Category: NASA

Oct 03 2014

Oh Please Yes: Make Pluto A Planet Again

Remember when Pluto used to be a planet. Did you realize that this was 8 years ago? In 2006 the International Space Union decided that Pluto wasn’t a planet anymore. That means there are kids in Second grade who have never known the joy of nine planets. I always kind of figured that once you …

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May 30 2014

I Suspected as Much: The Moon has Faster WiFi than you do

How many of you are actually happy with your internet service? I know I’m not. Unfortunately I live in an area where there is only one choice for broadband internet so I’m just all kinds of buggered. As it turns out my goal of moving to the moon will probably get me faster internet speeds. …

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May 19 2014

Bad News: Russia Blocks NASA’s Access to the ISS

Due to US reactions to the recent unpleasantness in the Ukraine, Russia has blocked NASA‘s access to the International Space Station and most of the rest of space. Not that they’re standing on the porch with shotguns or anything yelling at anyone who sets foot on the lawn, instead Russia has closed the bay doors …

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May 02 2014

Would Wear: NASA’s Next Generation Space Suits

If Buzz Lightyear was a bomb squad tech in the Tron movie he would wear this suit. That means it’s pretty much the coolest thing you could put on your body. ‘’There are many key advances to be found in the Z-2 suit when compared to the previous Z-1. The most significant is that the …

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Apr 09 2014

Alien Ghost: Mars Rover Catches an Unexplained Flash of Light

If there’s one thing that would make me happy about the whole Mars Rover program it would be if they found a Martian. Just some little grey-green man walking around naked trying to remember which rock he left his sandwich under. Maybe he wears a straw hat, I don’t know, but that would really just …

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Apr 07 2014

That’s a Bad Omen: Islands are Eating Each Other

In November 2013, a seafloor volcano in the western Pacific Ocean spewed enough material to rise above the water line. The new island, or Niijima, sprouted just 500 meters from Nishino-shima, another volcanic island that had last erupted and expanded in 1973–74. Four months later, the new and the old are now one island, and …

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Mar 24 2014

It’s all Semantics: NASA Condom Sizing

The more I learn about the early space program the more I realize that it was a strange and exciting place/time to be. One perfect example of this came from the liquid waste (urine) disposal systems in early space suits. In these early suits the astronauts wore condoms that would channel the urine away from …

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Mar 17 2014

For Sale: Old-Timey Space Suits

Next month these two suits go on sale. the left is an American “Mercury suit” and the right is a Soviet “Strizh spacesuit.” Either one would make a fine addition to any well-stocked wardrobe. You don’t even have to wait for casual Friday to wear these. They are business suits after all. Mercury suits date …

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Mar 06 2014

I Volunteer: NASA is Planning a Mission to Europa

Okay, so it turns out the mission is only for robots. But if my consciousness has been placed in a robot then, or even if I’m just a 51% robotic cyborg I still volunteer to fly out to Europa to look for life. NASA announced an injection of $17.5 billion from the federal government (down …

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Feb 24 2014

Want: Mini Museum

If you were looking for something to get me for Make-Up-Your-Own-Holiday Day, it should be this. This is a mini museum containing up to 33 specimens of rare and amazing things. Dinosaur fossils, moon rocks, palm trees from Antarctica, London bridge, etc. Basically everything that you have ever wanted to collect but your mom wouldn’t …

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