Mars orbiter reaches Red Planet
"The re-establishment of contact half an hour later was met with jubilation from the mission team at the US space agency's (Nasa) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California."
space  nasa  mars 
march 2006 by deusx
NASA - Apollo Chronicles: The Smell of Moondust
"Why does it smell? How does it react with landers, rovers and habitats? What surprises await?"
space  moon  science 
february 2006 by deusx News - Sci-Tech - Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip
"AN EXTRAORDINARY "hyperspace" engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government."
scifi  space  future 
january 2006 by deusx
NASA - How We'll Get Back to the Moon
Finally waking up from the shuttle disaster? (The whole program, that is.) "Building on the best of Apollo and shuttle technology, NASA's creating a 21st century exploration system that will be affordable, reliable, versatile, and safe."
space  nasa  moon 
october 2005 by deusx
Defense Tech: Marines in Spaaaaaace!
"After three years of being laughed out of meetings, the U.S. Marine Corps' futuristic plans to deploy through space may finally be getting some traction"
military  space  marines  odd 
september 2005 by deusx
jwz - not a simulation!
"It was 270,847 miles (435,885 kilometers) away from Earth - farther than the Moon's orbit - when it snapped the last image on Aug. 3."
video  nifty  space  earth 
august 2005 by deusx
Wired News: Moon Could Be Next Tourist Trap
"The first mission by Space Adventures could happen in 2008 or 2009 and is planned as a stepping stone to an eventual lunar landing by private citizens."
space  moon  tourism  future 
august 2005 by deusx
NASA - Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space
"One day before landing, STS-114 Mission Specialist Steve Robinson transmitted the first podcast from space. "
podcasting  nasa  shuttle  space  nifty 
august 2005 by deusx
Idle Words: A Rocket to Nowhere
"As tempting as it is to picture a blood-spattered Canadarm flinging goat carcasses into the void, we know that the Shuttle is the fruit of what was supposed to be a rational decision making process."
nasa  space  shuttle  science  rant 
august 2005 by deusx
Boing Boing: Abandoned spaceship snapshots are on the way
"...the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will also snap the first close-range pics of Apollo relics we've seen for three decades." But, of course, they still won't believe we've been to the moon...
space  nasa  moon 
july 2005 by deusx
Futurismic: Next Frontiers, a new culture in space?
"I don't want to pick winners, but I do want to be able to reward them."
space  science  future 
may 2005 by deusx
Science News Online - Navigating Celestial Currents
"Math leads spacecraft on joy rides through the solar system"
science  space 
april 2005 by deusx
Explosive Decompression and Vacuum Exposure
"How long could a human survive if exposed to vacuum?" Just watched a Farscape marathon and, damn, those people end up exposed to hard vacuum a lot. Wondered how feasible it would be to make an airlock-to-airlock jump, suitless.
scifi  science  space 
april 2005 by deusx
Historic Voyager Mission May Lose Its Funding (
Under $5 million dollars per year? We can't afford to keep this going, compared to all the other crap the gov't wastes money on?
april 2005 by deusx
news @ - Apollo bacteria spur lunar erosion  - Images reveal worrying cracks in the face of the Moon.
"These earthly bacteria, exposed to intense ultraviolet radiation on the lunar surface, could have acquired mutations that allow them to digest Moon rocks, he suggests."
aprilfools  space  moon 
april 2005 by deusx - Genesis set for stellar return from space - Sep 7, 2004
Things like this make me wonder what ideas for retrieval got *rejected*.
science  space 
september 2004 by deusx
Private craft heads for space
"The rocket plane SpaceShipOne separated from its carrier aircraft and launched toward the outer limits of Earth's atmosphere at 7:50 a.m. Monday (10:50 a.m. ET), controllers said."
june 2004 by deusx
Yahoo! News - NASA: Astronauts Must Use Russian Gear
No offense to Russian gear, which I've heard is ahead of ours in so many ways, but this is pathetic.
may 2004 by deusx
China 'Shocked' at U.S. Cold Shoulder in Space
'"What if, in 10 years, the Chinese are on their way to the moon and the U.S. effort is diminishing. Would that be acceptable to the U.S. public? I don't think so," she said.' Let's go China! We need a competitor in space.
science  space 
april 2004 by deusx
'Bounce' rock's cosmic portent
"Bounce's chemical composition exactly matches that of a meteorite that hit the ground in Shergotty, India, on Aug. 25, 1865."
mars  space 
april 2004 by deusx
NASA Mars Rover Animation Spoof | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
(direct link to .MOV) Illustrates the dangers in drilling holes in strange rocks.
mars  space 
february 2004 by deusx
Op-Ed Contributor: Life (and Death) on Mars
"A one-way trip to Mars need not mean a quick demise."
mars  space 
january 2004 by deusx
Fly Us to the Moon -- All of Us
"The justification for lunar hegemony is preemptive."
economy  politics  space 
january 2004 by deusx
Spirit stands up, to roll off on alternate ramp
Hmm.. too bad we can't find Beagle 2 for the Brits
january 2004 by deusx
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