The time has come for me to buy my own firefly class spaceship, assemble a rag tag group of people to become my space family, and go on great adventures to see the outer reaches of the universe AND to become the GREATEST SPACE PIRATE OF ALL TIME. And now that I can grow my own produce in space, food will never be a problem again.
Click the jump for a video of the space guys eating space lettuce
As if we could stay away! I mean, we were acting coy, because we thought you didn’t like us as much as we liked you… you were all distant and cold… We’re sorry we left~
Looks like the new discoveries on Pluto and its moons has reignited the public’s interest in space. I’m sure that NASA’s social media game helped with this, but the discoveries are pretty epic, and the pictures are gorgeous.
At 4:50 am Pacific Time today the New Horizons Probe got as close to Pluto as possible and snapped some pictures of the little quasi-planet’s surface. It takes 15 hours for the pictures to get back to Earth, but this is the closest we have ever been to Pluto and some new discoveries are already being made. Such as: Pluto is a lot bigger than we had assumed.
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Shhhhh, I know, I know. Comic Con is over and you’re sad-poor baby. Don’t worry your pretty little head, I’ve got something extra cool to soothe those geek pains.
NASA has created an app that is an interactive map for Mars called Mars Trek. Kind of like Google Earth, but on Mars… so like a Google Mars, but called Mars Trek.
Anyway, you can view Mars in either 2D or 3D, and can zoom in and out to look at the topography in more detail.
You can even pick out sections of the map and download STL files that you can then load into a 3D printer and print out 3D sections of Mars. WHAAAA?! It’s like it’s the FUTURE!
The entirety of Mars is mapped, mostly through rover data, so go ahead, get to being a Mars explorer.
Go put on your Star Trek uniform, strap on your phaser, pin that electronic starfleet communicator on your shirt, tell your friends to call you Captain Picard, and go where no man has gone before~
And if that doesn’t work…
Here’s a little Linda to put some soothing salve on those ComicCon wounds~
Stay strong nerd brothers and sisters, Comic Con is only a year away~
eSpace is creating a satellite specifically designed to gobble up space junk that’s been orbiting our earth for the last thirty years. Thirty years is a long time and we’ve shot a lot of shit up there, Mother Earth now has over 300,000 pieces of space trash circling her everyday.
Enter eSpace. They are hoping that they can develop a satellite that will help to rectify this problem, and they are calling it Space Pac Man.
But there are a lot of issues still to work out. How SPM is going to grab specific debris (they are in talks of a net like apparatus, but the application of it is still being worked out), the cost of having one time use satellites to clean up debris (because they’ll be too damaged to launch again when they reenter our atmosphere), the fragility of the satellites (if they are on a certain trajectory to capture a specific piece of junk, and another piece of debris bumps it or damages it, IT will become junk itself), etc. etc. Many issues. Great idea, but we’ll have to see if it’s doable.
Click the Link below to check out the whole article… or just watch the video you lazy bastards.
pac man space garbage satellite
I SAY, send me up there! I’ll be the world’s FIRST Space Garbage woman. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!
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Hee hee, Pluto DOES know the way to my heart~
Back in March NASA put out a survey on OurPluto.org asking the public to think up names for all of the new geologic features they will find on Pluto and its four moons-Styx, Nix, Hydra and Kereberos. They released the list of top contenders yesterday and let me tell you, it is the best list of baby/monument names one could ask for.
ALL the geeks came out to play in May. There were a number of categories, but in each one our geek flag flew proudly. Naming everything and everyone from Star Wars, to Lord of the Rings, to Aliens, Firefly, Dr. Who, Star Trek, etc. etc. It is a VERY good looking list of names, and I hope that Pluto has 9 mountains named; Mal, Wash, Zoe, Kaylee, Jayne, Inara, Book, River, and Simon-that form a ring around a heart shaped basin that they will call Serenity. PUT IT IN THE BOOKS NASA!
Click the link below for the full article and list of names
Pluto has the best names EVER!
Good ol’ Pluto. Even though we booted you out of the planet club, your huge heart still abounds. SO KEWT!
No seriously, it’s a huge heart. 1,200 miles across in fact. A NASA probe, from the New Horizons spacecraft, took the adorable picture from 5 million miles away. NASA is hoping that as the spacecraft gets closer they’ll be able to discern more of the peculiar surface features that make up this ADORABLE planet.
Click below for the all the science-y stuff